Mangalore, February 6: Children’s India, Bangalore, is organising a four-day national children’s film festival in Bangalore, Mangalore, Hassan and Davangere from February 18.
N R Nanjunde Gowda, producer-director and chairman of the organisation, told presspersons here on Monday that the festival would be held in 11 cinemas in these four cities, including four in Bangalore, three in Hassan and two each here and in Davangere.
The festival would be inaugurated at B R Ambedkar Bhavan in Bangalore at 11 am on February 18. The organisation, set up in 2005, first organised international children’s film festival in Bangalore in that year and followed it up with a similar effort in 2007 in Bangalore and Mysore.
The first national children’s film festival organised by it was in Bangalore in 2006 and was followed by this similar venture in four cities this year.
Nanjunde Gowda said the aim of organising such festival was to ensure that children get to see qualitative work made for them at local cinemas free of cost. “It is our aim to extend the scope of this festival to places such as Shimoga, Udupi, Bijapur, Hubli and Belgaum,” he said.
All the films in various Indian languages, including Hindi, Malayalam to be screened at this year’s festival, would have English sub-titles.
Two short films written, scripted and directed by children at a workshop conducted for them in 2005 – namely “Tsunami” and “Four Best Friends” would be screened at the festival, he said. Getting cinemas to screen the films was a difficult task, he said and added that his organisation had sought the help of exhibitors and film trade bodies as well the district administration in the respective town in this regard.
The exact schedule of films to be screened would be announced shortly, he said. The organisation had arranged for child-related activities as part of the festival in Bangalore. These include clay modelling and craft workshops, and a dialogue with the children on films.
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Edited & Published By Raj Francis Pereira