Interview: Myrna Makaron
Dec 09,2011 - 01:45 PM
Programmer – Cinema for Children
How would you describe this year’s programme for children?
Myrna Makaron: This year’s Cinema for Children programme is entertaining. It’s all fun and adventure instead of some huge problem or crisis. The films also have some lovely messages - the emphasis is on relationships. There are a couple of German films [‘Wickie and the Treasure of the Gods’ and ‘When Santa Fell to Earth’] in the programme.
Was that a conscious move to coincide with DIFF’s In Focus –Germany?
MM: Definitely. It was a conscious effort to coincide with the German focus this year. We had to work hard to ensure they were held onto for their international premiere in Dubai.
What’s your guiding principle when it comes to programming for DIFF?
MM: I generally look for films that I know the children living in Dubai won’t have an opportunity to watch in the cinemas here. That’s the guiding factor.
And finally, are we going to see more grown-ups than kids at ‘The Muppets’ gala?
MM: ‘The Muppets’ will definitely have lots of fans from older generations, but I think it will find new fans, who will relate to it as much as the people who grew up watching it did.