A 3 days online international children’s film festival KidzCINEMA2020 concluded in Mumbai today on a grand note. The festival was opened by none other than India’s greatest showman, Subhash Ghai on the Universal Children’s Day falling upon 20th November. Golden Gaja Awards were also announced by KidzCINEMA on the concluding day, which had some of the eminent Jury Members including Satish Kaushik, Dr. Madhu Chopra, Meghna Ghai Puri, Vinod Ganatra, Bobby Sarma Baruah and international child cinema authorities like Marion Creely, Sean Cisterna, Pierre Assouline and Josep Arbiol.
Speaking on the occasion, Subhash Ghai, Founder & Chairman, Whistling Woods International said, “Cinema is all about storytelling, it’s all about the storytelling of their own land and culture, it’s a reflection of society. We have been brought up for thousands of years through storytelling through Ramayana, Mahabharata, Duta Vakyam etc. Films support a variety of art forms like music, dance, and drama etc. and I am happy that if we encourage this among kids, we are broadening their horizon, and I hope this will develop a new generation making this country among the biggest powers.”
Commenting on the film festival, Praveen Nagda, Festival Director, KidzCINEMA2020 informed that this festival in its very 1st edition became a truly international event with the online participation of global festival directors and eminent personalities of global children’s cinema like Josep Arbiol, Director MICE Cuba, Alejandra Fritis Zapata, Director of “Ojo de Pescado”, Daniel Lundquist, Head of Programming, BUFF Malmö Film Festival, Michael Harbauer, Festival Director, SCHLINGEL, Pamela Bisson, Founder Le Machin Club, Quebec, Vassilis C. Karagianis, President, ASIFA HELLAS, Anis Ben Ahmed, SOUSSE International Film Festival, and Dr. Madhu Chopra, Co-Founder, Purple Pebble Pictures.
“KidzCINEMA has come as a welcome engagement and refreshing entertainment for all the kids. Through the last 7-8 months all the kids were confined to homes with restricted activities. The very idea of Kidz Cinema provides these kids an exposure to over 1100 films from 87 countries. This will allow them to understand the cultures, ambiance, and storytelling from all over the globe. Also, that the films are in live action & animation makes an interesting mix. Large number of films are show cases which are made by kids for kids as well. This is a great beginning for India, and I am very sure that Kidz Cinema will continue for generations to come.” said Ashish S K, Founder – Punnaryug Artvision Pvt Ltd and Screenyug Creations Pvt Ltd.
Over the 3 days, 44 films were screened in a completely online environment for the children spread across the world. From the 1101 film entries from 87 countries, there were 88 films, which made into official selection. Besides, children enjoyed Master class by Amole Gupte, Masterclass on Smartphone Filmmaking by Ritesh Taksande, Theatre Workshop by Gulshan Walia, Storytelling Workshop by Deepa Kiran, Animation Workshop by Munjal Shroff, Acting Workshop by Suvahhdan Angre, Scriptwriting Workshop by Varun Gautam, Becoming a character by Nivedita Bhargava, Filmmaking Workshop by Ashok Kaul among other activities undertaken for the children.