International Children’s Film Festival India to start Nov 14

Hyderabad, Nov 3 (IANS) The 19th edition of the International Children’s Film Festival India (ICFFI), to be jointly hosted by the Children’s Film Society, India (CFSI) and the government of Telangana, will begin here on Children’s Day on November 14.

The week-long festival has a special section called Asian Panorama showcasing Asian Films. In one of the many firsts, the festival received international entries for its Little Directors concept that was introduced as an innovation in the previous edition of ICFFI, said a statement.

Shravan Kumar, festival director, 19th ICFFI, Golden Elephant, said: “Our Golden Elephant, 19th ICFFI will be unique in more than one way. Over the last few years, we have tirelessly worked towards making this festival more and more interesting, bringing in innovative practices and continuously improving and upscaling its international flavour.

He said: “The efforts paid off when we received a whopping 1204 entries from 80 countries across the world, highest ever by any ICFFI so far. And, we won’t stop here. In this festival, we have some unique digital experiences for the children, we will be launching a Mobile App of CFSI and will be showcasing a number of Asian films under our newly curated section called Asian Panorama.”

CFSI chairman Mukesh Khanna said that it’s a great opportunity for the children of the country to watch the films made by the different countries’ filmmakers, exclusively for the children.

The event will also feature digital installations that will provide the children with a wholesome experience.

“One such installation ‘Selfie with Dr. Kalam,’ will allow children to take ‘Selfies with Dr. Kalam, while another installation of ‘CROMagic’ will make them feel how their superhero flies in the air.

“Similarly, other installations like ‘The Evolution’ will take them through the era of motion pictures and ‘The BIG Picture’ will have a live size working model of a DSLR Camera where visitors can interact with the device and capture their first musings among many such digital installations,” said Kumar.

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