SICFF 2018: Youth interact with experts


Sharjah — The sixth edition of the Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival (SICFF 2018) will be hosting six panel discussions for the first time in the history of the festival, featuring internationally acclaimed industry experts and professionals.

SICFF 2018 seeks to inspire youngsters to learn more about cutting-edge art forms and technologies used in filmmaking as well as to impart knowledge and skills for children and young adults in the UAE.

A session titled “Empowering Talent’ will be conducted by members of the SICFF’s jury panels.

The panel discussion titled ‘Disney World between Past and Present’ will be conducted by Brian Ferguson, an animator from Walt Disney Animation Studios, who will brief the audience about ‘The Lion King’, one of the most important animation films he worked on.

The ‘Filmmaking with Refugees’ panel will bring together Lebanese filmmaker Diaa Mulaeb and animation artist Simon Medard from Camera-etc animation studio who will highlight the role of films in documenting the plight of refugees as well as raising understanding and awareness of the refugee crisis.

Another session titled ‘Films Inspired by Refugee’ Stories’ will screen a selection of short films based on true stories of refugee children across various countries such as Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Sudan, and Ethiopia.

The audience can immerse in discussions about the ‘Cinema between Past and Present” session, which will engage Bahraini Jury members, including author Hamad Al Shehabi, filmmaker Mohammed Ibrahim and movie critic Mansura Abdul Amir.

Emirati actor-filmmaker Abdullah Al Humairi will present the ‘Film Industry in the Times of Social Media’.

The panel discussions will be open to the Children’s Jury, which includes 49 children and young adults, who have been selected to participate in the discussion. — SG