AUS students launch ‘pause and play’ int’l film festival

SHARJAH — Students at the American University of Sharjah have launched the Pause and Play International Film Festival (PPIFF), the first of its kind in the Middle East. The launch was staged as a forerunner for the student-run film festival which will be held from April 27-28.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Wed 11 Apr 2007, 8:42 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 1:38 AM

PPIFF aims to showcase a selection of films from around the world. The films represent a variety of genres from Animation, Student, Short Narrative, Short Documentary, Feature Documentary and Experimental, the organisers said.

“Our aim is to give exposure to young, unknown filmmakers. We are not like a mainstream Hollywood film festival. We look to the example of, say, the Sundance Film Festival, and hope to achieve something like that,” outlined Samar Salih, PPIFF co-chair.

The event was attended by representatives from the sponsors, such as Hyundai and grocery specialists American Garden, as well as university professors and the university’s Dean of Mass Communication.

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