FUNN – the Sharjah-based organization dedicated to promoting media arts among children and youth in the UAE – has announced that the film competition for the Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival’s third edition (SICFF) is now open to professional and amateur filmmakers, in all seven categories.
FUNN has been organising the Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival since 2013 under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs.
The festival aims to promote awareness among children and young people regarding the techniques behind the silver screen, as well as to develop their creativity and skills in the film industry.
Emphasizing FUNN’s commitment to the creation of a conscious generation of filmmakers in the UAE, Sheikha Jawaher bint Abdullah Al Qasimi, Director of FUNN and Director of the Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival, said: “The festival has greatly contributed to enhancing children and teens’ understanding of the movie industry and its role in shining light on various aspects and walks of life from the young mind’s perspective.”
She added: “We hope that the festival will continue to carry out its responsibility towards developing children’s imagination, and inspire them to participate and find joy in the fascinating film industry and all its related media arts. This is made easier by allowing talented amateur and professional filmmakers – gifted persons the youth can aspire to – from all over the world to compete for the SICFF awards.” The FUNN Director continued: “We strive wholeheartedly to stimulate and unlock the creative potential of children, while encouraging established filmmakers to produce more films that serve and express children’s issues.”
The festival awards cover seven exciting categories, of which the ‘Best Child-Made Film’ is open globally to children and young adults of all nationalities under the age of 18 years. The ‘Best Emirati Short Film’ is exclusively open to Emiratis over 18 years of age, and the ‘Best GCC Short Film’- is open to GCC filmmakers also above the age of 18.
Other categories include ‘Best Feature Film’, ‘Best Short Film’, ‘Best Documentary’, and ‘Best Animated Film’ — to all of which entry is open to filmmakers over 18 years of age internationally. Talented newcomers and established filmmakers alike who are interested in participating in the film competition can submit their applications online via www.sicff.ae.
Organized annually by FUNN, the Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival is the first of its kind in the UAE and the region, and aims to bring awareness to children and young people about the marvels of the movie industry while developing their creativity and abilities in all basic motion picture techniques and all forms of media arts.
The festival offers a platform of international films and new multimedia that exposes children to world-cultures and promotes world peace, showing children how people from different cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds can live together peacefully with equality. FUNN was founded in November 2012 under the patronage of Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammad Al Qasimi to act as nucleus to promote interest and excellence in the creative and media arts among children and young people in the emirate of Sharjah and the UAE at large.
FUNN aims to develop media arts (filmmaking, photography, graphic design and animation), spread awareness among children and youth about the wonder of art and modern media, and nurture a promising future generation of creative artists in media and film. It also endeavours to educate, support, empower and foster talented children and young people through appealing training courses, workshops and creative art- and media activities and professional events.
The festival strives to form a solid network of talented youth who can connect with equally proficient peers, both locally and internationally.