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Sharjah’s FUNN centre invites young storytellers to apply for Short Film Story Award

All candidates between the ages of 13 and 18, who reside in Dubai, can participate in the competition. The winning entry will then be scripted into a film and entered into the category for 'Best Child Made Film Award’ at Sharjah International Film Festival for Youth & Children 2019.

FUNN, Sharjah Media Arts for Youth and Children, is inviting all UAE residents, both nationals and expatriates, between the ages of 13 and 18 to submit their stories for the ‘Short Film Story Award.’ The competition will accept entries in both English and Arabic, and is open until 21 December.

The competition, organised in collaboration with Sharjah Media City (SHAMS), aims to create a movie that is wholly made by children. Through it, youngsters can develop their stories into a script and a film as well as experience the joyous process of film-making from beginning to end.

Speaking about the event, HH Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi, wife of Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, the Ruler of Sharjah remarked: “FUNN is invested in building a generation of talented and well-informed people whose thoughts and stories can be translated onto the screen. Writing is the most important component of cinematic works. Without a story, there is no film. This award will instil the fruitful labour of learning in young minds and help us take a step towards living Sharjah’s vision.”

Besides the age and language criteria, the story must be written by the contestant without the help of any other person and should not include any violence or politics. It should not offend any religion, gender, or ethnic group and must have a moral.

The winner will receive AED 5000 ($1358) provided by SHAMS – Sharjah Media City and an undisclosed prize provided by FUJI Film. The winning story will also be created into a film where the contestant will be part of the crew and the final film will be submitted for the ‘Best Child Made Film Award’ at Sharjah International Film Festival for Youth & Children 2019. The winning contestant will also be enrolled in the FUNN film making program 2019. The winner will be announced by 30th December.

The submission will be evaluated by a panel of jury members which includes: Fagr Kassim Ali, Director – Media Sector Development Sharjah Media City; Abdalla Al Hemairi, Director and Actor; and Nadia Rahman, Chair of Media Production & Storytelling – ZU. Contestants can submit their registration through