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Competition International

Alafzar (Meadow) Bestevenner (Rafiki) David and Kamal De Sterkste Man Van Nederland (The Strongest Man In Holland) Den Kaempestore Bjorn (The Great Bear) Digari (The Other) Gadkiy Utyonok (The Ugly Duckling) Het Geheim (The Magicians) Iep! (Eep!) Kidnappet (Lost in Africa) Knerten Gifter Seg (Twigson Ties the Knot) Les Contes de la Nuit (Tales of the Night) Vorstadtkrokodile 2 (The Crocodiles Strike Back) Wintertochter (Winter’s daughter) Xinghai (The Star and the Sea)

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India Competition

Chillar Party (Chillar Party) Chitrakuzhal (The Bird Catcher) Dekh Indian Circus (Watch Indian Circus) I am Kalam Krish, Trish and Baltiboy II Stanley Ka Dabba (Stanley’s Tiffin Box) Taryanche Bait (Island Of Stars) The Lotus Pond Vihir (The Well) Woh (That Fellow)

Shorts Competition

Adventures of Owen Bob Bottle Dodu - O Rapaz De Cartão (Dodu -The Cardboard Boy) Drug Detstva (The Playmate) Ekti Kaktaliyo Galpo (A Coincidental Tale) Ghadyalancha Dawakhana (The Watch Clinic) In A Heartbeat Kahānikār (Storyteller) Keshavrz Va Robat (The Farmer and the Robot) Kosher La Fille et Le Chasseur (The Girl and the Hunter) Land of the Fireflies Lápis-de-cor (Colored Pencils)

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Mobile Neuneinhalbs Abschied (Nineandahalf’s Goodbye) Os Olhos Do Farol (The Eyes of the Lighthouse) Pik (Pecker) The Ball The Lost Thing The Monster of Nix Tigeris (Tiger) To Horio (The Village) What Makes Me Happy: Tung’s Film, Vietnam

Little Directors

Adventures of Eddy and Curt Dhanam (Wealth) Fancock 4 Hamari Duniya (Our World) Kabhi Socha Hai (Stop and Think!) Nishadam (The Savage) Scream V Halloween Night Subbu’s Noodles Superhero Tellu (A Boy who Applies Oil) Thulyam (Equal)

Children’s World

7 Days in Slow Motion Aatpaat Nagar Hote Alice In Wonderland Azur et Asmar (Azur and Asmar)

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Briefgeheim (The Secret Letter) Champions Chandani und ihr Elephant (Chandani-The Daugher of the Elephant Whisperer) Charandas Chor (Charandas The Thief) Chintu Skool (Chintu School) Chutkan Ki Mahabharat (Chutkan’s Mahabharat) Coraline De Indiaan (The Indian) Dik Trom (Chubby Drums) Dom-zari (Goldtail) Fimfarum Do Tretice Vseho Dobreho (Fimfarum Third Time Lucky) Foeksia de miniheks (Fuchsia the Mini Witch) Gantala Bandi (Bell-Cart) Hayat How to Train Your Dragon In Oranje (In Orange) Karla og Jonas (Karla and Jonas) Kikkerdril (Frogs and Toads) Kung Fu Panda 2 L’illusioniste (The Illusionist) Lilkee Maman, Behrouz Man-o Zad! (Behrouz Hit Me, Mom!) Océans (Oceans) Parvaz-E Morghabi-Ha (Flight of the Ducks) Sikharam (The Peak)

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Streetkids United Summer With the Ghost Sunshine Barry and the Disco Worms Tangled Touching Wild Horses Toy Story 3 Un Cargo Pour l’Afrique (Cargo for Africa) Waar is het Paar Van Sinterklass (Where is Winky’s Horse?) Yeh Hai Chakkad Bakka Bambe Bo (Sensational Six) Zokomon 2 Broers (2 Brothers) Aansoo Bane Moti (Tears Become Pearls) Ammachi Ki Macchi (Grandmother’s Fish Curry) Anne Vliegt (Flying Anne) Babioles Chanda Ke Joote (Chanda’s Shoes) Cores e Botas (Colours and Boots) Derevo Detstva (My Childhood Mystery Tree) Dve Prinzessi (Two Princesses) En L’Opera (At the Opera) Gerald’s Last Day Gorilla Hoggie and Snip Hokus-Pokus (Hocus-Pocus) Il Re Dell’isola (The King of the Island) Jiyo ya Maro (Survive) Josette Und Ihr Papa (Josette and Her Daddy) Kelkunnundo (Are you listening?)

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Khialbaf va Kouzeye Roughan (The Day-dreamer and the Jug of Oil) Koro’s Medal Kosminen Kulkuri (The Cosmic Avenger) Kuchao (A Gum Boy) L’inventeur (The Inventor) La Vieille dame et les Pigeons (The Old Lady and the Pigeons) Ledus Pavēlnieks (Ice Master) Leitmotif Little Terrorist Lizard Lost and Found Mukand and Riaz My Happy End My Name is Mohammed My Space My Time Pantoffelhelden (A Slippery Tale) Rumours Something Left, Something Taken Steinfliegen (Stoneflies) Tana Libera Tutti (Everyone Saved) Tigre Og Tatoveringer (Tigers and Tattoos) Tornehekken (The Hedge of Thorns) Tot ou Tard (Sooner or Later) Tsuribashi Una Caja De Botones (A Box of Buttons) Viaje A Marte (Journey to Mars) WeileWangque De Jinian (Tian’Ai’s Ordeal) Ziluks (Acorn boy)

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In Focus: China

Hai Yang Peng You (A Friend from theOcean) Hai Zi Na Xie Shi Er (Something About Kids) Lu Cao Di (Mongolian Ping Pong) Niao Chao (Bird’s Nest) Shang Xue Lu Shang (Unique Schooling) Wu Gui Ye Shang Wang (Magic Tortoise)

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Charandas Chor – An Unsung Masterpiece Screen-Play! Children’s Cinema in China

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Jury


Jury Competition International

Rock Demers (Chairperson) Rock Demers has been involved in all facets of filmmaking. He co-founded the film magazine Images and launched several film clubs, and served as the director-general of the Montréal International Film Festival. He was one of the founders of the Cinémathèque Québécoise in 1963 and founded a children film distribution company Faroun Films. In 1980, he founded Productions La Fête, to produce an anthology of nine films intended for family audiences: the ‘Tales For All’. The first in the collection, ‘The Dog Who Stopped The War’ was released in 1984. Today, the anthology comprises of 22 films which have won 210 national and international awards in less than 25 years.

Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr. Clodualdo ‘Doy’ del Mundo has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies (Film) from the University of Iowa. He is connected with De La Salle University, where he is a Professor Emeritus and a University Fellow. He is also a filmmaker. In 2005, he wrote, produced, and directed ‘Pepot Artista’ (Pepot Superstar), which won Best Picture in the 1st Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival. In 2011, his new film ‘Paglipad ng Anghel’ (Flight of an Angel) was premiered. His books include ‘Spirituality and the Filipino Film’ (editor) and ‘Native Resistance: Philippine Cinema and Colonialism 1898-1941’.

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Murali Nair Murali Nair has won many National and International Awards, including Silver Lotus from the President of India and Camera d’Or from Cannes. His work with children and young people for a British TV channel took him around the world. He has five critically acclaimed feature films to his credit. He has been the member of jury in many international films festivals including Cannes. Recently he has been the directing mentor for Asian Film Academy in Korea. Currently living in Hyderabad, Murali has recently started a non-profit educational organization, ‘Art for Change’, to inspire women and children develop their potential through the visual media.

Elizabeth Shepherd Elizabeth Shepherd is the director of Children’s Film Festival Seattle—the Northwest’s largest annual competitive festival of its kind. She is also the curator of REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival, held annually at Roy and Edna Disney Cal Arts Theatre in Los Angeles. She has curated many programmes for other venues across USA, including ‘The New Museum’, ‘Asheville International Children’s Film Festival’, ‘Arts Emerson’ and many other places in the USA. Before arriving in Seattle, she was the director of Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. She has served on the juries of children’s film festivals in Korea, Russia, India, and Egypt.

Seema Biswas Seema Biswas is an Indian film and theatre actress who shot into prominence with the role of Phoolan Devi in Shekhar Kapur’s internationally acclaimed film Bandit Queen for which she won numerous awards including the National Award. She took to theater at a young age and later joined the National School of Drama at Delhi. She has a reputation for performing strong character roles. Rooted firmly in theatre, she refuses to be typecast, and have worked in a variety of films and character roles.

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Jury India Competition

Joke van Leeuwen (Chairperson) Writer, illustrator and performer Joke van Leeuwen lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. In 2008 and 2009 she was the city poet of Antwerp. She writes prose and poems for children and adults. Her books have been translated into many languages and has received numerous awards including the ‘Dutch State Award’ for her children’s books, the ‘Golden Goose Feather Award’ for her contribution to Dutch literature, the ‘Belgian Golden Owl Award’ and the ‘German Children’s Book Award’. Her children’s book ‘Iep!’, in English ‘Eep!’ has been made into a film.

Sarika Sarika began her acting career as a child artiste at age four with a role in B R Chopra’s ‘Hamraaz’ and later appeared in many other films. Her first film as a leading lady was in ‘Kagaz Ki Nao’. Sarika has acted in many Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati and Bengali films and has been an assistant director to Basu Bhattacharya. She moved to Chennai and switched to other filmmaking departments like sound design and costume. She won the National Award for Best Costume Designer for ‘Hey Ram’ (2000). She returned to acting in 2003 and won the Best Actress National Award for ‘Parzania’.

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Zhou, Xiaojuan Xiaojuan Zhou has been involved in international film and television co-production, marketing and distribution for two decades. She is now the President of Delphis Films, part of Attraction Media Group and a world leader in promoting and distributing high quality family feature films. She has two Master degrees and operates in three languages out of her Montreal office.

Shaad Ali Sahgal His parents, renowned filmmaker Muzaffar Ali and activist Subhashini Ali, left a lasting impression on Shaad Ali Sahgal. Her began his cinema career assisting Mani Ratnam in ‘Dil Se’. He was an associate director on Ratnam’s Tamil blockbuster ‘Alai Payuthey’ – ‘Waves’ (2000) and turned director with the blockbuster ‘Saathiya’ (2002). He made the immensely successful ‘Bunty Aur Babli’ and ‘Jhoom Barabar Jhoom’. In 2008 he went on to assist Mani Ratnam on ‘Raavan’. Shaad has also made close to 100 TV commercials for some leading Indian and international brands. He is currently writing his next films for Yash Raj Films.

Sreekar Prasad Sreekar Prasad is a prolific National Award winning Indian film editor, who has independently edited more than 300 Indian feature films and documentaries in a career spanning over two decades. He has also worked with some of the most accomplished Indian directors like Mani Ratnam, Santosh Sivan, Shaji Karun, Vishal Bhardwaj and Farhan Akhtar. Amongst winning many notable awards, Sreekar Prasad has won the National Film Award for Best Editing seven times for prominent movies like Nauka Caritramu, Kannathil Muthamittal and Firaaq.

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Jury Shorts Competition

Marjan Riahi (Chairperson) Marjan Riahi is the Founder of en.shortfilmnews.com, the first news network on short films and documentaries in Iran and Asia. She is a journalism graduate from Islamic Azad University and a film direction graduate from the Iranian Young Cinema Society. After a stint in journalism, she directed ‘Eternal Mothers’, a documentary about an Iranian actress. Marjan is a member of many national and international bodies, director and producer of children’s short films and has served as a jury member on many international film festivals.

Rahul Dholakia Rahul Dholakia, is a director, producer, screen writer with numerous features, documentaries and advertisements to his credit. He is best known as the director of the National Award winning film Parzania (Heaven & Hell on Earth) and has directed some of India’s finest actors including Naseeruddin Shah, Paresh Rawal, Om Puri, Anupam Kher, Sarika and Seema Biswas. Besides making movies, Rahul Dholakia is also actively involved with various film associations and is the founder member of Indian Independent Film makers worldwide. He is also on the managing committee of AMPTPP a film trade association.

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Chris ‘Doc’ Wyatt Chris ‘Doc’ Wyatt is the producer of eight independent feature films including the 2004 cult hit ‘Napoleon Dynamite’, the 2006 festival multi-award winner ‘Coyote’, and the recently released drama ‘Cafe’, featuring Golden Globe nominee Jennifer Love Hewitt. Wyatt serves as co-producer of ‘Napoleon Dynamite – The Animated Series’ debuting on the Fox Network, January 2012; and has co-written TV episodes of ‘Iron man: Armored Adventures’ and ‘Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for Marvel Studios’. Wyatt holds an MFA in Motion Picture Producing from the University of Southern California’s Peter Stark Producing Program, where he serves as an adjunct Professor of Cinema.

Aparajita Sinha Aparajita Sinha is a cultural activist whose work ranges from organizing annual classical arts festivals to making shorts films were telecast on television (DD national) and Britain’s Channel. She runs the popular Hyderabad film club Moving Images. Aparajita’s father, the late Bimal Roy, was one of the pioneers of Indian cinema, who made such classics as Bandini, Sujata and Do Bigha Zamin. Her mother Manobina Roy was one of the earliest women photographers of India.

Dr. Yella Venkateswara Rao With over 15,000 national and international performances to his credit, Dr. Yella Venkateswara Rao is also a Guinness Book of Records holder for continuously playing the Mridangam for 36 hours in 1981. He has performed for AIR and Doordarshan and has been conferred the Padmashri by the government of India. Dr. Rao has won many national and international music award and has held many positions in different government and private bodies.

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Jury Little Directors

Dr. Mohan Agashe (Chairperson) A qualified psychiatrist, Dr. Mohan Agashe is a veteran cinema and theatre actor. He began his career in Vijay Tendulkar’s acclaimed play ‘Ghasiram Kotwal’. He served as the director of FTII from 1997 to 2002 and has pioneered the concept of Grips Theatre Berlin in India. For his cross cultural contribution to IndoGerman Theater, he was awarded ‘The Cross of Order of Merit’ in 2001 and the prestigious ‘Goethe Medal’ in 2004. He is on the Governing and Executive Council bodies of CFSI. In 1990 he was awarded the ‘Padma Shri’ and in 1996 with the ‘Sangeet Natak Akademi Award’ for acting.

Geeta Dharmarajan Geeta Dharmarajan is a writer for children, a teacher, and a social entrepreneur. She is the founder and Executive Director of Katha, a nonprofit organization. Interested in learning across boundaries, especially the education of children from economically poor families, she ideated story pedagogy® a powerful classroom tool to bring first generation learners into the process of deep-rooted learning and empowerment. Author of 38 published books for children, she has edited more than 20 books of translation for adults. Geeta is the honorary Chairperson of the National Bal Bhavan, an institution committed to increase the creative potential of children across the many divides.

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Nirupa Bhangar Nirupa Bhangar began her career in 1970 as a microbiology instructor at Sophia College, Mumbai, ultimately rising to Principal. In 1987, she joined the Aga Khan Education Service, first directing rural education programmes and then serving as chief executive. In 1990s, Nirupa began consulting for corporate clients, and in 1998 she became director of human resources for Ion Exchange Ltd., where she established the company’s rural water programs. Since 2005, Nirupa has been executive director of ‘The Anchorage’, a workshop for mentally challenged adults in Mumbai. She serves on numerous boards and continues to consult on education and development.

Samala Venu Samala Venu is a Magician, Illusionist and Hypnotist who has been practicing since 30 years. After doing his Masters in Science and Public Relations he switched to the world of Magic. He has performed more than 7000 shows in 23 different countries. He has won many national and international awards for his work including the Rashtrapati Award (President’s Award). He is also a Guinness Book of World Records holder. Besides magic, he is also known for his charitable work where he uses his skills to spread social awareness for instance awareness about Aids, and superstitious practices.

Vandemataram Srinivas Vandemataram Srinivas is a music director and singer who has worked in 200 Telugu movies since the last two decades. His music and songs are very popular amongst the audiences in Andhra Pradesh and he has won several prestigious awards including the State Nandi Award which was conferred on him for a record seven times. He has also directed one Telugu feature film and has also dabbled in acting.

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Gattu Director: Rajan Khosa | India / 2011 / Col. / 90 mins Producer: Children’s Film Society, India Script: Ankur Tewari, K.D.Satyam, Rajan Khosa Camera: Satya Rai Nagpaul Editor: Antara Lahiri Cast: Mohammad Samad & Naresh Kumar In this town, the sky is full of kites, and all the kids are obsessed with kite-flying. The kite, Kali, rules the skies. No one knows who flies Kali. No one can defeat Kali. An illiterate street urchin takes up the challenge. With neither money nor education on his side, he sets out for his goal. Dreams aren’t impossible when the desire is strong.

Rajan Khosa

Rajan Khosa came into the limelight with his feature film ‘Dance Of The Wind’, which premiered at Venice and won at Rotterdam, Chicago, London, Nantes and other film festivals. His shorts include ‘Wisdom Tree’ and ‘Flower Girl’. An alumnus of Royal College of Arts, London, FTII, and NID, Ahmedabad, he is a voting member of BAFTA.

World Sales Agency: Children’s Film Society, India

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Competition International


Asian Premiere

Alafzar Meadow

Director: Mohammad-Ali Talebi | Iran / 2011 / Col. / 87 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

Ali and Nargis bravely leave their childhood behind when their family falls into difficult times. Ali is charged with the responsibility of taking the sheep over mountain territory to new pastures that will keep the flock alive. Nargis must find a way to bring her mother back to her family which has been split by the fight between her father and uncle over the use of the meadow.

Producer: Javad Norouzbeygi Script: Mohammareza Yousefi, Mohamad-Ali Talebi Camera: Hadi Shalalvand Editor: Kaveh Imani Cast: Noroddin A’lami, Gohar Khyrandish, Sepehr Godarzi

Festivals & Awards include: Fajr Film Festival (2011)

Mohammadali Talebi

Mohammedali Talebi is a writer, producer and director. He studied Film and TV direction in Tehran. He has written and directed many TV series, short films and documentaries, mostly for children. He has also directed several feature films including ‘You Are Free’ and ‘Bag of Rice’. World Sales Agency: IRIB Media Trade

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Bestevenner

Rafiki

Director: Christian Lo | Norway / 2009 / Col. / 79 mins

Producer: Trine Aadalen Lo Script: Morten Hovland Camera: Bjørn Ståle Bratberg Editor: Nazanin Mofakham Cast: Ane Dahl Torp, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Jon Øigarden,Andrea Bræin Hovig Festivals & Awards include: Special International Jury Prize (Montreal International Children’s Film Festival, 2010) Children’s Jury Prize (Montreal International Children’s Film Festival, 2010) Silver Nugget (The Norwegian Cinema Administrators Association, 2009) Sprockets International Film Festival for Children and Youth (Toronto, 2011) Jerusalem International Film Festival for Children and Youth (2011) Berlin International Film Festival (2010) Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (2010) London Children’s Film Festival (2010) Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival (2010) Seoul International Youth Film Festival (2010) Tel Aviv International Children’s Film Festival (2010)

Age Group: Above 10 years

Julie, Mette and Naisha are best friends. They have snowball fights with the boys, race down steep hills on a sledge and are looking forward to Christmas. One day Naisha suddenly disappears. The refugee applications of Naisha and her mother have been rejected so if the police find them they will be sent back home. But nobody knows where Naisha and her mother have gone. The only clue is a secret address written in invisible ink. Julie and Mette get onto the night train to the big city to find Naisha before the police do.

Christian Lo

Christian Lo graduated with a B.A in film and video production from the Surrey Institute of Art & Design University College, England in 2001. His shorts for children, ‘Iver’ and ‘Punctured’, have been screened at numerous film festivals winning many awards. ‘Rafiki’ is his debut feature film.

World Sales Agency: AB Svensk Filmindustri

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Asian Premiere

David and Kamal David and Kamal

Director: Kikuo Kawasaki | U.S.A / Israel / 2011 / Col. / 78 mins

Age Group: Above 13 years

David, a Jewish American, comes over to Jerusalem to meet his father whom he has not seen for years. Kamal, an Arab Boy, lives in Jerusalem with his mother, sisters and a very strict grandfather. He and his grandfather have to support the family because they have no father. The day after his arrival, David comes to the Old City and accidentally meets Kamal in the worst possible way. However, a friendship gradually develops between them.

