Hyderabad|India|November'2009: Inaugurating the 16th ICFF at the
lalita kala thoranam the Union minister for Information and Broadcasting
Ambika Soni said achieving a seamless cultural cohesion and fusion was the
mission and goal of conducting the international children’s festivals .
The minister paid rich kudos to the CFSI chair person Nandita Das for her
rich contributions in attracting cultural performers from all over the
world. “This is not an regional festival to promote regional films but an
international event to attract cultures and traditions from all over the
Chief Minister K Rosaiah said Hyderabad has now become a hub of
international conferences and events . “ The conduction of 16th ICFF is in
the spirit of promoting amity and fusion of international cultures “ he
said . He said the stellar event organized jointly by the Government of AP
and the Children’s Film Society of India is truly national and global in
The chief minister also appealed to children’s film makers to produce
films with more moral content and value based messages for character
development of children .
Chief Minister K Rosaiah unfurled the golden balloon of Gajju and declared
the 16th international children’s film festival open at Lalitha Kala
Lamenting on the state of affairs the forty year old actress Ms. Nandita
Das, chairperson, Children’s Film Society of India said though the
festival aimed to set up a separate section for Indian cinema , they could
not get more than 10 children’s films made in the country . All I say is
that there is an urgent need to re-define the children’s film movement in
the country, she says as the clock nears for the colorful inaugural of the
festival at the open air auditorium of Lalita Kala Thoranam in the public
“The festival will screen as many as 70 films from various countries. The
movies will be screened at eight venues including IMAX theatre but Lalita
Kala Thoranam will be the main venue where the inaugural and concluding
ceremonies will be held,” said Tourism and I&B Minister Geetha Reddy.
All films at the festival will be screened at three screens in Prasads
multiplex and eight other theatres in the Twin Cities. They include 36
films in the non-competitive children’s world, 18 in the Asian Panorama
and 15 in the International section. The UNICEF is also screening 25 films
on the theme of child rights in the 16th ICCF.
Entry is free for children and their parents at all the screening centers
and for the media and delegates at the Multiplex screens of Prasad’s IMAX.
For benefit of the visually challenged we have organised special
screenings for them. The School Education Department will bring children
in great numbers to make the festival a great success, says the minister.
The week-long festival, to be jointly organised by Andhra Pradesh
Government and Children’s Film Society of India (CSFI). The screening
committee received more than 160 entries from Switzerland, Belgium,
Germany, China, Sri Lanka and others, of which 60 were selected for
screening in three categories - nternational, Asian Panorama and
Children’s World. Cultural programmes by children will be a regular
feature on all the days and will be organised at Lalitha Kala Thoranam,
where the inaugural and closing functions will also be held.
Golden Elephant awards will be given away on the final day. Children who
achieved distinction in various fields and acclaimed at State and national
level would also be felicitated during the festival, which will also be
attended by personalities from Hindi and Telugu film industries, says C
Parthasarthy, I&PR Commissioner.
After a two year gap the friend of children ‘ Gajju’ has once again
descended on Hyderabad which has become a permanent hub of ICFF(
international children’s film festivals) since 1995.During his week long
stay Gajju will enthrall the children with both films of information and
messages on how to shape their careers and future .Gajju , the baby
elephant has been the mascot of the children’s film bonanza spreading a
seven day fun and frolic and merriment for children of all age groups .To
herald his visit to the city, various locations in the historic city were
decked with balloons and festoons of Gajju, the Gajaraj . Colorful
decorations of traffic junctions and lighting of the festival venues
greeted every visitor to Hyderabad.
Gajju , the fun-loving baby elephant and the ‘Chacha’ Nehru , first prime
minister of the country Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru had several things in
common . Both were lovers of children and were greatly admired by children
.Both also imbibed the qualities of perseverance, patience and loyalty to
their cause.That’s why the children’s film festival is synchronized with
the birth anniversary of Chaha Nehru , November 14th.
As mark of respect and dedication to the cause of fun and entertainment of
children all the awards and citations are titled as ‘golden elephant’ and
‘silver elephant’ and ‘ bronze elephant’ and are also replicas of ‘Gajju’.
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