December 5, 2017: SIFFCY (Smile International Film festival for Children and Youth) announced the final selections of films for this year‘s film festival, to be held at Sirifort Auditorium, New Delhi during 11-17 December 2017.
‘Village Rockstars’, directed by Rima Das. Other film lineups are ‘The day my father became a bush’ a film about war through the eyes of a little girl, ‘Cloud boy’ a film about self – confidence, a joint production by Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, ‘Junod’ from Japan, “‘Nafas”, “Glasses” from Iran. 25 shorts films made by children from across the globe will be showcased in the “Take One” section. The festival will also include workshops on Film Making, Photography, storytelling, art design and other capacity building activities. Amrit Pritam Dutta, an award-winning sound designer who is also in the Oscar selection committee this year, will be conducting the sound design workshop.
This edition of SIFFCY will have a special focus on Dutch cinema, for which top-10 Dutch films have been curated and will be presented by Gert Herman from the European Children’s Film Association. Having received over 2000 entries from more than 100 countries, SIFFCY will premiere more than 100 meaningful films including feature films, short films, and documentaries from across the globe. SIFFCY will also highlight the issue of cleanliness, environment and climate change through a special selection of films and discussion forums – called SIFFCY goes Green, to create awareness on the environmental issues amongst children and youth. Apart from film screenings, every year SIFFCY also organizes filmmaking workshops with an objective to engage, educate and empower our children and youth.
SIFFCY has been hosting various workshops in a special section called “Take One”. This year the workshop will be hosted by internationally acclaimed UK based organization– ‘Films without Borders’ with the idea of engaging and educating children on filmmaking. The other highlight of the festival includes a special delegation from Japan coming to present a film on ‘Love and humanity against war’ (A film on selfless service of mankind post World War II).