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The Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival to Showcase Refugee Films

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In seeking to raise understanding and awareness of the refugee crisis, the sixth edition of Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival (SICFF 2018) organized by FUNN Establishment – Sharjah Media Arts for Youth and Children, has selected thirteen short films that can inspire and provoke people to act, and establish an understanding of what its like to be forced to leave homes and countries, with no where to go.

Beginning from 14th October until 19th October, the festival audiences can anticipate films that seek to bridge the understanding of displacement crisis. Featuring a variety of issues, SICFF has taken a significant stride in establishing a platform to propel change. Several films are supported by UNHCR such as: The Dream Diaries; Syria: A Young Girl Scarred by War; Ethiopia: Nyahok’s Quest; Lebanon: Little Omar Flies of Finland; RefuSHE Kenya’s Safe house; Sudanese Refugee girl chases education dream in Egypt; Deaf Refugee boys discover new world of sound; and Refugee Taekwando. Two films are supported by Lebanese Beyond Association: Potato Girls & Fatima’s Journey. The film titled, ‘Safa’ was supported by UNICEF and ‘Prejudgement’ was supported by FUNN in collaboration with Diaa Mala’eb.

‘The Dream Diaries’ is a collaborative endeavour between UNHCR, Humans of Amsterdam, and Fetching Tigers to create a space where refugees and asylum-seeking children can tell their stories. Tales of refugees from Austria, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland are filled with hopes, dreams, and ambitions. It’s art, with grit and authenticity.

The next film titled, ‘A young girl scarred by war’, talks about an eight-year old Wafaa who was severely burned and scarred when a gas cylinder blasted next to her. She currently lives in a temporary shelter for displaced Syrians on the outskirts of Aleppo. The plight of young women is a recurring theme, as the third film, ‘Nyahok’s quest’ narrates a story of ambition and resilience in the midst of crisis. A 16-year-old Nyahok has a dream to be a pilot but how will she get an education to make her dreams come true?

Other entrants in the SICFF includes a story of Omar and his sister Majid who were born in Syria with a growth-hormone deficiency and neither can grow without continuous treatment, which was available for free back home. Since displacement, they haven’t been able to afford the treatment in Lebanon and neither have NGOs and aid organizations. The film is titled: “Lebanon: Little Omar Flies to Finland,” which offers some hope.

“RefuSHE Kenya’s Safe House” is a short life-affirming documentary that follows resilient young female refugees who have the courage to strut proudly down a runway ramp in the face of their troubles. This film features Angelina Jolie, who is UNHCR’s special envoy.

Joining the list of screenings, an informative titled film, ‘Sudanese refugee girl chases education dream in Egypt,’ records the remarkable tale of Nousa whose ambition was to secure an education for herself and pave a future for her family. Another tale documents Mohamed and Issam, Syrian refugee brothers, who have been deaf since birth, but a viral video propelled their case to the spotlight which led to Kuwaiti Red Crescent to fund a life-changing operation. ‘Deaf refugee boys discover a new world of sound,’ the aptly titled film promises.

The next film ‘Refugee Taekwondo,’ documents an initiative launched by UNHCR and the World Taekwondo Federation where two Syrian sisters, Rayan and Zeinab are learning to defend themselves and build confidence in Jordan’s Azraq Refugee camp. ‘Farah,’ is a short documentary by the Road Media team who introduces the audience to a little girl full of joy and talent, directed by Syrian Refugee, Qassim Al Shameh.

The next entry tells the story of Khadija, a 10-year old refugee, who battles a life-threatening diabetes that was brought upon by chronic PTSD from the experience in Syria’s civil war, and her best friend Rana, who works full-time in Lebanon’s potato fields to feed their families. The film titled, ‘Potato Girls,’ documents their determination in attending school even after an 8-hour shift at work.

The film ‘Fatima’s Journey,’ tells a harrowing story of a twelve-year old girl who tries to rebuild her life after an escape from the Syrian war. Fatima illustrates the bond of family as a key element in holding millions of shattered lives together, including her dream of pursuing an education in music.

The last two stories showcase the plight of young children. Six years ago, a young girl was uprooted with her entire family from Syria and sought a refugee camp in Kurdistan where they were cramped in a canvas tent and prospects of returning home looked dim. The film, ‘Safa,’ tells the tale of her plight six years later. Titled ‘Prejudgement,’ the last film is the proclamation of injustice that occurs against refugee children. Yazan lives in Lebanon and goes to school with his Lebanese and Palestinian friends when one day his friends discover that he is a Syrian. What happens next is documented in this film.

