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 November 20.
Kauwboy is a Dutch film, which deals with a 10-year-old boy and a bird. The film has been directed by Boudewijn Koole.
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 same section.
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 Festival
Kauwboy And Ernest Et Celestine
Kauwboy and Ernest Et Celestine won Rs 2 lakh cash awards apart from certificates and trophies.
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 Animation section.
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 Man.
The Best Director award went to Batul Mukthiar for the film Kaphal in 'International Live Action' section.
Nono-The Zigzag Kid
Nono-The Zigzag Kid bagged the Best Screenplay award at the 18th International Children's Film Festival.
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 School'.
Jury Award's Special Mention
The Special mention by Jury award went to three films: The Trek, Our Bit and Give me a Chance.
In the Competition International Shorts section, Russian film Chinti won the Golden Elephant for Best Short film.
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 school-kids.
The festival had been organised under the aegis of Children's Film Society of India and Andhra Pradesh government.
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 categories.
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 Hyderabad."