Films from Germany, Iran, Argentina, Cuba and Italy will be screened during the eighth edition of the Smile International Film Festival for Children and Youth (SIFFCY).
Organized by the Delhi-based NGO Smile Foundation, the festival will be held virtually this year from April 24-30 and will screen 100 films from more than 50 countries.
According to organizers, the festival will feature a special selection of five Hindi and regional feature films produced by the Children’s Film Society as well as 10 German films, made in collaboration with Schlingel, Chemnitz, and five Iranian films made in collaboration with the Center for Development intellectual of children and young adults: Kanoon, Iran.
Filmmaker Rima Das’ “Village Rockstars”, which was India’s official entry for the 2019 Oscars, will be screened as part of the Extra Smiles – Best of SIFFCY segment.
Priyanka Chopra’s 2018 production ”Pahuna – The Little Visitors” and ”Chuskit”, a film directed by Priya Ramasubban, also feature in the segment along with films like ”The Flying Trunk” and ”Famous in Ahmedabad ” ‘. ”SIFFCY aims to provide wholesome entertainment for children. It supports good cinema for the benefit of children and young people. We are happy to have nurtured such a platform to bring quality movies from all over the world. Good cinema for children and young people should be encouraged so that this medium can help us build an empathetic society and a better planet,” said Santanu Mishra, President of SIFFCY and Executive Trustee of the Smile Foundation, in a statement.
Festival director Jitendra Mishra said the new edition of the film’s gala “will expose young minds to high-quality cinema from around the world”.
“It will inform the way the world approaches cinema and movies in general,” he added.
Film screenings at SIFFCY 2022 have been divided into six categories: International Competition (Feature Films), International Competition (Short Films/Documentaries), Extra Smile: Best of SIFFCY, 70 MM Smile: World Panorama, The Yellow Carpet: Indian Panorama , Next Gen: films made by film students and Take One: films made by children.
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