Tollywood celebs were being criticised for not attending the 18th International Children's Film Festival of India (ICFFI), which was held between November 14 and 20 in Hyderabad. A section of media described their absence as their ego. But in a surprising development, Power Star Pawan Kalyan, who often shies away from attending public events, graced the closing ceremony and along with Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan. He even gave away the awards in sixteen categories.
Addressing the event, Pawan Kalyan said that three days ago, M
Dana Kishore, the Managing Director of the Film Development
Corporation, had approached him and invited him to be a special
guest for the closing ceremony. The actor could not turn down his
invitation. He also explained that he had watched the inauguration
of the ICFFI on TV and was impressed with the enthusiasm of the
children, which forced him to attend the event.
Since it was an international film award event, several
delegates from different countries graced the closing ceremony of
the ICFFI, but the moment Pawan Kalyan entered the venue, the
centre of attraction changed with the children and other film goers
shouting the slogan of "Pawan Kalyan Zindabad", which continued to
surcharge the atmosphere there all through the event.
We bring you the photos of the closing ceremony of the
ICFFI and details of 16 awards, which were distributed on the
occasion. Continue to see them in the slideshow.
International Live Action
Kauwboy won the Golden Elephant Award for Best
Film in the 'International Live Action' category at the 18th
International Children's Film Festival on Wednesday evening
Kauwboy is a Dutch film, which deals with a
10-year-old boy and a bird. The film has been directed by Boudewijn
Das Pferd Auf Dem Balkon
German film Das Pferd Auf Dem Balkon (A horse
on the Balcony) won the Golden Plaque for second-best film in the
Ernest Et Celestine
The International Animation Competition section, which
was added only this year, saw Ernest Et Celestine winning
the award for Best Animation Feature.
Zarafa won the Golden Plaque for Second-Best
Animation film at the 18th International Children's Film
Kauwboy And Ernest Et Celestine
Kauwboy and Ernest Et Celestine won Rs
2 lakh cash awards apart from certificates and
Goopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiya
Hindi film Goopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiya,
directed by Shilpa Ranade (which opened the festival) won the jury
prize for Best Artwork under the Competition International
Satyajit Ray's Bengali Film
The film Goopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiya is a
Hindi version of the Satyajit Ray's popular Bengali film Goopy
Gyne Bagha Byne.
Arjun And Moon Man
The Children's Jury chose Arnab Chawdhury's
Arjun, while Special Jury prize went to Moon
The Best Director award went to Batul Mukthiar for the
film Kaphal in 'International Live Action'
Nono-The Zigzag Kid
Nono-The Zigzag Kid bagged the Best Screenplay
award at the 18th International Children's Film
Windstorm And Mother I Love You
The special mention by Child Jury for Cinematography
went to Windstorm and the one for the message went to
Mother I Love You.
Breaking the Silence
Golden Elephant trophy for Best Little Director category
went to Indian film Breaking the Silence of Siddhant Joshi
and Tamator Chor.
Breaking the Silence
Breaking the Silence revolves around a
below-average boy whose seniors always bully him.
Second Best Little Director
The Golden Plaque for Second Best Little Director was
won by 'Phoolwati Amma' and 'Ecole Mondiale World
Jury Award's Special Mention
The Special mention by Jury award went to three films:
The Trek, Our Bit and Give me a
In the Competition International Shorts section, Russian
film Chinti won the Golden Elephant for Best Short
South Korean movie Noodle Fish won Golden
Plaque for Second Best Short film.
Chinti and Noodle Fish also won Rs 1
lakh and Rs 50,000 in cash awards, respectively.
The Children's Jury Choice Tamaash revolves
around nine-year old Anzar, who faces scorn from his elders for his
poor performance in school and is constantly compared to the other
The festival had been organised under the aegis of
Children's Film Society of India and Andhra Pradesh
200 Films Screening
Over 200 selected films from 48 countries were screened
during the festival.
AP Minister for Cinematography DK Aruna said the
government will continue the incentives to attract more and more
children's film-makers and directors.
Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan and Tollywood
star Pawan Kalyan gave away the awards in sixteen
Rare Treat For Children
Addressing the event, ESL Narasimhan said, "I am happy
that the event had been a rare treat for children and they will
carry sweet memories of their week-long stay in