International children’s Film Festival India, Nagaland 2017

KOHIMA, Jul 25 (NEPS): The Children’s Film Society of India (CFSI), Ministry of Information & Broadcasting with the support of Nagaland Board of School Education, Nagaland will be organising for the first time International Children’s Film Festival, 2017 in Nagaland from 27th -29th July at Regional Centre of Excellence for Music & Performing Arts (RCEMPA), Jotsoma.

Being the first edition to be arriving at Nagaland, the festival comes with the hope of bringing a range of nationally and internationally acclaimed children’s movies. “Nagaland is an interesting choice and we are hoping to bring an unforgettable experience to the children through this festival. I personally believe there is much to learn for the world from the rich cultures and heritage of the North East as there is a need to introduce the children from these parts to international cinema.” – Dr. Shravan Kumar, CEO, CFSI.

The festival will be inaugurated by Dr. Shravan Kumar, CEO, CFSI and Mrs. Asano Sekhose, Chairman NBSE. The inaugural ceremony will be followed by cultural performance, a Zeliang Folk Dance by Benreu Students Union, Kohima and an enchanting soloist Neingusalie Yano, Music Topper, HSLC Examination 2017 and with “This is for the first time we are organizing International festival for our children, we are very excited to bring the world of art through films amongst our youth and hope that through this festival, the children get not only rich experiences but also gain insights to understand the world around them.” – Mrs. Asano Sekhose, Chairman, NBSE.

The film festival will begin with the inaugural film will be screened -Kauwboy directed by Boudewijn Koole. This Dutch film tells a story about a difficult life of a 10 year old in his family. Every day films from different countries such as Russia, Germany, Netherlands, India etc. will be shown for children to experience different culture through the world of movies.

Throughout the festival movies from across genres and languages will exclusively be screened for the school students of Nagaland, the inaugural movie to Apart from screening movies from regional and international directors, the festival will also serve as a platform to showcase the movies made by children from countries like Taiwan, UAE, and Belgium amongst others. The film screenings will be followed by quiz where prizes will be distributed to children for correct answers.

With the aim to promote arts in general and film-making in particular, Rajkumar will conduct an exclusive 3 day workshop called Little Director Workshop which will be attended by 20 children from a few selected schools of Nagaland. The movie made during this workshop under the aegis of the Workshop Mentor – Rajkumar, who has trained under Barry John and Padmini Kolhapure School of Acting and has been associated with theatre for more than a decade. He has worked extensively with children on mentoring them to work on short films for many years.

Another delight will be the series of film making workshop where Nikhil Kulshrestha will conduct three workshops, one on each day. The workshops will be on The Grammar of film making, expressing your creativity through mobile phones and an overview on film making; Nikhil is currently based in Mumbai and has worked on several ad campaigns, TV series and on documentaries as director. With the workshop children will be able to understand basic nuances of film making.

The festival will also have series of competitions lined up for children to encourage them explore their creative sides such as Script writing competition, Story Board writing competition. All children can participate and submit their write ups to the organizers. The winners will be awarded. There will also be a special talk on creative expression through social media to give youth a guidance on how social media can help them reach out and explore their talents.

Throughout the festival, many film experts from Delhi, Mumbai and Nagaland will entertain and enlighten the children through quiz, film appreciation sessions and discussions while also acquainting them with the skills of understanding the nuances of movies and the techniques of film review writing. Thus, promising a fun filled day-out to more than 1000 students from Nagaland, the three day festival will include many engaging activities each day which will surely leave the children creatively and intellectually stimulated. The Festival begins on 27th July, 2017 at Regional Centre of Excellence for Music & Performing Arts (RCEMPA), Jotsoma from 10.00 a.m. onwards.

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