Sharjah Media City Joins Sharjah International Film Festival for Children and Young People as Golden Sponsor

  • The young screenwriter competition encourages young people to write screenplays and encourages young talent.
  • ‘Hekaya’ trains participants to write screenplays and write creative ideas in cinematic formats.
  • The E-Heroes competition, which consists of a video game, integrates young people with characters inspired by films.

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates – Sharjah Media City (Shams) has announced its participation in the ninth Sharjah International Film Festival for Children and Young People (SIFF) as a Golden Sponsor, hosting a series of interactive workshops to empower children and young people in the media and creative industries, in line with its efforts to strengthen the media and creative sectors, in addition to training and empowering a new generation of creators and artists in Sharjah and the Emirates United Arabs.

Organized by FUNN – Sharjah Media Arts for Youth and Children, the Festival is under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, and celebrates diversity world cinema across seven categories. The event will run at Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Center until October 15, 2022, with 100 films produced in 43 countries around the world.

His Excellency Dr. Khalid Omar Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Media City (Shams), said: “The Sharjah International Film Festival for Children and Young People is of particular importance to Shams, given its role as a platform creative pioneer who trains and empowers a new generation of young artists capable of supporting the cultural advancement of Sharjah and the United Arab Emirates.

“We are happy to participate in the ninth edition of the Festival as a Gold Sponsor,” added SE. “This reflects our distinguished and longstanding relationship with the event organisers, FUNN – Sharjah Media Arts for Youth and Children, and highlights the notable role the festival plays in promoting the arts and creative sectors.”

“Shams is always looking for opportunities to help educate professionals in the film and arts industries, and to that end we have undertaken pioneering efforts, such as producing the film ‘218’launching a series of script room workshops (‘Hakaya’) to train budding screenwriters, and much more,” added HE Dr. Khalid Omar Al Midfa. “Through our participation this year, we hope to highlight the artistic potential of children and young people, and present them to society and the film industry as talented individuals capable of leaving their mark in the sector.

In addition to its role as sponsor, Shams adds an artistic and creative element to the ninth edition of the Sharjah International Film Festival for Children and Young People with a platform that showcases its experiences and efforts in developing the media sector and of the film industry, and which will host a series of creative activities for children and young people to spark their passion for film and the creative industries.

Shams invites all festival attendees to visit its workshops and creative activities, which include the Young Screenwriter Competition which aims to encourage screenwriting and nurture young talent in this field by reading their work and providing advice . Additionally, Shams hosted the E-Heroes contest, which is a video game designed to attract and engage young people with movie-inspired characters.

Shams will also hold a series of workshops as part of its “Mini Hekaya” initiative targeting children and young people, with the aim of teaching them the art of screenwriting and its role in the success of artistic works and cinematographic. The sessions will teach participants how to write creative ideas in the form of cinematic formats and present them to the public.


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