Are you a budding filmmaker attending a local university? Here's your opportunity to shine! The 4th edition of Sharjah InternationalChildren'sFihnFestival (SICFF) will take place from Oct.2328 and will provide a unique chance for young filmmakers to put their skills to the test! SCIFF is an initiative of FUNN, a Sharjah-based foundation that seeks to promote media arts and creative talent among youth in the UAE. The initiative is founded under the patronage of Her Highness SheikhaJawaherBintMohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. In-line with the festival's objectives is the new Video Coverage Contest that will be hosted during the Festival groups of youth from local universities (up to a maximum of four members per group from each institution) have been invited to document the Festival through their own video cameras. The students must start filming on the first day of the festival ? Oct.23 ? and produce the final edited version by the morning ofOct.27. Submissions shouldbe forwarded to fatima.m@furntae through Each participating student will be given a certificate and the overall winner will be rewarded with a trophy during SICFF's Awarding Ceremony to be held at JRCC on the evening of October 28. The competition hopes to foster local filmmakers and motivate them to produce innovative content for the children and youth of the UAE. AGE LIMIT RAISED Falah Gulzar adds Furthermore, this year's edition will include university students' works, as well as two movie premieres, the event's senior coordinator said in a recent interview. Fatima Musharbek said that this year's event has increased the age limit ofthose submitting to include university students. College students are future filmmakers and they need to be given a platform, she said. The competition has had over 400 entries this year, with 121 accepted, said Musharbek. She added that organisers expect a higher turnout this year than the 30,000 who attended the previous festival.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016