Producer: Fuminori Hayashida Script: Kikuo Kawasaki Camera: Itamar Hadar Editor: Yuval Orr Cast: Yoni Rosenzweig , Abdalla El Akal, Tzachi Cohen, Natan Ravitch, Liron Levo

Festival & Awards includes: Award of Merit (The Indie Fest, 2011) Best of the Fest (Palm Beach International Film Festival, 2011) World Cinema Award (DC Independent Film Festival, 2011) Best Children’s Film Award (Tiburon International Film Festival, 2011) Oakland International Film Festival (2011)

Kikuo Kawasaki

Kikuo Kawasaki established himself as a TV commercial director in New York after working as editor on ‘GAME’, the multi-screen U.S. entry to the 1967 Montreal EXPO. From 1974 to 1979, he directed a number of Japanese commercials. He has also directed the films ‘Lured Innocence’ and ‘Private Passions’. World Sales Agency: Eleven Arts

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Indian Premiere

De Sterkste Man Van Nederland

The Strongest Man In Holland Director: Mark de Cloe | Netherlands / 2010 / Col. / 8o mins

Producer: Alain de Levita Script: Bart Korthuis and Maarten Lebens Camera: Bert Plot Editor: Moek de Groot Cast: Bas van Prooijen, Suzan Boogaerdt, Borre Stokdijk, Yenthe Dirks, Gonny Gaakeer

Festivals & Awards include: Berlinale (2011) Nomination (Prix Europa, 2011) Sprockets (Toronto International Film Festival, 2011) Seoul International Youth Festival (2011) Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival (Norway, 2011) Osaka Film Festival (2011) Warsaw Film Festival (2011)

Age Group: Above 13 years

Raised by his mother, Luuk has grown up hearing stories about a father he has never met, reputed to be “the strongest man in the world.” At his new school, Luuk fears being teased for being smaller than his classmates but finds an unlikely friend in Minke, the tallest girl in school. The two of them begin a search for Luuk’s father, which leads them to strongman “Powerhouse René,” who agrees to coach Luuk in weight training. As Luuk builds his confidence and discovers more secrets about his family’s past, he comes to realize that strength comes in many different forms.

Mark De Cloe

Mark de Cloe studied at the Rietveld Academy and the Maurits Binger Institute in Amsterdam. His final exam films LUCKY STRIKE and RALENTIR won the Grolsch Film prize in 1992. Mark de Cloe was nominated Most Promising Young European Director at the Rome Film Fest, 2006.

World Sales Agency: NL Films

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Indian Premiere

Den Kaempestore Bjorn The Great Bear

Director: Esben Toft Jacobsen | Denmark / 2010 / Col. / 73 mins

Age Group: Above 6 years

Jonathan usually spends his vacations alone with his grandfather who lives on the edge of a vast forest populated by mythical animals. This year, his kid sister Sophie joins him. But it’s not fun to be stuck with a little sister, so he does what he can to avoid her. He succeeds in a way he can never imagine. Sophie is kidnapped by a giant, 1000 year-old bear. Now, Jonathan has to venture into the heart of the forest to confront the strange beings that dwell there and rescue his sister.

Producer: Petter Lindblad Script: Jannik Tai Mosholt, Esben Toft Jacobsen Camera: Jannik Tai Mosholt, Esben Toft Jacobsen Editor: Esben Toft Jacobsen, Elin Pröjts, Marion Tuor Cast: Markus Rygaard, Alberte Blichfeldt, Flemming Quist Moller, Elith Nulle Nykjaer Jorgensen Festivals & Awards include: SIGNIS Argentina Award, Best Feature Film, Film Festival (Nueva Mirada, 2011) Young People and Children Award, Best Feature Animation Film (Film Festival Nueva Mirada, 2011) Berlinale Generation K Plus, (Germany, 2011)

Esben Toft Jacobsen

Esben Toft Jacobsen studied visual communication at The Danish Design School and animation from the National Film School of Denmark. He has worked as a freelance artist and animator on a number of computer games before joining Copenhagen Bombay. He has also participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus, 2008. World Sales Agency: Copenhagen Bombay

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Digari

The Other Director: Mehdi Rahmani | Iran / 2010 / Col. / 84 mins

Producer: Mohammad Ali Najafi Script: Mehran Kashani Camera: Reza Teimouri Editor: Nazanin Mofakham Cast: Mohammad Reza Foroutan, Merila Zaraie, Milad Morabi Nasad

Festivals & Awards include: Best Director (Fajr Film Festival, 2010) Best Children’s Film (Asia Pacific Screen Awards, 2010) World Premiere Prize (Avanca Film Festival, Portugal, 2010) Ibn Arabi Film Festival (Spain, 2011) New York Film Festival (2011) Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (2010) International Film Festival of India (2010) Festival de Rio (2010) Goteborg Film Festival (Sweden, 2010)

Age Group: Above 10 years

A young boy is forced to go on a trip to the capital city, Tehran, with his soon to be step-father. Their relationship dramatically changes during this inevitable trip where the two must work together to sell a van. Their journey takes them through various towns. As they travel, they learn about each other and eventually create a strong fatherson bond.

Mehdi Rahmani

Mehdi Rahmani is a filmmaking graduate from the IRIB University, Tehran. He has made many shorts and documentary films. He is also a photographer and has made several photographic collections. ‘The Other’ is his first feature film.

World Sales Agency: Persian Film Distribution Centre

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Indian Premiere

Gadkiy Utyonok The Ugly Duckling

Director: Garri Bardin | Russian Federation / 2010 / Col. / 75 mins

Age Group: Above 6 years

A rooster finds a strange egg just outside the coop fence. It hatches a fledgling that belongs to no known species of chicken, duck or goose in the coop. All the poultry in the yard think it is ugly. Rejected by its surrogate ‘parents’, the chick is ridiculed and pushed around by the other birds and ‘siblings’ despite saving the coop from a fox. Utterly miserable, the little outcaste courageously decides to make it on his own in the dangerous world outside.

Producer: Garri Bardin Script: Garri Bardin Camera: I. Ramizov Editor: I. Sobinova-Kassil Animation: O. Veselova, I. Molodova, M. Parfenova, I. SobinovaKassil, V. Homutov, V. Manevich Festivals & Awards include: Nika Award (Russia, 2011) Children’s Film Festival Seattle (2011) Melbourne International Film Festival (2011) Cleveland International Film Festival (2011) Vancouver International Film Festival (2011)

Garri Bardin

Garri Bardin is a celebrated Russian animation director, screenwriter, producer and director. He worked with the Russian animation studio Soyuzmultfilm, and in 1991 founded his own studio, Stayer, which has produced many animations that won top awards at international film festivals. ‘The Ugly Duckling’ is his first feature film.

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Het Geheim

The Magicians

Director: Joram Lürsen | Netherlands / 2010 / Col. / 90 mins

Producer: Frans Van Gestel & Arnold Heslenfeid Script: Frank Ketelaar Camera: Mark Van Aller Editor: Peter Alderliesten Cast: Thor Braun, Theo Maassen, Java Siegertsz, Chantal Janzen, Daan Schuurmans Festivals & Awards include: Special Jury Prize (International Children’s Film Festival, Montreal, 2011) Ludi Audience Award (Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival, Norway,2011) Politiken Audience Award (Buster International Film Festival, Copenhagen, 2011) Kinderfilmfest – Publikumspreis (Children’s Film Festival, München, 2011)

Age Group: Above 10 years

Eight-year-old Ben Stikker is fascinated by the magic show of master illusionist Hans Smid and is determined to discover the secrets behind the ‘disappearing trick’. His charming but clumsy father Koos takes magic lessons with him and in no time the “Stikker & Son Magic Show” is on. During a performance, Ben’s friend and assistant Sylvie vanishes in their magic trick. Everyone holds Koos responsible. Now not only does Ben have to find Sylvie, but he must also save his parents’ marriage and keep his father out of the hands of the press and the police.

Joram Lürsen

Joram Lürsen has directed several successful films and TV series. His 2007 film ‘Love is All’ became one of the highest grossing Danish films of all time. His TV series include ‘All Stars’, ‘Vuurze’ and ‘Baantjer’. He has also made many TV films.

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Indian Premiere

Iep! Eep!

Director: Ellen Smit | Netherlands / 2010 / Col. / 81 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

In a beautiful countryside, Warre spends time watching birds. Suddenly a little creature falls from the sky. It looks like a baby girl but has wings instead of arms. Warre takes the creature home and shows it to his wife Tine, who wants a baby. Tine decides to keep the creature and calls it Birdie. Tine does her very best to raise Birdie as a normal little girl. But Birdie is not a normal little girl and one day she flies away to the South. Tine is inconsolable and together with Warre she goes looking for Birdie.

Producer: Leontine Petit & Joost de Vries Script: Mieke de Jong Camera: Theo Bierkens N.S.C. Editor: Ot Louw Cast: Kenadie Jourdin-Bromley, Joke Tjalsma, Huub Stapel, Madelief Vermeulen Festivals & Awards include: Best Feature Film (European Film Festival, Poland, 2011) Best Picture, Youth Jury (Reel to Real Film Festival, Canada, 2011), Grand Prix (Montreal International Children’s Film Festival, Canada, 2010), Children Jury Award (Great Little Cinema, Milan, Italy, 2010), Berlinale Generation K plus (Germany, 2011), International Children’s Film Festival, (Istanbul, Turkey, 2010), Seoul International Youth Film Festival (South-Korea, 2010), Buster – Copenhagen International Children’s Film Festival, (Denmark, 2010), International Festival of Film for Children and Young Adults (Iran, 2010) International Film Festival Cine-Jeune (Saint Quentin de L’Aisne, 2010), Cinekid, Amsterdam (The Netherlands, 2010)

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Indian Premiere

Kidnappet

Lost in Africa

Director: Vibeke Muasya | Denmark, Kenya / 2010 / Col. / 92 mins

Producer: Vibeke Windeløv, Karoline Leth Script: Vibeke Muasya Camera: Alexander Gruszynski Editor: Morten Højbjerg

Festivals & Awards include: Distribution Award (Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival,Norway, 2011) Best European Film (European Children’s Film Association Prize,2011), Berlinale (Germany, 2011) Göteborg International Film Festival (Sweden, 2011) Malmö, BUFF (Sweden, 2011) Turnhout Open Doek Film Festival (Belgium, 2011) Zlin International Film Festival for Children & Youth (Czech Republic, 2011) Munich International Film Festival (Germany, 2011) Giffoni Film Festival (Italy, 2011)

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Age Group: Above 13 years

Simon, an adopted boy and soccer enthusiast, travels with his Danish mother to his country of origin, Kenya. Soon after arriving, Simon loses his beloved soccer ball. Attempting to find it, he gets lost in the biggest city-slum in Africa. With his trendy shoes and fancy clothes he clearly stands out but, after he gets mugged he looks like any other African boy. When Simon’s mother goes to the media for help, Simon is suddenly a hunted boy in the alleyways of the slum—he now needs all the help he can get from his new friends.

Vibeke Muasya

Vibeke Muasya is a writer, director, dancer and choreographer. She has written and directed several award-winning documentaries and short films. Her short film ‘Birds of Passage’ (2001) received a Prix Europa nomination and was shortlisted for an Oscar nomination and ‘Tulip Night’ (1999) won the Silver Award at Rotterdam. ‘Lost in Africa’ is her debut feature film.

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Knerten Gifter Seg Twigson Ties the Knot

Director: Martin Lund | Norway / 2010 / Col. / 78 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

Lillebror’s mother is hurt in a biking accident. Using their detective skills, a chatty twig named Twigson and Lillebror establish that it wasn’t just an ordinary accident. Someone was responsible for sending her to hospital and they must find out who! Twigson and Lillebror hunt for the culprit against all advice. The only one willing to believe and help them, is Lillebror’s friend Tiny and her talking twig Karoline who makes Twigson’s heart beat faster.

Producer: Paradox Film AS Script: Birgitte Bratseth Camera: Morten Halfstad Forsberg Editor: Steinar Stalsberg Cast: Adrian Grønnevik Smith, Petrus A. Christensen, Pernille Sørensen, Jan Gunnar Røise

Festival & Awards includes: Berlin International Film Festival (2011) Kinder-Kino-Festival, Dusseldorf (2011) Stockholm International Film Festival (2011) Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival (Norway, 2011) Seoul International Youth Film Festival (2011) New Horizons International Film Festival (Poland, 2011)

Martin Lund

Martin Lund is a graduate from the Norwegian Film School. Lund made his debut as a feature film director in 2010 with ‘Twigson Ties the Knot’, the second film in the Twigsonfranchise, one of the biggest and most successful movie franchises in Norwegian cinema history. World Sales Agency: Norwegian Film Institute

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Les Contes de la Nuit

Tales of the Night

Director: Michel Ocelot | France / 2010 / Col. / 84 mins

Producer: Christophe Rossignon, Philip Boëffard Script: Michel Ocelot Editor: Patrick Ducruet

Festivals & Awards include: World Premiere Berlinale (2011) BFI London Film Festival (2011) Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (2011) Durban International Film Festival (2011) International Film Festival of Berlin (2011) Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (2011) Melbourne International Film Festival (2011)

Age Group: Above 10 years

Every evening, a girl, a boy, and an old technician get together in a small movie theater. Although the theater no longer seems to be operating, it is full of wonders. The three friends invent, draw, dress up, and become characters in any story they feel like telling during one magical night when everything is possible. There are witches and fairies, powerful kings and stable boys, werewolves and beautiful, cruel ladies, cathedrals and sequins, cities of gold and dark forests, harmonies of vast choirs and the spells of a single drum, devastating malice and triumphant innocence.

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Michel Ocelot

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Michel Ocelot is a world renowned animation artist, writer and director. His works include globally acclaimed features ‘Kirikou And The Sorceres’ , ‘Azur et Asmar’ and many animated shorts and TV series. He has won many Césars and BAFTA awards and has been nominated both at Cannes and Berlin. He is also a former president of the International Animated Film Association.

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Vorstadtkrokodile 2 The Crocodiles Strike Back

Director: Christian Ditter | Germany / 2010 / Col. / 90 mins

Age Group: Above 13 years

Summer vacation would be perfect for ‘The Crocodiles’, but for the strange incidents in the factory where Ollie and Maria’s parents work. Their parents may lose their jobs, even their home. That would spell the end of The Crocodiles. If Ollie and Maria have to move, there would be no gang left for Hannes, Kai, Jorgo, Frank and Peter either! The Crocodiles must get to the bottom of the mysterious series of accidents at the factory. They put the pedal to the metal and race full speed ahead – on bikes and souped-up wheelchairs – into their next adventure!

Christian Ditter

Christian Ditter is a writer, director and producer. He graduated from the Munich Film School. His graduating film ‘French For Beginners’ was picked up for theatrical release and became a sleeper hit. He has directed shorts, episodes of TV series and films including the hugely successful ‘Crocodile’ film series for children.

Producer: Mohammad Ali Najafi Script: Mehran Kashani Camera: Reza Teimouri Editor: Nazanin Mofakham Cast: Mohammad Reza Foroutan, Merila Zaraie, Milad Morabi Nasad

Festivals & Awards include: Tel Aviv International Children’s Film Festival (2010) Oulu International Children’s Film Festival (2010) Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People (2010) KinderKinoFest (Düsseldorf, 2010) International Children’s Film Festival (Seattle, 2011) European Youth Film Festival of Flanders (2011) Stockholm International Film Festival Junior (2011) Kids Film Festival International Jakarta (2011) Seoul International Youth Film Festival (2011) Sprockets International Children’s Film Festival (Toronto 2011)

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Asian Premiere

Wintertochter

Winter’s Daughter

Director: Johannes Schmid | Germany, Poland / 2010 / Col. / 92 mins

Producer: Philipp Budweg, Mikolaj Pokromski, Thomas Blieninger Script: Michaela Hinnenthal, Thomas Schmid Camera: Michael Bertl Editor: Thomas Kohler Cast: Nina Monka, Ursula Werner, Leon Seidel

Festivals & Awards include: Best Director (Fajr Film Festival/ 2010) Best Children’s Film (Asia Pacific Screen Awards/ 2010) World Premiere Prize (Avanca Film Festival, Portugal/ 2010) Ibn Arabi Film Festival (Spain/ 2011) New York Film Festival (2011) Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival/ (2010) International Film Festival of India (2010) Festival de Rio (2010) Goteborg Film Festival, Sweden (2010)

Age Group: Above 13 years

11-year-old Kattaka is celebrating Christmas at home in Berlin when her family receives a phone call. She must now search for her biological father, a Russian sailor whose ship is currently moored in Gdansk and whose existence her parents have kept secret until now. Knäcke, her best friend, and Lena, her old neighbour, go with her on a journey along German country roads and the Polish coast to find him. For 75-year old Lena it’s a journey back: to her home in Masuren, which she fled from during the Second World War.

Johannes Schmid

Johannes Schmid has been a student of art history, German literature, theatre and film. He has worked on several adaptations of texts for theatres including Berlin’s Theatre for Children and Young people. He has directed many plays and films and is particularly interested in productions for children and adolescents. World Sales Agency: Film GmbH

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Xinghai

The Star and the Sea Director: Xiao Guiyun & Li Qiankuan | People’s Republic of China / 2010 / Col. / 106 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

Born into a poor family of boat people in Macau at the turn of the century, young Xinghai lives with his mother and grandfather. Despite their hardships, his mother struggles to educate him while his grandfather introduces him to the indigenous mud pipe and bamboo flute – his first musical instruments. But more tragedies strike and his grandfather also dies at sea. Xinghai and his mother flee to Singapore to escape poverty. There he meets an inspiring mentor.

Producer: Ren Zhonglun, Yan Xiaoming, Xue Guizhi, Xu Tao Script: XU Xin Camera: Song Xiaofei Editor: Jiang Yong Cast: Vivian Hsu, Su Jiahang, Alec Su, Wang Chengyang Festivals & Awards include: Golden Angel Award (Asian American Film Festival, Los Angeles, 2010) Hawaii International Film Festival (2010) Montreal International Film Festival (2011)

Li Qiankuan & Xiao Guiyun

Li Quiankuan and Xiao Guiyun are a husband and wife directorial team who co-direct most of their films. Together, they have won many film awards. They are both passionate exponents of traditional Chinese culture and have helped in pushing for cinema friendly legislations in their country.

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India Competition


Chillar Party Chillar Party

Director: Nitesh Tiwari & Vikas Bahl | India / 2011 / Col. / 135 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

Chillar party is a gang of several boys who live in the Chandan Nagar Society in Mumbai. All the colony members accept and adore them. When an orphan boy Fatka enters the society with his dog Bhidu, the gang has some problems with the newcomer because of some misunderstandings. These problems are, however, soon resolved and the Chillar party accepts Fatka and his dog as friends. Problems within the gang soon arise again when a state minister comes for the opening ceremony of a playground. At the ceremony, the minister’s secretary is bitten by Fatka’s dog Bhidu.

Producer: Ronnie Screwvala & Salman Khan Script: Vikas Bahl & Nitesh Tiwari Camera: Amitabha Singh Editor: Aarif Shaikh & Amit Pawar Cast: Irrfan Khan, Sanath Menon, Rohan Grover, Naman Jain, Aarav Khanna

Festivals & Awards include: Bollywood Fest (Norway, 2011)

Nitesh Tiwari & Vikas Bahl

Nitesh Tiwari is an engineering graduate from IIT, Bombay. He is currently working with Leo Burnett, Mumbai. He was radio jury member at Cannes, 2011. Vikas Bahl conceptualized and headed UTV’s UTV Spotboy. He produced the films ‘Aamir’, ‘Welcome to Sajjanpur’, ‘Dev D’ and ‘Udaan’ among others.

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Chitrakuzhal The Bird Catcher

Director: Majeed Gulistan | India / 2009 / Col. / 83 mins

Producer: Dhirubhai Chauhan Script: Majeed Gulistan Camera: M J Radhakrishnan Editor: Mahesh Narayanan Cast: Amal Ashok, Sidharth, Meera Nair, Vijayaraghavan, Indrans, Madhu, Geetha Vijayan Festivals & Awards include: CMS International Film Festival (Lucknow, 2011) Habitat Film Festival (New Delhi, 2011) International Film Festival of Kerala, (2010) Dubai Film Festival (2010) South Asian Film Festival (Goa, 2010)

Age Group: Above 13 years

A Forest officer’s school-going kid, Charu, happens to get lost in the forest by a trap laid by poachers. Caught and taken away by the poachers, the boy is spotted by his classmate, a tribal boy named Virundhan. Virundhan is called The Bird Catcher by his classmates as he is believed to catch and eat birds. He saves Charu from the poachers and both of them meet Amina, another classmate, who is running away from the police.

Majeed Gulistan

Majeed Gulistan studied film direction and scriptwriting at the Institute of Film Technology, Chennai. He has worked in both television and film. He has directed and scripted over twenty documentaries.

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Dekh Indian Circus Watch Indian Circus

Director: Mangesh Hadawale | India / 2010 / Col. / 106 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

Ghumroo’s mother spends time cooking and maintaining their open-air desert home. His father is a mute who works long hours on a road crew but must suffer many indignities in silence. Ghumroo wants nothing to do with education and runs away from his mother when she drags him off to school. One day his younger sister Panni picks up a flyer advertising a visiting circus and her goal in life is set: she wants to go to see the ‘bamboo man’. But every rupee the family can set aside is for education, not circus visits.

