His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, opened the second edition of the Sharjah International Children's Film Festival yesterday.
The festival, which is being held at Sharjah at Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre, will run until October 24.
The film festival was launched by Sharjah’s FUNN organisation, which is dedicated to promoting media arts among children and young people.
The festival brings together a large number of senior officials, prominent figures, and people interested in media art and cinema, including critics, directors and professionals in the film industry. The festival is attended by Emirati and expatriate children and their parents.
This year's edition will include screenings of 112 films from 35 countries. The films vary between short and animated films, silent and fiction, and target various age groups: children under the age of 7 years, children aged 8-13 years, and young people aged 14-18 years. Film screenings will be held in various venues across Sharjah, mostly Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre and Novo Cinemas, Sahara Centre.
The film screenings will be held for the first time in five towns outside the Emirate of Sharjah, including Al Dhaid, Khorfakkan, Dibba Al Hisn, Kalba and Al Madam.
The films will be screened at the Cultural Centre in Al Dhaid, Khorfakkan, Dibba Al Hisn, Kalba, while in Al Madam film screenings will take place at Al Madam Ladies Club.