SIFF 2022 will host a panel discussion on current realities shaping the future of cinema


The discussion will offer insight into various aspects of cinema from October 10-15 at the Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Center in Sharjah.

The ninth edition of the Sharjah International Film Festival for Children and Young People will welcome industry professionals and stakeholders who will engage in diverse and in-depth conversations about the changing landscape and the future of cinema.

Alongside screenings of 95 films from around the world, including premieres and green carpet events, SIFF 2022 will host a selection of talks led by famous filmmakers at the festival targeting both audiences and the film fraternity. Film personalities and professionals will offer insight into the world of filmmaking and share their informed opinions on distribution, talent acquisition and support, and other aspects of the craft.

SIFF 2022 opens with a one-on-one conference titled “Distribution for Short Films – Who Buys My Film?” October 11 at 6:30 p.m. Moderated by writer, director and producer Chadi Zeineddine, the session will welcome Guilio Vita, the artistic director of the La Guarimba International Film Festival in Italy, who will provide filmmakers and producers at the festival with an in-depth understanding of the complex new world of distribution as that it explores topics ranging from film festival strategy to streaming and online platforms that help maximize a film’s reach.

In the second conference, “How to train future filmmakers”, international trainer, producer and director Firdoze Bulbulia will host a conference with Siona Vidakovic, Belgian filmmaker and animator. The 6:00pm session on October 12 will explore whether creativity can be taught and how knowing a range of styles, ideas and cinematic approaches is vital for the creative development of an authentic personal voice.

On the same day at 7:30 p.m., Gehad Darwish, Head of Talent and Outreach at Imagenation, a film and entertainment company based in twofour54, Abu Dhabi’s Media Free Zone, will discuss “How to support local talent and international”. Youth Council member Shahad Alkaabi will host the conference which will offer insight into talent discovery and provide strategies for young aspirants to discover their inner potential.

A Film Literacy Talk on October 13 at 5:30 p.m. will feature award-winning film and media producer and director Firdoze Bulbulia. The discussion, moderated by SIFF Junior Juror Noor Saleh, will explore the communication and entertainment aspects of new-age apps and platforms like TikTok and SnapChat and delve into its hidden dangers while offering solutions to protect children and young people. . The discussion will also focus on the dangers of ‘fake news’, ‘deepfakes’ and ‘cancel culture’.

On the same day at 6:00 p.m., Ahmed Eldin, journalist and producer from Kuwait, will explore ‘Refugee Stories in Cinema’ with Alejandra Alcala, director of The neighborhood storytellerand Waad Alkateab, director of for sama, both documentaries. The two directors who have highlighted the plight of refugees in their films will lead discussions on how the efforts of determined individuals are helping to change the popular refugee narrative.

On October 14 at 4:00 p.m., FUNN programs will be hosted by social media influencer Ali bin Kamal. The session will welcome Majid Al Farsi, Programs Coordinator at FUNN and two FUNN students – Zayed Al Suwaidi and Ibrahim Al Gergawi. Through the student experience, the session will highlight FUNN’s most important integrated programs, initiatives, events and activities to support and promote media and film arts in the Emirate of Sharjah and the United Arab Emirates.

On the same day at 6:00 p.m., Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, journalist, producer and Emmy-nominated actor, will host a session on “Palestine: Forging Connections Through Film.” Jordanian filmmaker Darin J. Sallam, who directed Farhawill discuss the power of truth in film as she explores the human cost of conflict and the greater and lesser moments of the struggle for survival in her feature debut.

Another panel discussion, “Why do we visit film festivals? will be hosted by Chadi Zeineddine on October 14 at 8:30 p.m. The session will feature award-winning Arab filmmaker and producer Mohammed Sendi, who will discuss the merits of film festivals and their role as a dynamic platform to showcase storytelling and filmmaking skills to a wider audience.


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