International Children’s Film Festival kicked off in Kolkata

Published on : Sunday, December 22, 2013

download-712The third Kolkata International Children’s Film Festival kicked off on Friday with Oscar-nominated Marathi movie ‘Shwaas’ opening the event, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

A total of 186 films from 22 countries will be shown at the eight-day festival inaugurated by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the eastern Indian state.

“We want more films to be made for children; we want to open a global window to them and this film festival provides that opportunity,” Mamata said.

Classics such as ‘ET’, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘Around The World In 80 Days’, ‘Bicycle Thieves’, ‘Gold Rush’ and ‘Pather Panchali’ are among the highlights at the festival.

Films from the Indian segment will also be screened, including ‘Hirer Angti’, ‘Gonsai Baganer Bhoot’, ‘Sabuj Dweeper Raja’, ‘Patalghar’ and ‘Bal Ganesh’.

Actor Mohan Agashe, who was special guest at the event, proposed that the state government organise a film festival for differently abled children.

The festival is organised by the Shishu Kishore Akademi from the Information and Cultural Affairs Department.

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