Sharjah Film Festival for Children discusses the future of the animation industry


The eighth session of the Sharjah International Film Festival for Children and Youth hosted international artist Brian Ferguson of Disney, Emirati filmmaker and painter Mohammed Fikri, and Emirati director and producer Fadel Saeed Al Muhairi in a dialogue session held (remotely) under the title “The Evolution of Animation in Film Production” to discuss the reality of the film industry. Animation and its future prospects.

Regarding the stages of development of the animation industry, Brian Ferguson said during the session that despite the great developments that the animation industry has witnessed thanks to technological means, it has preserved its essence and message, and with the importance of mastering computer skills in this field, this industry includes other skills such as transforming characters to animation as it requires an understanding of the principles of physics and speed in making a decision at the right time.

Emirati filmmaker Mohammed Fikri said that the animation industry in the region has not witnessed real change, with many pioneers in this industry sticking to their own way of designing and presenting materials.

Emirati director Fadel Al Muhairi confirmed that the animation industry today is witnessing an increasing demand, especially since the Corona pandemic crisis, and in particular films that provide educational and entertainment content for children.. He pointed out that the animation industry has witnessed many changes over the past decade, most notably digitization. The painter takes five minutes to design, and a day takes no more than 30 seconds.

Speaking about the animation in the films under production, Al Muhairi said: “In a new film I am working on, the city of Abu Dhabi appears as one of his characters, and to present it in the way it was in the past, I had to use hand-drawn animation. Of course, 3D animation is a good option, but documenting that era requires A different style that fits the purpose of the film.”
It is noteworthy that the eighth session of the Sharjah International Film Festival for Children and Youth, organized by the Fun Foundation to support and promote media art for children and young people, presents more than 80 films from 38 Arab and foreign countries, and provides the ability to watch films and dialogue sessions and participate in free virtual workshops by registering on its website. .

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