DBICA is organising for the first time ever an International Children`s Film Festival. The theme for the event is “Celebrating Childhood“. Unique in its kind, the festival will be screening short films and feature films collected from 12 different countries including Russia, Germany, Spain, Poland, Egypt, Ireland. Over 2000 students from schools in and around the city have registered to attend the festival. These world class award winning films bring to us stories that portray children`s daily life, their world of dreams and aspirations, their humanity and strength of character.

Prominent personalities like Dinesh Karthick (Indian Team Cricketer), M.S. Vadivel (Managing Director, Mathi Group of Industries, Fr. Stanislaus Swamikannu (Chairman – Don Bosco Group of Institutions), Devayani Rajakumaran (Film Actress), Rajakumaran (Film Director), Lenin B (Film Director-Editor), Alagappan (Film Director) and others will be present to encourage and promote this noble endeavour.

Has anyone watched “Taare Zameen Paar“ and has not been touched to tears? Films such as these that present children and their world realistically are hard to come by. Today`s unassisted children are watching what adults should be watching and are unfortunately aping the adult world. Not having had their young world realistically portrayed by the media as something precious, marvellous and worthy of serious consideration, children are losing their childhood. One forceful way to restore this lost childhood is by promoting viewership of films/short films that `celebrate childhood`, and DBICA plans to take this festival to other parts of the state so that many more children may benefit.

This Film Festival is organised in collaboration with Don Bosco, Egmore, ICAF (Indi 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, Netherlands.

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