75 children win tickets to Dubai International Film Festival

Published December 5th, 2010 - 01:45 GMT

Seventy-five children from around the UAE have won red carpet gala tickets for their families or screening tickets to the Dubai International Film Festival through DIFF's 2010 painting competition, the Festival announced today.

Impressed by the creative outlook of children from around the country, DIFF this year expanded the prizes to include 51 runners-up, who will each receive two tickets to films in the Festival's 'Cinema for Children' programme.

In addition, each of the top 24 winners receives a family invitation for four to the Cinema for Children red carpet gala screening – this year The Nutcracker in 3-D on Friday, December 17 – and their painting is reproduced in the annual DIFF calendar. Other films in the Cinema for Children programme this year include The Magic Tree, The Magic Silver, Oblivion Island and Eleanor's Secret.

More than 500 students from 26 schools across the UAE took part in the painting competition, and the entries were evaluated according to the age of the participants by a jury comprising Colette Mol, Arts Manager, Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre; Rachael Brown, Head of Special Projects, The JamJar gallery; and children's author Julia Johnson. Several of the children drew on new trends in filmmaking as their theme.

Mahsa Motamedi, Director of Marketing and Sponsorship, Dubai International Film Festival, said: "The entries this year clearly highlight the growing interest of the children in DIFF and the new trends in filmmaking, with several entries focused on 3D and IMAX cinema experiences. It is interesting to note that children are now not only impressed by the on-screen heroes but also by technological advancements that make them love cinema even more."

Jury member Julia Johnson said: "There is obviously a great deal of talent amongst young artists in Dubai and Sharjah. I was struck by the wonderful array of pictures, and of how much thought, imagination and enthusiasm had gone into their creation. Some of the most appealing pictures were vivid and adventurous, bold and vibrant; others showed minute attention to detail; several were considerably thought-provoking and some showed a delightful sense of fun and humour. It was quite amazing to see so many different interpretations of the theme, 'What DIFF means to me'! Although it was certainly a difficult task to choose the winners, some of the pictures stood out for their composition, use of colour and originality. Congratulations to all!"

The painting competition, themed 'What does Cinema and DIFF mean to you?' was open to students in the age group 5-12. Students were invited to submit drawings and paintings in any medium, including crayons, watercolours, acrylic and oil paints, through their schools.

Participating schools include Al Noor Training Centre for Special Needs, Al Mawakeb School, Alliance Francaise, Lycee George Pompidou – Oud Metha, Lycee George Pompidou – Sharjah, Lycee Libanais Francophone Prive, Arab Unity School, Delhi Private School – Dubai, Delhi Public School – Sharjah, Dubai International Academy, Emirates National School – Sharjah, Gulf Indian High School, Horizon School, Indian High School – Dubai, Indian High School – Ajman, International School of Arts & Sciences, Latifa School for Girls, The Millennium School, The Philippine School, Pristine Private School, Uptown Primary School, Regent International School, Raffles International School, Our Own English High School, Jumeirah Primary School, and Jumeirah English Speaking School.

The seventh edition of Dubai International Film Festival 2010 will be held from December 12 to 19. DIFF 2010 is held in association with Dubai Studio City. Dubai Duty Free, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai Pearl, Emirates Airline and Madinat Jumeirah, the home of the Dubai International Film Festival, are the principal sponsors of DIFF. The event is supported by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority. 

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