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SICFF draws curtains after successful run
By a Staff Reporter November 27, 2017
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SHARJAH: The Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival (SICFF), organised by ‘FUNN’, Sharjah Media Arts for Youth and Children, has concluded its last series of film screenings and activities in Al Thaid, Al Madam, Al Hamriya and Al Bataeh.

The events marked the end of this year’s edition, which was based at the Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre (JRCC) from Oct 8-13, although the screenings outside of the venue played an integral part in the success of the festival by reaching all cities in Sharjah and enhancing the attraction of filmmaking to younger generations.

After the conclusion of the festival at JRCC, a series of film screenings was held in Kalba, Dibba Al Hisn and Khor Fakkan from Oct 15-31.

Following that, the tour continued to other venues to provide children and young people the opportunity to watch films that were previously shown at JRCC and Novo Cinemas, as well as take part in training workshops and other activities.

Sheikha Jawaher Bint Abdullah Al Qasimi, Director of FUNN and SICFF, said: “The festival has once again helped to create great interest and nurture children’s filmmaking talents, giving them some expert advice and insights into the art of cinema. It also brought together a host of established filmmakers to educate the youngsters on the latest techniques.

“This reflected the calibre of the industry experts taking part and the knowledge they have gained at some of the most significant cinema production studios in the world,” she added.

Sheikha Jawaher Bint Abdullah stressed that the event is an enormous boost to young filmmakers who could explore new avenues of cinema production, particularly for those who benefitted from the touring aspect of the festival.

FUNN strives to provide a platform for young talent to showcase their creativity and learn first-hand about different aspects of the media industry, enabling them to gain real insights and experience of the media arts at a young age. The organisation’s ultimate aim is to form a close-knit community of talented and dynamic young people who can share their expertise on a global scale through the promotion of their media work at film festivals across the world.

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