INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF THRISSUR (IFFT) –BHARATIYA VIDYA BHAVAN-MANAPPURAM INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL OF KERALA (ICFFK), 2023- SEPTEMBER 08-10, 2023
The International Children’s Film Festival of Kerala (ICFFK) is being held in association with BharatiyaVidyaBhavan, Thrissur Kendra and Manappuram Group, with the cooperation of NFDC, Kerala Chalachitra Academy, Federation of Film Societies of India (FFSI), local administration and other film related organizations during 8th to 10th September, 2023 (Friday to Sunday) at Thrissur. ICFFK is an event aimed to provide exposure to the young audience and aspiring children film makers to films that are rooted in variety of genres like realism, fantasy, adventure, war, musicals, comedy, and literary adaptations. These array of films is expected to enrich their cinematic experience and promote media literacy as also provide a fillip to the critical thinking of children and their ability to deconstruct images. The ICFFK will provide an opportunity to aspiring young minds to hone their hidden cinematic and creative skills as also enable them to gain ‘first-hand’ knowledge by interacting with many eminent film personalities.
The festival will be showcasing classic feature films from across the globe as also films by Indian Master Directors, short films, documentaries and animation films over three days of festive celebrations and is expected to be attended by hundreds of children, their parents and film professionals and eminent guests. During the three-day festival, about 75 films based on the broad themes of Harmony, Environment and Climate Change, Future India, Rural Development, Diversity and Human Rights will be screened at Inox Theatre, Shobha City Mall and the BharatiyaVidyaBhavan Auditorium, Thrissur.
CATEGORY OF PARTICIPATION AND DURATION OF FILMS:
Children in the age group of 13 to 18 years, with duration of the work being less than ten minutes.
Children in the age group of above 18 years, with duration of 10 minutes to 60 minutes
Children in the age group of above 18 years, with duration of 60 minutes or more
AWARDS:Awards and prize money totalling one lakh will be given under different categories:
• GOLDEN ELEPHANT TROPHY for Best Children’s Film
• SILVER ELEPHANT TROPHY for Second Best Children’s Film
• BRONZE ELEPHANT TROPHY for Third Best Children’s Film
• A GOLDEN ELEPHANT TROPHY for Best Little Director
• A GOLDEN ELEPHANT TROPHY for Best Story
• BEST CHILD ACTOR
• Special Mention Plaques may be awarded at the discretion of the Jury
• Certificate of Participation to all short listed films.
COMPETITION - INTERNATIONAL
Live Action Feature Films (Animation and Documentary Films are also eligible for inclusion in this Section)
Duration - Films with a duration of 60 minutes or more will be considered under the category of ‘feature film’.
Only films completed after 1st January, 2022
Submission of films will be open from 1st May, 2023 and last date of submission is 5.00 P.M. on 15th August, 2023.
Selected/shortlisted films will be notified before 20th August, 2023.
Details will be available at:
IFFT Website: https://www.ifft.in/ifft-1/
For further queries, may please contact:
IFFT-BVB-MANAPPURAM INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL (ICFFK), 2023 @THRISSUR
In this fast moving technological age, Movies are undoubtedly a captivating medium, especially for children, that enables them to develop their cognitive abilities and in the process stimulate creative urge, maintain focus, develop logical thinking, reasoning, visual and auditory responses, among others. Movies, though may contain elements of fantasy, make-believe world, nevertheless depict many ‘real life’ scenes, with which children can easily identify themselves!
The IFFT-Manappuram International Children’s Film Festival of Kerala (ICFFK) being held in association with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Thrissur Kendra at Thrissur during 8-10th September, 2023 is an event aimed to provide exposure to the young audience and aspiring little film makers to films that enrich their cinematic experience and promote visual media literacy as also stimulate the critical thinking of children and their ability to deconstruct images. The festival will be showcasing feature films, short films and animation films rooted in genres of realism, fantasy, adventure, war, musicals, comedy, and literary adaptations and animation films. The three-day festival is expected to be attended by thousands of children and film professionals and eminent guests. The CFFK will provide an opportunity to aspiring young minds to hone their hidden cinematic and creative skills as also enable them to gain ‘first-hand’ knowledge by interacting with many eminent film personalities. As a prelude to the CFFK, a Mobile Film Making Workshop will be conducted by an eminent documentary film maker to familiarise children on the technical nuances and practical hands on experience of making short films using mobile phones.
FESTIVAL DIRECTOR’S NOTE
As per New Education Policy (NEP), 2020, Education is fundamental for achieving full human potential, in developing an equitable and just society and promoting national development. All students must study the core essentials of each co curricularco-curricular area to make space and time to focus on developing their capacities and values.
Our children love visual media. Covid 19 has brought them closer to the digital platforms.Movies are one of the most well-knownpopular forms of entertainment. Seeing so many life situations on the screen, children develop their ability to think, which will stimulate their imagination and thereby they become more creative. Movies can help develop their cognitive skills such as forming long term memory, maintaining focus, developing logic and reasoning, visual and auditory processes.
