Children's Cinema Global Forum

29-30 Jan, 20202021

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2020 was an extraordinary year for all of us. It has shown how resilience and working together becomes central in such unprecedented times. Echoing the same ethos and finding a way forward for film festivals and children’s cinema, Children’s Cinema Global Forum brings together festival directors, filmmakers, producers, cinema managers and organizers for dialogue and exchange.

The Forum presents four panels by experts on a range of topics on children’s cinema, offering situation analysis of the current times and an approximation of how the future looks like for film for children and festivals.

The Forum is co-presented by Lahore International Children’s Film Festival, Pakistan and Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival, UAE.

The areas of conversation of the Forum are;

  • Children’s Cinema – Past and Future
  • Festivals in 2020 and Post Covid-19
  • Future of Festivals, on nurturing children talent and its social impact
  • Collaborations – Areas of Opportunities

Registration is open now. Please fill in the form at the end of this page. 

The Forum will be conducted on Zoom and live broadcasted well.

Session 1: Children’s Cinema – Past and Future
Date: Friday, 29th Jan, 2021
Time: 2:00PM-3:00PM UTC (See this link for other timezones)

What cinema has offered to children in the past for entertainment education and learning, how it has evolved over the years, and what is the potential it carries for the future?

Speaker:

Prof. Dragan M. Fimon
Director and Academic, France

Speaker:

Firdoze Bulbulia
Nelson Mandela Children’s Film Festival, South Africa

Speaker:

Meenakshi Vinay Rai
Director, Chinh India Film Festival, India

Moderated by:

Shoaib Iqbal
Director, Lahore Intl. Children’s Film Festival, Pakistan

Session 2: Festivals in 2020 and Post Covid-19
Date: Friday, 29th Jan, 2021
Time: 3:30PM-4:30PM UTC
(See this link for other timezones)

Since the majority of the film festivals cancelled their events in 2020 or were organized online, what are the learning from it and how it is going to impact the models of film festivals in the future?

Speaker:

Dan Bennett
Director, Los Angeles Int’l Children’s Film Festival, USA

Speaker:

Claudio Gubitosi
Director, Giffoni Film Festival, Italy

Speaker:

Keith Bennie
Director, Audience & Community, Toronto International Film Festival, Canada

Moderated by:

Shoaib Iqbal
Director, Lahore Intl. Children’s Film Festival, Pakistan

Session 3: Future of Festivals, on nurturing children talent and its social impact
Date: Saturday, 30th Jan, 2021
Time: 2:00PM-3:00PM UTC (See this link for other timezones)

With the increase of digital access to films, how will festivals remain relevant in the future with a focus on nurturing children’s talent and telling stories that matter?

Speaker:

Mitsuo Tahira
Director, Kineko Int’l Children’s Film Festival, Japan

Speaker:

Ahmed Al Mulla
Director, Saudi Film Festival, KSA

Speaker:

Giulio Vita
Director, La Guarimba Film Festival, Italy

Moderated by:

Shorouq Lashkri

Session 4: Collaborations – Areas of Opportunities
Date: Saturday, 30th Jan, 2021
Time: 3:30PM-4:30PM UTC (See this link for other timezones)

The global situation with Covid-19 has taught us how we are one as a human race, and are collectively affected in such a situation, how we work together to learn from experiences and form collaborations?

Speaker:

Nina Guralnick
Director, New York Children’s Film Festival, USA

Speaker:

Shadi Al Nimiri
Projects Specialist, Royal Film Commission, Jordan

Speaker:

Monica Wahi
Director, Southasian Children’s Cinema Forum, India

Moderated by:

Aida Al Busaidy
Speaker and Writer

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