Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 23 September 2019

Children’s International Film Festival returns for second edition

The festival also has the support of the Dubai Film and TV Commission, and will screen a total of 120 films in 50 languages for and by children.
A still from Daddy ABC by Hamad Alawar. Courtesy Hamad Alawar
A still from Daddy ABC by Hamad Alawar. Courtesy Hamad Alawar

The second annual Children’s International Film Festival begins tomorrow at Dubai’s Madinat Theatre, featuring 53 films made by children and students from the UAE and 67 international films – twice as many as last year’s inaugural event.

The red-carpet gala opening event, which is by invite only, includes screenings of the documentary Emirati and Proud, made by Latifa School for Girls in Dubai, and Hamad Alawar’s comic animation Daddy ABC, co-produced by twofour54 and Dubai’s award-winning animation house Blink Studios.

The festival promises to offer some of the best family entertainment from around the world, with public screenings of films on Friday and Saturday at Vox Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates. All the films presented in public screenings will be new to UAE audiences.

The festival will then be holding exclusive screenings from Sunday to April 30 at schools in Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah.

The event will conclude with a day of invite-only screenings on May 1 for parents and teachers, who will have the opportunity to vote for some of the award winners, followed by a gala red-­carpet awards ceremony on May 2. Awards will be presented in a range of categories and will also include sponsored awards from the New York Film ­Academy Abu Dhabi, for most promising filmmaker, and from Nikon, for best film poster.

The festival also has the support of the Dubai Film and TV Commission, and will screen a total of 120 films in 50 languages for and by children.

“CIFF has gained immense popularity since it began its maiden journey last year,” says festival director Deepak Jain. “It’s a platform that provides the opportunity to young people, pre-teens and teens, to expresstheir creativity through the ever- entertaining medium of films.”

“We are pleased to be partnering with CIFF for its second edition,” says Jamal Al Sharif, chairman of DFTC and managing director of Dubai Studio City. “It is exciting to see these children producing films with so much passion and dedication.

“The festival provides an ­ideal platform for young talent to showcase their creativity and learn first-hand about different aspects of the media industry, allowing them to gain real ­insight and experience at a young age.

“DFTC is committed to nurturing talent and supporting the organic growth of the media and production ecosystem here in Dubai. We welcome and encourage the creation of initiatives and platforms to support the next generation, and foster innovation and creativity.”

Last year’s event was attended by more than 15,000 people and screened only half as many films as this year’s edition.

Cinema sponsor Vox said it was pleased to be back for the extended version.

“Vox Cinemas is delighted to support the Children’s International Film Festival again this year to showcase quality content dedicated to children and families in the UAE,” said Toni El Massih, Vox’s director of film content and distribution.

“We understand the importance of child edutainment and are proud to be able to partner with CIFF to bring films from across the territory to the big screens and give opportunities to children who are talented and interested in filmmaking by ­promoting and encouraging their work.”

cnewbould@thenational.ae

Updated: July 21, 2017 06:53 PM

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