Undoubtedly films have great impact on children. But most of the films or television serials they watch sitting at home in , in OTT platforms or at theatres are not always meant ideal for them. Viewing movies which are inappropriate for children can have a negative effect. They may copy risky and possibly dangerous things they see in movies. Behavior problems, night mares and trouble disturbed sleeping may happen occur after kids watch heavy dose of violence on screen.
Along with IFFT &Manappuram, BharatiyaVidyaBhavan’s Thrissur Kendra is taking a pioneer step in show casing about 70 to 80 films specially prepared made for children and created by children by organizing International Children's Film Festival of Kerala on during 8-10, in September 2023 in Thrissur, Kerala at three screensvenues.We aim at instilling life skills and develop literary skills by organizing technical workshops and seminars for children on storytelling, photography, creative writing and mobile film making. They are going to be introduced to the biggest industry i.e., the world of movies industry.
Through the participation in the festival young people learn awareness, appreciation and sensibility amongst many other key skills which shape their understanding of the world
This festival will definitely introduce the best movies made for children both nationally and internationally. They can also make films on themes based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). I hope our children should be able to select and choose the best one to watch. I wish the best movie watching experience to all the children and the adults alike and let this be a milestone for bringing the classic films under one umbrella in the coming years too.
Dr. V Bindhu
KulapatiMunshiBhavan'sVidyaMandir,Pottore, Thrissur, Kerala
IFFT – BVB - MANAPPURAM
INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVALOF KERALA (ICFFK), 2023
Film festivals have become a popular mode of celebration over the past several years, that is capable of arousing interest among both the connoisseurs as well as students of good, meaningful cinema. The maiden edition of IFFT-International Children’s Film Festival of Kerala (ICFFK), 2023 being held jointly with BharatiyaVidyaBhavan, Thrissur and Manappuram during 8thto10th September, 2023 at Thrissur, is a baby step towards achieving that goal.
The Festival is envisaged as an event to provide exposure to the young audience and aspiring film makers to the best package of children’s films, both from India and abroad, that provide healthy and wholesome entertainment as also elevate their aesthetic sensibility. The event will provide children an ideal platform to produce and exhibit short films. This will result in broadening their perspective of human life and the world around them and in the process enrich their cinematic experience and promote media literacy as also provide a fillip to the critical thinking of children and the ability to deconstruct images.
The three-day festival showcasingfilms on the broad themes of Harmony, Environment and Climate Change, Diversity, Future India, Rural Development and Human Rights, across different genres, is expected to be attended by hundredsof children as also their parents and public. The event will provide an opportunity to aspiring, inquisitive young minds to hone their hidden cinematic and creative skills as also enable them to gain ‘first-hand’ knowledge by interacting with many eminent film personalities and professionals in the field.
Come September, cinephiles, novices, everyone will be taken through an unforgettable package of classic films by maestros as also noteworthy creations both from within and outside the country, not to forget films made by young minds! And the IFFT-BVB-Manappuram ICFFK extends a hearty welcome to you all to be part of a historic event, which in turn will be a harbinger of an enthralling experience in the coming years too.
TWO-DAY MOBILE PHONE FILMMAKING AND FILM APPRECIATION WORKSHOP
Mobile phones have become an integral part of our lives, as a learning tool, to record special moments, daily routines, artistic adventures and creative explorations.It is essential to familiarise and equip children to shoot, edit, add music, special effects, subtitles etc. of special occasions/events in their life, as also to make short films and documentaries, As a prelude to the IFFT-International Children’s Film Festival of Kerala (ICFFK) being held at Thrissur during 8-10th September, 2023, in association with BharatiyaVidyaBhavan, Thrissur Kendra and Manappuram Group a two-dayMOBILE PHONE FILMMAKING WORKSHOP AND FILM APPRECIATION WORKSHOP was conducted onJULY 8 & 9 (Saturday and Sunday) at the BHARATIYA VIDYA BHAVAN Thrissur Kendra,Sarva Dharma MaitriPratishthan Complex, Vadakkechira Road, Thrissur - 680 020. The Film Making Workshop module was designed and conducted by Mr. Amudhan R.P., from Chennai, an eminent documentary/short film maker, Curator and Trainer. The Film Appreciation classes were conducted by Dr.I. Shanmukha Das, eminent film critic and writer, Mr. M.C. Raj Narayanan,filmcritic, Dr. AnandanRaghavan, Film Critic, Mr.JoeChalissery, Faculty of Film Schools. Fifty-Two students in different age groups from BharatiyaVidyaBhavan schools and other schools from Thrissur participated in the Workshop. Subsequently, a WhattsApp group has been created consisting of participants of the Workshop in order to give further tips, advice and directions. ICFFK wishes to place on record our deep gratitude to Mr. Amudhan and all the eminent persons who conducted the Film Appreciation classes.