Hyderabad, Nov 12 – Around 200 films from 48 countries including from the Cannes film festival will be screened at the 18th International Children’s Film Festival of India (ICFFI) in Indian state of Andhra Pradesh from Nov 14 to 20.
Press Trust of India (PTI) reports a retrospective on the Best of Indian Children’s Films in commemoration of the centenary of Indian Cinema will be the highlight of the event, also popularly known as the ‘Golden Elephant’.
Union Information and Broadcasting Secretary Bimal Julka and Andhra Pradesh Chief Secretary P K Mohanty told a press conference on Monday this year’s festival will focus on Czech films in collaboration with the Zlin Film Festival — the oldest children’s film festival in the world.
“The festival will show 15 children’s films from the Czech Republic from the 1950s to the most recent productions, including live action, animation features and short films,” Bimal said.
A contest will be held for international animation films for the first time at the festival.
“We have received 285 animation films from across the globe. Keeping in mind the large number of excellent animation features received, we have introduced the competitive section for these films,” Julka said.
Other competitive sections include international live action (15 feature films), short films (15) and little directors (12).
In the non-competitive section ‘Children’s World’, 85 award-winning national and international films from the last decade will be screened.
The ICFFI received 894 nominations from 74 countries including 26 films from South America.