What is SICFF?
Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival (SICFF) was launched in 2013. It is the first children film festival in the country and the region, and it is a project of FUNN, an organization established by Sharjah government (under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness, the Ruler of Sharjah). 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.
SICFF Main Role
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 by engaging children & youth to the following:
- Q & A and discussion sessions after screenings with the filmmakers
- Different workshops (during the festival) to educate them about film and cinema
- Special screening of films Made by Children & Youth followed by a Q & A session
SICFF 2016 Overview
In October 2016, we screened 121 films that were selected from among 286 films from almost 50 countries.
The films covered Child Made films, Films made by Children Refugees, Student films, Short Emirati Films, Short GCC films, Short International films, animation, features, and documentaries that touch family issues, environmental concerns, impact of technology, and creativity, among others.
- To educate children and youth of UAE about film and cinema
- To expose them to international cultures and traditions from all over the world through cinema
- To train children and youth to be future filmmakers by exposing them to creative, inspirational filmmakers.
- To foster local filmmakers and motivate them to produce children films for the children and youth of the UAE.
“To be the premier children film festival in the region by encouraging learning and creating, through the art of film”