Lucknow, April 12 : Great excitement was seen in students, teachers and parents, who kept the CMS Kanpur Road auditorium full the whole day to see good educative children's films today during the 9-day International Children's Film Festival (ICFF-2012) being organized by City Montessori School absolutely free of charge. On the third day of the International children's Film Festival, the presence of noted film actress Ms Vedita Pratap Singh made the festival even more exciting as along with their children even the parents, teachers and others seemed too eager to shake hands with her. It may be mentioned here that Films Division of City Montessori School has organized this 9-day International Children's Film Festival from 10 to 18 April at CMS Kanpur Road auditorium for the character building and all round development of the students and youths during which the best educative children's films of 36 countries are being screened without any charge. This International Film Festival is dedicated to the "World Unity and World Peace".
Chief Public Relations Officer of CMS, Mr Hari Om Sharma said that outstanding children's films from 36 countries including 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 are being screened during this ICFF-2012. He further informed that tomorrow, on Friday, 13th April, the main attraction of the day will be the presence of child actor of the famous children's film 'Toonpur Ka Super Hero', Master Amey Pandya at the opening of the fourth day of ICFF-2012.
During the 'International Film Festival' today, thousands of children saw the entertaining and educative movies such as 'India Forever, Ghar Kiska Hai, The Holy Chicken of Life and Music, The Red Apple, Abur Cabur, Taking Chances, My Family, Hanging Around, Wind & Fog, The Miniature Tales, One Minute One World, The Beach, Bapu Ke Saath, Zero, The Little Mother, An Empty Circle, The Donkey Library, Roshni, Around the Moon, Street Kids United, Ek Yatra, You Or Me, Hamari Duniya and Vidya etc. Parents who accompanied their children to enjoy such enlightening films, accepted wholeheartedly that this is an easier and simpler method for teaching values to the children. The children's films throw light on unity of all religions, unity of mankind, devotion to God, triumph of truth, power of prayer, confidence in one's self and other qualities of humanity. Since these films are absolutely free, rich and poor children sit together and enjoy films and it strengthens mutual friendship, love and unity among them.
In the afternoon session, a press conference was organized in which the noted film actress Ms Vedita Pratap Singh interacted with the journalists. Talking to media, Ms Vedita Pratap Singh praised the efforts of CMS to organize such an International Children's Film Festival for the character building and all round development of children and said that it will prove to be a milestone in the character building of children as the characters in these films have been taken from our routine lives. Hence they cast a powerful influence on children and they imbibe values shown by these characters. She emphasized that values of life must go alongside education. She profusely praised the film festival and said that thousands of children are sitting in CMS auditorium in a disciplined manner, which itself proves the relevance and success of this film festival.
On this occasion, the Chairman of the film festival and renowned educationist, Dr Jagdish Gandhi, Founder, CMS said that the International Children's Film Festival is receiving tremendous support from the people of Lucknow and I am overwhelmed and highly obliged to them. Showing his deep concern over the present day films screened on the silver screen, Dr Gandhi said that these films are contaminating the tender minds of children by showing bad habits, violence and new ways to commit suicide. The films shown by CMS during the festival endeavour to inculcate self confidence in children through films and showing how hard work and labour can make one touch the sky. Dr Gandhi happily said that CMS's International Children's Film Festival is gaining popularity and recognition not only in Lucknow but throughout the country and famous film actors and intelligentsia are arriving here to grace the event. Mr Varghese Kurian, Director of ICFF-2012, informed that the International Children's Film Festival 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. Special arrangements have been made for economically weak and physically challenged children and free bus services are being provided for ferrying the children.