18th ICFF gets over 100 films made by child directors for next edition

NEW DELHI: A total of more than 845 entries have been received from over 70 countries for the 18th International Children’s Film Festival, India (ICFF), popularly known as 'The Golden Elephant', to be held in Hyderabad in November.

The Festival, which is traditionally held every second year alternating with the Mumbai International Film Festival for short films, will also have films from twenty countries like Austria, Chile, Cuba, Lebanon, and Ghana that were not represented in the last edition in 2011. The Festival will as usual be held from 14 to 20 November.

Chairman of the Children's Film Society India Amole Gupte said, “We have received an overwhelming response this year and we aim to make the festival bigger and better than ever before. The number of entries for the section 'Little Directors' which will feature films made by children is over 100.”

CFSI CEO and festival director Shravan Kumar added that there were many 'firsts' in this festival. “Some of the ICFF films have been sourced from Cannes Film Market, allowing us to pick a selection of the latest children’s films, awaiting their World/Asian Premiers. ICFF has received 26 films from south America, a region barely represented in the earlier editions. We have also received 255 animation films from around the world.”

The Lalitha Kala Thoranam - built in 1986 for the International Film Festival of India - will be the venue for the inaugural and closing ceremony this year and the films will be screened at Prasad IMAX Multiplex and seven other theatres.

This was decided in the first organising committee meeting held in Hyderabad recently attended among others by Andhra Pradesh chief secretary Prasanna Kumar Mohanty, Information and Broadcasting Ministry Secretary Bimal Julka, I&B Joint Secretary (Films) Raghuvendra Singh, and Dr. Shravan Kumar.

 The festival will present four competitive sections. The best film would bag the Golden Elephant trophy and Rs two lakh in cash and and the second best feature will bag the Golden Elephant Plaque with Rs one lakh in cash.

The Festival will also focus on "Children with Special Needs" through its Open Forum, where filmmakers will interact with activists, educators and parents. Films representing children with special needs will also be screened.  

A Master-Class Workshop on how to market Indian Children’s films internationally will be organised in collaboration with Cine-Kid, Amsterdam, the world's most popular children's film market.

The festival will also be bringing the best of Czech children's cinema in the Country Focus section, including animations created by world renowned Czech animators, in collaboration with Zlin Film Festival - the oldest children's film festival in the world.  

Kumar added, “We are sourcing international award winning films featured in the 20 most prestigious International children’s film festivals including Dutch nomination for the Academy Awards and other recent children's films that have won or featured in Berlinale, Toronto, Cannes, etc.”

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