Lucknow, April 16 : At the International Children's Film Festival (ICFF-2012) running at the CMS Kanpur Road auditorium, Mrs Dimple Yadav, wife of the Chief Minister, Mr Akhilesh Yadav, said that this children's film festival of City Montessori is an amazing mission for complete education because it develops the society in a constructive way by teaching character building moral values to the students. Mr Dimple Yadav had expressed these views on the Prize Distribution Ceremony of the International Children's Film Festival today, in which the prizes worth 10 lacs was given away to the best children's films of India and abroad for various categories. Mrs. Dimple Yadav further said that this festival is a tremendous effort to lead the humanity on development track. I am happy that various educative films are screened during this festival that are instilling positive thinking in children's mind. I heartily congratulate CMS for this noble mission, she said.
The famous singer Usha Utthup met the press personnel at the press conference organized today at the CMS Kanpur Road auditorium and expressed herself clearly. Talking to mediamen Ms Usha Utthup said that the note taken by CMS to educate children morally will be reverberating not only in India but abroad also. Here I am feeling that the talent of each and every children can be chiseled with love and compassion, she said. Commending the festival, Ms Utthup said that I whole-heartily appreciate CMS's effort as a welcome step. She showed great interest also in films of India and abroad.
At the Prize Distribution Ceremony, children's film of the Netherlands 'Taking Chances' and the French children's film 'On the Sly' were jointly declared the Best Children's Feature Film. These films were jointly awarded a gold trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 3 lacs. The directors of both the films were awarded Rs 1 lac each and producers were awarded the cash prize of Rs. 50,000 each. The children's film of Israel 'David and Kamal' was declared the second best children's feature film and were awarded silver trophy and the directors were awarded the cash prize of Rs. 60,000 and the producers were given the cash prize of Rs. 40000. Japanese Children's film 'Chocolate Underground' won the Best Animation Film category that won gold trophy and its director Takayuki Hamana was awarded Rs 1,25,000 cash prize and producer Eleven Arts got the cash prize of Rs. 50,000. Children's documentary film 'A Dream Called America' won the Best Documentary category whose director-producer Anoop Sathyan got silver trophy and cash prize of Rs. 1 lac. Similarly, French children's film 'Monster of the Nix' won the Best Short Animation category.
Earlier, the 7th day of International Children's Film Festival was inaugurated today in a grand fashion by the renowned singer Ms Usha Utthup who graced this mega event by her benign presence. On this occasion, she sang her most popular numbers like 'Hari Om Hari, Rambha Ho Ho Ho, Dosto Se Pyar Kiya and Gum Hai Koi To Dum Maro Yaro... etc. and kept the audience rocking to her tunes. The most remarkable thing of this festival is that the weaker section and differently abled children have also been given the opportunity to see these inspirational films. Since this festival is totally free of charge, the rich and poor are learning the lessons of values under one roof by watching movies together. It is amazing and appeasing to eyes to see the rich, poor, orphans and downtrodden all class of children's seeing films together in a complete harmony.
The 7th day of ICFF-2012 began with Turkish film directed by Oguz Ozturk 'Abur Cubur'. Apart from the main auditorium, other six mini auditoriums of the CMS Kanpur Road were full of children who enjoyed the films 'A Dream Called America, My Family, Hanging Around, Wind & Fog, Ravi, The Miniature Tales, One Minute One World, The Beach, Bapu Ke Saath, Zero, The Little Mother, An Empty Circle, The Donkey Library, Roshini, Around the Moon, Street Kids United, Ek Yatra, You Or Me, Hamari Duniya, Vidya etc. A girl student who came to enjoy children film, said after seeing the film that we learnt from these films that the friendship must not be broken. Even if someone misbehaves with you, you must respond positively to give him/her a chance to transform.