In a bid to expand the market for Children's film and encourage talent in the country, Children's Film Society India (CFSI) had announced the launch of a three day National Children's Film Festival (NCFF) for the first time ever in 2014. This is the 2nd edition of NCFF. CFSI has announced the central theme of the festival as 'Make in India'. National Children's Film Festival (NCFF), the event will focus on Children's films which are either made or shot in India or the makers are Indian. The festival is a three day event, which will kick-start in Jaipur at Birla Auditorium from 14th November, Children's Day and conclude on 16th November 2016. NCFF is now organized by CFSI every alternate year. The festival will screen a score of unreleased films with CFSI's production and latest offering, Gauru leading the pack. Other fresh content that will be put up in the festival are 'Budhia Singh – Born to Run' which will be premiered in NCFF. Happy Mother's Day, Kima's Lode, Harun Arun, Ek Tha Bhujang are yet another CFSI production, Half Ticket, Pasanga 2, Bravo Biju, Dad, I am Watching You are few curated movies amongst others. The films are carefully handpicked to create an opportunity for children to experience qualitative content made exclusively for them. Some of these films have won several awards, globally. In Jaipur, the festival will take place at Birla Auditorium. NCFF has garnered eyeballs from the country's celebrated Bollywood personalities such as Anil Kapoor, Irfan Khan, Ila Arun, Darsheel Safary, Piyush Pandey, who have pulled out time from their busy schedule to be a part of NCFF opening ceremony. Also prominent celebrities like Ms. Tisca Chopra and Mr. Faisal Khan are hosting the festival. Terence Dance Troupe will participate in cultural programmes and there will be three workshops.
NCFF will present itself as a carnival to woo young audiences and also lend itself as a learning platform through various workshops viz. Filmmaking, Script writing and Animation. For the first time in NCFF we are also holding Open Forums on the topics related to children, known personalities from children field would be attending the Open Forums.
Children will be encouraged to take part in various workshops and special designed stalls of ‘Make in India’. Armed with the objective of developing a taste for good cinema, CFSI will also organize film workshops for children with a view to getting them acquainted with the basics of film making. These Workshops will be conducted for groups of talented and deserving children between the age group of 5 to 16 years. The Festival screenings in Jaipur, will be arranged in 10 theatres with daily 2 shows from 8 to 12 pm for children. Admission will be free for all shows however; the entry for children will be regulated through the educational institutions on a first come first serve basis.
CFSI started functioning in 1955 as an autonomous body under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting with Pandit Hriday Nath Kunzru as President. CFSI's maiden production Jaldeep won the first prize for best Children's Film at the 1957 Venice Film Festival. Since then CFSI has continued to produce, exhibit and distribute quality content for children: from feature films, shorts, animations to television episodes and documentaries read more...
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