The film festival showcased a total of 124 feature and short films, and animations from 31 countries this year, of which 30 screenings were local productions.
The 5th Sharjah International Childrens Film Festival (SICFF)s six-day celebration of cinema and the media arts concluded with a well-attended crowd from the UAE and across the region to its film screenings, workshops, celebrity meet-and-greets, competitions, and numerous other activities.
The festival came to an end with a closing gala on October 13 at the Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre, Sharjah, attended by the festivals jury members, SICFF organisers from FUNN Sharjah Media Arts for Youth and Children, filmmakers, directors, producers, social media influencers, and movie stars.
Committed to telling the stories that cater to the younger generations through film, the film festival showcased a total of 124 feature and short films, and animations from 31 countries this year, of which 30 screenings were local productions.
Addressing the audience present at the closing ceremony, Sheikha Jawaher Bint Abdullah Al Qasimi, Director of FUNN and SICFF, said: The arts have taught us that there is no limit to dreams, and at FUNN nothing stops us from providing all that is necessary for the new generations to develop their craft and advance towards bigger and brighter creative horizons. I am deeply grateful for your continued support and presence because you were integral to the festivals success.
An elaborate awards ceremony was organised to recognise all winning films at SICFF 2017, jury members, child jurors, workshop trainers, sponsors and volunteers for contributing to this events success.
Among SICFF 2017s seven best film categories, the award for the Best Child Made Film went to Between Day & Night directed by Antoni Malecki, Anna Bloem, Maaike Bloem and Filip Aleksanrowicz. The Best Student Film was won by Charlie’s Buck Teeth directed by Esther Lalanne. In the category of Best Short GCC Film, director Nada Almojadedi scooped the award for her film Zaina’s Cake. The Best International Film award was won by Riceballs directed by Shingo Usami.
The remaining three categories included Best Animation Film won by The Pocket Man directed by Ana Chubinidze; Best Documentary Film won by Emilio Martí López for his film Hello Marhaba; and to The Day My Father Became a Bush that won Nicole van Kilsdonk Best Feature Film award.
Jury members of all the above-mentioned award categories were felicitated for their insights and efforts in selecting the best films. For the first time in the history of SICFF, a 37-member child jury was selected to contribute to the film selection process. They received awards too.
The event was supported by Crescent Enterprises (Gold Sponsor), Gulftainer (Silver Sponsor), Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (Silver Sponsor) Emirates (Official Airline) and Centro (Hospitality Partner).