Hyderabad: The 20th International Children’s Film Festival India (ICFFI) drew to a close amidst children’s performances and a starry presence at Shilpakala Vedika here on Wednesday.
The week-long film festival, which saw a staggering 1,402 film entries this year from 109 countries, presented the Golden Elephant awards to the best films in different categories at the closing ceremony.
Rima Das, who directed ‘Village Rockstars’ bagged the award for Best Director in the Asian Panorama Feature Film category.
While the Iranian film, ‘Houra’, on acute drinking water crisis in Iran, won the Best Feature Film Award in the Asian Panorama category, the Best Short Film Awards in the same category went to ‘Stamp Album’, a story that celebrates friendship and freedom.
The Best Film Award in the International Competition Short Live Action category was won by an Indian film ‘Medium’, which talks about bullying in schools and the Best Animated Short Film Award was won by ‘My Life I don’t want’, a short animated film about the life of a Myanmar girl inspired by the true stories in Myanmar.
The Best Feature Film Animation Award was bagged by ‘Phantom Boy’ and the Best Feature Film live action award was given to Wendy.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, actors Yami Gautam and Shraddha Kapoor shared their childhood experiences with the children at the event.
“I have had the opportunity of celebrating this year’s Children’s Day with some special children in Mumbai in the morning and now here with all these equally special kids here. I feel very lucky to be a part of this event,” Shraddha said.
Apart from them, the evening also saw child actors of films such as Dangal, Baahubali and Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Festival director and CEO Shravan Kumar declared the week-long festival to be closed, while promising to return next time with more fun and more exciting movies.
The awards for 20th International Children’s Film Festival were announced by Children’s Film Society of India on Tuesday.