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Wednesday, November 15, 2006
New Delhi, UNI: Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Chairperson, CFSI, Nafisa Ali announced the CFSI was considering to institute a national award for the best children's film from next year. She felt finances were the major hindrance in supporting children films as more and more focus was going towards commercial cinema.
Films selected for the festival will be screened in three categories - classic, popular and regional.
About 7 classic films, 10 most popular films and 12 films in various regional languages will be screened at the festival, a part of CFSI's endeavour to encourage national competition in engaging Children's cinema on a larger scale, as against the already existing 'International Children's film festival' where over 40 countries participate and which is held every alternate year in Hyderabad with the support of the Andhra Pradesh government.
A section on digital films is also included to highlight the advance technology in film making. The event is being organised to commemorate the completion of 50 years of CFSI.
A notable feature of the festival will be screening of many digital children's films to acknowledge emergence of this medium of filmmaking as a means to provide a host of young and talented filmmakers an opportunity to present their new ideas and varied concepts effectively.
Further, the CFSI has also organised two film workshops for children with a view to getting them acquainted with the basics of filmmaking.
To be conducted by experts from the film institutes and the trade, with the help of audio visual equipment, the workshops are aimed at children between 10 to 16 years.
The screenings will be held in four shows daily. Admission for all shows will be free.
However, the entry for children will be regulated through the educational institutions on a 'first come first serve basis.
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