ICSFF is Chennai’s most celebrated short film festival committed to showcasing short films related children from around the world. ICSFF 2012 being in its 5th edition got off to a colorful start on 9th November 2012 with dignitaries from media gracing the event. The festival was symbolically inaugurated with the lighting of the traditional lamp in the presence of eminent Filmmakers SS Stanely, Aslem and Gerald, Rev. John Alex, the Rector & Correspondent of Don Bosco Egmore, Rev. Sagayaraj – Principal of Don Bosco College of Art & Design.
Nearly 1600 children from 30 schools participated in this one day short film extravaganza. Out of the 67 short films that came in for the festival, 20 short films from 8 countries were shortlisted to be screened for this one day visual. These shorts hail from India, USA, Estonia, Spain, Poland, Taiwan and Germany. They portray children’s daily life, their world of dreams and aspirations, their humanity and strength of character, their struggles and challenges.
After initial felicitations to the dignitaries, the festival director Rev. Harris Pakkam, welcomed the chief guests and spelt out the objectives of ICSFF. He expressed joy in seeing ICSFF grow from strength to strength and making this festival more meaningful and relevant for the children. He concluded stating, “that each child should strive to become a hero in safeguarding, protecting and nurturing childhood”.
In his inaugural address the chief guest Mr. Stanley affirmed that film festivals could play a very powerful role, in creating awareness and fostering good values. He lauded the efforts of DBICA – Don Bosco Institute of Communication Arts to promote children based short films and commended the efforts of the organization to bring in children from various schools for a film festival. He wished the festival a grand success.
Mr. Aslam, the director of current tamil movie ‘Paagan’ highlighted that Short films were the best medium to convey and communicate to the masses. He stressed that children should become more critical in their consumption of media messages, choose good films to watch and also create their own in the future.
Film Director Gerald congratulated the efforts of DBICA and exhorted that these films will create a positive impact on the children and instill social awareness in them. He also referred to personalities like Charlie Chaplin who inspired him to choose his career as a filmmaker and exhorted everyone to be become a critical consumer of media and promote that which is positive in media.
Rev. Paulraj, the Dean of DBCAD gave a brief over view of the Children’s day Poetry and Painting competitions that were organized at DBCAD – Don Bosco College of Art & Design on 26th October, in which more than 200 students 20 schools, took part in the event. Through these competitions the young minds were given an opportunity to bring out their creative energy and express their skills and talents. The competitions were divided in two categories; one for painting and another one for Art Collage. Six students were shortlisted as winners for these competitions and were awarded with certificates and prizes during the inaugural ceremony by the chief guests.
The Chief guests solemnly declared open ICSFF and all the children stood up and pledged wholeheartedly to stand for the rights of the children all over the world. The Children were very much involved and spontaneous in their sharing after the screening of every short film.
ICSFF is truly becoming a children’s festival, providing a unique channel for children to come together to relax, discuss, interact and to gather awareness and inspiration on themes related to Children and Childhood.