Movies by chil­dren, for chil­dren

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WKND - - W H A T ’ S H O T -

This year marks the third in­stal­ment of the Chil­dren’s In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val ( CIFF2016) and it prom­ises to be big­ger, bet­ter and more en­gag­ing than past years com­bined. Tak­ing place at VOX Cin­e­mas across the UAE from this week­end un­til May 7, CIFF2016 will fea­ture 117 age- ap­pro­pri­ate films, and over 1,156 short, fea­ture and doc­u­men­tary films from 66 coun­tries in 55 lan­guages from in­ter­na­tional film­mak­ers, com­pared to just 410 films sub­mit­ted last year. More than 160 lo­cal short- films have been pro­duced in a span of five months by UAE School stu­dents aged 12- 17, and of these, 134 films were sub­mit­ted to CIFF2016. Of these, 61 short- films will be screened in the cin­e­mas dur­ing the 10- day fes­ti­val. For a com­plete list of films and more in­for­ma­tion on CIFF2016, visit: www. film­dubai. gov. ae/

firm be­lief that suc­cess is never achieved by one per­son alone — time and tal­ents, no mat­ter how great, are lim­ited. Ev­ery suc­cess­ful per­son has a team of tal­ented and loyal peo­ple work­ing on their be­half and is not afraid to ex­press their grat­i­tude for their team. Katy Perry has pub­licly done this time and time again. And to me, t hi s i s t he be­hav­iour of a con­sum­mate pro­fes­sional.

Your favourite in­dul­gence when you need a break from work? Get­ting a pedi­cure. There is some­thing in­vigourat­ing about tak­ing time to chat with a friend or read for an hour while get­ting your toes done.

What is your great­est dream, pro­fes­sion­ally? To be hon­est, I am cur­rently liv­ing my dream. But if I was to look fur­ther ahead it would be to con­tinue ex­pand­ing my choco­late bar while si­mul­ta­ne­ously us­ing it as a cat­a­lyst to fea­ture lo­cal fash­ion, art and cul­ture. I want to in­cor­po­rate all the amaz­ing cre­ativ­ity I find into the work that we do.

What is the last thing you ( usu­ally) do be­fore you go to sleep? I say a prayer of thanks for an­other day, for my fam­ily and friends, for the les­sons I learned. My­grand­mother im­pressed upon metheim­por­tance of say­ing ‘ thank you’ be­fore sleep as each day given to us is a gift.

— Staff re­porter

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