Hyderabad permanent venue for ICFF

Hyderabad permanent venue for ICFF

Land given to Film Development Corporation to build theatre complex

Minister for Information and Public Relations D K Aruna addressing a joint press conference with ICFF Nandita Das on Saturday, said that land had been allocated to the Film Development Corporation for the construction of a Theatre Complex to be the permanent venue for showing the films. “Even though the ICFF operates from Mumbai, two regional offices located in Chennai and Delhi help us spread the message all across the country,” Nandita Das added.

The 17th International Children’s Film Festival (ICFF), commencing on November 14, will conclude with a gala grand finale on November 20. Gattu, an Indian children’s film will open the festival. Approximately 1.5 lakh children from all over the state and country are expected to attend the week long film mela.

B. Venkatesam Chief Coordinator, 17 ICFF, said that a record number of 700 children films were drawn from about 50 countries. (In 2009, this number was around 300.) However, due to lack of screening facilities the screening committee has selected 152 films for viewing.

In the feature film category a total of 40 countries are taking part with 80 feature films and 70 short films. There would be 15 awards in 4 Competition Categories. The number of entries selected under these categories are, International (15 films), India (10 films), Shorts (24 films) and Little Directors (11 films).

Since a good number of the entries for the ICFF are from China, a separate category, ‘In Focus China’ has been introduced. Under this section, 6 Chinese children’s films will be screened. 

Another section, ‘Children’s World’, will present highly acclaimed films, most of which have won a series of awards in festivals worldwide in the last decade. A good selection of short animation films from all over the world including the 2011 Oscar winner ‘The Lost Thing’ will enthrall the children.

Animation features by Garry Bardin (The Ugly Duckling), Michel Ocelot (Tales of the Night) are included in the list. Both are globally renowned animators from Russia and France.
Competition with the Indian section will be fierce with a number of good films like Stanley Ka Dabba, I am Kalam, Chillar Party, Dekh Indian Circus (a recent film by Mangesh Hadawale which won the audience award at Busan, Korea last week) and Vihir (Umesh Kulkarni’s film which went to Berlin). 

The World Premier, ‘The Lotus Pond’ made by film-makers from Hyderabad also is on the list.

For the first time, the Kids Entertainment Business Summit is being held in Collaboration with FICCI, as a part of the festival. The signature tune for the festival was penned by Gulzar with music composed by Vishal Bharadwaj.