In an attempt to promote clean and healthy entertainment for children, a 3-day Children’s Film Festival began on Sunday at the auditorium of Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS), Palace Compound.
Speaking at the inaugural function, commissioner, art and culture, M Joy said that forms of entertainment that shape the minds of children towards better things are crucial in their lives.
He further noted that healthy entertainment is becoming increasingly necessary as many children tend to suffer from anxiety or depression in the modern times.
While saying that film are effective medium that portray the events and happenings in the society, he expressed hope that the festival will serve its purpose of ensuring healthy entertainment for the children.
Distribution officer, Children’s Film Society, India (CFSI), Dinesh Negi intimated that altogether 11 CFSI films, which are especially meant for the children, will be screened during the festival. “We have also made an arrangement to screen two audio described films for visually impaired children,” he stated.
The main objective for which the society was established by the government of India under the aegis of ministry of information and broadcasting is to produce, distribute and exhibit films for children for their clean and healthy entertainment, said Dinesh adding that another objective is to keep away the children from the influence of present day commercial cinema.
He went on to say that the film festival is a unique opportunity for the children to watch some good films.
Films are powerful medium to disseminate information, said the distribution officer while expressing confidence that the festival will provide glints of quality entertainment to children.
Director, art and culture, Ng Uttam exhorted the children to work hard towards fulfilling their dreams by identifying and honing their latent talents. He also urged the children to not only dream but to translate their dreams into reality. “There is no shortcut to success. One must work hard with perseverance,” he added.
It is for the third time that Children’s film festival is being organised in the state.
On the first day, ‘Windstorm’, a German adventure film directed by Katja von Garnier was showcased.
More than 700 school going children from various schools attended the festival on the inaugural day. The festival which is being organised by MSFDS and CFSI will go on till March 3.