Producer: Chirag Shah, Mahaveer Jain, Anil Lad, Vivek Oberoi Script: Mangesh Hadawale Camera: Laxman Hadawale Editor: James Valiakulathil Cast: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Nawauddin Siddique, Shivani Oza, Virendra Singh Rathod

Festivals & Awards include: Audience Award, Busan International Film Festival (2011) Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (2011)

Mangesh Hadawale

Mangesh Hadawale completed his degree in theater from the Centre of Performing Arts in Pune. His first Marathi film Tingya was a commercial and critical success winning several awards at the National Awards and the Pune International Film Festival.

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I am Kalam I am Kalam

Director: Nila Madhab Panda | India / 2010 / Col. / 87 mins

Producer: Shantanu Mishra Script: Sanjay Chouhan Camera: Mohana Krishna Editor: Prashant Naik Cast: Harsh Maya, Hussan Saad, Gulshan Grover, Beatrice Ordeix

Festivals & Awards include: The Don Quixote Prize, Montreal international Children’s Film Festival (2011) Special Jury Mention, Cinekid International Children Film Festival (2010) Best Feature Film, Lucas international Film Festival (Germany, 2010) Audience Awards, Indian Film Festival (Los Angeles, 2010) Audience Favourite Choice, Barbican London Children Film Festival (2010) Best Feature Film, Indian Panorama, IFFI (Goa, 2010) International Jury Special Mention, Ale Kino International Film Festival (Poland, 2010) Best Actor, Minsk International Film Festival (2010) Best Debut Director, Aravindan Puraskaram (2010)

Age Group: Above 10 years

Chhotu is an intelligent boy who belongs to a poor family in Rajasthan. He is forced to find work at a roadside food stall. On a hot sultry day, Chhotu encounters the local prince. The pauper is captivated at the sight of the crisp tie that the prince sports. He is immediately drawn towards it. The prince eyes the camel the pauper has tamed, and is instantly mesmerized, even though he is forbidden by his father to mix with commoners. This is the beginning of an unlikely and unstable friendship.

Nila Madhab Panda

Nila Madhab Panda is one of India’s emerging generation of innovative young filmmakers. He was the United Nations Fellow from India in 2003 and won the UK Film Fellowship. His twelve years of experience in documentary and television have given him a strong understanding of contemporary storytelling methods.

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Krish, Trish and Baltiboy II Krish, Trish and Baltiboy II

Director: Munjal Shroff & Tilakraj Shetty | India / 2010 / Col. / 60 mins

Age Group: Above 6 years

Krish, Trish and Baltiboy; three lovable minstrels take you on a wonderful journey into the world of Indian folktales and folk music. After spending many warm afternoons eating jamuns with his friend, the monkey, Mr. Crocodile takes some home for his wife. The greedy Mrs. Crocodile dreams of eating her husband’s friend, the monkey. In Bihar, two village monkeys set out for the city in search of a better life. The lazy barber’s brilliant wit is beautifully presented in Patachitra when the barber sets out to the forest to make a living.

Producer: Children’s Film Society, India Script: Deven Sansare Camera: Shashank Pawar Editor: Rajiv Panchal Cast: Baba Sehgal, Damdeep Sood, Smita Malhotra

Festivals & Awards include: Audience Award, CMS International Children’s Film Festival, (Lucknow, 2010)

Munjal Shroff & Tilak Shetty

Munjal Shroff and Tilak Shetty founded an animation studio, Graphiti, in 1995. They have developed and produced shows such as ‘J Bole Toh Jadoo’ with Nickelodeon and are currently developing an animated feature with Turner. Tilak Shetty became an Animation Director after co-authoring eight books on computer programming.

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Stanley Ka Dabba Stanley’s Tiffin Box

Director:Amole Gupte | India / 2011 / Col. / 95 mins

Producer: Amole Gupte Script: Amole Gupte Camera: Amole Gupte Editor: Deepa Bhatia Cast: Partho Gupte, Amole Gupte

Festivals & Awards include: Action Aid Award, Giffoni Film Festival (Italy, 2011) Best Actor Award, Schlingel International Film Festival (Germany, 2011)

Age Group: Above 1o years

Stanley is a fourth grader who is very popular amongst his friends. He is talented and is liked by his teachers. However, he never brings his lunch box or ‘dabba’ to school. Their Hindi teacher, Khadoos, warns Stanley to bring his own lunch or stop coming to school. Stanley misses school for a few days and his absence is felt by his teachers and school mates. One fine day, Stanley brings his dabba packed with mouth-watering items for Khadoos. We soon find out why Stanley doesn’t bring a dabba to school.

Amole Gupte

Amole Gupte is a director, screenwriter and actor who is most popularly known for his work in the film, ‘Taare Zameen Par’. He has been visiting faculty at film-making and media institutes like the FTII, Whistling Woods International and MET.

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Taryanche Bait Island of Stars

Director: Kiran Yadnopavit | India / 2010 / Col. / 101 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

Shreedhar works as a clerk lives a happy, content life with his family in a beautiful Konkan village. His troubles begin when he takes his wife, son and daughter with him on an official tour to Mumbai. Dazzled by the sights, Omkar, Sreedhar’s son insists on visiting a five star hotel that Shreedhar can’t even dream of affording. Unable to placate the son, the father wagers a night’s stay at the hotel if the son can stand first in his school exams. The fatherson duo’s attempts to win the bet and the extent to which they are pushed by harsh realities makes for the funny and emotional journey of this bitter-sweet tale.

Producer: Friday Filmworks & ALT entertainment Script: Saurabh Bhave & Kiran Yadnyopavit Camera: Sudhir Palsane Editor: Shree Narayan Singh Cast: Sachin Khedekar, Ashwini Giri, Kishor Kadam, Vinay Apte, Jayant Wadkar, Shashank Shende, Shubhangi Joshi, Ishan Tambe, Asmita Joglekar Festivals & Awards include: Pune Film Festival – Best Screenplay, Best Actor MIFTA – Best Screenplay & Dialogues

Kiran Yadnopavit

Kiran Yadnyopavit is a Maharashtra State Award winner for writing the script of ‘Sukhant’. Although a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a post graduate in Advertising and Public Relations from Symbiosis Pune, Kiran has been active in the theatre circles in Pune as a playwright, director and even an actor, winning many awards along the way. Taryanche Bait is his first film as a director.

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The Lotus Pond The Lotus Pond

Director: Vinda Pg & Nitin Kumar Allagadda | India / 2010 / Col. / 77 mins

Producer: Nitin Kumar Script: Vinda Pg Camera: Vinda Pg Editor: Chandhrashekar G V Cast: Akash Petla, Rohit Ranka, Karan Sehgal, Harsh Khurana

Age Group: Above 13 years

Neeraj comes to know about the mythical Lotus pond in the distant mountains during one of his class lectures. Along with his best friend, they set out on an intrepid journey to reach the Lotus Pond. It’s a long way up to 14000 ft in the Himalayas. Along the way, the mountain and its people open their hearts and their wisdom to the little boys. But is it enough to reach the pond. Does it even exist?

Vinda Pg & Nitin Kumar Allagadda

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Vinda Pg is a cinematographer and director who has worked on the National award winning film ‘Grahanam’. He has also been the cinematographer of the highly popular films, ‘Ashta Chamma’ and ‘Vinayakudu’, and the Telugu travel series, ‘Vihari the Traveller’. A L Nitin Kumar, is the director and producer of ‘Vihari the Traveller’.

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Vihir

The Well Director: Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni | India / 2010 / Col. / 115 mins

Age Group: Above 13 years

Two adolescent boys Sameer and Nachiket, cousins and best friends reconnect at a family wedding. Nachiket, who is the more mature of the two, wants to escape his stifling surroundings. Sameer does not understand this. Then one day, Nachiket mysteriously disappears in a well in which they often swam together. They play a game of hide and seek in a rather unusual way. Where one cousin hides in death, the other is looking for him in the life around him. Sameer’s search leads him towards the experience of oneness where he can unite with Nachiket again!

Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni

Producer: Ramesh Pulapaka Script: Girish Pandurang Kulkarni, Satee Bhave Camera: Sudheer Palsane Editor: Neeraj Voralia Cast: Madan Deodhar, Alok Rajwade, Girish Kulkarni, Vitthal Umap, Mohan Agashe, Sulabha Deshpande, Jyoti Subhash Festivals & Awards include: Best Film, V Shantaram Awards (2010) Best Film MIIACC (New York, 2010) Best Director, Pune International Film Festival (2010) Best Cinematographer, Pune International Film Festival (2010) 60th Berlinale Film Festival (2010) Pusan International Film Festival (2010) Rotterdam International Film Festival (2010) Stuttgart Film Festival (2010) London Indian Film Festival (2010) Melbourne International Film Festival (2010)

Umesh Kulkarni graduated in Direction from the Film and Television Institute of India. His diploma film ‘Girni’ (The Grinding Machine) won the President’s gold medal for best short film and best direction in 2005. His short documentary ‘Three of us’ premiered in Berlinale 2008 and received many international awards. World Sales Agency: AB Corp

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Woh

That Fellow Director: Buddhadeb Dasgupta | India / 2011 / Col. / 82 mins

Producer: Children’s Film Society, India Script: Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Sohini Dasgupta Camera: Sunny Joseph Editor: Amitava Dasgupta Cast: Aratrika Ghose, Barun Chanda, Yama Shroff, Amitabha Bhattacharya, Raj Zutshi

Age Group: Above 10 years

Little Poupe visits her Grandfather, a celebrated author, for the first time when her mother falls seriously ill. Her gloomy stay in the age old mansion with a grumpy faced Mary Aunty and a lonesome Grandfather slowly takes a turn with the arrival of a circus troupe, a talking fox, a nagging tiger, a magic tree and Woh, the anonymous commoner from the Grandfather’s writing. With Woh intruding the ordinary day to day activities, Poupe and her Daddu’s life takes a sudden leap and becomes rather adventurous…

Buddhadeb Dasgupta

Buddhadeb Dasgupta is a contemporary Indian film-maker and poet of great repute. Five of his films have won the National Award for Best Film and two for Best Director. His films have also won awards at many prestigious international film festivals including Berlin, Venice and Locarno.

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Indian Premiere

Adventures of Owen

Bob

Director: David Cadiz | Iran / 2010 / Col. / 14 mins

Directors: Jacob Frey and Harry Fast | Germany / 2009 / Col. / 4 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

Age Group: Above 6 years

Young Owen escapes a pestering sister, demanding mother, deadly games of dodge ball and the pain of an unrequited crush by entering the fantastic animated world of Spaceman X, an intrepid galactic traveller whose adventures Owen has drafted in his sketchbook.

A hamster chases his lady-love all around the world to attain her affection. Will he finally catch up?

Producer: James Martin Script: David Cadiz Camera: Maksymilian Milczarczyk Editor: Nazanin Mofakham

Festivals & Awards include: Honorable Mention, Los Angeles International New wave Film Festival (2011); Children Choice Award Gold, Sapporo International Short Film Festival (Japan 2010), Signor Rossi Award, International Festival of Animation Cinema and Comics (2010)

Adventures of Owen

Festivals & Awards include: Kid’s Land Archive Award, Kavalan International Film Festival (2011); Deluxe Student Film Award, Toronto Film Critics Association (2010)

David Cadiz

David Cadiz is a director, Animation and VFX artist from Toronto, Canada. After working at various studios, he went on to study Film Production at Humber College. David is currently working with Reel Wolf Productions.

Bob

Producer: Anna Matacz Script: Jacob Frey, Stefanie Ren Editor: Jacob Frey

Jacob Frey and Harry Fast

Jacob Frey and Harry Fast are Animation film directors based in Germany. They have both been studying Animation at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy. Besides ‘Bob’, Jacob Frey’s works include the film ‘Jimbo Clementine’ and the mini-animated series ‘Jelly Jeff’. World Sales Agency: Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg

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Indian Premiere

Bottle

Dodu - O Rapaz De Cartão

Director: Kirsten Lepore | U.S.A / 2010 / Col. / 6 mins

Director: José Miguel Ribeiro | Portugal / 2010 / Col. / 5 mins

Age Group: Above 6 years

Age Group: Above 6 years

An unlikely friendship develops between a clump of sand and a pile of snow! Separated by the sea the duo, pass along details of their lives and communicate their love through a bottle.

When Dodu scratches the surface of a cardboard box, the ocean enters. He finds himself on a boat with a ladybird. Switching off the moon, he counts sheep constellations and tears off bits of his boat to make little paper boats.

Bottle

Dodu - The Cardboard Boy

Producer: Kirsten Lepore Editor: Kirsten Lepore Festivals & Awards include: Vimeo Audience Award for Animation, (2011); Best Student Animation, Stuttgart Film Festival (2010) Student Annie Award (2010)

Producers: Eva Yébenes, José Miguel Ribeiro, Nuno Beato, IB Cinema , Sardinha em Lata, Lda Script: Alexandre Honrado, Virgilio Almeida Camera: Carlos B. Cunha Editors: Adriana Castro, José Miguel Ribeiro Animation: João Gargaté, José Miguel Ribeiro, Luis Soares Festivals & Awards include: Annecy International Animation Film Festival (France 2011); Anima Mundi Animation Festival (Brazil, 2011); Buster Film Festival (Denmark, 2011)

Kirsten Lepore

Kirsten Lepore is an animation film director currently studying MFA. She has been wowing the film festival circuit over the last few years and was also recently featured as a rising talent by Animation Magazine and Focus Features.

José Miguel Ribeiro

José Miguel Ribeiro has studied and taught drawing and puppet animation. He has served as the animation director in many films including Abi Feijó’s ‘Os Salteadores’. He has also directed several award winning films including ‘O Ovo’, ‘O Banquete da Rainha’ and ‘A Suspeita’.

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Drug Detstva

Ekti Kaktaliyo Galpo

Director: Julia Postavskaya | Russian Federation / 2010 / Col. / 11 mins

Director: Tathagata Singha | India / 2009 / Col. / 10 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

Age Group: Above 10 years

A lonely child is gifted a teddy bear. The bear becomes his friend and grows with him. But as the young man enters the world of adults, he must decide what to do with the six foot tall stuffed toy.

Babai dislikes studying. His mother is always upset with him. One day his old neighbour gifts him a magic marble that can even summon the King of fish. In a world of impatient adults, Babai seeks his magic.

The Playmate

Producer: Lyubov Gaidukova Script: Julia Postavskaya Editor: Julia Postavskaya Animation: Janatoliy Lavrenishin, Julia Postavskaya (Made with the financial aid of Federal Agency of Culture and Camera of Russian Federation)

Festivals & Awards include: Best film for Children, Animaevka (Belarus 2010); China International Animation and Digital Arts Festival (2010)

Julia Postavskaya

Julia Postavskaya studied at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in the Czech Republic in the studio of animation films of Irzha Barta. She has made several films during her stay there.

World Sales Agency: Studio of Animation Cinema, SHAR

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A Coincidental Tale

Producer: The Director, FTII Script: Tathagata Singha Camera: Soumik Mukherjee Editor: Sreya Chatterjee Festivals & Awards include: Best Debut Non Feature Film, National Awards (2010); Crystal Filmi Chashma Award (2011)

Tathagata Singha

Tathagata Singha is a third year student of Direction at the Film and Television Institute of India. He graduated in Physics from Kolkata.

World Sales Agency: Film and Television Institute of India

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Asian Premiere

Ghadyalancha Dawakhana

In A Heartbeat

Director: Vikrant Pawar | India / 2009 / Col. / 11 mins

Director: Karolina Lewicka | Iceland / 2010 / Col. / 8 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

Age Group: Above 10 years

An impatient boy is compelled to spend a day at his father’s workstation. Sitting in his father’s chair he starts seeing the world through different eyes.

A lonely girl who has no friends watches her classmates play from a distance. One day, she sees a little boy being bullied by two older boys. Nobody comes to his rescue. This is the time to overcome her fears.

The Watch Clinic

Producer: Film and Television Institute of India Script: Vikrant Pawar, Radhika Murthy Camera: Deepak Menon Editor: Monisha Baldawa Festivals & Awards include: Best Director (Fajr Film Festival, 2010); Best Children’s Film (Asia Pacific Screen Awards, 2010)

Vikrant Pawar

Vikrant Pawar is a third year student of Post Graduate Diploma in direction at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. He graduated with a Government Diploma in Fine Arts, from Kalavishwa Mahavidyalaya, Sangli, majoring in drawing and painting.

World Sales Agency: Film and Television Institute of India

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In A Heartbeat

Producers: Jon Gustafsson, Karolina Lewicka Script: Karolina Lewicka Camera: Arnar Þórisson Editor: Jon Gustafsson, Karolina Lewicka Festivals & Awards include: Best Fiction Short, Divercine Film Festival For Children (2011), Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (2011); Giffoni Film Festival (Italy 2011)

Karolina Lewicka

Karolina Lewicka co-wrote and co-produced the award-winning documentary ‘Wrath of Gods’. Part of many films and documentaries, she was one among 50 promising global producers chosen to participate in Berlinale Talent Campus, 2008.

World Sales Agency: Meerkat Films

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Indian Premiere

Asian Premiere

Kahānikār

Keshavrz Va Robat

Director: Nandita Jain | UK / 2011 / Col. / 10 mins

Director: Abdollah Ali-Morad | Iran / 2011 / Col. / 21 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

Age Group: Above 6 years

She asks for her favourite story but strange demons enter it. Now, she becomes the storyteller and reminds him of the boy who lost his head. Nirmala’s grandfather struggles to remember his granddaughter’s favourite story. Nirmala takes up the storyteller’s role in the hope that by telling the story correctly she can get rid of the demons that riddle her grandfather’s version.

A spacecraft crashes in a watermelon field, much to the consternation of a farmer and his donkey. As the robot heads towards the water pitcher to quench his thirst, the farmer and his donkey rush to the safety of their house.

Storyteller

The Farmer and the Robot

Producer: Judy Naidoo Script: Karissa Hamilton-Bannis Camera: Emma Dalesman Editor: Adam Thomas Festivals & Awards include: Best School Animation prize, ANIMA, Córdoba International Animation Festival (2011), Best Animation, LA Shorts Fest (2011); Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (2011)

Nandita Jain

Nandita Jain specialised in Animation Film Design at the National Institute of Design. Her film, ‘Myths About You’, won the Best Animation Film award at the MIFF 2008. She also directed and animated the BAFTA-nominated series, ‘Our Friend Earth.’ World Sales Agency: National Film & Television School

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Producer: Mohammad Reza Karimi-Saremi Script: Ebrahim Fourozesh Camera: Mohammad-Rahim Bakhtiyari Editor: Mohammad Nasseri Festivals & Awards include: Best Short Animation, International Film Festival for Children and Young People (Iran, 2010)

Abdollah Ali-Morad

Abdollah Ali-Morad is a film-maker, script writer, Animator, designer, and Cameraman based in Kanoon, Iran. He is trained in puppet animation and has made several short, experimental and puppet animation films.

World Sales Agency: Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children & Young Adults, Kanoon, Iran

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Asian Premiere

Asian Premiere

Kosher

La Fille et Le Chasseur

Director: Isabelle Stead | France / 2010 / Col. / 10 mins

Director: Jadwiga Kowalska | Switzerland / 2010 / Col. / 6 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

Age Group: Above 10 years

Isaac is a lonely boy, ridiculed by other children. One day a little pig miraculously shows up at his doorstep and adopts him. Isaac’s world is now filled with hope, but his new found friendship upsets his Jewish family.

The girl is crying. The hunter is hunting. When the girl’s tears threaten to drown the entire village, it’s up to the fearless hunter to save the day; surely there’s a solution to this watery mess?

Kosher

The Girl and the Hunter

Producers: Daniel Evans & Caroline Brun Script: Jennifer Norridge Camera: Yohan Charrin Editor: Daniel Evans Festivals & Awards include: International Short Film Festival Kiev (2011); Art Festival des Jeunes Réalisateur de Saint-Jean-de-Luz (2010); Super Shorts Script Award Nominee (2010)

Isabelle Stead

Isabelle Stead has worked as a producer on several films and documentaries. She recently set up Human Film, an award-winning international Production Company based in Leeds.

World Sales Agency: Shorts International

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Producer: Claude Barras Script: Jadwiga Kowalska Camera: Jadwiga Kowalska Editors: Marina Rosset, Jadwiga Kowalska Festivals & Awards include: Best Short Film, Children’s Jury, European Youth Film Festival of Flanders (2011); Special Mention, Mediterranean Festival of New Film-makers (Larissa, 2011)

Jadwiga Kowalska

Jadwiga Kowalska studied and was an assistant at the Animation Department in HSLU (Hochschule Luzern, Design & Kunst), Switzerland. Her film ‘Tot ou Tard’ won the Swiss Film Prize “Quartz 2009” for Best Animation Film.

