Eight-day Children’s Film Festival begins
Udhagamandalam: The need to emulate Western film-makers in producing films exclusively for children was stressed by the Nilgiris Collector, Santosh K. Misra, here on Wednesday.
Inaugurating an eight-day Children’s Film Festival organised by the district administration in association with the Children’s Film Society of India, he lamented that the number of mainstream films meant for children being produced by Indian film makers was inadequate.
Expressing the view that well-made children’s film would be a source of inspiration and thought-provoking, he said that since India was now considered as a transforming country the need of the hour was meaningful children’s movies. He said that students should not only enjoy films but also imbibe useful things from them.
The Chief Educational Officer, S.R. Sivagnanam, said that films can have a profound influence on children. They should have the ability to sift the good from the bad. The festival would be organised for eight days in various parts of the district. The Chief Educational Officer (Sarva Siksha Abhiyan), David Balasingam, said that films had become intertwined with the lives of the people.
Pointing out that they influenced the people in a number of ways, he said that such festivals were necessary to enhance awareness about various issues among the children. He urged the children to use them to enhance their knowledge. Among those who participated were the Revenue Divisional Officers Durai Ravichandran and P. Sadhanandhan. The Information and Public Relations Officer, J. Chandran, welcomed and Assistant Public Relations Officer Saibaba proposed a vote of thanks.