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Award winning Children's films get cash prizes worth over Rs. 10 lakhs
Cash prizes worth Rs. 10 lakh were given away to the best children feature and animated films from across the globe in an award ceremony organised by the City Montessori School at its Kanpur road branch during the ongoing Fifth International Children's Film Festival here in Lucknow on April 25.

The function was inaugurated by Hon’ble Justice Bhanwar Singh by lighting the lamp. Justice Bhanwar appluaded the efforts of Jagdish Gandhi in this regard and said the festival was unique in many ways. He said he was glad to know that children were learning a lot from these movies. He said such educational movie festivals must be highlighted by the media, and all right-thinking people must encourage and appreciate such initiatives.  

This year, more than 250 children’s film enteries from 29 countries were received for the fifth International Children’s Film Festival (ICFF-2013) in which the jury members viz Ms R Rohini, renowned South Indian actress, Ms Diana Groo, director and script writer from Hungary, Samar Nakhate, media consultant and Sudhish Kamat. Noted film critic, picked best films under various categories that were given cash prizes and a certificate of appreciation.

“The Indian” from Netherlands was declared the best Children’s Feature Film by the jury. This film was awarded a gold trophy and a cash prize of Rs 3 lakh. The director of the movie was awarded Rs 2 lakh whereas the producer of the film received Rs 1 lakh.

The second prize was also won by the film makers from Netherland for their movie “Bardsongs” which got the Silver trophy and a cash award of Rs 1 lakh.

Children’s film from Estonia/ Latvia namely ‘Lotte and the Monstone Secret” won the best animation film award. It won the gold trophy and a cash prize of Rs 1,25,000. Spanish film “Beerbug” was declared for the best short animation film award. “David-one boy two faiths” of the United States of America was awarded Dr Jagdish Gandhi Special Jury award and children’s animation film “Krishna aur Kans” was awarded ‘Dr Bharti Gandhi Audience Award.’ The film from Netherlands “Kauwboy”,  German film “The box” Russian film “Boys Experimental Boarding School of Convertible Education” and Turkey film “Four walls” were also awarded on the occasion.

The awards were given away by noted film maker Muzaffar Ali and Shiv Pratap Yadav, minister for Wildlife, Uttar Pradesh government. Talking to the media, Muzzafar Ali said there was an urgent need to give a push to the making of meaningful movies. Unfortunately, we are having movies with cheap entertainment and movies that don’t give any message to the society. He said things could change for better if we take this responsibility as a film maker and at the same time the government must also encourage young film makers by giving a platform to showcase their talent.

He praised the efforts being initiated by the school in showing children films for free to the  students of other shcools also in their campus auditorium. He said it was really good to see that so many children were enjoying watching these educational and meaningful films.  

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