World Sales Agency: Folimage

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World Premiere

Land of the Fireflies

Lápis-de-cor

Director: Haroon Habib | Pakistan / 2011 / Col. / 24 mins

Director: Alice Gomes | Brazil / 2010 / Col. / 16 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

Age Group: Above 6 years

A 15 year old boy collects scrap near an industrial area. Every morning he ‘borrows’ the cycle of an old man while he is asleep, to travel to his work. One day while he is distracted by something else, the cycle disappears.

Cláudio, a boy who loves to draw, thinks that drawing a coloured portrait of his dead father will make him come back home. But Cláudio doesn’t have coloured pencils. When he finally gets three coloured pencils, his mother allows him to use only one each day.

Producer: Haroon Habib Script: Haroon Habib Camera: Haroon Habib Editor: Haroon Habib

Producer: James Martin Script: David Cadiz Camera: Maksymilian Milczarczyk Editor: Nazanin Mofakham

Land of the Fireflies

Colored Pencils

Festival & Awards includes: Best Short, Festival de Cinema na Floresta (Brazil 2011); Best Short, CMS International Children Film Festival, Lucknow 2011); Chicago International Children’s Festival (2011)

HaroonHabib

Haroon Habib is a prolific short filmmaker who has been making films since a young age. He has also made two documentaries, directed nine performances for theatre and is a graphic designer, multimedia artist and Animation.

World Sales Agency: Haroon Habib

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Alice Gomes

Alice Gomes has been working with audiovisual production and journalism since 1998. She is a journalist, director, producer and script writer. She has also worked as an assistant director in Paulo Sérgio Almeida’s film ‘Inesquecivael’. She was one of the creators and directors of the series ‘Peça Piloto’. World Sales Agency: Glaz Video

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Indian Premiere

Mobile

Neuneinhalbs Abschied

Director: Verena Fels | Germany / 2010 / Col. / 7 mins

Director: Halina Dyrschka | Germany / 2010 / Col. / 14 mins

Age Group: Above 6 years

Age Group: Above 10 years

A lonely cow wants to make friends with a little mouse. There is one little problem – they are hitched to opposite ends of a mobile. To reach her friend, the cow must turn the mobile into a roller coaster ride!

Tom is ten, Piet is six. There are important matters of life even adults can’t describe in the way Tom can. Piet also wants to have a little brother of his own to explain the world to. But he gets a hamster instead.

Producers: Regina Welker & Franziska Specht Script: Verena Fels

Producers: Halina Dyrschka, Eva Illmer Script: Guido Schmelich Camera: Alicja Pahl Editor: Angel Cano

Mobile

Nineandahalf’s Goodbye

Festivals & Awards include: Grand Prix, Festival Du Film d’Animation pour la Jeunesse (Bourg-en-Bresse, 2010); Best Student Film, Anima Mundi International Animation Festival (Brazil, 2010); Best Children Film, European Animated Film Festival, (Serbia, 2010)

Verena Fels

Verena Fels studied audiovisual media, animation and filmmaking. She has worked with several mediadesign agencies and has made several animated short films including the trailer for Festival of Animated Film, Stuttgart.

World Sales Agency: Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg

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Festivals & Awards include: Best Short Film, Friedrich-WilhelmMurnau-Preis (2011); Best Short Film, Kurzfilmfestival Bayreuth (2011); Edinburgh International Film Festival (2011)

Halina Dyrschka

Halina Dyrschka has studied acting and film production. She has acted in several theatre and TV productions and produced several short films. In 2009 she founded the ‘Good Films for Children’ project. ‘Nineandahalf’s Goodbye’ is her directorial debut.

World Sales Agency: Halina Dyrschka

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Indian Premiere

Asian Premiere

Os Olhos Do Farol

Pik

Director: Pedro Serrazina | Portugal, Netherlands / 2010 / Col. / 15 mins

Director: Erik van Schaaik | Netherlands / 2010 / Col. / 3 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

Age Group: Above 6 years

In a rocky island, a lighthouse keeper lives alone with his daughter. With no other company the little girl builds a unique relationship with the sea. This friendship makes her father uncomfortable and brings back memories that tides cannot erase.

The bird pecks, the ox objects. But without the pecking, life becomes very complex. What will the ox do: can’t live with, can’t live without!

The Eyes of the Lighthouse

Producer: Sardinha em Lata, Lda Script: Pedro Serrazina Editor: Pedro Serrazina, Cátia Salgueiro, Ralph Foster Festivals & Awards include: Best Animation, Curtas Sadinas (Portugal 2011); Best Short Film, FIKE International Short Film Festival (Portugal, 2010); Honour Mention, BFI London Film Festival (2010)

Pedro Serrazina

Pedro Serrazina is a film maker, teacher, illustrator, script writer and producer. His award-winning first film ‘Tale of the Cat and the Moon’ premiered in competition at Cannes 1996. Recent projects include a book of illustrations and short stories.

World Sales Agency: Agencia Portuguese Short Film Agency

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Pecker

Producer: Jiek Weishut Script: Erik van Schaaik Festivals & Awards include: Sprockets International Film Festival, (2011), Buster Copenhagen International Children’s Film Festival (2010); KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival (2010)

Erik van Schaaik

Erik van Schaaik started making horror and fantasy films at the age of twelve. Later, while studying graphic design he created a series of animation films, live action dramas and documentaries including the popular series ‘Sausage Dog Titus’.

World Sales Agency: Netherlands Institute for Animation Film

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The Ball

The Lost Thing

Director: Katja Roberts | United Kingdom / 2010 / Col. / 11 mins

Director: Andrew Ruhemann & Shaun Tan | Australia / 2010 / Col. /15 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

Age Group: Above 10 years

Lonely misfit Amy Jones has noticed a new boy in her street. While playing football alone in the back lane she catches his attention and he begins to reach out to her in his own quirky way.

A boy finds a strange creature on a beach, and decides to find a home for it in a world where everyone believes there are far more important things to pay attention to.

Producer: Magnus Dennison Script: Bridget Deane Camera: Magnus Dennison Editor: Katja Roberts

Producer: Sophie Byrne Script: Shaun Tan Editor: Leo Baker

The Ball

The Lost Thing

Festivals & Awards include: Best Film, Shortkicks International Film Festival (Germany, 2011); Special Jury Prize, Ladymakers Film Festival (U.S.A, 2011); Oberhausen Film Festival (2011)

Katja Roberts

Katja Roberts started her career in the 1990s acting in a number of Amber Films. She has taught music in the Middle-East, returning in 2007 to set up her production company. She has since directed and edited many documentaries and shorts.

World Sales Agency: Meerkat Films

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Festivals & Awards include: Best Animated Short Film, Academy Award (2011); Grand Prix for Best Short Film, Melbourne International Film Festival (2011); Taipei Golden Horse (Taiwan, 2010)

Andrew Ruhemann & Shaun Tan

Andrew Ruhemann is the founder-owner of Passion Pictures that specializes in animation and special effects and represents over 30 directors. Shaun Tan is best known for his illustrated book ‘The Lost Thing’ and works as a freelance artist and author. World Sales Agency: Sophie Byrne

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Asian Premiere

Indian Premiere

The Monster of Nix

Tīģeris

Director: Rosto | France, the Netherlands, Belgium / 2011 / Col. / 30 mins

Director: Jānis Cimermanis | Latvia / 2010 / Col. / 8 mins

The Monster of Nix

Age Group: Above 10 years

Tiger

Age Group: Above 10 years

Life is peaceful in the fairy tale village of Nix until an all-devouring monster appears. Young Willy has to fight it all alone.

When a circus tiger and her cub make an unexpected stop in a small village, the compassionate locals create a cunning plan help the gentle tigers escape the clutches of the cruel ringmaster.

Producer: Claudius Gebele Script: Rosto Editor: Nicolas Schmerkin

Producer: Māris Putniņš Script: Māris Putniņš Camera: Ēvalds Lācis Editor: Ēvalds Lācis, Jānis Cimermanis

Festivals & Awards include: World Premiere, Annecy Animation Festival (France, 2011); Cinekid (Amsterdam, 2011); Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (2011)

Festivals & Awards include: Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (2011); Sprocket International Children’s Film Festival (2011); Seoul Animation Film Festival (2011)

Rosto

Rosto is a Dutch artist, filmmaker and script writer of graphic novels. He is the founder and owner of Studio Rosto A.D, a film production company and animation studio based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

World Sales Agency: Nicolas Schmerkin

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Jānis Cimermanis

Jānis Cimermanis started out as a director for Latvian Puppet Theatre. Since 1983 he has worked in films as a puppet film animation director. He has scores of shorts and feature films and TV series to his credit.

World Sales Agency: National Film Centre of Latvia

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Asian Premiere

To Horio The Village

Director: Stelios Polychronakis | Greece / 2010 / Col. / 15 mins Age Group: Above 10 years A doctor receives a mysterious message asking for help. After a long and difficult journey he arrives at a deserted village. Since there is nothing else for him to do, he offers his services to the village itself. Producer: Stelios Polychronakis Script: Stelios Polychronakis Camera: Dimitris Horianopoulos Editor: Frank Rosam Animation: Stelios Polychronakis Festivals & Awards include: Special Award & Best Music Award, Drama Film Festival (Greece, 2010); Festival d’ Annecy (2010); Anima Mundi Festival (Brazil, 2010)

Stelios Polychronakis

Stelios Polychronakis studied graphic design in Greece and Film and TV design in UK. He has worked as an assistant art director and graphic artist on films like ‘Billy Eliot’, ‘The Hours’ and ‘Cold Mountain’.

World Sales Agency: Georg Guber

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What Makes Me Happy: Tung’s Film, Vietnam What Makes Me Happy: Tung’s Film, Vietnam

Director: Annie Gibbs | United Kingdom, Vietnam / 2011 / Col. /16 mins Age Group: Above 10 years In between collecting firewood and looking after her younger brothers, Tung has to find time to study. To top it all, her piglet is determined to escape his sty and gives more than his fair share to the chase. Producer: Annie Gibbs Storyboard: Annie Gibbs Camera: Angus Macfadyen Editor: Adam Trotman Festivals & Awards include: Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (2011); Kids First Film Festival (New York, 2011)

Annie Gibbs

Annie Gibbs has worked on various globally broadcast series as producer and director. She is currently producing and creatively directing 10 global short films for the ‘What Makes Me Happy’ series that gives children in difficult environments a chance to tell their story.

World Sales Agency: The Ragdoll Foundation

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Lile Directors


Adventures of Eddy and Curt

Dhanam

Director: Aryan Chugh and Sumer Rai | India / 2011 / Col. / 7 mins

Director: Bismi, Aishwarya, Athira, Aswathy, Durga | India / 2011 / Col. / 7 mins

Adventures of Eddy and Curt Age Group: Above 6 years

Two best friends love to create trouble in school. Their escapades are stalled when the principle gives them responsibility that no other student has ever got. Will they take this opportunity to become good boys? Producer: The Sunshine Club Script: Sumer Rai, Shiven Narang, Chaitanya Gupta, Aryan Chugh, Aryaman Batra Camera: Aryaman Batra Editor: Sumit Dua Cast: Sumer Rai, Shiven Narang, Prathna Tuli, Neha Bhagat, Deepak Rai, Chaitanya Gupta

Aryan Chugh & Sumer Rai

Aryan Chugh and Sumer Rai participated in a two month film making workshop organized by The Sunshine Club. They were trained in storywriting, scriptwriting, acting, directing, cinematography and sound. The team chose the story and divided the tasks amongst the team.

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Wealth

Age Group: Above 6 years A prospective groom and his family visit Aswathy’s house and ‘approve’ her. Her parents must now mortgage their house to arrange for the hefty dowry. Producer: Sanjeev Shivan Script, Camera, Editor: Bismi, Aishwarya, Athira, Aswathy, Durga Cast: Praveen Kumar, Prajusha, Sabarinath

Bismi, Aishwarya, Athira, Aswathy & Durga

The directors are part of a group of twenty-five girls from Kerala who participated in a film workshop led by filmmaker Sanjeev Sivan with Subhash Ghai and Resul Pookutty among others.

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Fancock 4

Fancock 4 Director: Mehdi Rahmani | India / 2011 / Col. / 4 mins

Hamari Duniya Our World

Director: Varun Halder, Binita Nayak | India / 2011 / Col. / 11 mins

Age Group: Above 6 years

Age Group: Above 6 years

Fancock and his friend Trinity are sent to Planet Earth to save it from the Evil Olympus. One day as Trinity is in school, the evil spirits arrive.

Raghav and Rocky are brothers living in a slum in Noida. Raghav is sensitive, calm and compassionate. Rocky is smart, selfish and lazy. One day while playing cricket in their favourite park, they accidentally break a water tap.

Producer: Shrey Gupta Script: Shrey Gupta, Ansh Mehra Camera: Shrey Gupta Editor: Ansh Mehra Cast: Ansh Mehra, Sumer Rai, Vishesh Aggarwal, Shahnil Samantara, Sarthak Suri, Shrey Gupta

Ansh Mehra

Ansh Mehra is a 13-year old student of Modern School, New Delhi. He is also a VFX and SFX artist.

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Producer: Dreaming Child Productions Script: Ruma Nayak, Sheraj Ahmad, Rama Shankar, Ram Kumar, Suneta Nayak, Romikant, Nilima Halder, Pankaj Roy, Om Prakash, Usha Goswami Camera: Pankaj Roy Editor: Sumit Dua Cast: Kumar, Sheraj Ahmad, Rama Shankar, Ravi Mohar, Nilima Halder, Suneta Nayak

Varun Halder & Binita Nayak

Varun Halder and Binita Nayak are students of Vidya School who participated in a film-making workshop conducted by Dreaming Child Productions.

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Kabhi Socha Hai

Nishadam

Director: Ashwani Bandhu, Aman, Aditya Kumar Singh, Prashant Mohan, Harsh Anand, Soni Mahajan, Simran, Tanya Sharma, Khushboo Hanjura, Bhupender Singh, Nitin Kaushik, Mohd. Irfan, Rajbala Singh, Babita Pun, Akshay Kumar, Pooja Kumari, Alka Sharma, Sonam Chauhan, Sonia Singh, Nisha Singh, Sabila Khan | India / 2010 / Col. / 2 mins

Director: Vishnupriya, Himachandran, Nincy, Anaka, Aasmi | India / 2011 / Col. / 9 mins

Stop and Think!

Age Group: Above 6 years Stop and Think and Plant a Sapling! Script, Camera, Editor: Ashwani Bandhu, Aman, Aditya Kumar Singh, Prashant Mohan, Harsh Anand, Soni Mahajan, Simran, Tanya Sharma, Khushboo Hanjura, Bhupender Singh, Nitin Kaushik, Mohd. Irfan, Rajbala Singh, Babita Pun, Akshay Kumar, Pooja Kumari, Alka Sharma, Sonam Chauhan, Sonia Singh, Nisha Singh, Sabila Khan Ashwani Bandhu, Aman, Aditya Kumar Singh, Prashant Mohan, Harsh Anand, Soni Mahajan, Simran, Tanya Sharma, Khushboo Hanjura, Bhupender Singh, Nitin Kaushik, Mohd. Irfan, Rajbala Singh, Babita Pun, Akshay Kumar, Pooja Kumari, Alka Sharma, Sonam Chauhan, Sonia Singh, Nisha Singh & Sabila Khan

The directors are 12 to 15-year old children from the Bal Bhawan School, a public school and Deepalaya, an NGO community school who participated in a film-making workshop conducted by PVR Nest.

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The Savage

Age Group: Above 6 years 10 years old Kunjumol suffers from AIDS. She has lost her parents to the disease and now lives with her grandmother. No one wants anything to do with her, not even her classmates who were once her friends. Producer: Sanjeev Shivan Script, Camera, Editor: Vishnupriya, Himachandran, Nincy, Anaka, Aasmi Cast: Aasmi, Baby Sandra

Vishnupriya, Himachandran, Nincy, Anaka & Aasmi

The directors are part of a group of twenty-five girls from Kerala who participated in a film workshop led by film maker Sanjeev Sivan with Subhash Ghai and Resul Pookutty among others.

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Scream V Halloween Night

Subbu’s Noodles

Director: Shantanu Sharma | India / 2011 / Col. / 4 mins

Director: Anuraag Punjaabi, Shubhojit Roy, Sanjana Abraham, Siya Chandrie, S Rohit, Aditi Nagpal, Akanksha Dhume | India / 2010 / Col. / 12 mins

Scream V Halloween Night Age Group: Above 6 years

What frightens me is not so much the obvious monster. What frightens me is the unknown, the fear that the mind is not in control, that there is something out there that nobody knows about. Producer: Cine Darbaar Welfare Society Script: Shantanu Sharma Camera: Pearson Anaal Editor: Pearson Anaal Cast: Paarth, Os, Yatharth, Naman, Krish, Manya, Ananya, Pankhudi, Kanishka, Preha

Shantanu Sharma

Shantanu Sharma is a student of the Gyan Bharti School. He participated in a film making workshop organized by Cine Darbaar. Shantanu hopes to buy a digital camera soon and turn his hobby into his profession.

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Subbu’s Noodles

Age Group: Above 6 years Subbu lives in Mumbai. Her parents go to work. What does she do all day when her parents are at work, who are the people she encounters? Producer: Priya Srinivasan Script, Camera, Editor, Cast: Rohit, Anuraag, Shubhoget, Sanjana, Aditi, Akonsha, Siya

Anuraag Punjaabi, Shubhojit Roy, Sanjana Abraham, Siya Chandrie, S Rohit, Aditi Nagpal & Akanksha Dhume

The directors are students of various Mumbai schools who participated in a film making workshop conducted by Pomegranate Workshop.

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Superhero

Tellu

Director: Kimaya Shahi, Vardaan Shah, Swagini Nakashe, Zaina Goel, Anika Birewar, Shawn Ashish Chauhan, Yuvansh Khokhani, Mitul Damani, Hitanshi Badani, Aryan Sanghai, Dhruv Modi | India / 2010 / Col. / 3 mins

Director: Ajinkya Hukerikar, Aastha Jain, Maitri Dave | India / 2011 / Col. / 20 mins

Age Group: Above 6 years

‘Tellu’ is a boy who applies a lot of oil on his head. A group of bullies at school tease him. When the bullying becomes too much to bear, he decides to join the gang. He starts ignoring his best friend.

Superhero

As long as the Super Hero is swinging in the clouds, he does just fine but once he lands on earth he is in trouble! A bank robbery that goes wrong—not for the robbers but for the poor superhero! Producer: Pomegranate Eduworkshop Pvt. Ltd. Script, Camera, Editor, Cast: Kimaya Shahi, Vardaan Shah, Swagini Nakashe, Zaina Goel, Anika Birewar, Shawn Ashish Chauhan, Yuvansh Khokhani, Mitul Damani, Hitanshi Badani, Aryan Sanghai, Dhruv Modi

Kimaya Shahi, Vardaan Shah, Swagini Nakashe, Zaina Goel, Anika Birewar, Shawn Ashish Chauhan, Yuvansh Khokhani, Mitul Damani, Hitanshi Badani, Aryan Sanghai & Dhruv Modi

The directors are students of various Mumbai schools who participated in a film making workshop conducted by Pomegranate Workshop.

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A Boy who Applies Oil

Age Group: Above 6 years

Producer: Utpal Shanghvi School Script: Astha Jain & Ajinkya Hukerikar Camera: Ajinkya Hukerikar & Tushar Editor: Meghana Kothavale ( In-house) Cast: Ankit Mittal, Aditya Sheth, Utsavi Baviskar, Mohammad Shiekh, Anirudh Jakhotia, Sakshi Patkar, Siddhanth Parikh

Ajinkya Hukerikar, Aastha Jain & Maitri Dave The directors are students of Utpal Sanghvi School, Mumbai. 15 years old Ajinkya is an active member of the Audio-Visual department of the school and 14 years old Aastha & Maitri have participated in a school film making workshop.

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Thulyam Equal

Director: Lekshmi, Anju Mol, Liya Elizabeth, Jwala Parameshwaran, Shaharbana | India / 2011 / Col. / 7 mins Age Group: Above 6 years Saadhana is constantly reminded of the fact that she is a girl. Her grandmother and mother fuss over her brother but her father encourages her. Things change for Saadhana when she wins a prestigious scholarship. Producer: Sanjeev Shivan Script, Camera, Editor: Lekshmi, Anju Mol, Liya Elizabeth, Jwala Parameshwaran, Shaharbana Cast: Pravathy, Srimitha, C.D. Sukumaram

Lekshmi, Anju Mol, Liya Elizabeth, Jwala Parameshwaran & Shaharbana

The directors are part of a group of twenty-five girls from Kerala who participated in a film workshop led by film maker Sanjeev Sivan with Subhash Ghai and Resul Pookutty among others.

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Children’s World


7 Days in Slow Motion 7 Days in Slow Motion

Director: Umakanth Thumrugoti | India / 2009 / Col. / 101 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

Ravi lives his life by the pie-chart his mother defines for him – 60% education and only 2.9% for fun! When Ravi and his friends chance upon the camera of a visiting American tourist, Mr. Turek, they see their dreams of making a Bollywood film and meeting a famous actor come true. However, the path to making a film is riddled with problems. They only have seven days to make the film as their final exams begin in seven days and Ravi’s mother must not find out about their little project.

