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18th Children's film festival begins in Hyderabad
Posted By : Animation Galaxy At 22-11-2013 20:02:18
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The 18th edition of ICFFI is taking place from 14th to 20th November 2013 in Hyderabad with the screening of approx 150 plus films from across the world. The festival will have three Competition Sections: Competition International, Competition Asian Panorama, Competition Little Directors where international and national films compete for the prestigious Golden Elephant Trophies, accompanied by cash awards. The festival will also screen specially curated Non-Competition Sections including Children’s World that will showcase the most acclaimed films from the last decade and country specific which will present the best of one country’s children’s films to young audiences in India.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and other personalities lit the traditional lamp to formally open the festival.
Actor Ranbir Kapoor and child artist Darsheel Safary of 'Taare Zameen Par'fame were the star attractions at the inaugural ceremony.
The event was also attended by veteran actor-director Amol Palekar and renowned lyricist-director Gulzar.
An estimated 1.5 lakh children are expected to view 200 films from 48 countries during the festival.
The event is being organised by the Children's Film Society of India (CFSI) in collaboration with the Andhra Pradesh State Film, Theatre and Television Development Corporation.
On the occasion, Tewari called for ostracizing from mainstream of human thought totalitarianism, fascism and all such sectarian mindset which squeeze the liberal spaces in the world.
"We look towards the coming generation to ensure that the 21st century is peaceful, prosperous and beacon of creativity and entrepreneurship," he said.
Chief Minister Reddy stressed the need for both the state and the central governments to ensure that more films are produced for children.
He said the government has already allotted land for a permanent venue of the film festival and would create the necessary infrastructure.
The festival received 896 entries from 74 countries. They include 123 entries under the Little Directors section.
Movies sourced from the Cannes Film Market and other international award winning films would be screened. There will be 30 shows daily.
A total of 16 awards in four categories would be given away in the competition section. For the first time, the animation features category has been included.
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