The opening ceremony of the 18th International Children's Film Festival, India (ICFFI) was held in Hyderabad on Thursday. This event was attended by film stars, politicians and exhilarated school children. The seven-day festival is being organised by the information and broadcasting ministry, Children's Film Society, India (CFSI) and the Andhra Pradesh state government.
Also known as the Golden Elephant, the festival was inaugurated by noted lyricist-writer-filmmaker Gulzar, actor Ranbir Kapoor and CFSI CEO Shravan Kumar, before the opening ceremony. Kumar said, "This is the 10th edition in Hyderabad. We've been organising it in the city since 1995. This time the festival will offer movies superior in content and better quality of projection. Our focus is also on children with special needs."
Gulzar, who has penned lines for the signature video of the festival, was happy that the festival was back in the city, but said he wants the biennial event to be hosted more frequently and in other parts of the country too. The lyricist said, "It is good to know that it happens here, but it should happen every year and not just in one place. It should take place in different states. Northeast is difficult to reach, so one way to do that is through media."
He said at present the number of children's films made in India don't have impressive figures. Gulzar said, "There are less movies for children and no theatres (for children) which used to be there earlier. There used to be morning shows at theatres." Continue to read more in the slideshow.