The Children’s Film Society of India (CFSI), Ministry of Information & Broadcasting with the support of Nagaland Board of School Education, recently organized the 1st International Children’s Film Festival, 2017 in Nagaland at Regional Centre of Excellence for Music & Performing Arts (RCEMPA), Jotsoma.
The festival began with a music performance by Neingusalie Yano, Music Topper, followed by a Zeliang folk dance by Benreau Students Union, Kohima. The inaugural film was Kauwboy directed by Boudewijn Koole. This Dutch film tells the story about a difficult life of a 10-year-old.
Throughout the festival, movies from across genres and languages were screened for the school students of Nagaland. Apart from screening movies by regional and international directors, the festival also showcased movies made by children from countries like Taiwan, UAE, and Belgium amongst others. The film screenings were followed by quizzes, prizes were distributed to children for correct answers.
Rajkumar conducted an exclusive 3-day workshop called Little Director Workshop. The workshop resulted in a movie based on a local folktale under the aegis of the Workshop Mentor – Rajkumar, who has trained under Barry John and Padmini Kolhapure School of Acting and has been associated with theatre for more than a decade. Nikhil Kulshrestha also conducted three workshops on Grammar of Filmmaking, Expressing Your Creativity Through Mobile Phones and Overview on Filmmaking. Students could also take part in competitions such as Script Writing Competition, and Story Board Writing Competition.
The festival saw participation of more than 6,000 children. ‘We are overwhelmed with the response from the children and we would love to see young talents emerging from Nagaland’, said Dr Shravan Kumar, CEO, Children’s Film Society, India.