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DIFFPress Releases 2016Young Animators Award Returns to The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF)
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Young Animators Award Returns to The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF)
Thu Nov 3, 2016
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The enriching programme offers an international platform for all aspiring young animators

Dubai, 03 November 2016: The Young Animators Award returns to DIFF for the second year, following an extraordinary debut at DIFF last year. Launched by DIFF and Taaleem the Award is presented after a group of selected students explore the world of animation in a specially designed workshop prior to the festival.

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) alongside Taaleem, one of the largest education providers in the UAE, have come together once again for the Young Animators Award. This year, SAE Dubai, one of the world’s leading educator in creative media industries, has come on board to support the initiative that is conceived to encourage and engage youngsters in the wonderful world of movie animation.

The Award will see selected participants between 13- and 18-years participate in a stop-motion animation workshop from 1-3 December 2016. The talented young participants will learn about everything from storyboarding and scriptwriting to filming techniques, sound design and editing. The workshop will result in the creation of videos that will be reviewed by a special committee with the winning animation video given a World Premiere at DIFF 2016.

The Award is now open for entry. Young adults interested in taking part are asked to submit a 250 word summary about their interest in animation and cinema and how the creative arts contribute to their happiness.

The deadline for submissions is 22 November 2016.

Commenting on the Young Animators Award, Managing Director of the Dubai International Film Festival, Shivani Pandya, said: “We are delighted to support the Young Animators Award as it is a truly unique initiative that we hope will capture the boundless imagination of young filmmakers. This is a fantastic opportunity for the aspiring young animators of tomorrow to create unique animation films, and be exposed to every aspect of its creation. The programme aims to provide a new platform to showcase and celebrate their filmmaking achievements as well as inspire and educate.”

Taaleem, sponsors of the initiative, will also help by raising awareness and encouraging participation. Clive Pierrepont, Director of Communications at Taaleem added: “Film is a fantastic medium for young people to express their creativity. Following its resounding success in the first year, we continue to believe that the Young Animators Award will give students interested in film a real opportunity to learn practical skills and develop their filmmaking, and we would encourage everyone to take part no matter their experience.”

SAE will provide the venue and post-production support necessary for the Young Animators Award workshop. Mr. Keiran Bartlett, Campus Manager, SAE Institute Dubai, commented: “SAE is thrilled to support the Young Animators Award as it brings together aspiring creative young adults and presents them with an excellent opportunity to discover the wonders of the world of animation, production and film. As the leading educator in the creative media industries, SAE Dubai is uniquely positioned to support this community initiative through its excellent facilities.”

Entrants must submit their 250-word summary by 22nd November 2016 via the Festival’s website.

Entrants must submit their 250-word summary by 22nd November 2016 via the Festival’s website:

Tickets are on sale now for the 13th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival which will take place from the 7th December – 14th December, 2016.
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