Lucknow, April 18 : The 4th International Children's Film Festival (ICFF-2012) organized by City Montessori School at CMS Kanpur Road auditorium concluded here today. During the 9-days of this mega event, approximately one lakh children derived inspiration from educational films of 36 countries which had been screened for past nine days with the motive to impart value-based and character building education to the children. Apart from this, during the fest a number of eminent film personalities flew over to Lucknow to enhance its beauty and splendour. While on one hand, the famous child artist of film 'Taare Zameen Par', Darsheel Safari and child artist of 'Toonpur Ka Super Hero' Amey Pandya made the festival memorable, on the other hand, famous lyricist and Poet Mr Javed Akhtar, veteran Bollywood actor Mr Raza Murad, renowned singer Ms Usha Utthup, Playback singer Mr Babul Supriyo and actresses Ms Vedita Pratap Singh and Vaishali Desai etc. added glory and grace to the fest. Besides, the Chief Minister of UP, Mr Akhilesh Yadav and his wife Mrs Dimple Yadav made this event historic by their benign presence.
Mr Hari Om Sharma, Chief Public Relations Officer of CMS said that during
ICFF-2012, best educative and meaningful children's films of 36 countries were screened from 10 to 18 April, absolutely free of charge. Mr Sharma said that the Films Division of CMS was constituted with the aim to produce meaningful films and two radio stations are also established for the same. All these are the wonderful efforts of CMS to develop humanity in the society, he added.
In this International Children's Film Festival (ICFF-2012) dedicated to 'World Unity and World Peace', approximaely 252 best educative films of 36 countries were screened to encourage the character building and overall development of children, free of charge. Students of about 180 schools and colleges of Lucknow and nearby areas enjoyed these inspirational children's films with their teachers and guardians which includes Lucknow Public School, La Martiniere Girls College, La Martiniere Boys College, Seth M R Jaipuria School, Loreto Convent, St. Francis College, Mahanagar Girls' College, Army Public School, Mount Carmel College, Hoerner College, Golden Jubilee High School, Kendriya Vidyalaya, St. Dominic Savio College, Christ Church College, Montfort Inter College, Colvin Taluqdars' College, SKD Academy, etc.
Today, the 9th and concluding day of ICFF-2012 was inaugurated in a grand fashion by the Senior film actress and Producer, Ms Kamini Kaushal by lighting the lamp of Unity and Peace who graced this mega event by her august presence followed by screening of educational films. The 9th day of ICFF-2012 began with documentary film 'A Dream Called America' directed by Anoop Sathyan. Apart from the main auditorium, other six mini auditoriums of the CMS Kanpur Road were full of children who enjoyed the films 'Seven Days in Slow Motion, Luminaris, The Farmer and the Robot' etc. The films of various languages were screened with English and Hindi sub-titles to make them understand easily. 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 were absolutely free, rich and poor children sat together and enjoyed films and strengthened mutual friendship, love and harmony.
In the afternoon, Senior film actress and Producer, Ms Kamini Kaushal met with the journalists at a press conference held today at CMS Kanpur Road and put her views across regarding this mega event. Talking to journalists Ms Kamini Kaushal said that educative films are worthwhile not merely for the children but they guide the parents also. She said that good, simple and educative films screened during the festival are sure to cast positive effects on children and youth to become more imaginative and innovative as they are different from movies that show crime, violence and sex to them. She profusely commended this International Children's Film Festival and said that the screening of educational children's films of 36 countries is really historic and unique. These films will surely inspire children that leads them to character building, morality and self confidence.
Renowned educationist and Founder of CMS, Dr Jagdish Gandhi, present at the press conference, said that this film festival has gained tremendous support of the students, youth, teachers and parents-guardians and I extend my heartiest gratitude to the people of Lucknow. Films are capable of shaping children into good or bad person because the tender minds of children grasp things very deeply. So it is needed now that more and more educative films should be made to develop the morality and character building traits of children and youth. Dr Gandhi further said that in modern age children acquire more knowledge from internet, computer, multimedia and films rather than books. Infact, children grab more learning from audio-visual mediums. In this scenario, good and ideological films can prove to be a forceful medium to spread values and create spiritual atmosphere and propagate education and instil good traits in them.