Umakanth Thumrugoti

Umakanth Thumrugoti is a fifteenyear veteran at Disney Feature Animation. He began his career at Disney training on ‘Lion King’ and proceeding to earn credits as a CG artist on films like ‘Pocahontas’, ‘Fantasia 2000’, and ‘Chicken Little’. At Disney, he has worked in varying roles including Software Developer, Technical Director and Digital Effects Supervisor.

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Producer: Soumya Sriraman & K.Basi Reddy Script: Umakanth Thumrugoti Camera: Derth Adams Editor: Pradeep Balu, Jacques Gravett Cast: Teja Sajja, Shiva Varma, Kunal Sharma, Rajeshwari Sachdev, Ayesha Jaleel, Vivek Mushran Festivals & Awards include: Audience Award, New Jersey South Asian Film Festival (2010) Audience Award, Stuttgart Indian Film Festival (2010) Audience Award, Indian Film Festival of Houston (2010) Audience Award, Vancouver Asian Film Festival (2010) Chicago International Children Film Festival (2010) Taiwan International Children Film Festival (2010) Seoul International Youth Film Festival (2010) Chicago South Asian Film Festival (2010) International Film Festival of India (Goa, 2010) Seattle International Children’s Film Festival (2010)

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Aatpaat Nagar Hote Aatpaat Nagar Hote

Director: Nilesh Upadhye | India / 2010 / Col. / 125 mins

Producer: Ravi Rai, Anita Rai & Anand Rai Script: Nilesh Upadhye, Rohan Ghuge Camera: Prakash Kutty Editor: Dilip Kotalgi Cast: Mohan Agashe, Aditi Deolankar, Subhash Bachkar, Prasad Panpat, Ganesh Panpat

Age Group: Above 10 years

Mini’s eleven-year old brother, Mangesh, is handicapped. Mini cannot think of anything else but her brother’s disability. Her only dream is to see her brother walk like others around her. One day Mini sees a magician, Jamdagni, performing an unbelievable act on a local channel. A journey of innocence and hope begins and reality marries fantasy. Mini and her friends pursue Jamdagni to bring the fantasy into reality.

Nilesh Upadhye

Nilesh Upadhye was born in a small town in Vidharbha, Maharashtra. He completed his post-graduation in Mass Communication and Journalism in Pune. He, then, came to Mumbai to pursue a career in cinema. Aatpaat Nagar Hote is his directorial debut.

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Alice In Wonderland Alice In Wonderland

Director: Tim Burton | U.S.A / 2010 / Col. / 104 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

Alice, an unpretentious and individualistic 19-year-old, is betrothed to a dunce of an English nobleman. At her engagement party, she escapes the crowd to make up her mind about the marriage and falls down a hole in the garden after spotting an unusual rabbit. Arriving in a strange and surreal place called “Underland,” she finds herself in a world that resembles the nightmares she had as a child. She realizes that she is there to conquer the horrific Jabberwocky and restore the rightful queen to her throne.

Producer: The Walt Disney Studios Script: Linda Woolverton Camera: Dariusz Wolski Editor: Chris Lebenzon Cast: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mia Wasikowska Festivals & Awards include: Best Art Direction (Academy Awards, 2011) Best Costume Design (Academy Awards, 2011) Best costume Design (BAFTA Awards, 2011)

Tim Burton

Tim Burton is a globally acclaimed and awarded director known for his vivid imagination and featherweight but quirky touch. He has made movies in a variety of genres including animation. His films include ‘Beetlejuice’, ‘Batman’, ‘Edward Scissorhands’, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’. World Sales Agency: The Walt Disney Company

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Azur et Asmar Azur and Asmar

Director: Michel Ocelot | France / 2006 / Col. / 96 mins

Producer: Soumya Sriraman & K.Basi Reddy Script: Umakanth Thumrugoti Camera: Derth Adams Editor: Pradeep Balu, Jacques Gravett Cast: Harsh Maya, Hussan Saad, Gulshan Grover, Beatrice Ordeix

Festival & Awards includes: Kid’s Audience Awards (Munich Film Festival, 2007) Best Animated Feature (Goya Awards, 2007) Istanbul Children’s Film Festival (2007) World Premier, Directors’ Fortnight (Cannes Film Festival, 2006) New York International Children’s Film Festival (2006) International Animated Film Festival (Annecy, 2006) Pusan International Film Festival (2006) London Children’s Film Festival (2006)

Age Group: Above 10 years

Once upon a time there were two children nursed by the same woman. Azur, a blonde, blue-eyed son of a nobleman and Asmar, the dark skinned and dark-eyed child of the nurse. As kids, they fought and loved each other as brothers do. But one day Azur is sent away to study and Asmar and his mother are driven out. Azur remains haunted by memories of the sunny land of his nurse, and by her stories of the beautiful, imprisoned Fairy of the Djinns who must be set free. He sets sail, south across the high seas, to discover the country of his dreams and find love.

Michel Ocelot

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Michel Ocelot is a highly respected animation artist, writer and director. His works include ‘Kirikou And The Sorceress’ and many animated shorts and TV series. He has won many Césars and BAFTA awards and has been nominated both at Cannes and Berlin. He is also a former president of the International Animated Film Association.

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Briefgeheim The Secret Letter

Director: Simone van Dusseldorp | Netherlands / 2010 / Col. / 80 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

Eleven-ear old Eva is fed up with all the problems at home. In order to make her quarrelling parents realise how she feels, she runs away from home. She hides in the attic of her best friends, Jackie and Thomas. However, when she finds a secret letter and gets caught in the garden of her neighbour Brandsema, the head of a criminal organisation, her plans take an unexpected turn. She and her friends realize that they’re the only ones who can stop the bad guys.

Producer: Eva Eisenloeffel, Leontine Petit & Joost de Vries Script: Marco van Geffen & Anna van der Heide Camera: Lennert Hillege Editor: Michiel Reichwein Cast: Daan Schuurmans, Lies Visschedijk Festivals & Awards include: Best Dutch Children Film, (Cinekid Film Festival, Netherlands, 2010) Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children (2011) Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival (Norway 2011) BUFF Film Festival (Sweden, 2011)

Simone van Dusseldorp

Simone van Dusseldorp graduated in Direction and Screen-writing Fiction from The Netherlands Film and Television Academy, Amsterdam. She has made several children’s television series and short films. Her debut feature won the Best Film award at the Geneva Film Festival. World Sales Agency: Delphis Films

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Champions Champions

Director: Ramesh More | India / 2011 / Col. / 108 mins

Producer: Aishwarya Narkar Script: Ramesh More Camera: Yogesh Jani Editor: Pradeep Balu, Jacques Gravett

Festival & Awards includes: Best Social Film, National Award (2011) Best Child Artist (Maharashtra State Film Awards, 2011) International Film Festival of Trichur (Kerala, 2011) CMS International Children’s Film Festival (Lucknow, 2011) Yashvant Rao Film Festival (2010) Pune International Film Festival (2010)

Age Group: Above 10 years

Two brothers belong to a family in which the mother and father in spite of their daily struggle and short-comings strongly encourage their children to study. The future of the boys looks very promising to the parents, who see the realization of their dreams in their children’s education. Their undaunted determination to acquire knowledge through schooling and achieving their goals is what sets them apart from the others.

Ramesh More

Ramesh More is a writer and director. He has written and staged Marathi plays. Several of these plays have been selected for cataloguing by the New York Library. His films and plays have won numerous awards.

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Chandani und ihr Elephant

Chandani-The Daugher of the Elephant Whisperer Director: Arne Birkenstock | Germany / 2009 / Col. / 88 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

Chandani is the daughter of a legendary mahout in Sri Lanka. She wants to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a mahout. Her father decides to give her a chance and gives her responsibility for an elephant calf. Everyone doubts her abilities. The ranger Mohammed becomes her only supporter and shows her the world of elephants in the jungle. Here, they save an elephant baby from its death. Strengthened by this, Chandani makes progress with her little elephant Kandula. But when Kandula is taken away from her, everything changes.

Arne Birkenstock

Arne Birkenstock is a writer and filmmaker, based in Cologne, Germany. He studied Economics, Spanish and Portuguese language and literature, History and Political Science in Germany and Argentina. He has directed numerous documentaries for public broadcasters and has also worked as a consultant for several film and media schools in Germany.

Producer: Helmut G. Weber, Thomas Springer, Arne Birkenstock Script: Arne Birkenstock Camera: Marcus Winterbauer Editor: Timothy McLeish, Felix Bach Cast: K. G. Chandani, Renuka Ratnayake, K. G. Sunamabanda

Festival & Awards includes: Best Children’s Film (German Film Awards, 2011) Children’s Jury Prize, Best Documentary (Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, 2010) Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children and Youth (2011) New York International Children’s Film Festival (2011) Goldener Spatz (Germany, 2010) Festival des Deutschen Films (Germany, 2010) NaturVision (Germany, 2010) Kinofest Lünen (Germany, 2010) Documentary Edge Forum (New Zealand, 2011) Providence Children’s Film Festival (USA, 2011)

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Charandas Chor Charandas The Thief

Director: Shyam Benegal | India / 1974 / Black and White / 155 mins

Producer: Children’s Film Society, India Script: Shama Zaid, Habib Tanvir Camera: Govind Nihalani Editor: Anant Apte Cast: Smita Patil, Laluram, Madanlal, Sadhu Meher, Anjali Paingaokar

Age Group: Above 10 years

To get out of a tricky situation, Charandas makes four vows to his guru: that he would never eat in a gold plate, never lead a procession that is in his honour, never become a king and never marry a princess. Later, his guru adds a fifth one —never to tell a lie—and sets him off on his life’s journey. Charandas the thief becomes a man of principles. Before committing any theft he tells his victims of his true motives. One day his life turns around and he is offered a kingdom and a marriage proposal from the local Princess. His refusal can cost him his life.

Shyam Benegal

Shyam Benegal is one of India’s most prolific filmmakers. He was an important part of the New Wave in Indian Cinema. He has won awards nationally and globally including Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. His films have won the National Award seven times. World Sales Agency: Children’s Film Society, India

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Chintu Skool Chintu School

Director: Sheshagiri Yelamali | India / 2004 / Col. / 104 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

Chintu belongs to a wealthy family and Putti is the daughter of a housemaid who cannot afford to go to school. The two children encounter Balwan, a character from a different world; one where success is defined by honesty and hard work. Soon, the two children take it upon themselves to educate others through the simple act of sharing.

Producer: G. V. Raghavendra & Anand Kidambi Script: Sheshagiri Yelameli Editor: Jalaluddin Shamsheer

Festivals & Awards include: CMS International Children’s Film Festival (2011)

Sheshagiri Yelamali

Sheshagiri Yelamali has worked as a director in film and television. He has also made Educational Films for the Directorate of State Education Research and Training, Karnataka State Aids Prevention Society and the Information Department.

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Chutkan Ki Mahabharat Chutkan’s Mahabharat

Director: Sankalp Meshram | India / 2006 / Col. / 87 mins

Producer: Children’s Film Society, India Script: Sankalp Meshram Camera: Samiran Dutta & Vivek Shah Editor: Jabeen Merchant Cast: Varun Jha, Sagar Shetty, Aditi Deshpande & Mukesh Ahuja

Festivals & Awards include: Best Children Film (National Film Award, 2005)

Age Group: Above 10 years

Every night, ten-year-old Chutkan sleeps with his leg tied to a rope and every morning his uncle pulls it hard to wake him up so that he can start his chores. Chutkan and his mother stay with his uncle, aunt and son. When a theatre troupe comes to their village, Chutkan is fascinated by the story of the feuding Kauravas and Pandavas in the Mahabharata. That night, he dreams that the protagonists have a change of heart and bury their differences. Next day, the villagers are shocked to find that the epic has been rewritten – just like Chutkan dreamt it.

Sankalp Meshram

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Sankalp Meshram completed his Diploma in Editing from FTII. He won the National Award for ‘Best Editing’ in 2001 for the film ‘Lokapriya’. He has directed several shows on television. ‘Chutkan Ki Mahabharat’ is his debut film as a director .He is currently the head of the Editing Department at Digital Academy, Mumbai.

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Coraline Coraline

Director: Henry Selick | U.S.A / 2009 / Col. / 100 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

Young and a little too adventurous Coraline, relocated against her will to a new home, feels generally ignored by her parents. Left alone for most of the time, she tries to find some excitement in her new environment. She uncovers a secret door in the house that opens magically to an identical home with identical parents who absolutely dote on her. The only weird part of the ‘other’ home is that the identical parents have buttons for eyes. Ignoring this, the alternate universe feels great, but it isn’t long before Coraline finds herself at war with a very nasty and fearsome creature.

Henry Selick

Henry Selick studied Experimental Animation at the California Institute of the Arts, under the guidance of Jules Engel. His feature film directorial projects, including the now iconic ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ and ‘James and the Giant Peach’ established his reputation as one of the leading directors working in animation today.

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Producer: Bill Mechanic, Claire Jennings, Henry Selick, Mary Sandell Script: Henry Selick Camera: Pete Kozachik Editor: Ronald Sanders Cast: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Dawn French

Festival & Awards includes: Cristal Award (Annecy International Animated Film Festival, 2009) Best Animated Film (BAFTA Children’s Awards, 2009) Best Animated Feature (Golden Globe Awards, 2009) Best Film (American Film Institute Awards, 2009) Favorite Animated 3D Movie (Peoples’ Choice award, 2009) Best Production Design (Annie Awards, 2009) Nominated Best Animated Feature, (Chicago Film Critics’ Association, 2009) Nominated Best Animated Feature (Academy Awards, 2009) Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (2009)

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Indian Premiere

De Indiaan The Indian

Director: Ineke Houtman | Netherlands / 2009 / Col. / 79 mins

Producer: Burny Bos, Michiel de Rooij, Sabine Veenendaal Script: Nynke Klompmaker Camera: Sander Snoep N.S.C Editor: Elsbeth Kasteel Festivals & Awards include: Best Film, BUFF Film Festival (Malmo, Sweden 2010) Best Feature,International Film Festival for Children and Youth, Nueva Mirada (2010) UNICEF Prize, Divercine International Festival for Children and Youth (2010) FICC Special Jury Award, Zlin Film Festival (Czech Republic, 2010) 2nd Prize, Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (2010) Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival (2010) Kristiansand International Film Festival (Norway, 2010) Seoul International Film Festival for Children and Youth (2010) Montreal International Children’s Film Festival (2010)

Age Group: Above 10 years

Koos very much wants to look like his impressive, typical Dutch father, which is not an easy thing, as Koos has been adopted from Peru and is rather small and of dark complexion. His Dutch parents are now expecting a natural born child. He is jealous of the arrangements being made for the unborn sibling. One day he sees a Peruvian boy playing a strange kind of music outside the supermarket and discovers that he, like the boy, is of Indian origin. From that day on, despite his Dutch parents, he tries his very best to be a true Indian.

Ineke Houtman

Ineke Houtman graduated in Direction and Cinematography from the Dutch Film Academy. She has made a number of feature films that have been nominated for the Emmy awards and the Academy awards World Sales Agency: Delphis Films

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Asian Premiere

Dik Trom

Chubby Drums Director: Arne Toonen | Netherlands / 2010 / Col. / 85 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

Chubby Drums is a cheerful young chap who is a bit fat. His dad is a Master Chef who cooks up irresistible food. The family relocates to set up a new restaurant, only to find no takers for their high calorie dishes. In Thinhaven, everyone is extremely slender and healthy, and obsessed with their looks, health, calories and exercise. On top of this, Chubby falls in love with Lieve, the most beautiful and skinny girl in Thinhaven. Will changing the menu bring in business for the restaurant? Will Chubby find his way into slim young Lieve’s heart with marzipan?

Producer: Hans De Weers, Erwin Godschalk, Reinout Oerlemans Script: Mischa Alexander, Wijo Koek, Luuk van Bemmelen Camera: Jeroen de Bruin Editor: Brian Ent, Marc Bechtold Cast: Michael Nierse, Marcel Musters, Eva van der Gucht, Loes Haverkort & Thijs Römer Festivals & Awards include: Best Film for Children, Schlingel International Film Festival for Children and Young People (2011) BUSTER International Children’s Film Festival (Copenhagen, 2011)

Arne Toonen

Arne Toonen graduated in film making from the Dutch Film Academy. He started out as a commercial director of several well-known products. In 2007, he directed several episodes of a television series and a number of award-winning films.

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Dom-zari Goldtail

Director: Gholam Reza Ramezani | Iran / 2011 / Col. / 84 mins

Producer: Mehdi Shafiei Script: Leila Naderi Camera: Shahram Najjarian Editor: Ali Asghar Saebi Cast: Davoud Saeedi, Fatemeh Mir Tavakoli, Sogol Tahmasbi

Festivals & Awards include: Auburn International Film Festival for Children (Australia, 2011) International Film Festival for Children (Hamedan, 2010) Fajr Film Festival (2010)

Age Group: Above 10 years

A group of students are looking for the precious pheasant Domzari (Goldtail). But Taimur, their classmate has his reasons to catch the pheasant for himself. In his desperation to reach Goldtail before anyone else does, he does everything possible, including something very dangerous.

Gholam Reza Ramezani

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Gholam Reza Ramezani began his professional career in 1983 as an assistant director and scriptwriter. He was the Assistant Director in Amir Naderi’s ‘The Runner’. He has made a number of short films. His second feature film, ‘The Cart’, won numerous prizes at international festivals including the Lucas award in 2005.

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Fimfarum Do Tretice Vseho Dobreho Fimfarum Third Time Lucky

Director: Kristina Dufková, Vlasta Pospíšilová, David Súkup | Czech Republic / 2011 / Col. / 75mins Age Group: Above 13 years

The last part of the Fimfarum trilogy is composed of three stories, each directed by one artist: a news crew goes into the Bohemian Forests to find out whether or not there really are any living giants playing the ancient game of “Bigger”. A King has three Sons and decides to hand over the crown to one of his sons: whichever one brings him the hat forgotten long ago in a remote mountain inn. Will it be Rychlomil, Siloslav, or Honza? In the last tale, a swineherd is called to decide a bet between Mister Reason and Mister Happiness.

Kristina Dufková, Vlasta Pospíšilová & David Súkup

Kristina Dufková is a Czech artist, illustrator and animated film director. She studied animated production at the Film School in Pisek and at FAMU. Vlasta Pospíšilová is a legend of the Czech school of animation. She studied puppet-making and theater design at Prague’s UMPRUM. David Súkup works with traditional animation techniques and often combines 3D animation with real actors.

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Producer: Martin Vandas Script: Jiří Kubíček, Martin Vandas Camera: Hubert Hesoun, Zdeněk Pospíšil Editor: Pavel Hrdlička, Bohdan Buďárek, Adéla Špaljová

Festivals & Awards include: Best Animated Feature for Children, ANIFILM Trebon (Czech Republic, 2011 ) Anim´est Bucharest (Romania, 2011) AniMacao (Nape-Macau 2011) Animafest Zagreb (Croatia, 2011) Anifest Teplice (Czech Republic, 2011) Animaze Festival Montreal (Canada)

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Indian Premiere

Foeksia de miniheks Fuchsia the Mini Witch

Director: Johan Nijenhuis | Netherlands / 2010 / Col. / 87 mins

Producer: Alain De Levita, Johan Nijenhuis Script: Sander de Regt Camera: Sander de Regt Editor: Job ter Burg Cast: Verdel, Annet Malherbe, Marcel Hensema, Porgy Franssen, Lorenso van Sligtenhorst Festivals & Awards include: Jury Award, CineKid Film Festival (Amsterdam, 2010) Sprockets International Children’s Film Festival (Toronto, 2011) Youth Film Festival (Antwerp, 2011) Cinema Novo Film Festival (Bruges, 2011) BFI London Film Festival (2011) Ljubljana Film Festival (Slovakia, 2011) Stockholm International Film Festival Junior (2011) Netherlands Film Festival (2011)

Age Group: Above 6 years

A great adventure can sometimes hatch from the smallest egg as Wizard Quark finds out when he finds an egg in the Witches’ Wood. This egg produces not a bird, but a mini-witch, whom he names Fuchsia. Fuchsia can hardly wait to become as proficient in the art of wizardry as her father, and so is pleased as punch when she is allowed to go to witches’ school. There, she learns to make wind and conjures with the clouds. But her magic often has unexpected results, as she sometimes gets a little bit too ambitious…

Johan Nijenhuis

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Johan Nijenhuis is a Dutch film maker and producer. He received training in journalism and film in Los Angeles. He has directed several popular television series. Most of his films are made for children. In 2010, he set up his own production company, Johan Nijenhuis & Company.

