The 19th International Children’s Film Festival of India recently concluded in Hyderabad on Friday. The festival, also called ‘The Golden Elephant’, is organized annually by the Children’s Film Society, India (CFSI).
CFSI promotes films that provide healthy and wholesome entertainment for children, and encourage them to make a difference in the world. It also organizes film screenings across the country, reaching out to about four million children annually. This year, the festival was held from November 14-20, and what glittered the most was the extra ordinary performance by Indian films.
Indian films bagged nine awards, which was the highest number for any country. However, the award for the best feature film went to the Russian movie ‘Celestial Camel’ directed by Irina Plisko and Mikhail Plisko.
The nine Indian movies include –
1. ‘Rainbow’, directed by Nagesh Kukunoor: Hetal Gada won the best actor award in Competition International Live Action – Adult Jury category for her memorable performance in the film.
2. Tamil film ‘Yellow Festival’, directed by Kamal Sethu, was selected as the best short film in Competition International Live Action – Adult Jury category.
3. The best feature film award went to ‘Blue Mountains’ by Suman Ganguly in the Competition Asian Panorama – Child Jury category.
4. The best short film award went to ‘Chinese Whispers’ in the Competition Asian Panorama – Child Jury category.
5. In the Competition Little Director – Adult Jury category, which focused on children in the age group of 13 and 16 years, ‘Hue am I?’ by Arya Ganguly was judged the best.
6. Along with Arya’s film, ‘The Silenced Siren’ by Siya Chandrie was also declared the best film in the Competition Little Director – Adult Jury category.
7. ‘A dream of Apara’ made by Abha Naktode got a jury mention with a certificate.
8. In the Competition Little Director – Adult Jury category for films made by children in the age group of six and 12 years, ‘A rainy day’ by Rohit Deepak Shivgan won an award.
9. In the same category, ‘Hook’ by Aastha Sudhir won the award too.
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