The International Children`s Film Festival organised by Don Bosco Institute of Communication Arts at Don Bosco, Egmore took off amidst fanfare and gaiety. For the first time ever an International Children`s Film Festival has been organised in the city under the banner “Celebrating Childhood”.

The Inaugural Function which began at 10.00 A.M. was studded with the presence of Stars for whom Childhood was not just a moment in a human beings life but the most precious couple of years that needs to be nurtured, protected and celebrated. In his Inaugural address Rev. Fr. Stanislaus Swamikannu, the Provincial and Chairman of the Don Bosco Group of Institutions congratulated DBICA on being pioneers in launching a festival that promotes children`s films. He praised the brave efforts of those who risked producing children`s films.

The Chief Guests of the day were Mr. M.S. Vadivel, Managing Director of Mathi Groups of Industries and Dinesh Karthick, the bubbling Indian Cricketer. Mr. Vadivel spoke to the children on the importance of having love as the centre of their lives; everything else follows suit, he said. While Dinesh Karthick in his own informal manner thanked the Don Bosco Groups of Institutions of which he is a past pupil and wished all the students gathered there the very best in all their endeavours.

There were also present as Special Guests of Honour actress Devayani Rajakumaran, and film director Mr. Alagappan. The former who admitted she loved children won their hearts immediately. She expressed that Indian film industries should seriously think about producing films that reach children. The latter spoke about his efforts with Vannathupoochi, a children`s film that will hit the theatres December next. They also released two of DBICA`s latest productions, one a short film titled “Paathai Thediya Payanam“, on a youngsters search for meaning in life and the other a Documentary “Children & Media”.

The festival then actually took off when world renowned award winning short films and feature films collected from 12 different countries including Russia, Germany, Spain, Poland, Egypt, Ireland were screened. Over 2000 students from over 30 city schools were present. They viewed the films, discussed the shared their views regarding the same.

This Film Festival was organised by DBICA in collaboration with Don Bosco, Egmore, ICAF (Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation), Goethe Institut, UTV Entertainment Television Ltd, Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Palmarejo Films, California, N-Orasis Audiovisual Productions Ltd., Greece, Eurovision TV (EBU/UER), Switzerland, and KRO Kinder Tijd, Netherland.

The festival came to a close at 5.00 p.m. where Fr. Harris the Director of DBICA congratulated the children for playing an important part in promoting viewership of Children`s films. DBICA and the International Children`s Film Festival will be going places as it plans to conduct similar festivals around Tamil Nadu.

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