Mangaluru: The All Committee meeting of International Children’s Film Festival was held at the DC office here, on October 20.
ADC Kumar welcomed all the committee members and said that to mark the 125th birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the district administration will be organizing the International children’s film festival. “In this regard, we have formed various committees such as Theatre owners committee, Transportation committee, Media and Publicity committee, Volunteers committee, Children’s co-ordination committee, Finance committee, food and accommodation committee, cultural committee and core committee.” He also said that all the committee members should actively work for the success of the film festival. The festival will start from November 22 to November 26 and the inauguration will be held in Mangaluru. The concluding ceremony will be held in Udupi. “We have to finalize the venue for the cultural programme. VIPs coming to attend the festival should also be provided with food and accommodation.
Film Diretor from Bengaluru Nanjundappa Gowda said that this is the first time that such a film festival is being organized in Mangaluru. “From many years, the international film festival was held in Bengaluru. The district administration under the leadership of Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim has taken special interest to organize the festival in Mangaluru. Already we have received 200 films and are expecting 50 more. Altogether, there will be 250 films to be shown to the children.”
He further said that the DDPI should co-ordinate with the transportation committee to bring the children to watch the movies. The timings will be from 9 am to 4:30pm. Films will be shown in 11 theatres and since it is an international film festival, there will be judges from national and international levels. The juries will interact with the children and know their opinion about the films and the best films will be awarded. There will be interactions with the children and seminars as well as workshops will be held for the children. He urged all the committee members to be committed to their responsibilities to make the festival a grand success.
Nanjundappa also said, “The international children film festival is a concept where we are targeting children; parents are not the priority but children are. Parents and teachers can also watch the movie along with their children. Social and educational issues will be highlighted in the films.”
Deputy commissioner A B Ibrahim said, “We have to make the film festival a successful one because this is the first time that Mangaluru has got an opportunity to celebrate the International Children’s film Festival. If the film festival will be successful, we will have the opportunity to celebrate International Children’s film festival in the future too”. He urged all the committee members to co-ordinate with each other for the success of the film festival.
P V Mohan, President of Tulu Sahitya Academy Janaki Brahmavar, information officer Khader Shah and all the committee members were also present.