Lucknow, April 10 : It is the responsibility of the parents to teach their children but a the same time, we also get to learn a lot from the little kids and this exchange of information and knowledge between the two continues forever. I am very impressed with the City Montessori School organizing the festival of educational films aimed at the character building of students which would provide opportunities to learn not only to children but to the grown-ups as well. These views were expressed by the Chief Minister of UP, Mr Akhilesh Yadav while inaugurating the 9-days long 4th International Children's Film Festival (ICFF-2012) organized by City Montessori School. Speaking further as the Chief guest of the inaugural ceremony, Chief Minister Shri Akhilesh Yadav said that children's films are a strong medium of imparting value based education and expressed his belief that the educational films based on life values being shown at the festival would provide right direction to the future generation. It maybe mentioned that this unique International Children's film Festival (ICFF-2012) aimed at the character building and overall development of the children and youth organized by the Films Division of City Montessori School began today at CMS Kanpur Rod auditorium under which around 252 best educational and motivational children's films from 36 countries of the world will be shown free of charge to all the children of Lucknow. This International Children's Film Festival is being held in Lucknow for the fourth consecutive year and it will continue for 9 days till 18th of April.
Chief Public Relations Officer of CMS, Mr Hari Om Sharma informed that several film celebrities are joining ICFF-2012 to add beauty and charm to this International Children's Film Festival. Apart from Master Darsheel Shafari, famous child actor of popular film 'Taare Zameen Par', others are child actor Amey Pandya, famous lyricist and Poet Mr Javed Akhtar, veteran Bollywood actor Mr Raza Murad, renowned singer Ms Usha Utthup, Playback singer Mr Babul Supriyo and actress Ms Vedita Pratap Singh, Vaishali Desai and Preeti Desai etc. He further informed that International Children's Film Festival (ICFF) is free of charge for one and all and children, youth, parents, guardians and teachers of all the schools of Lucknow are welcome and invited to see children's films on 'first come first serve' basis. Tomorrow on Wednesday, 11 April, the 2nd day, the ICFF-2012 will be inaugurated by renowned playback singer Mr Babul Supriyo at 9.00 am at CMS Kanpur Road auditorium.
Earlier the Chief guest, Shri Akhilesh Yadav formally inaugurated the 9-day International Children's Film Festival (ICFF-2012) by lighting the lamp of learning amidst a colourful educational-cultural programme. On this occasion, Darsheel Safari, the child artist of the famous film 'Taare Zameen Par' added glamour to the occasion which was made historic with the presence of over 10,000 students of various schools of Lucknow. Addressing the gathering on this occasion, Darsheel Safari said that he is feeling elated to meet so many children here. He said that this festival would help children realize their innate potential. After the address of Chief Minister, Mr Akhilesh Yadav and colourful educational cultural items, the children's film 'Stanley's Lunch Box', directed by Amol Gupte was screened having the story of a child who fights the adverse situations and attains a respectable position and wins the hearts of all with his innocence.
In the afternoon session of the Children's Film Festival, the jury members arrived from India and abroad for reviewing the films being screened here shared their views with the media persons at a press conference held at CMS Kanpur Road auditorium. Renowned film personalities including Venniraadai Nirmala, Florian Steinbiss from Germany, Ms Parvati Menon, professional filmmaker, Mr Rashid Irani, freelance film critic, Mrs Malti Sahai and others met the press reporters and spoke about their ideas on various subjects including the relationship between films and education, value of educational films, the impact of popular cinema on young minds and so on. Talking to media persons Ms Venniraadai Nirmala said that this film festival of CMS is indeed unique and one of its kind. She expressed happiness over the fact that the best of educational films from all over the world being shown here are leaving their impact on the young impressionable minds and filling up their psyche with positive energy. Commending this international festival being run under the aegis of CMS, Mr Florian Steinbiss from Germany said that it is a significant step in imparting value based education and its reveberations would indeed be heard. Other members of the jury too were full of praise for the film festival.
On this occasion, Dr Jagdish Gandhi, renowned educationist and founder of CMS briefed the media on the aims and objectives of International Children's Film Festival. He said that this International Children's Film Festival is not meant for entertainment only rather its an integral part of education. Children's film festival aims to impart better concepts to children besides giving a healthy entertainment to them so that their moral and social values strengthen and they could built a clean and happy world. Dr Gandhi emphasized that the audio-visual is the lively, easy and simple method to teach values to children. He further said that violent films are screened now-a-days in cinema halls that are highly inappropriate for the children and in this situation good and ideal films are the powerful tools in creating an environment of moral and spiritual values to the children. He said that the films screened during ICFF-2012 are especially made for the children that carry values. Dr Gandhi expressed happiness and said that CMS is the first school of its kind that organizes such children's film festival.
Director of film festival, Mr Verghese Kurian informed that ICFF-2012 had a grand opening today. The presence of over 10,000 children on the very first day is a testimony of its success. Mr Kurian said that the children's films are being screened at seven mini auditoriums of CMS Kanpur Road starting from morning show at 9.00 am and noon show at 12.00. Mr Kurian informed that the best educational children's film from 36 countries of the world are being screen free of charge during ICFF-2012 which include USA, Argentina, Italy, Greece, Germany, Bangladesh, Serbia, Taiwan, France, Turkey, Portugal, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Spain, Belgium, UK, Israel, Pakistan, Iran, Croatia, Estonia, Russia, Japan, Canada, China, Poland, UAE, Czech Republic, Nepal, Iceland, Hong Kong, Mexico, Ireland, Belarus, Hungary and India.