Udupi: Oscar Fernandes Inaugurates International Children’s Film Festival Office

Udupi: The office of International Children’s Film Festival and the exhibition of rare photographs of the first prime minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, organised by the Department of Information and Public Relations, was inaugurated at the Government College on Sunday, November 8.

Oscar Fernandes, Rajya Sabha member and president of International Children’s Film Festival (ICFF), inaugurated both the events.

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Later, briefing on the International children’s film festival Oscar said that the ICFF in Mangaluru and Udupi will screen 250 films in the competitive section. In addition, 35 films from the non-competitive section will be screened during the festival, which will be held from November 22 to 26. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will inaugurate the festival at the Panambur Beach in Mangaluru on Sunday, November 22. The valedictory function for the film festival will be held at the Malpe beach on November 26.

Children’s India film festival director N R Nanjunde Gowda said that along with the screening of the movies, workshops and seminars related to the films will be held. Around 40 countries – US, Brazil, Taiwan, Netherlands, Canada, Hungary, UK, Germany, Czech Republic, Spain, Argentina, Maldova, Philippines, Croatia, Hong Kong, Italy, Portugal, France, Denmark, Norway, Russia, Mexico, Sweden, Australia, Iran, Bangladesh, South Korea, Indonesia, Belgium, Estonia, Tunisia, Haiti, South Africa, Venezuela, Latvia, Macedonia, Paraguay, Poland, and Romania – will be participating in the film festival.

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Deputy commissioner Dr R Vishal said that the movies will be screened in nine theatres in 3 three taluks of the district from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. At a time, 31000 children can watch the movies in all the theatres of the district.

Udupi MLA Pramod Madhwaraj, committee member PV Mohan, UUDA president Janardhan Tonse and others were present.

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Exhibition of rare photographs of the first prime minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru:

The two-day exhibition is being organised as part of the 125th birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. The exhibition of 96 photographs provides a glimpse of pre and post-independent India.

Nehru in his early days with his father Motilal Nehru, Anand Bhavan, the ancestral house of Nehru at Allahabad, Nehru with his grand children Rajeev Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi along with his daughter Indira Gandhi, a group photo with various leaders at the Congress convention in 1919, are some of the photographs displayed at the exhibition. The photographs of Nehru’s visit to Pakistan in 1960, meeting Chinese leader Mao-Tse-Tung in 1954, Cuban President Fidel Castro are a few other rare images kept on display.

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