Fiesta of films awaits children

After the weeklong Bangalore International Film Festival that wowed the adult audiences bringing the year 2012 to a colourful close, it’s time for ICFF - International Children’s Film Festival - to ring in 2013 unspooling a melange of movies to regale the City’s children.

ICFF, which begins on Thursday, brings with it a bouquet of fascinating films from as many as 25 countries for avid fans. From animation to heart-stopping adventure, action-packed adrenaline drama to mushy family fare, chuckle-a-minute fun flicks to sweet, soulful sagas, the festival promises plenty of entertainment.

With 135 films, short, long and feature, curated from across the world, the festival seeks to inculcate a sense of film appreciation, aesthetics and better understanding of cinema among the City’s children.

With Priyadarshini Auditorium (Badami House), Bal Bhavan (Cubbon Park), Menaka Theatre (KG Road), Lavanya Theatre (Ulsoor), Orion Mall, Rajajinagar and Vision Cinema on K H Road, set to light up the screens with a resplendent repertoire of movies, there’s no time to lose but pick up the schedule and head to the nearest theatre.

Totally free for children up to the age of 16, the seats are, however, assured only on first-come first-served basis. Screenings are at 9.30 am and 11.30 am at Vision Cinemas, Menaka Theatre, Bal Bhavan, Lavanya (only at 9.30 am), while at Priyadarshini (Badami House), Bal Bhavan , the screenings are at 1.30 pm and 3.30 pm; and Orion Mall at 2.30 pm, 4.30 pm, and 6.30 pm.

As for films, if you missed out on Kauwboy during Biffes, it’s there. Also on show are movies such as Lotte & the Moonstone Secret, Circus Dreams, Red Reeds, Tad, The Lost Explorer, Goodbye Momo, Cool Kids Don’t Cry, The Secret Letter, Iris, By Summer’s End, Mom Came Over the Sea, Lump Sugar, Lovable, Green Days, Farewell, My Mother the Mermaid, Alfie, The Little Werewolf, My Grandpa the Bankrobber, Taking Chances, Chubby Drums, Winter in Wartime, et al, each title speaking for itself on what to watch out for.
The films are from Australia, Bangladesh, China, Columbia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Iran, Italy, Latvia, The Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, the USA and India. From January 10 to 14, it’s non-stop cinematic cruise for children and adults accompanying them. Let the show begin!

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