Sharjah, UAE, 01 June 2013: Due to an unprecedented high number of applicants, Sharjah International Children's Film Festival extended the date of film submissions to the 20th of June. Films can be submitted in two categories: Films made by children and young adults, and films made for children. The festival will take place on October 2013 in Sharjah.
With aspirations to elevate the levels of children's learning and their exposure to the arts, Sharjah International Children's Film Festival is a project initiated by FUNN, an organization that aims to promote and support Media Arts for young children and the youth of Sharjah and UAE.
Elaborating further on the enthusiasm following the call for submissions, Jawaher Abdulla Al Qassimi, Festival Film Director of SICFF and FUNN's Assistant Manager says: “After our initial call for submissions, we witnessed outstanding response ranging from local, regional and international contributions. We now invite aspiring filmmakers, children and adults, to come forward and showcase their talents at SICFF. Film should be seen as an expression of thoughts, ideas and education, and this is what we call on you to display.”
The first of its kind in the Middle East, Sharjah International Children's Film Festival is a showcase of films with educational value to children, immersing them into the meaning and power of digital art, films and new media.
Commenting on the significance of film in children's education, Jawaher Abdulla Al Qassimi says: “Children can derive great value from films. Using entertainment as a tool, film can educate children from artistic, scientific, historical and sociological perspectives, making substantial topics and issues easy to absorb and enjoy.”
Film has long been seen as an effective medium in arousing and stimulating the curiosity and energy of children, and their knowledge and education. Sharjah International Children's Film Festival has tapped into that power, hoping to submerge children of the region and the world into a cinematic experience that will excite their imagination and learning capabilities.
Sharjah International Children's Film Festival (SICFF) is a new initiative added to Sharjah's cultural achievements, established by the Government of Sharjah, under the generous patronage of Her Highness Sheikh Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qassimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah. SICFF is the first children's film festival in the country and region.
About SICFFSharjah International Children's Film Festival (SICFF) is a project of FUNN, established by the Government of Sharjah, under the generous patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi. SICFF is the first children's film festival in the country and Middle East, dedicated to enhance the media literacy of children and young people, foster children's creativity and showcase the very best in filmmaking for, by and about children and young people.
About FUNNFUNN (Sharjah Media Arts for Youth & Children) was established by the Government of Sharjah under the generous patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness, the Ruler of Sharjah. It aims to nurture the future generation of creative artists in media and film, grooming them to their full potential and positioning them at the forefront of the global creative arena. FUNN strives to give young talents regional and global exposure through festivals, conferences and workshops, as well as strategic collaborations with diverse partners.