The second annual Children’s International Film Festival begins tomorrow at Dubai’s Madinat Theatre, featuring 53 films made by children and students from the UAE and 67 international films – twice as many as last year’s inaugural event.
The red-carpet gala opening event, which is by invite only, includes screenings of the documentary Emirati and Proud, made by Latifa School for Girls in Dubai, and Hamad Alawar’s comic animation Daddy ABC, co-produced by twofour54 and Dubai’s award-winning animation house Blink Studios.
The festival promises to offer some of the best family entertainment from around the world, with public screenings of films on Friday and Saturday at Vox Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates. All the films presented in public screenings will be new to UAE audiences.
The festival will then be holding exclusive screenings from Sunday to April 30 at schools in Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah.
The event will conclude with a day of invite-only screenings on May 1 for parents and teachers, who will have the opportunity to vote for some of the award winners, followed by a gala red-carpet awards ceremony on May 2. Awards will be presented in a range of categories and will also include sponsored awards from the New York Film Academy Abu Dhabi, for most promising filmmaker, and from Nikon, for best film poster.
Original article by Chris Newbould
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