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UAE's Children's International Film Festival (CIFF) 2015 launched today!

Children from all over the UAE are expected to make over 100 movies that will be screened across UAE.

Dubai, September 24th, 2014: More than 100 schools all over the UAE are expected to participate in the UAE's home-grown non-profit Children's International Film Festival's (CIFF) 2015 edition, going by the success of CIFF's previous edition (2014).

In the 2014 edition of CIFF, 44 schools participated. Over 80 movies were made by close to 1,000 young & aspiring filmmakers - children in UAE. In excess of 15,000 attended the festival. 17 awards were given out. Furthermore, 234 film submissions were received from 38 countries in 36 languages. HE Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan's (Honorable Minister of Culture, Youth & Community Development of UAE) blessed & patronised the festival.

The festival aims to nurture artistic talent & scientific skills in the children of UAE while edutaining others, children & adults alike, with meaningful & inspiring children's cinema from all over the world.

Nine days of this festival, that takes place in Apr/May every year, will feature the best of movies made by children as part of the nation-wide Filmmaking Competition, cherry-picked selection of international children's cinema, filmmaking workshops for children & adults, film forums focussed on children, gala red-carpet Opening & Awards Ceremonies, in addition to several other events.

Entries to the Filmmaking Competition is free and so is for professional filmmakers to submit their films.

More than 20,000 are expected to attend the festival in 2015 including children, parents, teachers, friends & families. The screenings will take place at VOX Cinemas in Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah & Fujairah during Apr/May 2015.

"CIFF has become the most looked-forward-to event amongst children & schools in the UAE", said Ms. Jyoti Jain, Creative Director - CIFF. "Children get to make films and watch them too on the big cinema screens. As a 'student', it's a huge learning experience, and as a 'filmmaker', it's an incredibly gratifying moment for them!"

Children-made films from the previous edition are already making rounds in six other children's film festivals spread over USA, Europe & Africa.

CIFF 2015 is being supported by Dubai Police & Ajman Chamber of Commerce & Industry and is being conducted in partnership with VOX Cinemas & New York Film Academy, USA.

ENDS

NOTES TO THE EDITORS:

About the Organiser

CIFF is conceptualised and organised by The Film Studio FZ-LLC, a company based out of Dubai Studio City engaged in the business of Film & TV Production and Events Management. The Film Studio's sole objective is to create such content that is meaningful, inspirational and helps root children in the real world instead of an imaginary one that doesn't exist.

Contact details

To know more about CIFF 2015 (or its previous editions), please contact Mr. Deepak Jain, Festival Director - CIFF via email at dj@ciff.ae or via phone at +971 (55) 559-6098.

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