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Gantala Bandi Bell-Cart

Director: Rukmini Krishna Thota | India / 2011 / Col. / 112 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

Narayanapuram is a remote village without any medical or educational facilities. For their medical needs, people from the village go to the nearest town which is forty kilometers away. To go to town, they depend on a single ox cart called Gantala Bandi or Bell-cart. The slow ox cart journey for the patient is one filled with fear and suspense. Do they reach the hospital on time?

Producer: M. S. Prasad & C. Ananth Script: Subbu Eranki Camera: Sudhakar Chinthala Editor: Hari Babu. G Cast: Baby Pavani, Master Vishnu, Master Vijay, Baby Shakthi, Ram Jagan, G. S. Hari etc.

Rukmini Krishna Thota

Rukmini Krishna Thota is a television and film director. He has received several awards by the Andhra Pradesh State Government for his telefilms and television serials. He has also directed documentaries and ad films for the government. World Sales Agency: Sree Devi Chinmayi Arts

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Hayat Hayat

Director: Gholam Reza Ramezani | Iran / 2005 / Col. / 80 mins

Producer: Mohammad Bagher Ashtiani Script: Mojtaba Khoshkdaman, Gholam-Reza Ramezani Camera: Saed Nikzat Editor: Saeed Shahsavari Cast: Ghazale Parsafar, Mehrdad Hassani, M.S. Babakhanloo

Festival & Awards includes: Special Jury Award, Cinekid, Children Film Fest (Amsterdam, 2005) Best Film, Madrid International Children’s Film Festival, (Spain, 2005) Children’s Jury Award, Istanbul International Children’s Film Festival (2006) Best Film, Centre International Du Film Pour L’enfance et la Jeunesse (Iran, 2006) Jury Special Mention, Buenos Aires Children’s Film Festival (Argentina, 2005) Special Prize, Zlin Film Festival (Czech Republic, 2005) SIGNIS Award, Divercine, International Film Fest For Children & Youth (2005) Golden Elephant, International Children’s Film Festival (India, 2005) Listapad Minsk International Film Festival (Belarus 2005)

Age Group: Above 6 years

Hayat is a twelve-year old girl who lives with her family in a village in Iran. She is looking forward to taking an exam in the village school and is preparing hard for it. The night before the exams, her father falls ill and has to be hospitalized. Hayat is distraught at having to babysit her infant sister on the most important day of her life. But she is not a girl to give up that easily. With some well-wishers helping her along the way Hayat, whose name means life, makes a desperate attempt to give her exam. Will she succeed?

Gholam Reza Ramezani

Gholam Reza Ramezani began his professional career in 1983 as an assistant director and scriptwriter. He was the Assistant Director in Amir Naderi’s ‘The Runner’. He has made a number of short films. His second feature film, ‘The Cart’, won numerous prizes at international festivals including the Lucas award in 2005.

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How to Train Your Dragon How to Train Your Dragon

Director: Dean Deblois & Chris Sanders | U.S.A / 2010 / Col. / 98 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

Hiccup lives on the island of Berk where fighting dragons is a way of life. Hiccup’s sense of humour doesn’t sit too well with his tribe or its chief, who also happens to be Hiccup’s father. When Hiccup is included in Dragon Training with the other Viking teens, he sees his chance to prove he has what it takes to be a fighter. But when he encounters an injured dragon, his world is flipped upside down, and what started out as Hiccup’s one shot to prove himself turns into an opportunity to set a new course for the future of the entire tribe.

Producer: Bonnie Arnold Script: William Davies, Dean Deblois, Chris Sanders Editor: Maryann Brandon, Darren T Holmes

Festivals & Awards include: Outstanding Direction of Animated Feature, Annie Awards (2011) Best Animated Feature, Toronto Film Critics’ Association (2010) Nominated, Best Original Score, Academy Awards (2011) Nominated Best Animated Feature of the Year, Academy Awards, (2011) Nominated Best Animated Feature, BAFTA Awards (2011) Nominated Best Music, BAFTA Awards (2011)

Dean Deblois & Chris Sanders

Dean Deblois and Chris Sanders wrote and directed the Oscarnominated animated film ‘Lilo & Stitch’ for Walt Disney. Dean Deblois also directed the acclaimed Sigur Rós music film ‘Heima’. Chris Sanders graduated from CalArts and worked on films such as ‘Mulan’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’. World Sales Agency: Dream Works Animation

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In Oranje In Orange

Director: Joram Lürsen | Netherlands / 2004 / Col. / 95 mins

Producer: Jeroen Beker & Jeroen Beker Script: Frank Ketelaar Camera: Remco Bakker Nsc Editor: Peter Alderliesten Cast: Yannick Van de Velde, Thomas Acda, Wendy van Dijk, Peter Blok Festivals & Awards include: Audience Award Kidsfest Indonesia (2006) Golden Butterfly Best Script, Children’s Film Festival, Teheran (2005) Children’s Jury Prize, European Youth Festival (Flanders, 2005) Best Children’s Film, Tallinn’s Black Nights Film Festival (2005) Grand Prix, Tokyo Film Festival (2005) Special Mention, Children’s Jury, Kinderfilmfest (Hamburg, 2005)

Age Group: Above 10 years

Remco is a very talented and fanatic little soccer player with only one dream: to play for the Dutch national team. Erik, his know-it-all father, is possibly even more fanatic in coaching Remco. Everything seems to work out fine, until Erik suddenly dies. Remco is devastated until one day his teammate Winston’s grandmother helps him contact Eric through Winti, a form of voodoo. His dad seems to appear every time he plays soccer again. Then Remco gets injured. His girlfriend Maaike, daughter of the local chemist, will try to help him make his dream come true.

Joram Lürsen

Joram Lürsen has been a part of many popular TV series including ‘All Stars‘ and ‘Baantjer’. Both his feature films ‘Love Is All’ and ‘In Orange’ have won many awards globally and have been commercially successful with the first winning him the best director award at the Dutch Film Awards. World Sales Agency: IDTV Film

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Karla og Jonas Karla and Jonas

Director: Charlotte Sachs Bostrup | Denmark / 2009 / Col. / 83 mins

Age Group: Above 13 years

Karla is in love with Jonas, but doesn’t dare contact him. Her best friend pushes Karla to call him, which results in an invitation to visit him at his orphanage. Inspired by a television programme that helps children find their biological parents, Karla encourages Jonas to find his mother. They steal Jonas’ birth certificate from the principal’s drawer and get on a train for a big city that is quite far away, without informing anyone. Armed with only a name and a photograph, this will be an eventful and emotional journey.

Charlotte Sachs Bostrup

Producer: Thomas Heinesen Script: Iben Gylling Camera: Henrik Kristensen Editor: Anders Villadsen Cast: Elena Arndt-Jensen, Nanna Finding Koppel, Joshua Marc Berman Festivals & Awards include: Don Quixote Award, Zlin International Film Festival for Children & Youth (Czech Republic, 2010) Sprockets International Film Festival for Children (Toronto, 2011) Seoul International Youth Film Festival (2011) Cinekid Film Festival (Amsterdam, 2010) Giffoni Film Festival (Italy, 2010) Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival (Norway, 2010) Transilvania International Film Festival (Romania, 2010) Brazilian International Children’s Film Festival (2010) Laon-International Film Festival for Young People (France, 2010)

Charlotte Sachs Bostrup’s debut as a feature film director came with the romantic youth comedy, ‘Anja & Viktor’,which was the most successful Danish film in 2001. She also directed the period drama ‘Lost Generation’ and several television series.

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Kikkerdril

Frogs and Toads Director: Simone van Dusseldorp | Netherlands / 2009 / Col. / 70 mins

Producer: Jan Willem Bult, Joostde Vries, Leontine Petit Script: Simone van Dusseldorp Camera: Daniel Bouquet Editor: Wonter Jansen Cast: Nino den Brave, Whitney Franker, Thijs Goedknegt

Festivals & Awards include: Silver Statue, Roshd International Educational Film Festival, (Tehran, 2010) Best Feature Film, Divercine Film Festival for Children & Young People (Uruguay, 2009) Best Film, Seoul International Youth Film Festival (2009) Ludi Award, International Children’s Film Festival Kristiansand (Norway, 2009) Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (Chicago, USA, 2009) Cairo International Children’s Film Festival (2010) Kinderfilmfest Muenster (Muenster, Germany, 2009) Sarajevo Film Festival (Bosnia, 2010) Children’s Film Festival Dusseldorf (Germany, 2010)

Age Group: Above 6 years

Jannus has to undergo a tonsils operation and is convinced that he won’t be able to speak without the aid of ‘frog spawn’. He puts his younger brother Max on a mission to find it. On his way back from the hospital, Max encounters Jesse and they both walk along fields, farms and a forest in search of the frogs’ eggs. Together they go from one adventure to the next: they encounter a caterpillar that walks funny, they run into an orphan boy who teaches them to milk cows and a girl that plays with pigs!

Simone van Dusseldorp

Simone van Dusseldorp graduated in Direction and Screen-writing Fiction from The Netherlands Film and Television Academy, Amsterdam. She has made several children’s television series and short films. Her debut feature won the Best Film award at the Geneva Film Festival.

World Sales Agency: Delphis Films

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Kung Fu Panda 2 Kung Fu Panda 2

Director: Jennifer Yuh Nelson | U.S.A / 2011 / Col. / 91 mins

Age Group: Above 6 years

Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five – Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey. But Po’s new life is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. It is up to Po and The Furious Five to journey across China to face this threat and vanquish it.

Producer: Melissa Cobb Script: Jonathon Aibel and Glenn Berger Editor: Maryann Brandon, Clare De Chenu

Festivals & Awards include: Cannes Film Festival (2011) Sydney Film Festival (2011) Taormina Film Festival (2011) Seattle International Film Festival (2011)

Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Jennifer Yuh Nelson is a Korean American director, storyboard artist, and comedienne. She received a BFA in illustration from the California State University. Prior to joining Dreamworks, she worked at HBO animation on the series Spawn among others.

World Sales Agency: DreamWorks Animation

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L’illusioniste The Illusionist

Director: Sylvain Chomet | France / 2010 / Col. / 80 mins

Producer: France 3 Cinéma, Ciné B Script: Jacques Tati Editor: Sylvain Chomet

Festivals & Awards include: Best Animated Feature (nominated), Academy Awards, (2011) Best Animated Film, European Film Award (2010) 2nd Prize, Best Animation, Los Angeles Critics Association Award (2010) Edinburgh Film Festival (2010) Santa Barbara International Film Festival (2011)

Age Group: Above 13 years

The Illusionist is a dying breed of stage entertainer whose thunder is being stolen by emerging rock stars. He is forced to accept increasingly small assignments in fringe theaters, garden parties and bars. For one similarly obscure invitation, he takes a long, slow journey to a remote Scottish island. There he meets a young fan, Alice who changes his life forever.

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Sylvain Chomet

Sylvain Chomet moved to London in 1988 to work as an animator at the Richard Purdum studio. Soon, he established a freelance practice, working on commercials for clients such as Principality, Renault, Swinton and Swissair. In addition to his animation career, Chomet created many print comics, starting in 1986 with ‘Secrets of the Dragonfly’. World Sales Agency: Pathe Distribution

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Lilkee Lilkee

Director: Batul Mukhtiar | India / 2006 / Col. / 69 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

Lilkee is a 10-year old girl from a village in Nainital who is brought to work in a Mumbai home by a young architect Bela. She gradually settles down to a routine of taking care of Bela’s baby but misses the mountains of Nainital. Soon she also finds new friends who take her to be an apartment resident, just like themselves. But when they realize that she is a ‘maid’, they are not sure they want to be her friend anymore. Can friendship blossom across class boundaries?

Batul Mukhtiar

Producer: Children’s Film Society, India Script: Batul Mukhtiar & Manoj Goyal Camera: Vivek shah Editor: Hemant Sarkar Cast: Hemant Sarkar Festivals & Awards include: Audience Award, New Jersey South Asian Film Festival (2010) Audience Award, Stuttgart Indian Film Festival (2010) Audience Award, Indian Film Festival of Houston (2010) Audience Award, Vancouver Asian Film Festival (2010) Chicago International Children Film Festival (2010) Taiwan International Children Film Festival (2010) Seoul International Youth Film Festival (2010) Chicago South Asian Film Festival (2010) International Film Festival of India (Goa, 2010) Seattle International Children’s Film Festival (2010)

Batul Mukhtiar graduated in direction from FTII. She has worked as a researcher, producer and coordinator with international documentary crews shooting in Mumbai. In 2002, she made ‘150 Seconds Ago’, a documentary on the survivors of the earthquake that devastated the city of Bhuj (Kutch) in 2001. World Sales Agency: Children’s Film Society, India

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Maman, Behrouz Man-o Zad! Behrouz Hit Me, Mom!

Director: Abbas Moradian | Iran / 2010 / Col. / 83 mins

Producer: Farabi Cinema Foundation, Saeed Hashemi Camera: Morteza Ghafouri Editor: Shahin Yar Mohammadi Cast: Reza Naji, Hamid Lolaie, Flor Nazari, Alireza Mozaffari.

Festivals & Awards include: Best Director, Best Film, Hamedan Children Film Festival (Iran, 2010) Fajr Film Festival (Iran, 2011) Cannes Film Festival (2011)

Age Group: Above 10 years

Raised in a poor family, twelve-year old Behrouz dreams of having a bike. As Behrouz finds out that each player in the champion football team in a provincial tournament is likely to be awarded a bike, he tries hard to secure a place in the school team. But there is just one problem: he doesn’t know a single thing about the game!

Abbas Moradian

Abbas Moradian has been active in scriptwriting, producing and directing TV films and programmes. ‘Behrouz Hit Me, Mom!’ is his debut feature.

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Océans Oceans

Director: Jacques Perrin & Jacques Cluzaud | France / 2009 / Col. / 104 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

Threading your way at 10 knots through a shoal of tuna on the hunt, accompanying dolphins in their joyous rush, swimming with a great white shark, shoulder to fin... It’s like being a fish among the fishes. A journey into the heart of the world’s oceans where unknown and neglected marine creatures live.

Producer: Nicolas Mauvernay, Jacques Perrin Script: Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud, John Collee Camera: René Heuzey Editor: Vincent Schmitt, Catherine Mauchain

Festivals & Awards include: Cesar Award (France, 2011) Hong Kong International Film Festival (2011) French Cinema Today in Kazakhsta (France, 2010) French Film Festival (China, 2010) Jakarta French Film Festival (2010) Vietnam International Film Festival (2010) Tokyo International Film Festival (2009) Courtesy by

Jacques Perrin & Jacques Cluzaud

Jacques Perrin is a French actor and film maker who has also produced a number of critically acclaimed films like ‘Z’. Jacques Cluzaud is a French director. He directed the highly successful films ‘Winged Migration’ and ‘Oceans‘ with Jacques Perrin. World Sales Agency: Pathe Distribution

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Parvaz-E Morghabi-Ha Flight of the Ducks

Director: Ali Shah Hatami | Iran / 2009 / Col. / 85 mins

Producer: Ali Shah Hatami Script: Zahra Shah Hatami Camera: Nasser Kavousi Editor: Mehdi Hosseinivand Cast: Reza Naji, Mehran Ghafourian, Keyhan Maleki, Mehran Rajabi, Niloufar Mahmoudi, Rahman Bagherian, Hossein Ghasemi Honar, Shahin Heydari Festivals & Awards include: Special Jury Award, Hamedan International Film Festival (Iran, 2010) Schlingel Film Festival (Germany, 2010) Cinekid Film Festival (Netherlands, 2010)

Age Group: Above 10 years

Ali’s father does not have the time or the money to repair the ceiling of their house. Ali’s mother is upset and leaves for her mother’s house in another village. Now how can Ali leave his injured duck alone at home? What if the fox eats it? As he constantly worries about his young patient, Ali can barely concentrate in class or on the football field. He is obliged to take the little duck to the school, but must hide it from the principal’s view. Confusion is bound to follow, but Ali can always count on the help of his friend Reza.

Ali Shah Hatami

Ali Shah Hatami began his artistic activities as a playwright, stage actor and director. He entered the film industry by collaborating on Hozeh Honari’s film projects as assistant director. He gained international recognition with his ‘Shrapnels In Peace’ which received two awards at the Giffoni Film Festival, 2001. World Sales Agency: Farabi Cinema Foundation

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World Premiere

Sikharam The Peak

Director: Nag Gottap | India / 2011 / Col. / 90 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

Ask any child living in the city what they would do if they witness an emergency situation at home. Depending on where the child is located in the world, the child is most likely to call numbers such as 911, 112, 999, 108 or the like. Now, imagine a place with no telecommunications systems to help deal with emergencies. At Paderu, a small tribal village on the East Cost of India, the children deal with struggles of a unique kind.

Producer: Nag Gottap Script: Ysn Murthy Camera: Derth Adams Editor: Ysn Murthy Cast: Ys Siva Teja

Nag Gottap

Nag Gottap completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts from JNTU, Hyderabad and is currently doing his MFA. He began his career in advertising as a graphic designer and worked in a couple of leading advertising agencies. ‘Sikharam’ is his debut movie as director and producer. World Sales Agency: Mindcraft Productions

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Streetkids United Streetkids United

Director: Tim Pritchard | U.K, South Africa / 2011 / Col. / 76 mins

Producer: Film & Music Entertainment Script: Tim Pritchard Camera: Ad Ahmed Editor: Anna Ksiezopolska Cast: The Umthombo Young Stars Festival & Awards includes: Berlin International Film Festival (2011) Durban International Film Festival (2011) Zagreb International Film Festival (2011)

Age Group: Above 10 years

In 2010, a group of homeless children in Durban are chosen to represent South Africa in the first ever Street Child World Cup. For them, football might be a way to a brighter future. To much of the outside world they are a nuisance, best hidden or ignored, but they aspire to much more. They want to come together as a team to play for the country.

Tim Pritchard

Tim Pritchard is a documentary film maker whose credits include documentaries for Channel 4, BBC, PBS and Discovery Channel. His documentaries include the awardwinning series ‘Hostage’ and ‘When Black Became Beautiful’.

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Summer With the Ghosts Summer With the Ghosts

Director: Bernd Neuburger | Canada / 2004 / Col. / 85 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

Caroline is a ten-year old girl who lives in Montreal, Canada. Her father is a filmmaker. She is visiting her father on the sets of a film being shot in a medieval Austrian castle. Things begin to go haywire during the shoot and the unit is unable to figure out what’s wrong. Caroline suspects sabotage and decides to investigate. She teams up with a local Austrian boy Jakob to finally discover the culprit – the ghosts of five nuns. But who are these ghosts and where did they come from? What do they really want?

Producer: Les Productions La Fête Script: Nadja Seelich Camera: Derth Adams Editor: Pradeep Balu, Jacques Gravett Cast: Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse, Nikola, Culka, Ron Lea

Bernd Neuburger

Bernd Neuburger is a member of Extra Films, a production company founded in 1980 by half a dozen cine artists to produce their own films. As a director of photography, Neuburger has worked with several leading filmmakers of Europe. He has also made many documentaries and short films. World Sales Agency: Children’s Film Society, India

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Sunshine Barry and the Disco Worms Sunshine Barry and the Disco Worms

Director: Thomas Borch Nielsen | Denmark / 2008 / Col. / 78 mins

Producer: Nina Crone Script: Morten Dragsted Editor: Kirsten Skytte

Festivals & Awards include: World Premier, Sprockets, Toronto International Children’s Film Festival

Age Group: Above10 years

Barry, the earthworm gets no respect from the other insects as he lives at the bottom of the food chain. He begins his job at a compost factory but finds it very dull. His friend Tito pursues him to give the middle manager exam that is conducted in the compost factory, but Barry has another idea. He finds an old disco record and falls in love with classic disco music. He decides to enter a music contest by forming the greatest disco band; Sunshine Barry and the Disco Worms!

Thomas Borch Nielsen

Thomas Borch Nielsen started out as a visual effects supervisor and director of sci-fi live-action features and commercials. He has won a Robert for Best Visual Effects in 2001 and 2005. Has taught dramaturgy at the National Film School of Denmark and written novels for young people.

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Tangled Tangled

Director: Nathan Greno & Byron Howard | U.S.A / 2010 / Col. / 91 mins

Age Group: Above 6 years

Rapunzel is a princess with 70 feet of golden hair who’s looking for a way out of the tower where she’s been locked away for years. An imaginative and determined teenager, she takes off on an adventure with the help of a dashing bandit. The unlikely duo sets out on an escapade filled with adventure, humour and hair—lots of hair.

Producer: Roy Conli Script: Dan Fogelman Editor: Tim Mertens Cast: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy Festivals & Awards include: Best Music for Motion Picture (nominated), Academy Awards (2010) Best Animated Feature (nominated), Las Vegas Critics’ Association (2010) Yubari Film Festival (Japan, 2010)

Nathan Greno & Byron Howard

Nathan Greno and Byron Howard are animators for the Walt Disney Animation Studios. Byron Howard is the lead character animator of ‘Lilo and Stich’. He has also directed the animated film ‘Bolt’. Nathan Greno has worked on the films ‘Bolt’ and ‘Mulan’ and is also a voice-over artist. World Sales Agency: Walt Disney Company India Pvt. Ltd.

