The 2nd International Children’s Short Film Festival (ICSFF 2009) got off to a colourful start on the 19th of November 2009 with eminent personalities from films, politics and sports gracing the event. The festival was symbolically inaugurated with the lighting of the Kuthuvilakku by the by the honourable minister for Information & Broadcasting Parithi Ellamvazhuthi, Padmashree Actor Vivek, Actress Roja Selvamani, Film directors Mr. Stanley, Ms. Nandhini and the Arjuna Award winner Mr. S. Raman. The Chief organizers of ICSFF, Rev. Stanley Ignatius and Rev. Harris Pakkam welcomed and felicitated the chief guests.

In his inaugural message, the honourable minister lauded the efforts of DBICA – Don Bosco Institute of Communication Arts to promote children based short films and appreciated the efforts of the organization to bring in children from various schools for a film festival. He wished the festival a grand success. He also released two new dvds of DBICA titled “Peace Please” and “I am a Child”. The Padmashree Actor Vivek, who was celebrating his birthday, expressed his joy and happiness in participating in the festival. In his humorous style, he sang a remix song for the children, and gave lots of interesting messages in an amusing and jovial manner.

Film Actress Mrs. Roja Selvamani reminisced her childhood memories and highlighted that good value based films, can be entertaining and educative. She exhorted the children to enjoy the viewing and affirmed that such a festival with films for school children was indeed exceptional and rare. The budding film director J.S. Nandhini, who made her entry with her film “Thiru Thiru..Thuru Thuru” in her message for the festival advised the children to be bold, courageous and optimistic in all their efforts and convinced them of the innumerable potentials they have within them to grow towards a healthy childhood. The film director S.S.Stanley wished all the children a happy viewing and hailed the efforts of DBICA in creating an opportunity to view international award winning children based short films, which was something special in Chennai. The Table Tennis Arjuna Award winner, S. Raman pointed out that the festival with all its films would convey lots of interesting messages to the children, and advised them to take home the best they could from the viewing and move towards greater ideals in life. The different category of winners, in the drawing and poetry competitions held by DBICA in view of the Chennai Children’s Festival were also felicitated and 27 school children were awarded.

Unique in its kind, the festival screened 26 short films from 12 countries with more than 2000 children from nearly 52 schools and organizations participating in it. The short films screened had appealing stories to convey, portraying children’s daily life, their world of dreams and aspirations, their humanity and strength of character, their struggles and challenges.

The film festival was a joint initiative of DBICA and Don Bosco Egmore, in collaboration with Goethe Institut, City Montessori School (CMS ICFF), Eurovision TV and Auroville Film Festival.with Goethe Intitut, Montessori School (CMS ICFF), Eurovision TV (EBU/UER), Switzerland and Auroville Film Festival. The other sponsors who supported this venture with prizes and refreshments were Camilin, Citi Bank and Maa Fruit Juice of Cavin Kare. The festival served as a meeting point for various school children to come together to relax, to discuss and interact and to gather awareness and inspiration on themes related to Childhood and Children.

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