SIFF to show 48 films curated for young audiences
Young movie buffs in the region and beyond are in for a true cinematic treat this year at the Sharjah International Film Festival for Children and Youth (SIFF). SIFF patrons will get to watch 48 exciting films across 7 categories that are being premiered for them exclusively at the eighth edition, which unveils on October 10, 2021.
SIFF 2021 will be screening 6 films making their world premieres, and four that are being screened for the first time for UAE audiences. The festival will also be the launch pad for 34 films in the Middle East, as well as 4 in the GCC circuit.
Being organised by FUNN - Sharjah Media Arts for Youth and Children in a fully online format this year, SIFF will be streaming more than 80 diverse films across six days. The films are free to watch and can be accessed by registering at: www.siff.ae.
Two homegrown films, Childhood Trauma by UAE-based Safa Azarayesh that compel us to connect the dots of childhood trauma with adulthood and is competing in the GCC Short Films category, and Sarah Al Ali’s Don’t Give Up that reinforces the need to persevere even when things seem difficult – headline the six films that will have their world premieres at SIFF 2021.
The other four include: The First Line, in Russian by Kate Bugrova; the Arabic film Opportunity by Saudi Arabian Fahad Alotaibi, which narrates a game of life and death; the emotionally resonant Persian film, Sweet Taste of Darkness by Mitra Raeesmohammadi; and Kazakh film Shoqan that explores the reality of truth, and directed by Kuka.
Last Round, an animated short that has been gaining fame and popularity for its universal story of sibling love, is among the 34 films that are having their Middle East premiere at SIFF this year.
A graduation project by Anatole Bournique, Maeva Chaulvet, Katia Hochstetter, Nicolas Jaffre, and Thais Mercier, students of the Goerges Melies School of Animation, France, the film narrates the story of a promising young boxer who is willing to do anything to finance the future of his little sister, a piano prodigy.
The four films being shown in the GCC for the first time include the Russian animated film directed by Ekaterina Filippova, The Little Boat that Wanted to Fly.