Over the next five days, children in five cities, including Bangalore, across the State will be treated to various films , as the Eighth International Children Festival 2013, organised by Children’s India, gets under way from Wednesday.

The fest will screen 135 films from 25 countries, including China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, The Netherlands, and Sri Lanka in Mysore, Hubli and Dharwad and Mangalore, besides Bangalore.

Home Minister R. Ashok will inaugurate the fest at the Jnana Jyothi auditorium. Film actor Puneet Rajkumar and Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy president Tara are likely attend the inaugural function.

Special feature

A special feature of the fest is the section on environment films to be screened at the Bal Bhavan here. Some of the films in this category include My Home is Green, Kruthi, Tiger Queen, Chasing Butterflies, and Bee Movie .

Sources told The Hindu: “Most of the seats are full. We are not able to accommodate more children because of limited screens and seats. As many as one lakh children will watch the films during this year’s festival.”

Entry free

While entry is free for children, adults can obtain passes for Rs.100. For details, mailinfo@childrensindia.orgor call 080-41324898.

Walkathon

Apart from this, a walkathon has been planned from the Basaveshwara Circle to Freedom Park on Wednesday in which 600 children are expected to participate.

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