A bouquet of films for children

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A bouquet of films for children

It will soon rain movies for children in the City as the ‘8th International Children’s Film Festival’ will be held here from January 9 to 13.

Close to 145 movies form 25 different countries, including India, will be screened and will under different sections like ‘Competitive’, ‘Country Focus’ and ‘Environmental’. The ‘Country Focus’ this year will have films from South Korea and the Netherlands.
N R Nanjunde Gowda, president, ‘Children’s India’ (an NGO)  told media that the motive behind organising the festival was to ignite young minds.

“We want more people to come up and make films for children. We have delegates from various countries like China, Iran and South Korea participating.This festival is unique as we have  screenings all over the State like Mysore, Mangalore, Hubli and Dharwad. We will make sure that these films reach children from all strata of the society and even children from government and corporation schools have access to these,” he says.

The event also saw a flash mob comprising children performing. The children danced to Chinta Ta and other foot-tapping numbers welcoming everyone. “Entry for the children is free but the adults will have to buy passes. This has been deliberately done so that parents could sit with children to watch the films and not leave it to the schools to take the children to the festival,” adds Gowda.

Some of the venues for the screenings are Bala Bhawan, Sulochana Vartha Bhavan, Orion Mall, Gopalan Mall, Vision screen-1, Vision screen-2, Menaka, Adarsha. Films from countries like Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Latvia, Estonia, Norway and others. A total of 27 foreign films will be part of the festival.

S V Rajendrasingh, a film director, says that more directors should make movies for children as that will encourage children to watch good content. “More directors, even those from the Kannada industry, should make such films so that children don’t see violence on screen. Just look at what happened in the USA. Hence more effort should be made to avoid violence on screen,” he adds.

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