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Develop children’s talents in arts, says Shaikh Sultan

Sharjah Ruler opens Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival in Sharjah; winners of competitions honoured.

By Staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 21 Oct 2014, 12:47 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 8:50 PM

Shaikh SUltan distributing awards at the opening ceremony of the Children's Film Festival. -Wam

His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, stressed the importance of developing children’s talents in the arts and filmmaking industries at the opening of a children’s film festival.

He emphasised on providing the right environment and tools to nurture talent, and put them on the right path to create a new generation of creative talents who are able to compete with top children’s cinema players around the world.

His remarks came at the inaugural of the second edition of the Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival at Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre.

During the opening ceremony, Dr Shaikh Sultan honoured the winners of the film competition which covers five categories.

Belgian group of children filmmakers from Kidscamp Animation Film Studio won the best group film prize for their movie Water in the City, which explores life in the city and how water serves as a link between people. The Brazilian film My Father’s Truck, by Mauricio Osaki, won the best short film, touching upon ethics and values for children to learn how to coexist outside the classroom.

The science fiction film award went to the Russian director Alexandra Averyanova for her film Shades of Gray, the story of a young man and woman who meet each other 20 years after their first meeting when they were children.

Latin American Filmmaker Diego Sarmiento won the best documentary prize for his film Earth’s Children, which examines the lives of children of the Amazon in Latin America.

The Painting Pool by Iranian filmmaker’s MaziarMiri won the best short film, focusing on love as the key to resolve any problems facing society.

Speaking on the occasion, Shaikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, said the launch of the second edition of the Sharjah International Children Film Festival is an important step in the progression of the world of children’s cinema.

Film screenings will be held in various venues across Sharjah, most notably Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre and Novo Cinemas - Sahara Centre in addition to five towns outside Sharjah, including Al Dhaid, Khorfakkan, Dibba Al Hisn, Kalba and Al Madam.

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