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Fest to imbibe love of cinema into kids

Feb. 25: The Children Film Society, India (CFSI) will inaugurate the 18th International Children’s Film Festival at Happy Child School in the city.

During the festival, two children’s films in Hindi will be screened in three city schools, to attract students to filmmaking and inspire them to enjoy a good movie.

After the city festival, CFSI will move to other places in the Northeast and screen films in altogether 16 schools.

Talking to reporters, Shravan Kumar, chief executive officer of CFSI, said two films, Heda Hoda (The Blind Camel), directed by Vinod Ganatra and Halo, directed by Santosh Sivam, would be screened.

CFSI will also conduct a workshop on filmmaking and film-appreciation among the students with the hope that such programmes would open the door for the children to cinema. It will also encourage them to look at cinema from a different perspective and enable them to gain basic knowledge about films and filmmaking.

A group of 15 children up to Class XII from each school will write their scripts and shoot a one-minute-long movie during the festival.

CFSI was formed in 1955 and is an autonomous body functioning under the ministry of information and broadcasting.

It was formed to harness the medium of cinema and to provide healthy entertainment for children under the vision of first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

The CFSI works with the motto of, “A child’s right to entertainment”.

“We are happy to say that we have succeeded to a large extent in translating this motto into reality. Our organisation is trying to reach out to the children of the country in various ways. It has been our constant endeavour to make children appreciate the aesthetics of cinema as an art. To attain this objective, we conduct film festivals in different states in partnership with the local government, NGOs and schools,” Kumar said.

He added that although similar festivals are a regular feature in the rest of the country, the children of the Northeast have been a deprived lot.

Kumar said there are many stories for films in the Northeast, which would be able to draw the attention of children from across the country.

He said the CFSI was making an Assamese animation movie Ebegetia, which will be released after June.

“Another film, Issu, to be directed by Utpan Barpujari, is in the preliminary stage. Besides, we have also commissioned for an English film, Kima Lode, to highlight the lifestyle of the people in Mizoram,” Kumar said.

He said they had earmarked Rs 75 lakh to screen movies in the Northeast.


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