Sharjah – The activities of the ninth edition of the Sharjah International Film Festival for Children and Youth, which will be held at the Al Jawaher Center for Events and Conferences from 10 to 15 October, celebrate a wide range of films, numbering 100, produced in 43 countries in the world.
The festival, affiliated with the Fun Foundation, which is concerned with promoting and supporting media art for children and young people in the UAE, announced in a statement that Saudi Arabia, France and the United Kingdom topped the list of works nominated to participate in this year’s edition of the festival.
The Sharjah International Film Festival for Children and Youth 2022 is being organized on the ground after it was organized remotely via video communication technology last year due to the repercussions of the Corona pandemic, as it received 1,717 films from 89 countries, France, the United States and the UAE topped the list of participating works. The wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, Sheikha Jawaher bint Muhammad Al Qasimi, President of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, celebrates the diversity of world cinema in seven categories.
Among the 100 films selected for screening in this year’s session, 29 films emerged from animation, and the number of feature films doubled compared to last year, reaching 17 films, while the number of participating works in the student-made films category. 16 films.
Saudi Arabia topped the nominations for the best film made by children and young adults, and the best Gulf short film, with 10 films each, and the number of documentaries reached seven films, in addition to seven international short films.
Anime or animation films are the most famous face of Japan globally, so that Arab generations know the series “Captain Majid” more than they know Japan, which is a great cultural success achieved by Japan, as it is one of the means of its soft power, as it presents Japan in a unique human and positive image, and the spread of shares The wide range of this type of cinema leads many film festivals, especially those specialized in children’s cinema, to pay attention to cartoon films, even if these festivals are concerned with children residing in the Arab region, which is not considered a pioneer in this field.
In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the country with the largest participation rate in the festival this year, the interest of young people and girls in the art of animation began from an early age through individual efforts, in addition to the contribution of some private institutions in spreading the idea by investing the energies of creators and talents, and it was presented during the few years The past is a work that is palatable by the taste of animation lovers, and presents it based on the Saudi identity and artistic taste in light of the intense competition for the production of cartoon films globally.
The festival has been organized annually since 2013 by the Art Foundation, which aims to enhance the media capabilities of children and young people in the UAE, promote their artwork and create a network of communication between emerging creators around the world.
The festival includes seven competitions for films made by children, films made by university students, Emirati short films, Gulf short films, feature films, documentaries and animation films.
Sheikha Jawaher bint Abdullah Al Qasimi, Director of the Art Foundation and the Festival, said, “It represents an important station in the path of many artists and creators of children and youth, who have talents and passion in the field of cinema, as he takes their hands until they reach the degree of professionalism in producing cinematic films with the highest levels of proficiency and quality, and their delivery. To the Arab and international podiums.
She added, “By adopting talented people in the film industry, we seek to create a creative and visual environment that translates the reality of children and youth, and highlights their ambitions and dreams in front of the audience, hoping that the festival will contribute to presenting purposeful cinematic products that elevate the taste of the viewer.”
In addition to the film screenings, the festival will hold workshops to qualify a select group of talented young people to become promising film judges and critics. .
A promising committee of judges participated in last year’s session, which included 31 members of children and youth, with talent and great ability to evaluate and criticize.
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