As the June 15, 2016 film submission deadline for the 11th annual Lola Kenya Screen festival approaches, the Children’s Film Society of India (CFSI), has entered five feature and a short film for the event that is scheduled for December 5-10, 2016 in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
The six films received from CFSI that has always participated in Lola Kenya Screen festivals include GAURU, a brand new film a journey of courage story set in the hinterland of Rajasthan and starring a shepherd community during the time of drought.
As the 124-minute adventure goes on, the viewer’s attention journeys with 13-year-old Gauru, his bedridden grandmother on a donkey, little sister and domestic animals, experiencing the challenges, hope and despair of the ‘million-mile’ journey.
Besides the 2016-made GAURU that is in Hindi, CFSI has also sent in HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY (Hindi, 108 minutes, 2015); KIMA’S LODGE (Mizo, 75 minutes, 2015); CHILDREN OF RHYTHM (Malayalam, 26 minutes, 2015); PAPPU KI PUGDANDI (Hindi, 90 minutes, 2014); and EK THA BHUJANG (Hindi, 73 minutes, 2014).
So what’s CFSI?
It is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting of the Government of India. It was established in 1955 to make for children “cinema that is both entertaining as well as educative. Since then CFSI has been producing, exhibiting and distributing films, serials, animations & documentaries as well as numerous other activities to strengthen the children’s film movement in India.”
According to its own profile, “CFSI remains the prime producer of children’s films in India and has created some of the most delightful children’s content in the country.”
CFSI says it supports “young talented film-makers and their imaginative films that would otherwise not find other commercial producers.”
Saying its “films always encourage children to reflect upon and engage with the world around them,” CFSI says these movies “are made in several Indian languages and emanate from diverse cultural regions within India. Several stalwarts from the Indian film industry have directed films for CFSI and many of its films have won prestigious international and national awards.
CFSI, that produced GAURU, conducts ‘Golden Elephant’, its biennial International Children’s Film Festival.