Children’s film screenings in 5 Sharjah cities from Tuesday

The screenings will be held at public venues to expand the reach of the festival to different cities of the Emirate of Sharjah.

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Published: Mon 27 Oct 2014, 2:06 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 8:51 PM

The Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival will begin its film screenings at cultural centres in Al Dhaid, Khorfakkan, Dibba Al Hisn and Kalba, and at the Ladies Club in Al Madam on Tuesday.

The screenings will be held at public venues in line with the directives of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to expand the reach of the festival to different cities of the emirate of Sharjah.

Shaikha Jawaher bint Abdullah Al Qasimi, Director of Funn Foundation and Director of the Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival, said, “The venues of film screenings have been expanded this year to include five cities in addition to the City of Sharjah. (The screenings were held in) ... only two cities in the first edition of the festival.”

Shaikha Jawaher said the move reflects the festival management’s commitment to make this exciting film experience accessible to children and reach out to them everywhere in the emirate, with the aim to encourage young talents to start their own filmmaking projects that will enrich the festival in the coming editions.

She affirmed that people were happy with the festival and that the film screenings at Novo Cinemas 1 and 2, and Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre attracted huge crowds. She said the festival management will “immediately commence” preparations for the third edition of the festival, to build on the positive feedback and children’s “encouraging reaction” to the ongoing second edition’s shows and activities.

The second edition of the festival saw large participation from school children in Sharjah, Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah, alongside students from schools for students with special needs. Students met with filmmakers and learnt about their experiences. Media representatives who attended the film screenings at the invitation of the festival’s management were also able to communicate with the filmmakers.

The film screenings were attended by citizens, residents and visitors to the emirate, who benefited from a unique opportunity to explore the international children’s film experience.

The festival achieved its goals of expanding the experience and attracting more viewers. The festival’s competitions for best films in five different categories added value to the event and attracted renowned local and international directors and film-makers to the judging panel.

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