Indian filmakers not in race for Golden Elephant,Nafisa disappointed

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New Delhi, Sep 27 (UNI) There are surprisingly no entries from Indian filmmakers for the 15th International section of the Children's Film Festival of India, to be held in Hyderabad from November 14 to 20.

There is only one entry from the country but that is a Children Film Society of India (CFSI) production.

The CFSI is disappointed over the Indian absence.

Its chairperson and noted actress Nafisa Ali told UNI that the country had produced some good children's films like 'Iqbal' this year, which could very well had been put up for competing with other international films.

The Golden Elephant Award is recognised all over the world and Indian filmmakers has missed this opportunity by choosing not to enter this section of the competition.

She said out of 24 films in the Asian section, India had 14 entries, but no director had sent its entry for the International section, which had 48 films.

In the Asian section, China and Iran have sent four films each and Sri Lanka and Israel one each.

Germany has sent the largest number of nine films for the International section followed by Norway with six films.

There are a total of 302 en-rtries, including animation, short and documentary films.

The best feature film in the International section would be given Golden Elephant plus a cash of Rs 2,00,000.

In the Asian section, the best feature film would receive a Silver Elephant and Rs 1,00,000.

During the festival, there will be special screening of films in digibita format.

The CSFI chairperson said as many as 50 foreign directors had been invited for the Hyderabad festival.

Ms Ali said she was putting her best to promote children's films in CFSI whose productions reach 50 lakh children in the country.

In the 11th plan, the CFSI aims to reach 36 per cent of young Indian under the age of 15, she said.

''From next year, we are going to have national awards for children's films on the pattern of the National Films Awards, and we have asked for a budget for it in the 11th five year plan,'' she said.

National-level recognition would go a long way in encouraging talent in the field of children's film making.

Ms Ali said the CFSI wanted to proudce the best of children's cinema and that's why it had asked for an increase in production budget from Rs 2.3 crore to Rs 11 crore.

''The film making has gone under a sea change technically, and we should have the best of technique to produce world class cinema,'' she added.

Lot of money is needed for digitisation of filmmaking, she said.


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