Director Note “Over the past decade, SIFF has evolved into a force to be reckoned with, a bastion of creativity and a powerful catalyst for change in the lives of our younger generation. We’ve watched children and young adults alike, year after year, embrace the magic of cinema and witness the extraordinary transformations it can ignite. In 2024, we unveil a groundbreaking initiative – Sharjah Cinema Days, a testament to our unwavering dedication to providing the most meaningful cinematic experiences for our youth. It’s not just an event; it’s a statement of our commitment to championing the future, where the world of film continues to inspire, empower, and shape the destiny of a new generation.

Sharjah Cinema Days is more than just an addition to our festival; it’s a pledge. We are stepping into a future where the power of storytelling through cinema will illuminate the path to boundless possibilities for our youth. As we embark on this new chapter, our mission is to further enrich the cultural tapestry of our region, to unveil new horizons of imagination. We believe that the dreams that unfurl on the silver screen have the potential to shape the leaders, innovators, and dreamers of tomorrow. Join us in this cinematic adventure, as together, we pave the way for a future where every frame, every story, and every heart touched by the magic of film contributes to a world transformed, and lives inspired.”

Sheikha Jawaher bint Abdullah al Qasimi, Director of FANN and SIFF

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