Sheikh Sultan to open Sharjah Children’s Film Festival today
sharjah — Short films and animated adventures will be in focus as the sixth Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival opens today. With a full day of screenings, the festival is all set to offer children-friendly titles from around the world.
His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, will inaugurate the festival at Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre (JRCC). Short films for children from the age of 11 to 13 will be screened from 10am to 11am.
Beginning with an animated short Rouff — directed by a group of children from Germany — tells the tale of a graphic novelist who feels stuck as he finishes the sketch of his usual dog cartoon character. He crumples it into the discarded pile where the pooch finds a way to inspire the stuck artist.
An animated short from the UK, Shock Therapy, directed by Mathhieu Landour and Bali Engel, revolves around Jim who has a crippling fear of everything from spiders to heights to darkness. He later decides to spend a few days
living together with his problems. The short Sherbert Rozencratz,
You’re Beautiful, directed by Natalie van den Dungen from Australia, is a family-oriented short that deals with the relationship between a little girl named Milly and her guinea pig. Milly gets mocked by her slumber party friends while her neighbourhood friends appreciated her love for animals.
A fantasy short film directed by Gustavo Teixeira from Brazil, titled Doctor of Monster, tells a story of a boy who wants to be a doctor that helps monsters. All this seems funny, until a real monster visits him.
The last film in the category is titled Saroona, which is directed by Mousaed Khaled from Kuwait. It talks about eight-year-old Saroona who gets a new bicycle after the birth of her baby sister, but has no one to play with.
From 9.15am until 9.45am, short animation films made by children of up to seven years will be screened. From 11.15am until 12.30pm, films made by students aged 14 to 18 years and college students will be screened. In the evening session, which begins at 5pm, a short 45-minute animation titled Zafari will be screened.
The poster of Saroona directed by Mousaed Khaled from Kuwait.