Hyderabad is hosting the 16th edition of the International Children's Film Festival, from 14th to 20th November. Around 173 films will be screened in 4 categories - International Competition, Asian Panorama, Children's World and Special Screenings.
The screenings will be held at Harihara Kala Bhavan, Prasads Multiplex, Sudha Cinema in Shalibanda, Raghavendra Cinema in Malkajgiri, Konark in Dilsukhnagar, Cine Planet Multiplex in Kompally, Hitech in Madhapur, Usha in Musheerabad and Laxmikala in Moosapet.
The entry is free for everyone at Harihara Kala Bhavan, while the screenings at Sudha, Raghavendra, Konark, Cine Planet Multiplex, Hitech, Usha and Laxmikala are for school children only. Screenings exclusively for delegates and the press will be at the Prasads Multiplex. The details of free screenings are as follows:
Hari Hara Kala Bhavan
10:00am - Tingya, An Indian fiction film by Mahesh Hadawale
12:00pm - Blue Umbrella, An Indian fiction film by Vishal Bharadwaj
2:00pm - Hugo & Josephin
10:00am - Aamras, An Indian fiction film by Rupali Guha
12:00pm - The Triplets Of Belleville, A French Animation film by Sylvain Chomet
2:00pm - Prince & Crown Of Stone, An Indian Animation film by Gautam Benegal
10:00am - Little Zizou, An Indian feature film by Sooni Taraporewala
12:00pm - The Princess & Princess, A French Animation film by Michel Ocelot
2:00pm - Siri Raja Siri, A Sri Lankan feature film by Somaratne Dissanayake
10:00am - Bal Ganesh, An Indian Animation film by Pankaj
12:00pm - The Dog, The General & the Bird, A French Animation film by Francis Nielsen
2:00pm - Child & The Angel, An Iranian feature film by Masoud Naghashzadesh
10:00am - Durgi, An Indian feature film by Sankarapu Anand
12:00pm - The King And The Mocking Bird, A French Animation film by Paul Grimault
2:00pm - A Time To Love, An Iranian feature film by Ebrahim Forouzesh
The festival is being inaugurated by the Chief Minister, K Rosaiah, at Lalita Kala Thoranam. The event will screen as many as 70 films from various countries. As part of the film festival, the school education department has nominated 5 children from each district in the State, as delegates. Ambika Soni (Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting) is the chief guest, and Gulzar (filmmaker, writer, poet and lyricist) will also be present on the occasion, among with other prominent personalities.
An international jury headed by Norwegian director and writer Larsber will judge the films in the International Competition category. The jury also includes Nagesh Kukunoor, Inka Priese, Ali Vazirian and Dr. Shantha Sinha. The Asian Panorama jury is headed by German journalist Uta Hartmann-Beth, and the other members of this jury are Indian film personalities Revathi, Gitanjali Rao and Ashish Vidyarthi, and Swedish theatre expert Gert Hermans.
The International Jury will award the Golden Elephant and the Silver Elephant for Best Feature Length Film - Live Action Fiction, and the Silver Elephant for Second Best Short Film - Live Action Fiction. Other awards are Best Animation Film (both feature length & short film), Best Non-Fiction Film (information, research/documentation/entertainment), Best Director, Best Music Score (either background score or songs), and Best Child Artist, plus cash awards.
The Children's Jury will award a Golden Plaque plus Rs. 1,00,000 to a film from the International Competition Section. The awards in the Asian Panorama section include The Silver Elephant plus Rs. 1,00,000 for the Best Feature Length Film, Best Short Film and Best Child Artiste From A Film.
Please contact Veda Kumar M at 2763-5669 for further details.