by Carissa Garcia
This coming October 13 to 18, the Sharjah International Film Festival for Children and Youth (SIFF) 2019 is showcasing creativity and talents of young filmmakers around the world.
59 films with unique approaches that concern youth will be given a glimpse on the seventh edition that will premiere on the said event.
Some of the films that made through the line-up are the following:
This is story of a grandmother who is waiting to pick up her granddaughter at the railway station. She realizes that she is in a wrong platform and she has a race against time to find the right one.
Jocelyn Wat is the director, producer, editor, sound and music designer of ‘The Station’. She is an animator and illustrator based in Hong Kong. She studied at the University of the West of England and has a BA Hons in Animation with First-Class Honours.
The Stained Club
The Stained Club is based on a fundamentally addressed issue in the animated film. It is digitally directed by Supinfocom Rubika School, Valenciennes, France.
Tracing Addai is about a young German in his 20s, who leaves for Syria to help the cause and join the fight.
Esther Niemeier, the director, is a German director and producer working in the UK and Germany. Her graduation film, ‘Tracing Addai’ is funded by the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and co-produced by German broadcaster RBB.
The Kite is about a little boy, who treasures his visits to his grandfather’s cottage and becomes sad on seeing his grandfather becoming frail and weak.
The Kite was premiered at Berlinale 2019 and won the Best Children’s Film award at ITFS Stuttgart 2019. Born in Slovakia, Martin Smatana finished his master’s in Animation at FAMU, Prague.
SIFF was launched in 2013 to foster creative talents of the new generation and to promote their magnificent work here in UAE and abroad. This annual festival aims to nurture talents and skills and to discover artists in media and film industry.