All the mentioned films will be screened at Al Jawaher Reception & Convention Centre and Zero 6 Mall, Al Majaz Waterfront, Al Zora and Last Exit in Al Khawaneej, Dubai. More information regarding the date and time are available on the website, www.sicff.ae as well as on social media platforms through hashtag #SICFF18.

The FUNN Establishment aims to nurture future generations of creative artists in media and film and promote new works made by the UAE’s young filmmakers at international film festivals and workshops worldwide. Its larger goal is to foster talent through events locally and internationally and to form a close-knit network of talented young people who can share experiences and expertise on a global scale.

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MediaTek CEO to Take Center Stage at COMPUTEX 2024 Keynote

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TAITRA (Taiwan External Trade Development Council) has announced that Dr. Rick Tsai, Vice Chairman and CEO of MediaTek, will be a keynote speaker at COMPUTEX 2024 on June 4. Dr. Tsai will explore how the latest silicon advancements and connectivity standards are making AI ubiquitous.

Today AI is already delivering more personalised and intuitive computing experiences. Dr. Tsai will share how generative AI will continue to transform mobility, transportation, smart homes, enterprises, and industrial environments in the future. He will also emphasize the need to make AI more accessible to open up new opportunities for people around the world.

MediaTek is bringing advanced AI capabilities to a wide variety of connected devices. MediaTek powers more than two billion devices a year and is the No. 1 provider of chipset technology for smartphone SoCs, smart TVs, voice assistant devices (VAD), Arm-based Chromebooks, and Android tablets, along with the leading Wi-Fi supplier across broadband, retail routers, consumer electronics devices, and gaming. MediaTek also offers a complete product portfolio for intelligent, always-connected vehicles.

COMPUTEX 2024 with the theme “Connecting AI,” is set to take place from June 4th to June 7th. The event will feature 1,500 exhibitors using 4,500 booths, showcasing six major themes: AI Computing, Advanced Connectivity, Future Mobility, Immersive Reality, Sustainability, and Innovations.

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Channel Summit MENA Celebrates Innovation and Excellence in Consumer Technology

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Channel Summit MENA, the premier B2B event for consumer technology in the MENA region, is thrilled to announce the winners of its prestigious annual awards. The awards are a highlight of the Summit, which operates on an exclusive ‘invitation-only’ basis, ensuring a gathering of senior-level executives and decision-makers from the industry. Arabian Reseller and Gadget Voize were the official media partners of the event.

“We are proud to host these awards and celebrate the incredible achievements of these companies that work in this sector,” said Farouk Hemraj, Founder of ChannelHub, the organisers of Channel Summit MENA. “The Channel Summit MENA awards are not just a recognition of success but also a testament to the innovative spirit that drives the consumer tech industry forward.”

This year’s awards are set to recognize the outstanding achievements across a range of categories, including Best Vendor in various categories such as Audio, Entertainment, Gaming & Computing, Lifestyle, IT Peripherals & Accessories, Mobile Product, and Electronics & IoT; Best Distributor Awards covering segments like Broadline Distributor, Lifestyle, Mobile Accessories, IT Peripherals & Accessories, Electronics & SDA (small domestic appliances), and Gaming; Best Product Launch Awards for UAE, Saudi, Egypt, and GCC regions and, for the first time this year, special recognition for the Best E-waste initiative.

Each category has been carefully selected to highlight the diverse range of products and services that are driving the consumer tech and IT markets forward. The awards celebrate the creativity, product attractiveness, and overall performance of the participating companies.

The winners were determined through a live voting process by buyers attending the event, ensuring a fair and transparent selection. The criteria for shortlisting the awardees include a combination of product presentation, business potential, and team interaction during the event. This approach underscores Channel Summit MENA’s commitment to recognizing truly innovative and impactful contributions to the industry.