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Touching Wild Horses Touching Wild Horses

Director: Eleanor Lindo | Canada / 2002 / Col. / 89 mins

Producer: Paco Alvarez Script: Steve Danyluk Editor: George Roulston Cast: Jane Seymour, Charles Martin Smith, Mark Rendall

Festivals & Awards include: UNICEF Award, Freeze Frame (Winnipeg, 2003) Crystal Heart Award, Heartland Festival (Indianapolis, 2002) Audience Award, Marco Island Film Festival (Florida, 2002) Audience Award,Palm Springs International Film Festival (2003)

Age Group: Above 10 years

After losing his parents in an accident, Mark goes to live with his Aunt Fiona who stays on a tiny island. She lays out four ground rules: she is not interested in family, she is not to be called Aunt, and she won’t tolerate lies. The island is uninhabited except for a herd of wild ponies that has lived there for hundreds of years and is completely self sufficient. The final and most important rule: never touch the wild horses.

Eleanor Lindo

Eleanor Lindo made her directorial debut with the television family adventure series, ‘The Littlest Hobo’. This was followed by directing episodes of the Emmy-nominated ‘The Ray Bradbury Theatre’, an anthology series scripted by the famed sciencefiction author, Ray Bradbury and The Road to Avonlea, based on the novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery. World Sales Agency: Children’s Film Society, India

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Toy Story 3 Toy Story 3

Director: Lee Unkrich | U.S.A / 2010 / Col. / 103 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

Andy, seventeen years old, is packing for college when his mother presses him to decide the fate of his old toys that are lying untouched for many years. In a series of accidental moves, the toys find themselves donated to Sunnyside Daycare. There they are welcomed by Lotso bear, Big Baby and Ken. First impressions over, the toys discover that they are in serious trouble and Buzz has allied with the enemy! But Woody who has discovered the intentions of the evil bear, plans to organize the escape of his friends. Does he succeed? Do they find their way back to Andy?

Producer: Darla Anderson Script: Michael Arndt Camera: Jeremy Lasky Editor: Ken Schretzmann & Lee Unkrich

Festivals & Awards include: Best Music Written For Motion Picture, Academy Awards (2011) Best Animated Feature Film, Academy Awards (2011) Best Animated Film, BAFTA Awards (2011)

Lee Unkrich

Lee Unkrich graduated from the University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts in 1990. Before joining Pixar, he worked for several years in television as an editor and director. He has co-directed ‘Toy Story 2’ and directed the hugely popular ‘Finding Nemo’ and ‘Monsters Inc’. World Sales Agency: Walt Disney Company India Pvt. Ltd.

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Un Cargo Pour l’Afrique Cargo for Africa

Director: Roger Cantin | India / 2009 / Col. / 90 mins

Producer: Rock Demers & Chantal Lafleur Script: Roger Cantin Camera: Philippe Lavalette Editor: Roger Cantin Cast: Pierre Lebeau, Julien Adam

Festivals & Awards include: Special Jury Prize, International Children’s Film Festival (Mexico, 2011), Most Popular Canadian Feature Film, Montreal World Film Festival (2010), International Adult Jury Prize, Cairo International Children’s Film Festival (Cairo, 2010), Best Screenplay, Olympia Children & Youth Film Festival (Greece, 2010), Vancouver International Film Festival (2009) CineKids Film Festival (Amsterdam, 2009), Brussels Children Film Festival (2009), Oulu International Children’s Film Festival (Finland, 2009), Zlin International Film Festival for Children and Youth (Czech Republic 2010), Neuvo Mirada International Film Festival of Young People and Children Award (Argentina, 2010)

Age Group: Above 10 years

Norbert has worked for twenty years in Africa. When he returns to Canada, he has only one goal: to be deported back to Africa where he has lived and worked. Above all, not to be stuck in Canada, where he feels useless and is in danger. Before leaving on a cargo ship headed for Africa, he must get rid of Trotsky, his pet monkey. He leaves the small primate in a park. But an annoying kid brings back the monkey and insists that Norbert finds a refuge for it before leaving the country. Christopher must now find a way to place Trotsky at the local zoo.

Roger Cantin

Roger Cantin is a director, producer and actor from Quebec, Canada. He has made several popular films like ‘The Killer Was a Trombone Player’ and ‘Simon & the Dream Hunter’. He is also known for his experiments in special effects and animation.

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Waar Is Het Paard Van Sinterklaas? Where is Winky’s Horse?

Director: Mischa Kamp | Netherlands / 2007 / Col. / 83 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

Santa has gone back to Spain. He won’t be back until next year. But Winky is the happiest girl in the world because she gets to take care of Santa’s horse, Amerigo. She prepares herself by taking riding lessons on a pony called Naf-Naf, and Aunty Cor and Uncle Siem teach her everything they know about horse grooming. Winky loves riding Naf-Naf, but something gnaws at her: she wants to ride Amerigo. However, Uncle Siem and Aunty Cor won’t let her. They say the horse is too big for her. Winky finds this hard to accept.

Mischa Kamp

Mischa Kamp graduated in screenwriting and directing from the Dutch Film and Television Academy. From the mid-90s, she has written and directed several successful shorts or series, fiction, nonfiction, live action and animation with, mainly, children in the lead role. ‘Where is Winky`s Horse?’ is her feature debut.

Producer: Burny Bos, Michiel de Rooij, Sabine Veenendaal Script: Tamara Bos Camera: Jasper Wolf Editor: Sander Vos Cast: Ebbie Tam, Aaron Wan, Hanyi Han

Festival & Awards includes: Golden Slipper, Zlin Film Festival for Children and Youth, (Czech Republic, 2008) Audience Award, Kinder Filmfest Munchen (2008) Golden Film, Netherlands Film Festival (Utrecht, 2007) 2nd prize, Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (2008) London Children’s Film Festival (2008) Tel Aviv International Children’s Film Festival (2008) Kristiansand International Film Festival for Children (2008) Sydney Film Festival (2008) Stockholm International Film Festival Junior (2008) Sprockets International Film Festival for Children (Toronto, 2008)

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Yeh Hai Chakkad Bakkad Bumbe Bo Sensational Six

Director: Sridhar Rangayan | India / 2003 / Col. / 82 mins

Producer: Children’s Film Society, India Script: Vijay Tendulkar Camera: Sudhir Palsane Editor: Jabeen Merchant Cast: Tom Alter, Ravindra Mankani, Mona Ambegaonkar

Festivals & Awards include: Bronze Remi Award, Worldfest Film Festival, USA, 2004

Age Group: Above 6 years

Ganesh, Yashwant, Dilip, Ulhas and Birbal the monkey and Sikandar the dog are spending their summer vacation when quite by accident, they stumble upon a dark secret of a dangerous smuggler, Don Douglas, who is all set to destroy the peace of their small coastal town. Ganesh’s father, a school teacher, gets unwittingly trapped in Don’s web. Now the six friends must pull up their detective hats and work together to unearth the mystery.

Sridhar Rangayan

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Activist, writer and filmmaker Sridhar Rangayan studied in IIT, Bombay. He worked in different sectors before doing a film appreciation course at FTII.He has been associated in the writing and direction of many TV series including Kalpana Lajmi’s ‘The Awakening’ for Doordarshan, ‘Rishtey’ and ‘Gubbare’ for Zee TV and ‘Kagaar’ for Sahara. ‘Yeh Hai Chakkad Bakkad Bumbe Bo’ was his first feature film.

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Zokkomon Zokkomon

Director: Satyajit Bhatkal | India / 2011 / Col. / 106 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

Kunal is an orphaned boy, who discovers how cruel life is when he is discarded by his heartless uncle. To secure himself, Kunal discovers the hero within and begins his epic journey of adventure and transformation to become Zokkomon.

Producer: Walt Disney Pictures Script: Satyajit Bhatkal, Svati Chakravarty, Lancy Fernandes Camera: Keshav Prakash Editor: Suresh Pai Cast: Darsheel Safary, Anupam Kher, Tinnu Anand

Satyajit Bhatkal

Satyajit Bhatkal has been trained in law and practised at the Bombay High Court for nearly a decade. He was part of the production team for ‘Lagaan’. Following this, he wrote a book on the film and directed ‘Chale Chalo’. He has produced the miniseries ‘Bombay Lawyers’ for NDTV.

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2 Broers 2 Brothers

Director: Hilt Lochten / 2010 / Col. / 15 mins Producer: Jan-Willem Bult and Doreth Matheeuwsen

Age Group: Above 10 years

Rino, the swimming champ, is eleven years old. His brother Nik, nine, has a neuromuscular disease and is wheelchair-bound. The two of them have found unusual ways of playing together even as they fight like brothers normally do… Festivals & Awards include: Netherlands Film Festival (Utrecht, 2010), International Documentary Film Festival (Amsterdam, 2010), Japan prize (Selection) (2010) World Sales Agency: s-Gravelandseweg 80

Aansoo Bane Moti Tears Become Pearls

Director: Students of Pali Chimbai Municipal School | India / 2009 / Col. / 12 mins Producer: Amole Gupte Cinema Pvt. Ltd Age Group: Above 10 years The students that attend this municipal school have lives that are very different and tell stories that are very diverse. But a charming thread of friendship and hope ties all of them up. World Sales Agency: Amole Gupte Cinema Pvt. Ltd

Ammachi Ki Macchi Grandmother’s Fish Curry

Director: Priya Kuriyan and Sweta Mohapatra | India / 2002 / Col. / 5 mins Producer: Children’s Film Society, India Age Group: Above 6 years Ammachi (grandmother) makes yummy fish curry. Drawn by the aroma, Kallan, a coconut climber tries to steal the curry she is preparing for her grandson. Ammachi may be old, but she is not a fool! She will finally catch Kallan. World Sales Agency: Children’s Film Society, India

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Anne Vliegt Flying Anne

Director: Catherine Van Campen | Netherlands / 2010 / Col. / 21 mins Age Group: Above 10 years Producer: Joost Seelen Beautiful Anne suffers from Gilles de la Tourette’s syndrome. Sometimes she finds it hard to cope with her ‘tics’, especially in school. She’s afraid that others will bully her or laugh at her. She prefers flying through life. When flying, she’s at her best.

Indian Premiere

Festivals & Awards include: Best Short Documentary, Visions du Reel (Switzerland, 2010), Best Short Documentary, Hot Docs Festival (2010)Audience Award for Best Short Film, International Film Festival (Boston, 2010) World Sales Agency: NPO

Babioles Babioles

Director: Mathieu Auvray | France / 2010 / Col. / 5 mins Producer: Nicolas Schmerkin

Age Group: Above 6 years

Lost in a garbage dump and looking for some human attention, Little Rabbit tries to reach the city with his new mate Little Indian.

Indian Premiere

Festivals & Awards include: Best Animation Short, Leipzig International Animated Film Festival (2010), Anifest Animated Film Festival (Czech Republic, 2011), Best European Short Film Festival (2010) World Sales Agency: Autour de Minuit Productions

Chanda Ke Joote Chanda’s Shoes

Director: Ektara Collective | India / 2011 / Col. / 22 mins Producer: Ektara Collective

Age Group: Above 6 years

Chanda and her best friend Shameem have been enrolled in a big school. Chanda hates wearing shoes but in the new school, it is compulsory. Will she manage to beat the rules and get rid of them? World Sales Agency: Ektara Collective

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Cores e Botas Colours and Boots

Director: Juliana Vincent | Brazil / 2010 / Col. / 16 mins Producer: Juliana Vicente and Nalu Béco

Age Group: Above 10 years

Just like other Brazilian girls, Joana wants to be a Paquita, a dancer on a popular TV show. Her wealthy family encourages her. But there is one problem; she is black and the TV show has never had a black Paquita. Festivals & Awards include: Honorable Mention, Carolina Film and Video Festival (2011), Best Student Short, International Family Film Festival (California, 2011), Boston International Film Festival (2011)

Asian Premiere

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Derevo Detstva

My Childhood Mystery Tree

Director: Natalia Mirzoyan | Russia / 2009 / Col. / 11 mins Producer: Ilya Popov

Age Group: Above 6 years

Having lost his most favourite toy – a teddy bear, a six year old boy enters the inner world of his childhood in search of it and discovers a mysterious world inhabited by fabulous creatures. Festivals & Awards include: Best Debut, Tehran International Animation Festival (2011), London International Animation Festival (2011), Fantoche International Festival (Switzerland, 2010)

Indian Premiere

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Dve Prinzessi Two Princesses

Director: Maria Stepanova | Russia / 2009 / Col. / 9 mins Producer: Lyubov Gaidukova

Age Group: Above 6 years

Two courageous and resourceful sisters work to outwit a wicked witch in this fairy-tale adventure. Festivals & Awards include: Children’s Jury Prize, Best Animated Short, Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (2010), Special Mention, Tirana International Film Festival (2011), Cairo International Film Festival for Children (2010) World Sales Agency: Studio of Animation Cinema, SHAR

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En L’Opera At the Opera

Director: Juan Pablo Zaramella | Aregentina / 2010 / Col. / 1 mins Age Group: Above 6 years Producer: Sol Rulloni A particularly sad rendition of a song in an opera. The singers are absolutely original and the audience is so moved by the music that they flood the hall with their tears. Festivals & Awards include: Jury Special Prize, China International Animation and Digital Arts Festival (2011), Official Selection, Annecy International Animation Film Festival (2011), Fantoche International Animation Festival (Switzerland, 2011) Indian Premiere

World Sales Agency: JPZtudio

Gerald’s Last Day Gerald’s Last Day

Director: Justin and Shel Rasch | USA / 2009 / Col. / 12 mins Producer: Shel Rasch

Age Group: Above 6 years

Gerald the dog is scheduled for termination at the Dog Pound at five today. This is his last chance to find someone who wants to take him home…..can he do it before his time runs out? Festivals & Awards include: Best Animated Short, Philadelphia Independent Film Festival (2009), Best Family Film & Best Animated Short, Big Bear International Film Festival (2009), Best Animation, Festivus Film Festival (2009) World Sales Agency: Shel Rasch

Gorilla Gorilla

Director: Hanna Bergholm | Finland / 2009 / Col. / 10 mins Producer: Outi Rousu

Age Group: Above 10 years

Alli wants to play with her sister and her sister’s best friend. But she is a scruffy tomboy, and the big girls prefer to play with their dolls. Desperate to fit in, Alli does everything she possibly can… even something really dangerous!

Indian Premiere

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Festivals & Awards include: Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival (Norway, 2011) Kinder Film Festival (Tokyo, Japan, 2010), Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (2010) World Sales Agency: Periferia Productions

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Hoggie and Snip Hoggie and Snip

Director: Magnus Hjerpe | Canada / 2011 / Col. / 18 mins Producer: Magnus Hjerpe

Age Group: Above 10 years

A little hedgehog, Hoggie, lost in the forest meets a playful little snake, Snip. Together they set out to search for Hoggie’s mother. But soon, Snip is picked up by a cruel woman who collects exotic animals for her mini circus. Festivals & Awards include: 2nd Prize, Best Animation, Giffoni International Children Film Festival (2011) Asian Premiere

World Sales Agency: Rita Film

Hokus-Pokus Hocus-Pocus

Director: Anna Samoylovich | Germany / 2009 / Col. / 5 mins Producer: University of Film and Television, Germany

Age Group: Above 6 years

A lonely circus-magician tries to turn his rabbit into a woman. Instead, he creates a monster. Festivals & Awards include: Anima - Brussels Animation Film Festival (2009), Berlin International Film Festival (2009), Colombia International Film Festival (New York, 2011) World Sales Agency:University of Film and Television, Germany

Il Re Dell’isola

The King of the Island

Director: Raimondo Della Calce | Italy / 2009 / Col. / 17 mins Producer: Gigi Sanna

Age Group: Above 10 years

Six year old Gioanni’s seafaring father returns home. But he is not the heroic figure Gioanni has always imagined. He is someone even better! Festivals & Awards include: First Prize, Best Children’s Film, Giffoni Film Festival (Italy, 2009), First Prize, Genova Film Festival (2009) Award, Venice Circuito Film Festival (2009) World Sales Agency: Raimondo Della Calce

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Jiyo ya Maro Survive

Director: Seema Muralidhara and H. B. Muralidhara | India / 2009 / Col. / 24 mins Age Group: Above 6 years Producer: Seema Muralidhara and Vigyan Prasar From reptiles to amphibians and insects to mammals, living beings will do anything to survive and adapt to their environment. World Sales Agency: Beacon Television

Josette Und Ihr Papa Josette and Her Daddy

Director: Mathieu Auvray | France / 2010 / Col. / 5 mins Producer: Izabela Plucinska

Age Group: Above 10 years

Josette wants to play, but daddy has to get ready for work. ‘Try to find me’ he tells her. He is not in the living room, not on the couch, neither in the oven, nor in the trouser pocket! ‘Where is papa?’ Festivals & Awards include: International Festival for Documentary and Animated Films, (Leipzig, 2011), Milano Film Festival (2011), Warsaw Film Festival (2010) World Sales Agency: New Europe Film Sales

Kelkunnundo

Are You Listening?

Director: Geetu Mohan Das | India / 2010 / Col. / 22 mins Age Group: Above 10 years Producer: Unplugged Little Hasna is a four-year old girl, born totally blind at birth. During her Christmas break, her mother who works as a maid drops her off at a garage in the care of Vellappan and Chako, the garage workers. There, she sits and listens to the sounds of other children at play. Festivals & Awards include: Jury Award, Best Short Film, Mumbai International Film Festival (2010), Golden Lamp Tree Award, Best International Short Film, International Film Festival of India (Goa, 2009), Best International Short Film, International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (2010) World Sales Agency: Unplugged

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Khialbaf va Kouzeye Roughan The Day-dreamer and the Jug of Oil

Director: Babak Nazari | Iran / 2010 / Col. / 14 mins Producer: Masoud Safawi

Age Group: Above 6 years

Once upon a time, there was a land called Sugarland. Its people were all kind & warmhearted. There was a shepherd called Erkan who loved to dream but none of his dreams ever came true. Festivals & Awards include: Istanbul Animation Festival (2011), Changzhou International Animation and Digital Arts Festival (2011) World Sales Agency: RPCA Pictures

Koro’s Medal Babioles

Director: James Barr | New Zealand / 2011 / Col. / 14 mins Producer: Carne Bidwill

Age Group: Above 10 years

Billy drops his grandfather’s precious war medal into his mother’s bookshop through a crack in the floorboard. He knows he has to get it back at any cost – even if it requires him to be as brave as Granddad! Festivals & Awards include: Edinburgh Film Festival (Scotland, 2011) New Zealand International Film Festival (2011), Wairoa Maori Film Festival (New Zealand, 2011) World Sales Agency: Hummingbird Films Productions Asian Premiere

Kosminen Kulkuri The Cosmic Avenger

Director: Mariko Harkonen & Ismo Virtanen | Finland / 2010 / Col. / 10 mins Age Group: Above 6 years Producer: Mariko Harkonen Robot mailmen Io and X-Moo deliver mail around the universe. When their shuttle bumps into a parcel drifting in space, they break the rules to look inside. It’s just an adorable teddy in need of re-charging its batteries, isn’t it? Festivals & Awards include: Helsinki Short Film Festival (2010), Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival (Norway, 2011) Anima Mundi Animation Film Festival (Brazil, 2011)

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Kuchao

A Gum Boy

Director: Masaki Okuda | Japan / 2010 / Col. / 4 mins Producer: Koji Yamamura

Age Group: Above 6 years

Kuchao is a bit of an outsider in his class. While other kids release balloons into the air, he would rather chew gum. Chewing bubble gum helps him take off, high up to where the airplanes and rockets are.

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Festivals & Awards include: Best Animation Short, Animadrid Film Festival (2010) Special Mention, Tokyo Anime Awards (2011) Berlin International Film Festival (2011) World Sales Agency: Masaki Okuda

L’inventeur The Inventor

Director: Gary Fouchy, Jeremy Guerrieri, Paul Jaulmes, Nicolas Leroy, Leslie Martin, Maud Sertour, AlexandreToufaili | France / 2010 / Col. / 5 mins Producer: Canal+ Age Group: Above 10 years Felix, a modest inventor is disturbed by an important gentleman who asks him to create something that will increase his wealth. What does the amazing inventor do?

