Kids' movie festival could take place by June

Kids in Bengaluru may have a reason to cheer as the chairman of the Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy has expressed interest in organising a festival for children’s films later this year.

“I would like to organise a children’s film festival in May or June by inviting films and delegates from around the world. I will talk to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in this regard,” S V Rajendra Singh Babu said at a media conference here on Saturday.

Subsidy for films
Babu said he would also request the chief minister to increase the number of children’s films that could receive subsidy from two to four. “In Kannada, there are very good children’s films such as ‘Nagarahole’ and ‘Simhada Mari Sainya,” he said.

Shravan Kumar, Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Film Society India (CFSI), said there was a misconception that Return on Investment (ROI) was low for children’s films. “In Europe, the ROI is actually more. So, this should not be a reason for filmmakers to shy away from making movies for children.”

Rural schools
H B Dinesh, the registrar of the Karnataka Chalanachitra Aacademy, suggested to Kumar that he show some movies from his library in rural schools of Karnataka. He and the chairman said they would present the idea to the education minister and the department.
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