The full list of award winners includes:

Best vendor – Audio: Marshall

Best vendor – Entertainment: GoPro

Best vendor – Gaming & Computing: HP/HyperX

Best vendor – Lifestyle: Riley Scooters

Best vendor – IT Peripherals & Accessories: Logitech

Best vendor – Mobile Accessories: Belkin

Best vendor – Electronics & IoT: Nutricook

Best Distributor – Broadline Distributor: Redington

Best Distributor – Lifestyle: Shift

Best Distributor – Mobile products: Lime Concepts

Best Distributor – IT Peripherals & Accessories: Monster

Best Distributor – Electronics & SDA: Al Futtaim

Best Distributor – Gaming & Computing: Geekay

Best Product Launch UAE: Nothing Phone 2 Launch with Sharaf DG

Best Product Launch GCC: The CASIO G-SHOCK GBD-200-9ER Launch with Al Seeb Technical Est. (SARCO) Ltd

Best Product Launch GCC: The SONY INZONE Launch with Store 974

Best Product Launch GCC: SAMSUNG S24 Launch with Best Electronics

Best E-waste initiative: E-WASTE INITIATIVE – eXtra

Channel Summit MENA, which took place from 19 to 21 February 2024, brought together industry leaders from across 16 countries to celebrate excellence and innovation in the consumer technology and IT sectors. This unique event format offers a blend of pre-scheduled meetings, keynote presentations, workshops, and networking opportunities, aimed at fostering growth and collaboration in the tech and IT channels.

Hemraj added, “We have brought back the format that was a winning formula behind our DISTREEE events and we have had overwhelming feedback from the community – both vendors and retailers. We are pleased to add value to the sector with focused events like Channel Summit MENA.”

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NVIDIA to Host NVIDIA Studio Nights in Partnership with Microsoft

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NVIDIA, in partnership with Microsoft, has announced the second edition of NVIDIA Studio Nights – a regional event to focus on content creators who are designing with the power of the NVIDIA Studio platform and RTX GPUs. NVIDIA Studio Nights will be held on 15 February 2024 at the twofour54 Community Hub in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. This year, the event will feature six creative categories, including the previously featured 3D Design, Digital Art, Videography and Photography, with a special emphasis on the newly introduced CGI and NVIDIA Canvas Art categories.

Creators will have the opportunity to enter their work for consideration in each category before the event, with the best in each walking away with coveted prizes and trophies courtesy of NVIDIA Middle East. The free-to-attend event will offer opportunities for networking with NVIDIA experts and learning through interactive presentations on content creation and workflow optimization.

Chantelle Tavid – Head of Marketing, NVIDIA MENAT said, “Our inaugural NVIDIA Studio Nights was very successful last year, and we are extremely excited to be doing it again to support local content creators. NVIDIA Studio Nights is the perfect opportunity to see the limitless creativity that is possible when designing with NVIDIA Studio, and we know that the community appreciates a space such as this to interact with each other. We can’t wait to see the entries in this year’s competition go even bolder and more creative than what we received last year. NVIDIA Studio Nights embodies our commitment to hosting artists, fostering community, and celebrating the incredible talent of local artists, all while showcasing the transformative power of the NVIDIA Studio platform and RTX GPUs.”

NVIDIA Studio Nights will offer visitors the opportunity to get a hands-on experience with how the industry-leading RTX GPUs paired with NVIDIA Studio drivers can dramatically improve and accelerate challenging tasks in leading design applications, having the newly launched Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 devices introduced and available to test. From AI-driven object removal to smoother 4K video playback, NVIDIA Studio drivers are designed to let you truly create at the speed of your imagination.

NVIDIA Studio is much more than just a GPU – one of the advanced features that comes with RTX GPUs is the fact that all top creative apps are accelerated by AI which results in artists being able to create faster and better. There are over 75 creative apps that are accelerated by AI on RTX GPUs, which include top apps for photography, videography, rendering and broadcasting such as Adobe Premier Pro, DaVinci Resolve, Blender, and Adobe Photoshop.

“Created by Microsoft, Surface devices are thoughtfully designed with you at the centre, adapting in versatile ways to how you work, learn and create. In collaboration with NVIDIA Studio Nights, we are proudly bringing Surface Laptop Studio 2 – our most powerful laptop ever – to the creative minds of UAE, and can’t wait to see, what you do with it,” said Adam Labancz, Surface Category Lead, Middle East and Africa at Microsoft.

Winners will each receive a Microsoft Laptop Studio 2, along with a Surface Slim Pen 2. Through the power of 13th Gen Intel Core processors and NVIDIA RTX GPUs, drawing, sketching, and designing on the Microsoft Laptop Studio 2 is natural and exciting, with a seamless transition from a canvas for drawing to a powerful touchscreen laptop. The ultra-versatile design with multiple form factors and input options allows creators to work smarter with AI tools in Windows 11 and Microsoft 365 apps

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