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Sharjah: The third edition of the Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival (SICFF) kicked off on Sunday, held under the theme of powering the imagination.

The festival, which was organised by FUNN, a foundation specialised in enhancing children and adolescents’ access to arts and media, was held under the patronage of Shaikha Jawaher Bint Mohammad Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. Shaikha Jawaher is also chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family affairs.

The festival runs from October 18 to 23.

Speaking at the opening ceremony yesterday, Shaikha Jawaher Bint Abdullah Al Qasimi, manager of FUNN and SICFF…

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Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival takes place every October and it was launched in 2013. It is the first children film festival in the country and the region. The festival is dedicated to enhance the media literacy of children and young people, foster children’s creativity and showcase the very best in filmmaking for, by and about children and young people.

The festival plays an essential role in bringing international films and new media content for youth and children in the region. It exposes them to world cultures and promote peace, tolerance and global understanding of how people from different cultures, religions and backgrounds live together in this world.

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Funn is an organization established by Sharjah government (under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness, the Ruler of Sharjah) to promote and support Media Art (animation, film making, graphic design etc.) for young children and the youth of Sharjah and UAE.

“To establish a leading media arts education organization that cultivates a long term impact in new media and arts education by organizing media events, and by educating children and young…

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