The Festival goal is to stimulate the exhibition of independent international films that give account of cultural diversity.
These movies, which differ from traditional productions usually marketed to Emirati’ children and youth, will definitely enrich the lives of the audience. We believe in the potential of film to enhance and foster greater understanding of diverse cultures from around the world.
We recognize that creating opportunities for independent and original films to be seen is an essential part of an open and intellectually curious community.
Watching movies is a great source of entertainment for countless individuals all over the world. Movies are enjoyed and loved by all; and they have an ability to influence lives.
DICFF plans to hold film screening events in selected venues of Dubai. The films will be selected from international filmmakers; providing educational value for children as well and offer appropriate entertainment.
The festival will be beneficial for children, as films can help them learn about a variety of subjects, and spark ideas and learning.
Moreover, through films, kids can explore places, world cultures, people and issues; ideas and dreams. The films also help children build analytical skills through discussion and debate on the movies.
Each film will be followed by a discussion; with various objectives determined and encouraged within the context of each show, for children’s greater understanding of cinema.
The Dubai International Children’s Film Festival provides screenings both for schools and the general public.
Educators bring their classes to school screenings during the fall Festival to view international films. Films are used as a springboard to class-work in a wide number of subject areas, including geography, math, music, social studies, art, health and language studies. After screenings, children are engaged in discussions with filmmakers and Festival personnel. These discussions are designed to lead children and teachers toward powerful dialogue about the role of television and film in their lives. The impact of violent films, and alternatives to them, are frequently explored.
Children attending the Festival are also instructed to view each film carefully and critically, so that they may cast an informed ballot for the Best of the Fest award. These interactive experiences enrich Festival audiences with a wide range of cultural perspectives and give them “behind-the-scenes” understanding of the art and craft of filmmaking.