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SICFF 2013 Closes After Setting Great Milestones

November 17, 2013


SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Launched by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, member of the Supreme Council, together with his wife Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs and Patron of Sharjah International Children's Film Festival on 21 October, 2013, the first annual Sharjah International Children's Film Festival closed on 5 November, after a ten day run and over 9,000 attendees in Sharjah, Khor Fakkan, and Al Dhaid.

In response to the huge turnout, FUNN's Manager and SICFF Director Jawaher Abdulla Al Qassimi talked about future changes: "We're planning to launch a competition around SICFF 2014, setting up workshops in and around the festival, bringing in international guests and speakers, and a few more surprises we'll keep under wraps for now. We want to set milestones every year."

The festival took place for the first 6 days in Sharjah, and then moved to Khor Fakkan for 2 days and to Al Dhaid for another 2 days. Some of the more popular screenings included The 99, screened in JRCC and Grand Cinemas, is an animation movie about 99 youngsters from across the globe, 99 ancient Noor stones and 99 superhuman powers. Meanwhile, Mustafa's Sweet Dreams, screened in Grand Cinemas, is about a sixteen year-old called Mustafa, one of many young boys who study the complex art of making baklava.

Unveiling another FUNN initiative, she added: "We are proud to announce that FUNN has successfully launched its very own production unit. FUNN will select the most phenomenal books and short stories by Emirati authors for young readers, and transform them into series and films to proudly put Emirati talent in the spotlight internationally. FUNN will launch FUNN Tales short stories for children and produce mini-series for youth and young adults."

FUNN Tales will start producing a television series based on a sci-fi series written by Noura Al Noman entitled Ajwan: "Ajwan is a 19 year old girl who narrowly escapes the destruction of her planet and the annihilation of her race. The trauma awakens a latent ability in her, Empathy. These events affect her life and she has to face the choice of taking up arms against a foe whose identity she doesn't know. With lots of parallels with what has been happening in the Arab world, there is no Earth, no Arabs, and no religions here."

Amna Al Nuaimi, from Jumeirah Model School expressed her appreciation for inviting the school to SICFF to entertain them and to expose the kids to the new media and a new digital world. 77 different schools from all around the UAE sent their students on an SICFF 2013 tour in Sharjah, Khor Fakkan, and Al Dhaid.

*Source: ME NewsWire

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Source: Sharjah International Children's Film Festival

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