The A P Children's Film Society, a voluntary organization, and the Hyderabad
Film Club are jointly organizing the first Asian Children's Film Festival, where
over 150 children films will be screened.
Films from six countries, including India, will be screened at 41 theaters in the twin cities and in Ranga Reddy district. About 2 lac children are expected to witness the screening of films made by eminent men and women from Iran, Japan, Sri Lanka and China. Iran will screen 13 movies, while China will screen six. Two films made by children - 'Sincere Setups' and 'Gift' - will be screened during the festival.
Local film personalities like D Ramanaidu, Murali Mohan and Laya will attend the inaugural function at 10.00am at Hari Hara Kala Bhavan. The movies that will be screened on the first day are (1) Education Only On Her Future (India) (2) Status Quo (India) and (3) Willow & Window (Iran). The well-known makers whose films will be screened are Satyen Bose, A K Bir, Shyam Benegal, Tapan Sinha, Mrinal Sen, Sai Paranjpye, Amol Palekar, M S Sathyu and Santosh Sivan.
The festival has been divided into six categories. Under Asian cinema, internationally acclaimed and award winning foreign and Indian films will be screened. The other categories include 'Focus on Iran', 'Chinese Section', 'Homage', 'Tribute' and 'Open Forum'.
Hari Hara Kala Bhavan will be the main venue for the event. The other venues are Potti Sriramulu Telugu University, JNTU College of Fine Arts (seminar hall) at Masab Tank and Sri Saradhi Studios (preview theater) Ameerpet.
About 250 child delegates and 50 teachers from the twin cities and 50 child delegates and ten teachers from the districts of AP will participate in the festival. The Children's Film Society is making the necessary arrangements for the district child delegates.
In order to create awareness among the children, workshops on animation (November 16 & 17) and puppetry (November 18), both at Potti Sriramulu Telugu University, and dramatic presentation, at Hari Hara Kala Bhavan, will be organized. Already, workshops on 'script writing', 'film making' and film appreciation' were conducted during the first week of this month.
Please contact 763-5669/763-6214 or 780-4012 Extn. 16 for further details.