Children's Film Fest a Damp Squib - The New Indian Express

Children's Film Fest a Damp Squib

Published: 21st January 2014 08:38 AM

Last Updated: 21st January 2014 08:43 AM

The inauguration of the ninth edition of Children’s India International Children’s Film Festival (CIICFF) proved to be a very low-key affair with chief minister Siddaramaiah giving it a miss. The venue hardly saw any crowd and there was nothing to lift the spirits of the children.

Noted film director Dorai Bhagavan delivered the inaugural speech while NR Nanjunde Gowda, Festival director spoke at length on the highlights of the festival. “We are screening 200 films from 44 countries with 40 films based on environmental issues. The country focus will be on Denmark,” he added. He further requested that Bal Bhavan and other art houses should screen children’s film on weekends. He also hoped that among the seven theatres coming up at Jayanagar IV block, one theatre be reserved exclusively for this purpose.

“Apart from Hyderabad, which conducts Children’s Film Festival every two years, Karnataka has been holding this festival every year and this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the Government. We are the only state producing 10-11 children’s films every year unlike other regions,” the festival director elaborated.

Information and infrastructure minister Roshan Baig said, “Today’s children are more interested in watching films of their favourite heroes like Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan or Hrithik Roshan. This is happening because we do not have a good marketing strategy for children’s films. Children today are more glued to TV watching POGO, Chhota Bheem and other such cartoon series because they feel it is more entertaining. I appeal to organiser Children’s India to come up with interesting concepts and we will support them. The government will definitely help in  organising good film festivals in Karnataka,” he assured.

The minister also gave his approval for screening of children’s films  at Bal Bhavan, Cubbon Park, during weekends. The inaugural event was attended by KFCC President H D Gangaraju, Sa Ra Govind, NM Suresh, director information department  Vishukumar, director Rajendra Singh Babu among others.

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