Hyderabad: As curtains go up on the 20th International Children’s Film Festival India (ICFFI), it is not just little movie buffs who are already in a festive mood. Movie theatres across the city too have been decked up and are all set for screening children’s movies.
About 13 screens have been selected in different parts of the city including Prasad Imax, Gokul, Sivaparvathy, Cinepolis and others for screening 317 children’s movies in various categories from 55 countries.
Among them, Prasads Imax is the main venue for the film festival, while a few theatres have been lined up for the first time to participate in the prestigious event. The selected venues would be screening the movies from Thursday till November 14.
P Srinivas Rao, manager of Gokul Theatre in Erragadda, said the Film Development Corporation (FDC) had selected the theatre for the first time for the ICFFI. The theatre has a seating capacity of 981 and all of them are likely to be booked as there are a number of schools in the city, he said.
T S Sridhar, manager of Sivaparvathy in Kukatapally said, “This theatre has been organizing movie screenings for the film festival for more than a decade and every time it has received a good response from children. Hyderabad will get recognition if it becomes a permanent venue for children’s film festival.”
Host of international films lined up
Hyderabad: Screening of children’s films that have won international acclaim and bagged awards in film festival circuits usually is a major attraction for a children’s film festival. And this edition of ICFFI in the city boasts of several such films that have won laurels in different international outings.
These movies include Siv Sleeps Astray (Sweden), ‘Pitch’ (Russia), ‘Sky’ (Netherlands), Nelly’s Adventure (Germany), Anthems: A Journey Around The World (Canada) and Wintry Spring (Egypt), which are participating in non-competitive section during the festival.
‘Pitch’ is the first Russian film dedicated to inter-ethnic relations amongst the youth. It won two Golden Paladin Awards for the best film and Best Direction in Sports Film Festival, Palermo 2016. Swedish film ‘Siv Sleeps Astray’ has won several awards art different international film festivals. The story is about a seven-year-old Siv who sleeps over at his friend’s home where most things seem strange.
‘Sky’, a Dutch film, is about a nine-year-old boy Sky who has a hearing problem and the film revolves around his efforts to overcome the challenge. ‘Nelly’s Adventure’, a German film tells the story of a 13-year-old Nelly whose family has decided to relocate to some other country.
‘Anthems: A Journey Around The World’ is a story of two young siblings who play with a globe ball. Egyptian film ‘Wintry Spring’ is about the life of a growing young girl staying with her father and they trying to understand each other.