The eighth edition of the Sharjah International Film Festival for Children and Youth, SIFF 2020, set to kick off this October, has extended the closing date for submissions in all its eight categories of films, in a bid to encourage more talented filmmakers from the region and beyond benefit from this unique platform dedicated exclusively to celebrating cinema made for young viewers.
Festival organiser FUNN, a Sharjah-based organisation dedicated to promoting and supporting the media arts for young children and the youth of Sharjah and the UAE, has announced that the new date of submissions has been extended to Tuesday, March 31.
Participants can register through the following link https://siff.ae/submission-form-2020/
Scheduled to be held from Oct.11-16, SIFF is one of the most anticipated cultural events organised by Sharjah and is the first film festival in the UAE and the Arab region to celebrate children’s and youth cinema.
Participants can submit their entries under one of the following categories: ‘Best Child and Youth Made Film’, ‘Best Student Film’, ‘Best UAE Short Film’, ‘Best GCC Short Film’, ‘Best International Short Film’, ‘Best Documentary Film’, ‘Best Animation Film’, and ‘Best Feature Film’.
All entries will be subject to preview by a committee constituted by the Festival, and all films submitted in previous editions, whether accepted or rejected, are not acceptable.
Sheikha Jawaher Bint Abdullah Al Qasimi, Director of FUNN and Director of SIFF, said: “This annual film festival aims to encourage young talent in filmmaking, foster their creativity, and enhance the media literacy of children and youth by exposing them to new cultures through inspirational and meaningful cinema from across the world. By screening some of the most renowned, award-winning global filmmakers, we aim to cultivate an appreciation of the arts, and stimulate lively discussions among the children and youth with the film community.
“As with the previous editions, we look forward to receiving imaginative, delightful and compelling entries that promote culturally rich, intelligent and passionate filmmaking to both educate and entertain audiences,” she added.
Packaged in age-appropriate blocks, SIFF films range from colourful animated shorts and adorable stop-motion narratives to enlightening documentaries and full-length feature films to enchant moviegoers of all ages.
SIFF targets an audience of children and young adults aged up to 30 years, and screens films that have not been previously broadcast or presented on TV or the internet for public consumption.
SIFF’s vast repository of high-quality content spanning series, films, cartoons, songs, stories, and educational videos, will be available free-of-charge on MENA Mobile’s Bustan app.
Eighth edition of SIFF to host 48 film premieres, which comprise 4 movies from the UAE, 3 from the GCC, 35 from the Middle East, and 6 films representing the unique vision of global filmmakers.
Noting the impact of hundreds of films, particularly animation, and workshops offered by SIFF to stimulate young imaginations, Masoud Amralla Al Ali said that the festival has been nurturing a deep love and understanding of cinematic arts in children and youth.
The festival welcomes school students from across the UAE during the morning hours from 9am to 2pm, and is open to the public from 4pm to 9pm. SIFF 2022 hosts 8 inspiring talks led by artists, filmmakers and industry professionals and holds 34 workshops.
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