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The largest kids film fest closes with a bang

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Updated: November 20, 2011, 10:31 PM IST
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The largest kids film fest closes with a bang
The Golden Elephant 17th International Children's Film Festival, came to a close amidst much fanfare in Hyderabad...

HYDERABAD: The nation's biggest and one of the largest in the world, The Golden
Elephant 17th International Children's Film Festival, came to a close
Sunday amidst much fanfare in this historic city of Hyderabad.
Over
six days, close to 154 films from 38 countries were screened across 13
theatres in the city. At the final count, over 175,000 children from the
nooks and corners of India and hundreds from across the world watched
films, attended workshops and interacted with filmmakers who had come
from the world over.
The festival was organised by the Children's Film Society, India (CFSI) and the Andhra Pradesh government.
Speaking
to IANS, CFSI chairperson Nandita Das said: "The festival has raised
the bar when it comes to children's film festival anywhere in the world.
It will be a tough act to follow even for us."
The festival was not bereft of its share of problems, mostly with the screenings.
"For
the first time something so ambitious was pulled off. The concept of
makeshift theatres to give a festival feel had never been done in India.
The three theatres constructed at Shilparamam in merely 20 days time
held up well," CFSI CEO Sushovan Banerjee told IANS.
"The only
problem was the sound because some films have optical sound which the
projectors could not read. This created a hissing sound. We scouted the
country for a fix but couldn't find it.
"This has been the
biggest children's film festival and the kids had a blast. The size and
scope of the festival has left everyone surprised," Banerjee said.
Some
of the most celebrated and awarded films were screened including French
animation master Michel Ocelot's Golden Bear at the Berlin Film
Festival nominee "Tales of the Night", celebrated Russian animator Garri
Bardin's "The Ugly Duckling" and the multiple award winning "Eep",
"Lost in Africa", "The Crocodiles Strike Back" and "David and Kamal",
among others.
However, it was Iranian film "Meadows" that won the most coveted prize of Golden Elephant for Best Feature Film, International.
Among
the Indian films, "Chillar Party" proved to be the hot favourite,
winning not only the Golden Elephant for Best Film, India from the
actual jury, but also the same prize from the children's jury.
Directors
Nitesh Tiwari and Vikas Bahl were present to receive the awards. Among
the other winners were "I Am Kalam", Umesh Kulkarni's feature "Vihir",
"Lost in Africa" from Denmark, and "Crocodile Strikes Back" from
Germany.
Short film "Nineandahalf's Goodbye" from Germany won award both from the adults and children's jury.
Among
the who's who of the Indian film industry, who paid more than a flying
visit to festival, included names like Shyam Benegal, Vishal Bharadwaj,
Rahul Dholakia, Seema Biswas, Sarika and Shaad Ali Sahgal.

First Published: November 20, 2011, 10:31 PM IST
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