New Delhi: The much awaited film festival SIFFCY- Smile International Film Festival for Children and Youth scheduled from December 5 to December 11, 2016, at the Sirifort Auditorium, New Delhi announced it’s official selection of 100 films amongst which 22 will be in the International competition and The yellow carpet section.
The festivals advisory board consists of renowned film makers & industry leaders like Nagesh Kukunoor, Hansal Mehta, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Resul Pookutty, Jahnu Barua and Santosh Sivan.
The jury panel boasts of international names like Sannette Naeye, Festival Director of Cinekid-Netherlands - widely acclaimed as World’s biggest children film festival - with Fusun Eriksen, Advisor-Danish Cultural Institute among others. International organizations like Cinekid, British Film Institute, National film board of Canada and Children film society India (cfsi), Ministry of i&B, Govt. of India has been supporting the festival.
On the selection of the films, Mr. Jitendra Mishra, Festival Director, SIFFCY said “We received more than 2000 film entries from around the globe out of which we have handpicked 100 films and selected the movies which have the supreme finesse of their art, the most compelling storytelling and highly inspiring depiction of world issues. Many of these critically acclaimed films have already traveled to prestigious international film festivals and have numerous nominations and awards to their credit. We have also selected movies from culturally rich countries like Taiwan, Switzerland, Brazil, South Korea, Australia and Canada among others to showcase varied cast, creed and cultures of across the world to our children and expand their mind for a bigger horizon. During the weeklong festival we are also organizing different free workshops to empower kids, Art design workshop will be hosted by Odisha born, Bollywood Art Director Sukant Panigrahy, Cinematography workshop by Shanti Bhushan Roy (FTII) where as photography workshop will be hosted by Indian institute of Photography (IIP) in addition to film making and storytelling workshops”
"On one hand we work with underprivileged children and their families, and on the other hand under the concept of civic driven change we try sensitizing privileged masses, especially children through mediums like SIFFCY," Santanu Mishra, Festival Chairman SIFFCY and Executive trustee of Smile Foundation said. The focus of the festival this year is "to encourage and involve children especially from the underprivileged background, in the process of filmmaking, he added."
The festival has ditched the traditional red carpet concept and is all set to welcome special screenings of highly acclaimed and globally applauded Indian movies that includes Dhanak by Nagesh Kukunoor, Budhia Singh- Born to run by Odisha born director Soumendra Padhi, that has won a National award for best children film this year, Gauru- Journey of Courage by Ramkishan Choyal and another National Award winning film – Ottaal, The Trap- by Jayaraaj which also won the Crystal Bear in the Berlin Film Festival this year .
In the feature films category, 9 films have been shortlisted, which includes: At Eye Level, April and the Extraordinary World, Chidiya, Fanny’s Joy, Hang in there Kids! , Heidi, The World of Us, Mr. Frog and The Pitch. The non-feature category consists of 9 films including The Best Sound in the World, Chika the Dog from the Ghetto, Famous in Ahmedabad, Jonas and the Sea, King’s Day, Sing, The Supermarket, Traces of my Brother and We make Images.
SIFFCY ensures a meaningful cinema for children and youth of the age group 6 years to 25 years. It is a special and unique platform to showcase value-based films with substance, supporting emerging filmmakers, recognizing potential and promoting the diverse perspectives of global cinema.