Hyderabad, Kabir Ali
The GOLDEN ELEPHANT ICFFI (International Children’s Film Festival), a biennial Festival hosted by CFSI in collaboration with the Telangana Government, combines an esteemed international film competition with a concentrated industry Summit organized to address the ever-evolving landscape crossing borders and platforms in the digital age. The mission is to nurture a dynamic children’s film culture in the country.
ICFFI is committed to promoting cinema that is humane and non-violent, and yet delightful and fun. Workshops on animation, script writing, filmmaking and theatre and open forums at the festival aim towards stimulating critical appreciation and creative pursuit amongst young people. The festival also supports the work of children’s filmmakers by rewarding them for their dedication and talent. A unique feature of the festival is its audience: more than a hundred thousand children travel from little villages and towns from across India to view high quality international children’s cinema that they would never be exposed to otherwise.
With the high acclaim achieved in International Festival Circuit Viz. Generation Berlinale, NYICFF, IFFLA, Tel Aviv, SAIFF, CFSI in association with Rajshree Pictures, managed its first commercial release for the film “Gattu”, in the year 2012. And the tremendous response paved a platform facilitating future releases.
CFSI has created history by screening its films not only in the Domestic sector but also in International Festival Circuits and Educational Institutes. The 18th edition of ICFFI saw the introduction of a new section in the competitive and in the non-competitive Children’s World section, called Little Directors, wherein films directed by students and children were screened. We had 123 entries then, while this year we have received 187 entries in all, including 26 entries from 7 countries of the international fraternity.