Over 40 films to vie for honours in the competition

HYDERABAD: A total of 115 films including 45 animation films will be screened at the 15th International Children’s Film Festival being inaugurated by Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy here on Wednesday. Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Priyaranjan Dasmunsi and Minister of State for Defence M.M. Pallam Raju will also be present for the inauguration at Lalitha Kala Thoranam here.

While over 40 films compete in the international competition, another 20 will vie for awards in the Asian Panorama section of the festival.

The Asian Panorama includes 11 Indian entries including two Telugu films. The non-competitive Children’s World has 25 films lined up for screening apart from 25 films scheduled for Special Screenings. ‘Khan Kluay’ from Thailand is the opening film and the event concludes on November 20 with awards presentation ceremony to be attended by film star Aamir Khan.

The festival attracted over 300 entries from 40 countries which were short-listed by a selection committee, the Children’s Film Society, India Chairperson Nafisa Ali Sodhi told presspersons here on Tuesday.

An international jury chaired by short filmmaker Mike Pandey will judge the films in the international competition and the other members include V.G. Samant, New Zealand producer Mathew Horrocks, Andi Spark of Griffith Film School, Australia, Vasiraju Prakasam and K.V. Krishna Kumari.

The Asian Panorama jury is chaired by Bulgaria’s animator and filmmaker Tsvetomira Niikolova and others include Poland’s Izabela Wierzbinska, actresses Mrinal Kulkarni and S.Rojaramani apart from Relangi Narasimha Rao.

A children’s jury comprising five children, Bhavya Pandit, Nischal Narayana, T.Saikumar, Vishnu Teja and Sruthakirthy, will judge films from the perspective of the young.

Apart from screenings, ‘The Golden Elephant’ will have creative workshops on animation, web design and video gaming. “For the visually challenged, two CFSI’s audio described films are being screened,” she said.

To study and understand the modalities of film festival, a Chinese delegation will be in the city during the week and 300 children from all over the country take part as State Guests for the festival.

In the International Competition Section, the best feature length film wins ‘The Golden Elephant’ and Rs.2 lakh.

Films participating in the event include productions from France, Denmark, Germany, Iran, China, Israel, Belgium, Finland, Brazil and Russia.

The Festival Director Kuldeep Sinha appreciated the State Government’s initiative of offering subsidies to children’s films made in Telugu and called for healthy entertainment with an element of education for the young viewers.

The Vice-Chairperson, CFSI Rinki Bhattacharya was also present on the occasion.