Hyderabad - 25 November 2015 - New records were set at the 19th edition of the Golden Elephant International Children’s Film Festival, India (ICFFI), bringing a fresh line-up of exciting films from around the world. The festival saw screenings of 286 films at 12 different venues across Hyderabad apart from screenings in every district headquarters. Over 2.5 to 3.0 lakh children watched films made for them from across the world, selected and curated from 1204 submissions especially for invigorating their minds.
Dr. Shravan Kumar, CEO, CFSI and Festival Director 19th Golden Elephant, ICFFI said, “Firstly, on behalf of CFSI, a big thank you to the Government of Telangana for providing all the infrastructure and support to the 19th ICFFI and making it a grand success. I express my sincere gratitude to Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Minister of State for Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Shri Sunil Arora, Secretary, I&B, Minister of State for Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Sri. E.S.L. Narasimhan, Hon'ble Governor of Telangana State, Sri. Talasini Srinivas Yadav, Hon'ble Minister of Commercial taxes & Cinematography, Government of Telangana and Dr. K. V. Ramana Chary, Hon'ble Advisor to Government for their tremendous and unflinching support.”
"Hyderabad was a great audience, which played host to the 19th Golden Elephant, ICFFI, a truly international event. Children’s participation in huge numbers was truly motivating and all the efforts put in by state machinery of Telangana Government have indeed contributed greatly to the success of this Festival," said Shri Mukesh Khanna, Chairman, CFSI.
"I am grateful to all the filmmakers from all across the world who came out to support us. Be it with sending across their films to ensuring they patiently answered queries from the media or the children themselves and language being no bar. I appreciate our Bollywood celebrities Ms. Karisma and Ms. Kareena Kapoor, and Ms. Tabu for taking time out and lending their support to the festival. And, the our very own heroes of the festival viz. the children and their parents who came out in large numbers and watched movie after movie with sheer enthusiasm," added Dr. Shravan Kumar, CEO, CFSI and Festival Director 19th Golden Elephant, ICFFI.
Many thanks to Purple People Labs for conceptualizing Digital Installations at the venue, Shilpa Kala Vedhika, which were installed by Shamishthi International School, Hyderabad.
It was a great combined effort of the industry veterans and jury members who conducted workshops for children, worked tirelessly behind the scenes, watched a world of films, and addressed queries on policy, animation, and success stories with the audiences. Collectively, they ensured adequate marketing ammunition and dressed up the city of Hyderabad with a gala festival look. This phenomenal feat was accomplished by the Children’s Film Society, India (CFSI) in association with the Telangana Government.