The 20th International Children Film Festival of India (ICFFI), popularly known as 'The Golden Elephant' will get underway here from tomorrow.
During the week-long festival, jointly organised by the Children's Film Society, India (CFSI), the Telangana government and the Union Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry, a record number of 317 films would be screened in 40 theatres in Hyderabad and across Telangana , CFSI CEO Shravan Kumar told reporters here today.
As many as 1,402 entries, drawn from 109 countries, were received by the CFSI in various categories, including animation, documentary and short films, he said adding that 179 entries from 31 countries in the Little Directors' section were received, including 101 from India.
Under the 'Little Directors' programme, an initiative of CFSI, short films made by children will also be showcased during the festival, Kumar said.
"'Little Directors' programme has been rolled out in rural areas and this programme aims to bring change in societal behaviour," he said.
According to him, some of the key international award-winner children's films, which are participating in the 20th ICFFI this year in non competitive section are 'SIV Sleeps Astray' (Sweden), Pitch' (Russia), 'Sky' (Netherlands), Nelly's Adventure (Germany), Anthems: A Journey Around The World (Canada), Wintry Spring (Egypt).
"The festival aims to showcase films which cultivate an understanding of other cultures, lives and experiences and motivate the children to reflect upon the happenings in the world," Kumar added.
The theme of this festival is 'New India', the dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said adding that a series of workshops and open forum discussions on various aspects related to filmmaking and storytelling would be organised during the festival. These would be followed by Q&A sessions, which would help children to grasp various aspects of film-making and related fields.
Telangana Minister for Cinematography Talasani Srinivas Yadav, who inaugurated the media centre in the city earlier in the day, said efforts are on to make Hyderabad the permanent venue for the global festival.
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