Sheikha Jawaher Bint Abdullah Al Qasimi.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The UAE Ministry of Culture and Youth (MCY) has signed a partnership agreement with FUNN, the Sharjah-based organisation dedicated to promoting and supporting media arts learning among children and youth, to jointly establish a framework for coordination between both parties in organising the Sharjah International Film Festival for Children and Youth (SIFF) for a period of five years.
The MoU is aimed at supporting the local filmmaking sector, help nurture young talents and develop their capabilities, and promote the production of good films.
The agreement stipulates that the Ministry will take on the responsibility of choosing members of the jury committees, assist in inviting filmmakers and other industry professionals, and suggest Emirati filmmakers and experts for SIFF’s workshops and panel discussions.
For the upcoming edition of SIFF, MCY will be proposing a list of Korean films to be screened as a special celebration of Korean cinema, and recommend Korean directors who will be invited to be part of SIFF’s programme.
Commenting on the new partnership, Sheikha Jawaher Bint Abdullah Al Qasimi, Director of FUNN and SIFF said: “Good cinema inspires, entertains and educates the viewer. It is a powerful medium for fostering noble habits in young generations and motivates them to create, ask questions, share their vision and address societal issues."
"The new partnership with the UAE’s Ministry of Culture and Youth builds on FUNN’s previous work and furthers our goals and strategies to reach a wider segment of local and regional communities. It will also aid us in instilling a love for good cinema among young generations, as envisioned by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. Through this partnership, we are looking forward to enhancing and advancing the youth’s creative and filmmaking skills, and thereby, benefit the regional film industry.”
For his part, Mubarak Al Nakhi, Undersecretary at Ministry of Culture and Youth, said: "This partnership is in line with the Ministry's strategy to empower the film industry, and nurture a new generation of content creators who will take our history and culture to audiences worldwide. Cinema is a key segment of the global creative industry and we seek to empower it to reach its fullest potential via local and global collaborations."
"Our partnership with FUNN stems from our conviction that cinema is vital for building cultural bridges around the world, for stimulating the youth’s creativity, and inspiring them to design content that is true to their culture and to good values," he concluded.
From The Jungle Book’s Neel Sethi to The Room’s Jacob Tremblay, top young actors from around the world have made celebrity appearances at every edition of the Sharjah International Film Festival for Children and Youth (SIFF).
The Sharjah International Film Festival for Children and Youth (SIFF) 2019 will be held from Oct.13-18 under the theme ‘Films inspired by Books’ in celebration of Sharjah World Book Capital 2019.
The Government of the UAE has launched the new domain name of its official portal to become the first government domain in the world composed of a single letter (U), to facilitate the public access to information, services, projects, strategies and laws in the UAE.
Local media said that during the daily work at the port of Aqaba on Monday, a tanker filled with a toxic gaseous substance fell during its transportation, which led to an explosion and gas leak at the site.
The Resolution cancels fees levied on airline agents and their branches, and airline offices operating in the emirate, which were imposed pursuant to regulations issued on 12 March 1985 and Resolution No.(4) of 1998.
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA), which regulates the health insurance sector in Dubai, has launched "EJADAH" programme, the first-of-its-kind value-based healthcare model for the emirate.