Kolkata International Children’s Film Festival begins

The Kolkata International Children’s Film Festival (KICFF), to be held from 22 December to 29 December, in which 21 countries will participate and around 180 films will be screened. The inaugural ceremony will be held today at Nandan I.

This is the fifth year that the festival is being organised. To imbue the young film lovers with the spirit of movie making, as a special attraction an exhibition is being organised in the prime venue at Nandan. The exhibition will trace the evolution of the movie camera. In the inaugural ceremony, ministers Amit Mitra, Aroop Biswas and Shashi Panja are expected to be present.

The child artistes of Marathi film Killa are also expected to come for the inaugural ceremony along with the director, Avinash Arun. Killa, which revolves around an 11-year-old child undergoing a difficult time coping with the death of his father, has been chosen as the inaugural film for this year’s festival.

This year, the festival will pay homage to two of the most versatile geniuses in the film world, Robin Williams and Buster Keaton. To make the festival more engaging the organisers have thrown in workshops and a competitive quiz.

Another exhibition titled Dakche Dekho Daktickit (a collection of classic stamps) will be organised and a special anthology to commemorate 125 years of Stan Laurel will be launched. Pappu ki Pugdandi has been chosen as the closing film of the festival.