Archive for November 14, 2013

poster2Festival: 18th International Children’s Film Festival India popularly known as The Golden Elephant.

Place: Hyderabad

Dates: November 14th to November 20th, 2013.

Opening and Closing venue: Lalitha Kala Thoranam

Opening Film: CFSI’s musical animation, Goopi Gawaiyya Bagha Bajaiyya.

Closing Film: Winner of Golden Elephant Trophy at 18th ICFFI.

Chief Guests at the opening ceremony: Ranbir Kapoor and Gulzar


– Total number of 894 films were received from 75 countries.

– 200 films from 45 countries are being screened at the 18th ICFFI.

– DCP format for screenings introduced for the first time.

– Film entrees were received online for the first time.

– ‘International Animation Feature’ introduced this year in the competition category.

– For the first time ICFFI films were sourced from Cannes Film Market, allowing ICFFI to pick a selection of the latest children’s films, awaiting their World/ Asian Premiers.

– For the first time ICFFI has received 26 films from South America, a region barely represented in the previous editions.

– For the first time ICFFI has received a formidable quantity of animation films from across the globe: 285 animation films.

– No. of entries for Little Directors Section (films made by children from India and around the world): 123.

Four Competitive Sections:

1) Competition International Live Action (15 features)

2) International Animation Competition (10 features) *

3) Competition Shorts (15 shorts)

4) Competition Little Directors (12 shorts)

* Competition Animation has been introduced for the first time keeping in mind the large no. of excellent animation features received by the festival.

Three Non-competitive Sections:

1) Children’s World (121 films approx.) will present award winning international and national films from the last decade.

2) In Focus: Czech Republic (12 films) will present the best of Czech Children’s Films, including live action and animated features and shorts. This section is made possible by collaborating with Zlin Film Festival, the oldest children’s film festival in the world.

3) Celebrating 100 years of cinema.


First Prize: A Golden Elephant trophy plus cash prize of 2 lakh,

Second prize: A Golden Elephant plaque second prize 1 lakh

Top 15 Films at ICFFI:

1. A Horse on the Balcony (Live Action Feature, Austria)

2. Mother I love You (Live Action Feature, Latvia)

3. Kauwboy (Live action Feature, Netherlands)

4. Alfie the Little Werewolf (Live Action Feature, Netherlands)

5. Taina – an Amazon Legend (Live Action Feature, Brazil)

6. Zarafa (Animation Feature, Belgium-France)

7. Moon Man (Animation Feature, France)

8. Rodencia – The Princesse’s tooth (Animation Feature, Argentina-Peru)

9. Goopi Gawaiyya Bagha Bajaiyya (Animation Feature, India)

10. Toys in the Attic (Animation Feature, Czech Republic)

11. The Girl from Gori (Live Action Short, Georgia-Germany)

12. Under The Pillow (Animation Short, Spain)

13. My shoes (Live Action Short, Tunisia)

14. Buzkashi Boys (Live Action Short, Afghanistan)

15. The Centipede and the Toad (Animation short, France)

Registrations: Registrations will be held at FDC. There will be no online registrations.

Screenings: 3 screens at IMAX Prasad Multiplex, one screen each at Ranga, Eswar, High Tech, Sri Ramulu, Shivani, Sudha, Raghvendra, Lalitha  kala Thoranam, Public Garden, Indira Priya Darshini audi, Telugu University Audi Auditorium, Hall in Victoria Memorial Home.

Venue: Main Venue: IMAX Prasad.

Venue for November 15, 2013 to November 19, 2013:

  1. IMAX Prasad, Necklace Rd.
    Screen 1, 2 & 4(3D screen)
  2. Ranga, Jeedimetla
  3. Eswar, Attapur
  4. Sivaparvathy, Kukatpally
  5. High Tech, Madhapur
  6. Shivani, Dilsukhnagar
  7. Sudha, Shalibanda
  8. Raghavendra, Malkajgiri
  9. Indira Priyadarshani Auditorium, Public Garden
  10. Prashant, Secundarabad

Apur Panchali

A new bengali film titled Apur Panchali tries to explore that. The trailer and poster is just out, and it looks interesting. Have a look. Though the trailer doesn’t have subtitles yet.

The film is directed by Kaushik Ganguly, and stars Parambrata Chatterjee, Parno Mitra, Ardhendu Banerjee, Gaurav Chakraborty & Ritwik Chakraborty.

Some more info on the film (from TOI article) – Talking about Apur Panchali, Kaushik said, “The film is inspired by the real-life story of Subir Banerjee, the child actor, who played Apu in Ray’s Pather Panchali. Despite being one of the most celebrated child actors in the industry once, nobody cares to find out what he is doing now; no one remembers him. My film is a take on that. The USP of the film is the subject which has never been explored in Bengali cinema before. Interestingly, Subir’s life has an uncanny resemblance to what Ray had depicted in The Apu Trilogy. And that’s what inspired me to make this film. Albeit Pather Panchali was Subirda‘s first and last film, but if you study the man’s life, you’d sit and ponder if Satyajit Ray had written The Apu Trilogy keeping Subirda in mind. Having said that, I’d like to make it clear that my film is a work of fiction, and not Subir Banerjee’s biography.”

– To read the full article, click here.

– More about the film here.