19th International Children’s Film Festival Off To A Flying Start
Dated: November 18, 2015
International Children’s Film Festival of India (ICFFI) has begun with a flying start at Shilpakala Vedika, Hyderabad in the presence of Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore making a fervent appeal to filmmakers to make more films exclusively for children. This is the first ICFFI to be held after formation of Telangana state. Titled "Golden Elephant", the festival has received 1,204 entries from 80 countries, claimed to be the highest ever entries received for any film festival in the world.
Bollywood stars Tabu, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Karishma Kapoor provided the glamour component at the event. Interestingly, Karishma Kapoor’s daughter Samaira has made a film that is listed as an entry in the festival.
The Children’s Film Society of India has received an overwhelming response for the 19th International Children’s Film Festival.
A total of 500 child delegates from across the country and abroad are attending the festival in which more than 200 films will be screened. The main venue for the festival is Prasads Imax.
"We respect and cherish this kind of overwhelming response from filmmakers... This could be achieved by the continous efforts that we took towards enhancing the international participation in the festival by exploring and contacting many embassies for their participation in the 19th edition of ICFFI," Dr Shravan Kumar, Festival Director, 19th International Children’s Film Festival, India said.
Children's Film Society India was founded soon after India's independence by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, India's first Prime Minister, whose affection for children is well known. Pandit Nehru established CFSI with the hope that indigenous and exclusive cinema for children would stimulate their creativity, compassion and critical thinking.