1400 entries for DIFF children’s painting competition;  24 winners to be invited to Children’s Gala

Tue Nov 17,2009

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) 2009 children’s painting competition received over 1,400 entries from students representing 30 schools in Dubai.

The independent selection committee included; Ali Mostafa, director of the first multi-lingual UAE film, City of Life; Nayla Al Khaja, UAE’s first female filmmaker and founder of The Scene Club; Sunny Rahbar, Partner of Third Line Art Gallery; Maryam Bin Fahad, Executive Director, Dubai Press Club; Hetal Pawani, Partner of Jam Jar Gallery and  Masoud Amralla Al Ali, DIFF Artistic Director;

The selected 24 winners will be invited along with their families for the Children’s Gala premiere on December 11, 2009. The winning entries will also be part of the DIFF annual calendar for 2010.

Mahsa Motamedi, Director of Marketing and Sponsorship, DIFF, said the high level of participation from school students highlights the strong connection between films and children.

“Children love their on-screen heroes and the adventure and thrills offered by films. There is a magic to cinema that binds children, and when channelised positively it sparks creativity in young minds,” she said.

The painting competition, themed ‘Children and Film’ was open for students in the age group 5-12. They were invited to submit drawings and paintings in any medium, including crayons, watercolors, acrylic and oil paints, through their schools. Entry to the competition was free.

Participating school’s in the competition include Alliance Francaise, Al Noor Training Centre for Special Needs, Delhi Public School, Dubai English Speaking School, Dubai Russian Private School, Dubai Scholars Private School, Dubai Secondary, Greenfield Community School, Gulf Indian High School, International School of Arts & Sciences, Jumeirah Primary School, Lycee George Pompidou – Oud Metha, Lycee George Pompidou – Sharjah, Lycee Libanais Francophone Prive, Our Own English High School, Raffles International, Royal Dubai School, The Millennium School, Uptown School, Victoria International School, Sharjah, Wellington International School, World Academy, Latifa School for Girls, Scholars International Academy, Sharjah, Indian School – Ajman, Dubai Gems, and Emirates International School.

DIFF 2009 is showcasing an eclectic collection of children’s films this year too. Now in its sixth year, DIFF 2009 is held in association with Dubai Studio City and will be held from December 9 to 16.  Dubai Duty Free, Dubai Pearl, Emirates Airline and Madinat Jumeirah are the principal sponsors of DIFF and the event is supported by Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture).

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