Sharjah International Film Festival for Children and Youth announces 100 films from 43 countries

 The upcoming ninth edition of the Sharjah International Film Festival for Children and Youth (SIFF) will celebrate the beauty and power of a wide range of unique and delightful films from 43 countries, including the UAE, when it opens at the Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre from 10th to 15th October, 2022.

SIFF, organised by FUNN, the Sharjah-based entity that promotes media arts learning among children and youth, has announced that the compelling and imaginative stories from France, the United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia have topped the official selection list of 100 films for the 2022 edition.

SIFF 2022, which returns to the physical format this year after enthralling young audiences virtually for two years, has received 1,717 film submissions from 89 countries, with France, the US, and the UAE topping the charts with the highest number of submissions.

Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs (SCFA), SIFF 2022 will celebrate the diversity of cinema from around the world across seven categories.

Of the 100 movies chosen for screening at the ninth edition this year, animations dominate with 29. Feature films have more than doubled from last year with 17 making the cut for the 2022 edition while there are 16 student films dominated by entries from France.

With 12 films each, the UK leads in the child and youth-made category, while films from Saudi Arabia make up the bulk of the short films from the GCC. Seven documentaries and seven international short films make up the final cohort of the official selection for the year.

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