Nearly 1650 children from 39 schools took part in this one day short film festival reaching out to 1650 children. Out of the 60 short films that came in for the festival, 27 short films from 12 countries were shortlisted to be screened for this one day visual extravaganza. These shorts hail from USA, Greece, Turkey, Spain, Egypt, Serbia, India, Honkong, Ireland, Netherlands, Slovenia and Croatia and 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 by the organizers, the principal of Don Bosco Egmore, Rev. Ignatius Stanley welcomed the chief guests and the gathering. The ICSFF director Rev. Harris spelt out the rationale behind this event highlighting the objectives of ICSFF 2010. He expressed joy in seeing ICSFF grow remarkably year ater year, and the events marking this festival such as the competitions and the seminar, making it more meaningful and relevant for the children. He concluded stating, “It is the month of Children, and DBICA is set to make the children express and experience something memorable and unforgettable”.
In his inaugural address, the Deputy Director of the Department of Information, Mr. Elangovan affirmed that film festivals could play a very powerful role, in creating awareness and fostering good values and that the Government was committed to the cause of encouraging initiatives of this sort. He 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.
Rev. Joe Andrew, the Vice President of the Don Bosco Institutions, who himself is a short film maker 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. He was very hopeful that short films could be a powerful tool to influence the children positively.
Music Director Guru Kalyan congratulated the efforts of DBICA and exhorted that these films will create a positive impact on the children and promote social awareness to them. Actor Sivan 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.
In view of ICSFF, competitions in Poetry and Painting were organized in 100 schools, of which 52 have been corporation schools and 48 have been aided and private schools reaching out to nearly 6,000 children, targeting 60 students per school. Through these competitions the young minds were given an opportunity to give vent to their creative energy and express their skills and talents. 36 students were shortlisted as winners for these competitions and were awarded with certificates and prizes. The over all winners and excellence shield for corporation schools went to the Hindu Theological School, Chennai and for the private schools it was St. Aloysius High School Chennai, Choolai.
The Chief guest and the other dignitaries on the dias solemnly declared ICSFF open and all the children pledged wholeheartedly to stand for the rights of the children all over the world. The inaugural ceremony concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by Rev. Johnson, director of Don Bosco Anbu Illam, Chennai. The programme was very beautifully coordinated and compered by Ms. AC Alathi, the Chief Organizer of ICSFF.
ICSFF has no doubt seen a remarkable growth this year as it is organized in joint collaboration with the Department of Information & Public Relations, Government of Tamil Nadu together with Don Bosco Anbu Illam, Don Bosco Egmore, Goethe Institut Chennai, Eurovision TV (EBU/UER), Switzerland and KRO Kinder Tijd, Netherlands.
ICSFF is truly becoming a children`s festival, providing a unique avenue for children to come together to relax, discuss, interact and to gather awareness and inspiration on themes related to Childhood and Children.