Indian filmmaker on international jury of CICFF

Vinod Ganatra, an independent award winning film maker from Mumbai, is a member of the international jury of the 12th China International Children's Film Festival to be held from 9-15 September in Siping City, Jilin Province.


The China International Children's Film Festival (CICFF) is an international biennial film festival held at different parts of China. The festival provides Chinese children an opportunity to learn about the world and helps global children's film professionals know about China. The Festival aims to enhance the international communication and cooperation for children's films, and promote the worldwide development of children's films.


Vinod Ganatra, a recipient of The Liv Ullmann Peace Prize, Chicago, has been active in the Film and Television Production from 1982. He has edited and directed about 400 Documentaries & News Reels. He has Produced 25 TV Programmes for Children & Youth. He has also made three Films for Children's Film Society, India, and these films have won 23 International Awards.

He is also a recipient of the Dada Saheb Phalke Lifetime Achievement Award conferred by The Association of Film And Video Editors. He has several National & International Awards to his credit. Widely travelled, he has also served as Jury at several National and International Film Festivals world over for last two decades.


His debut feature film Heda Hoda (Blind Camel) travelled to about 58 International Film Festivals world over and won many Awards. His next film Lukka Chhuppi (Hide-n-Seek) was listed in the LIMCA Book of World Records as 'the First Children's Feature Film fully shot at the highest altitude' at Ladakh in the Himalayas. It was also screened at about 21 International Film Festivals.


Harun-Arun, his next film in Gujarati, based on the Indo-Pak border was world premiered at the 26th Chicago International Children's Film Festival and conferred with the prestigious 'Liv Ullmann Peace Prize'. He also won the 'Best Juvenile Audience Award at Dhaka International Film Festival in January 2010. This was followed by yet another Goal of Transmedia Critics Jury Award in March 2010. In June he received the 'Light of Asia Award at Sri Lanka.

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