Friends, it’s time again for all of us at Children’s Film Society, India to be a part of and join the celebration of an event for and by the children – The International Children’s film Festival of India (ICFFI).
Yes, the 20th International Children’s film Festival of India (ICFFI), also known as the “Golden Elephant” will be held from November 8 to 14 at Telangana, hosted by Telangana Government jointly with the Children’s Film Society, India (CFSI) and the Ministry of I&B, Government of India.
Am happy to share that the theme for this year’s festival is ‘New India’, in line with our Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise of creating a New India by 2022.
The record number of entries received for the 20th ICFFI is proof enough that our efforts during the previous editions has borne fruit in making ICFFI a truly Global festival. We have already received 1,402 entries, from as many as 109 countries so far in various categories including Animation, Documentary and Short films. During the 19th Golden Elephant, we had received 1204 films from 80 countries.
I curated a competition section for ‘Little Directors’ during the 18th edition of ICFFI in 2013. Under this segment, films for children were made and directed by children themselves.
During the 19th ICFFI, we had received 187 entries from eight countries in the Little Directors Section as against 123 entries during the 18th ICFFI. This time, we have received 179 entries so far, out of which 101 are from India and the remaining from over 30 countries. This clearly indicates that the festival has gained popularity world over.
The highlight of 20th ICFFI is that we will showcase films made by children living in war zones and conflict areas. For these children, living in the border areas and fringes, this is the only relief, which can bring a smile on their faces. Our core intention is to mainstream these children through their creativity.
Our efforts are not only educating them through alphabets and numbers, but by introducing them to various cultures as well.
We will also organize screening for visually handicapped children at specially arranged events during the festival. Films are equipped with a special audio track that aids comprehension. Currently, CFSI has 10 such films with a special audio track.
The festival will also host workshops on animation, script writing, film making, Q&A sessions, dance and theatre. Open Forums will be held to stimulate critical appreciation and creative pursuits of cinematic arts among youngsters. These workshops help in inculcating among youths the art of film making.
Our main idea behind this is to engage children in making films right from the stage of ideation, script writing, acting, direction and shooting. This is how children learn to express themselves through the medium of films and thus get a platform to showcase their finished products.
So, block your dates and be a part of this colourful event.