Tributes paid to victims of Peshawar attack at Kolkata Children`s Film Fest inauguration

Mourning the terror attack in Peshawar, Pakistan where 132 school students were killed, the fourth edition of Kolkata International Children’s Film Festival was inaugurated by state Finance, commerce and Industries Minister Amit Mitra on Sunday.

Around 180 films from over 25 countries would be screened at the film festival from December 21-28 with the focus country as Iran.

The movie “Kaphal-Wild Berries”, which won the Golden Lotus for Best Children’s Film at the 61st National Awards, was screened at the inaugural film.

The director of the movie, Batul Mukhtiar, along with the five child artists of the film were present as guest during the inauguration. “We try to screen good children films at the festival for the children. This year six films by the children of Purulia, where we conducted a workshop, will be screened here,” Chairman of Shishu Kishore Academy Arpita Ghosh said.

Along with the children films, documentaries on sports and music personalities as well as a special screening of ‘Silent Heroes’, an adventure of speech and hearing challenged youths would also be shown at the festival.

The screenplay of Ritwik Ghatak’s children movie “Bari Theke Paliye” would also be published this time.