The three-day National Children’s Film Festival (NCFF) was inaugurated by the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Urban Development, M Venkaiah Naidu in Vishakhapatnam on 7 April 2017.
The festival, termed as the largest film festival for children in the country, is being jointly organised by the Children’s Film Society, India (CFSI) and the state government of Andhra Pradesh. on 7 April 2017. on 7 April 2017.
• The main aim of the festival is to expose the children to quality cinema and introduce them to elements beyond films.
• It is the largest film festival for children in the country giving the audience quality and wholesome entertainment. The aim of the film festival is to expose children to quality cinema and to introduce novel elements beyond films.
• The screening of the films will take place at the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority’s Cinema theatre.
• The state government will be providing 12 screens for the screening and daily three shows will be held at each screen.
• In total, 24 films will be screened and the event is expected to witness participation from over 40000 students.
• While the screening opened with the film ‘Shanu- The Optimist’ directed by KNT Sastry and produced by CFSI in 2016, many other popular CFSI films including Akkineni Kutumba Rao’s ‘Amulyam’, ‘Bandu Boxer’, ‘Bhago Bhoot’, ‘Chota Sipahi’ will also be shown.
Speaking on the festival’s history, CEO of CFSI Shravan Kumar stated that the festival was first held in Delhi in 2014 and then they had brought in its second edition in Jaipur in 2016, where many new elements were introduced beyond screening of films.
He added that the current extension of the festival to Vizag has been made in association with the state’s government and before this last week, it was organised in Guwahati in association with the Smile Foundation, a national level development organisation that works for children’s health and education.
Further, the CFSI has also come up with a unique concept of ‘Little Directors’, which is a special section that aims to encourage children to shoot small movies on phones. The organisation would be inviting entries for the same during film festivals.
When: On 7 April 2017