The Finale of the Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival is One to Remember

The 4th annual film festival concludes with
prestigious awards in eight categories

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The fourth edition of the Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival
(SICFF) came to a close after 6 days of wonderful cinematic performances
and insightful film discussions and workshops that enthralled audiences
from the UAE, the region and the world. The closing ceremony was
attended by critically acclaimed filmmakers, actors, celebrities,
sponsors, key industry executives and media representatives.

With an eclectic array of screenings, galas, performances and green
carpet experiences for all to enjoy, the six-day festival showcased
international film submissions, workshops, activities and games for
children and adults alike.

Sheikha Jawaher bint Abdullah Al Qasimi, Director of FUNN
and Director of SICFF said, “The past few days have been extraordinary.
We have seen the festival unite an international community, bringing
people together from all walks of life. On this important occasion, I
would like to thank everyone who helped make this new chapter in
Sharjah’s success story possible. I would also like to extend my
appreciation and gratitude to Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed
Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi,
Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah for her continuous
support in making the festival a grand fiesta. As we gather here to bid
a farewell to the current edition, we promise that the next edition will
continue to exceed expectations.”

SICFF closed its curtains with a Gala Screening of Sophie’s Misfortune
written and directed by French director Christophe Honoré. The plot
revolves around a naughty little girl named Sophie, who enjoys
disobeying her mother and engaging in mischievious pranks. Always
insisting on having her own way, Sophie can be described as gluttonous,
lazy, and even dishonest. The film’s theme of the power of goodness over
mischief comes through its witty dialogue and mesmerising
cinematography, which are its standout features.

On the closing day of the Festival, SICFF
honoured films and filmmakers with awards in various categories.

  • The Best Child-Made Film – ‘Offline’ directed by Steeven Paul
  • Best Student Film – ‘Fears’ directed by Nata Metlukh
  • Best UAE Short Film – ‘My Dear Home with Love’ directed by Aisha Al
  • Best GCC Short Film – ‘Violin’ directed by Abdulaziz Alshlahei
  • Best Int. Short Film – ‘I Am Sami’ directed by Kae Bahar
  • Best Documentary Film – ‘Dyab’ directed by Mazin Sherabayani
  • Best Feature Film – ‘Birds of Passage’ directed by Olivier Ringer
  • Best Animation Film – ‘Adama’ directed by Simon Roub

A host of talented individuals were also awarded for their noteworthy
efforts in supporting the Festival. The Best Media Coverage Award for
the University Competition held during SICFF was awarded to Chetna
Vaidyanathan, Anjali Bohra, Kshiti Agarwal and Srhuti Shah from Manipal
University Dubai.

The fourth edition of the Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival
served as haven for creative expression and a beacon of science, culture
and art. It has not only consolidated the Emirate’s position as a
creative paradise, but also provided a glimpse into other cultures and
civilizations through their cinema productions.

About Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival:

Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival is a project of FUNN –
Sharjah Media Arts for Children and Youth, a Sharjah government under
the generous patronage of Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah Her
Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the
Supreme Council for Family Affairs. The festival, the first of its kind
in the UAE and the Gulf region, aims to promote media literacy among
children and young adults and encourage their creativity. It also aims
to educate the next generation about film, and give youngsters a chance
to see the best of Arab and international cinema, so as to build a
strong national film industry.

*Source: ME


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