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Festivals & Awards include: Anima Mundi Animation Festival (Brazil, 2011) ReAnimania, International Animation Film Festival (Armenia, 2010) Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival (2011) World Sales Agency: Autour de Minuit Films

La Vieille Dame et les Pigeons The Old Lady and the Pigeons

Director: Sylvain Chomet | France / 1997 / Col. / 26 mins Producer: Didier Brunner

Age Group: Above 10 years

In a Paris park, a policeman meets a doddery old lady whose favourite pastime is offering lavish meals to the neighbourhood pigeons. The officer thinks, if he became a pigeon, the naive old lady would feed him for free. Naive? Festivals & Awards include: Grand Prix, Annecy International Animated Film Festival (1998) Grand Prize, Hiroshima International Animation Festival (1998) Best Animated Short Film, British Academy Film Awards (1998) World Sales Agency: Les Armateurs

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Ledus Pavēlnieks Ice Master

Director: Ēvalds Lācis | Latvia / 2009 / Col. / 24 mins Producer: Māris Putniņš

Age Group: Above 6 years

In a faraway land an angry Wizard freezes the whole kingdom and kidnaps the beautiful Princess. Only young Page remains unfrozen and sets on a journey to rescue the Princess. Festivals & Awards include: Best Animated Short, Festival Du Carrousel International Film de Rimouski (2009), Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (2009), Hiroshima International Animation Film Festival (2009) World Sales Agency: Animacijas Brigade

Leitmotif Leitmotif

Director: Jeanette Nørgaard, Mette Ilene Holmriis, Marie Jørgensen, Marie Thorhauge | Denmark / 2009 / Col. / 8 mins Producer: The Animation Workshop Age Group: Above 6 years The last lonely member of a jazz band lives through his music and the daily visits of a white cat. One day he is overwhelmed by nostalgia and he gets a crazy idea … Festivals & Awards include: Anima Mundi Animation Film Festival (Brazil, 2009) BUSTER Children’s International Film Festival (Copenhagen, 2009) Animafest (Zagreb, 2010)

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Little Terrorist Little Terrorist

Director: Ashvin Kumar | India / 2004 / Col. / 15 mins Producer: Ashvin Kumar

Age Group: Above 10 years

Jamal, a Pakistani boy, mistakenly crosses the border and finds an unusual ally in a Hindu Brahmin, Bhola. Indian soldiers descend on Bhola’s village searching for the ‘terrorist’. Will Bhola’s niece Rani allow a Muslim into their Hindu home? Festivals & Awards include: UIP Ghent Award, Best Film, Flanders Film Festival (Belgium, 2004), Grand Prize, Tehran Film Festival (Iran, 2004) Audience Choice Winner, BUFF Film Festival (Sweden, 2004) World Sales Agency: Alipur Films

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Lizard Lizard

Director: : John Skibinski | Australia / 2009 / Col. / 3 mins Producer: John Skibinski

Age Group: Above 6 years

An over-confident lizard leaps repeatedly in the air catching insects before his frill opens like a parachute and he drifts in the wind. His tail gets entangled around a branch, but he must free it before the sleeping owl wakes up.

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Festivals & Awards include: Best Traditional Animated Film, Savannah International Animation Festival (U.S.A, 2010) Best Children’s Film, Auburn International Film Festival for Children & Young Adults (Sydney, 2010), Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (2010) World Sales Agency: John Skibinski

Lost and Found Lost and Found

Director: Philip Hunt | UK / 2008 / Col. / 23 mins Producer: Sue Goffe

Age Group: Above 6 years

One day, a boy finds a penguin at his doorstep and decides to take it to its home...even if that means rowing all the way to the South Pole! Festivals & Awards include: : Best Animation, BAFTA Children’s Award (2009) Children’s Jury Award, Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (2009) Best TV Special, Annecy International Animation Film Festival (2009) World Sales Agency: Studio AKA

Mukand and Riaz Mukand and Riaz

Director: Nina Shabnani | India / 2005 / Col. / 9 mins Producer: National Institute of Design

Age Group: Above 10 years

Mukand and Riaz love doing things together, they play games and enjoy eating ice cream. When the nation is divided, Mukand has to board a ship that will take him to his new country. But friendship knows no barbed wire fencing.

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Festivals & Awards include: Best Animation Film Award, International Video Film Festival (Kerala, 2008), Certificate of Merit, Tokyo Broadcasting System (Japan, 2007) Edinburgh Animation Film Festival (2007) World Sales Agency: National Institute of Design

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My Happy End My Happy End

Director: Milen Vitanov | Germany / 2007 / Col. / 5 mins Producer: University of Film and Television, Germany

Age Group: Above 6 years

All dogs chase their tails. A dog succeeds in catching his own tail. This changes his life as it becomes his best friend. Festivals & Awards include: Best Children’s Film, Animafest, Croatia (2008) Children Jury Prize, Chicago International Children’s Festival (2007) Honourable Mention, Sprockets International Film Festival, (Toronto, 2008) World Sales Agency: University of Film and Television, Germany

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My Name is Mohammed My Name is Mohammed

Director: SinanNajm Abdullah, Yahya T Hassan, Baan S Shibab, Rania OklaYacoub Haddad | Iraq / 2010 / Col. / 10 mins Producer: Kasem Kharsa, Mahmoued Alazeeh, Isra’aInrahim, Ahmed Al Takruri, Ranad Abdul Baki Age Group: Above 10 years Mohammed, a young Iraq refugee in Jordan, cleans shoes to support his widowed mother and little sister, Reem. Bewildered by the dramatic changes in his life, Mohammad makes the most of what he has, to give Reem some joyous moments. Festivals & Awards include: Best Animation Short, Leipzig International Animated Film Festival (2010), Anifest Animated Film Festival (Czech Republic, 2011), Best European Short Film Festival (2010) World Sales Agency: Shorts International

My Space My Time My Space My Time

Director: Tzu-Yin Weng, Jeremy Chia, Kai-Sen Chan, Sandhya Prabhat | Singapore / 2010 / Col. /4 mins Age Group: Above 6 years Producer: Jeremy Chia A red-haired girl walks through the imaginary world of her book, from canvas to canvas, as the creators continue to paint objects and worlds around her. World Sales Agency: Jeremy Chia

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Pantoffelhelden

A Slippery Tale Director: Susanne Seidel | 2004 / Col. / 7 mins Producer: Holger Lochau

Age Group: Above 6 years

A lovesick frog does not notice that the female frog he adores is made of cloth and is sewn onto the slipper of a farmer’s wife. Carelessly, he comes into the view of a stork and, soon, is in danger.

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Festivals & Awards include: Golden Gate Award for Best Work for Kids, San Francisco International Film Festival (2005), Best Animation, International Film Festival of AbitibiTémiscamingue (2005), Audience Award, International Women’s Film Festival (Turin, 2004) World Sales Agency: University of Film and Television, Germany

Rumours Rumours

Director: Frits Standaert | Belgium, France / 2011 / Col. / 8 mins Age Group: Above 6 years Producer: Arnaud Demuynck In the calm of the jungle, an unusual noise scares the animals who panic one after the other; as the rumour spreads, their behaviour becomes increasingly irrational. Festivals & Awards include: Anima International Animation Festival (Brussels, 2011) Buster International Film Festival for Children and Youth (Copenhagen, 2011) Faites des courts Festival (France, 2011) Asian Premiere

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Something Left, Something Taken Something Left, Something Taken

Director: Max Porter & Ru Kuwahata | U.S.A / 2010 / Col. / 11 mins Producer: Max Porter & Ru Kuwahata Age Group: Above 10 years Max and Roo are in San Francisco to attend a lecture by a forensic science expert. Their friend Leslie does not receive them. Instead, her ‘friend’ arrives, to take them to her apartment. Is he who he claims to be? Festivals & Awards include: Best Animated Short, Nashville Film Festival (USA, 2011), First Prize, Premio Simona Gesmundo Corti D’Animazione (Italy, 2010) Official selection, Sundance Film Festival (2011) World Sales Agency: Max Porter & Ru Kuwahata

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Steinfliegen Stoneflies

Director: Anne Walther | Germany / 2009 / Col. / 15 mins Producer: Anne Walther

Age Group: Above 6 years

Ferdi, a little stone lives with his parents on an island and his biggest wish is to fly. But stones are too heavy and their wings too small. He must journey north, to the wise mountain, to learn how to fly. Festivals & Awards include: Opening film, Kinder Film Fest (Kassel, 2009) Children’s Jury Special Mention, Sapporo film Festival (Japan, 2010) International Children’s Film Festival (Seattle, 2010)

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Tana Libera Tutti Everyone Saved

Director: Vito Palmieri | Italy / 2006 / Col. / 15 mins Producer: Andrea Petrozzi

Age Group: Above 10 years

Emiliano has just moved into a new apartment with a beautiful courtyard. He has quickly made new friends. Only Flavia doesn’t seem to notice him at all. When the first day of school arrives, Emiliano will get a great surprise. Festivals & Awards include: Special Jury Award, Festival Arcipelago de Rome (2006) Special Jury Mention, Imaginaria (2006) David di Donatello Prize (2006)

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Tigre Og Tatoveringer Tigers and Tattoos

Director: Karla Von Bengtson | Denmark / 2010 / Col. / 42 mins Age Group: Above 10 years Producer: Sarita Christensen Maj lives with her uncle Sonny who is a tattooist. Maj ends up tattooing a tough biker with children’s drawings. Scared of the biker they flee town into a magical forest where they encounter flying fairies, a circus family and their cuddly tiger. Festivals & Awards include: Giffoni Film Festival (Italy, 2011), Zlin International Film Festival for Children & Youth (Czech Republic, 2011),München International Film Festival (Germany, 2011)

Indian Premiere

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Tornehekken

The Hedge of Thorns

Director: Anna Samoylovich | Norway / 2002 / Col. / 13 mins Producer: Anita Killi

Age Group: Above 10 years

Florian and Malene are best of friends. Every day they play by the creek. One day the war breaks out and the two aren’t allowed to play with each other because now they belong to opposite groups fighting the war. Festivals & Awards include: Jury Award, Oberhausen Short Film Festival (2003) Best Animated Film for Children, Fredrikstad Animation Festival (Norway, 2003) Best Film, Seoul International Film Festival for Children and Youth (2003) World Sales Agency: Norwegian Film Institute

Tot ou Tard

Sooner or Later

Director: Jadwiga Kowalska | Switzerland / 2008 / Col. / 5 mins Age Group: Above 6 years Producer: Gerd Gockell A squirrel and a bat are sitting in a tree. Both of them prefer a different part of the day. By accident, this regulated everyday life comes to a halt. Now the two solitary figures must travel together. Festivals & Awards include: Best Short Film, European Youth Film Festival of Flanders (2009), Special Jury Award, Roshd International Film Festival (2009) Audience Award, International Animation Film Festival (Ljubljana, 2008) World Sales Agency: School for Art and Design, Lucerne

Tsuribashi Tsuribashi

Director: Ulrike Schulz | Germany / 2008 / Col. / 4 mins Producer: Ulrike Schulz

Age Group: Above 6 years

Two travelling samurai. After having followed their route for some time, they finally meet. Will they manage to reach their respective goals unimpeded? Festival & Awards includes: Festival des Mittel-und Osteuropäischen Films (2008) Warsaw International film Festival, (Poland, 2008), Matita Film Festival (Italy, 2008) World Sales Agency: University of Film and Television, Germany

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Una Caja De Botones A Box of Buttons

Director: Maria Reyes Arias | Spain / 2010 / Col. / 21 mins Producer: Juan Vicente Cordoba Age Group: Above 10 years Andrés cannot afford the presents his daughter wants for Christmas. So he tells her the truth about the Three Wise Men (the Spanish version of Santa Claus). Shocked, she tries to come to terms with this information – but what should she tell her friends? Festivals & Awards include: Goya Award, Best Short Film, Spanish Academy Of Cinema (2010), Special Jury Remi Award, Worldfest Houston (2010), Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (2010)

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Viaje A Marte Journey to Mars

Director: Juan Pablo Zaramella | Argentina / 2004 / Col. / 16 mins Age Group: Above 10 years Producer: Silvina Cornillon& Alejandra Grimaldi Young Antonio loves science fiction TV serials. His dream is to go to Mars. Luckily, his grandfather knows how to get there in a very unusual way: using his tow truck. Festivals & Awards include: Audience Award, New York International Children’s Film Festival (2004), Golden Prize, Teheran Animation Film Festival (2004) Best Short, Sydney Latin American Film Festival (Australia, 2004) World Sales Agency: JPZtudio

Weile Wangque De Jinian Tian’Ai’s Ordeal

Director: ZouPengzhi | China / 2009 / Col. / 30 mins Producer: Zou Pengzhi

Age Group: Above 10 years

A primary school girl PuTian’ai’s life changes after an earthquake. She attends a new school but constantly goes back to her old school looking for her old schoolbag. Festivals & Awards include: Best Subject, Ciak Junior Film Festival (Italy, 2010) Bangladesh International Children’s Film Festival (2011) World Sales Agency: Gruppo Alcuni

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Ziluks

Acorn boy

Director: Dace Riduze | Latvia / 2010 / Col. / 10 mins Producer: Maris Putnins

Age Group: Above 6 years

Have you ever made little creatures out of acorns? This is a story about a little acorn boy and his colourful adventures in the village of Stalks, where he meets Bee, Mr. Spider, the Ants, and all the other bugs… Festivals & Awards include: Premiere, Berlinale KPlus Generation (2011) Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival (Norway, 2011) Oberhausen International Short Film Festival (2011) World Sales Agency: Animacijas Brigade

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Hai Yang Peng You A Friend from the Ocean

Director: Qian Xiaohong | China / 2006 / Col. / 78 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

10-year-old Fang Xiaoqi has to live with his grandfather, a scholar in Polar Marine science, while his parents work in the Arctic Ocean. He is amazed by the large variety of marine animals that he discovers there. One day he learns that his father won’t be coming to celebrate his birthday because of his busy schedule. Holding his father’s letter, he cries near the dolphin pool. Suddenly a miracle happens.

Producer: He Zhibao Script: Wang Zequn Camera: Ding Yu Editor: Jia Cuiping Cast: Xue Yongyu, Zhang Zhonghua, Huang Jue Festivals & Awards include: Filming East Festival (U.K., 2008)

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Qian Xiaohong

Qian Xiaohong graduated from the School of Drama of Shandong University of Arts in 1987. Later he worked as an art designer at the Shandong TV Station. He started working as a director in 1994 and has won many national awards for his work in television and film.

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Hai Zi Na Xie Shi Er Something About Kids

Director: Wang Jing | China / 2010 / Col. / 96 mins

Producer: Wu Tianming Script: Yang Xiaoyan & Wang Jing Camera: Li Ran Editor: Lou Xiaopeng Cast: Liu Jixun, Zou Hanhong, Xue Rundong, Luan Zihua Festivals & Awards include: Best Chinese Children Film (China International Children’s Film Festival, 2011) Udine Far East Film Festival (2011)

Age Group: Above 10 years

Lin Dongqing, a young graduate, gets his first job as a head teacher in a primary school. The principal warns him about his ‘troublesome’ class, but Lin Dongqing is optimistic that his students will sooner or later appreciate him and change their attitude. Slowly and carefully, he wins the trust of his students through his compassion and sensitivity. As he helps them overcome their problems, he too grows from a young boy to a man.

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Wang Jing teaches at the Department of Cinematography at the Beijing Film Academy. He was also the Creative Director of the official film of the 2008 Olympics held in Beijing called ‘The Everlasting Flame’.

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Lu Cao Di

Mongolian Ping Pong Director: Ning Hao | China / 2005 / Col. / 102 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

When young Bilike finds what he does not know is an ordinary ping pong ball, he and his friends embark on a journey to find out what the mysterious object is. Bilike’s old grandmother says the ball is a glowing pearl sent from the Gods, but the boys are sceptical after it fails a test. When a television show finally reveals that the object is the “national ball” of China, the determined young boys set off to return the ping-pong ball to the Chinese capital, where an even bigger adventure and more amusing trouble await them.

Ning Hao

Ning Hao was born in Shanxi and is a graduate from the Photography Department at the Beijing Film Academy. He studied scenic design at the Taiyuan Film School and the Peking University. His other films include ‘Thursday, Wednesday’ and ‘Western Sunshine’.

Producer: Lu Bin Script: Ning Hao, Xing Aina, Gao Jianguo Camera: Du Jie Editor: Jiang Yong Cast: Huricha Bilike, Dawa, Geliban Festivals & Awards include: Grand Prix, Moscow International Film Festival for Children and Youth (2005) Audience Choice, Shanghai International Film Festival (2005) Lama Film Festival (France, 2006) Wisconsin Film Festival (2006) Berlin International Film Festival (2005) Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (2005) Tokyo International Film Festival (2005) Seattle International Film Festival (2005) Hong Kong International Film Festival (2005) Valladolid International Film Festival (2005) Courtesy by

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Niao Chao Bird’s Nest

Director: Ning Jingwu | China / 2008 / Col. / 90 mins

Producer: Xu Jianhai Script: Ning Jingwu Camera: Wu Lixiao Editor: Zhang Xiaolin, Jia Cuiping Cast: Gun Shengdiu, Jia Jinshuai, Gun Lawang Festivals & Awards include: Re-frame Peterborough International Film Festival (Ontario, 2010) Turin International LGBT Film Festival (2010) Vaasa Wildlife Film Festival (Finland, 2010) Filming East Festival (U.K., 2008)

Age Group: Above 13 years

A young boy living in a village in south-western China wants to join his father, who works in Beijing as a labourer at the famous Olympic Stadium ‘Bird’s Nest’. The boy makes every effort to go there and bring home a father he so desperately needs. Through his journey to Beijing, the film reveals the Miao people’s natural and harmonious condition of life, honest and simple interpersonal relationships, and their healthy attitude towards life.

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Ning Jingwu graduated from the Department of Direction at the Beijing Film Academy in 1996. He has set up his own studio—Beijing Spring Thunder Films Company Limited. His work mainly focuses on the culture and life of children belonging to minority communities in South China.

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Shang Xue Lu Shang Unique Schooling

Director: Fang Gangliang | China / 2004 / Col. / 86 mins

Age Group: Above 10 years

Xiao Yan is a little girl in a little town in western China. Her school has just raised the tuition fees. Unfortunately her mother cannot afford to send her to school next term. Xiao Yan decides to take matters in her own hand and sets about to earn her own tuition fees. The little businesswoman works her way from eggs, to a pen, to a small lamb, to picking berries, all to earn enough money to go to school.

Fang Gangliang

Producer: Zhao Dongling Script: Zhao Dongling Camera: Zhang Hao Editor: Tu Yiran Cast: Wu Xu, Ai Liya, Yang Shulin Festivals & Awards include: Best Film, Lucas International Festival of Films for Children and Young People (Frankfurt,2005) Best Directorial Debut, Golden Rooster (2004) Best Film and Director, International Children’s Film Festival of India (2009) Zlin International Festival of Films for Children and Youth (Czechoslovakia, 2006)

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Fang Gangliang is a veteran director who comes from a family of filmmakers. He has been a teacher at the Department of Direction at the Beijing Film Academy. A successful filmmaker, he has made both commercial and experimental films.

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Wu Gui Ye Shang Wang Magic Tortoise

Director: Li Hong | China / 2008 / Col. / 87 mins

Producer: Li Shuihe; Dong Peiwen Script: Zhang Zhilu Camera: Liu Huayi Editor: Chen Jinyong Cast: Wang Chengyang, Miao Miao, Shi Lei Festivals & Awards include: Best Children Star, International Family Film Festival (California,2011) Finalist, Cairo International Film Festival for Children (2010) Best New Artist & Best Supporting Actor Award, Changchun International Film Festival (2009) Finalist, San Diego Children’s International Film Festival (2009) Finalist, China Children’s International Film Festival (2009)

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Age Group: Above 13 years

Fujing Wang is a boy studying in the fourth grade. One day during class, his teacher gives him a small tortoise. He isn’t too thrilled by it. However, he soon realizes that this tortoise is not an ordinary tortoise. It is a genius with magical powers. It can even surf the internet! The tortoise gives Fujing ten chances to use its magic, but not without conditions!

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Li Hong has directed many shorts and feature films in her long career and has gathered expertise in children’s films over the years. She is also the vice chairman of China Children’s Film Association. Her debut feature won her the Best Debut Film award at the China’s College Students’ Film Festival, 1999. World Sales Agency: China Children’s Film Association

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On Children’s Cinema


Charandas Chor – An Unsung Masterpiece By Satyen K. Bordoloi

what is right and wrong, ‘Charandas Chor’ challenges its young viewers to look beyond the obvious and judge what is true and what’s false for themselves.

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n human history, some of the greatest and gravest works of art have surprisingly been reserved for children. In writing one can give the example of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Gulliver’s Travels’: where fantastical characters and plots enjoyed by children as bedtime stories, are layered with allegories and metaphors that cleverly comment on the society that governs us. This makes these works of art eternal and universal. Cinema has its own gems reserved for children. Charlie Chaplin’s works are a case in point. In India one such comedy made for children, a deceptively simple story that hides one of the darkest commentaries on society is Shyam Benegal’s 1975 film, ‘Charandas Chor’. Shyam Benegal’s body of work is always political, where he tackles issues like societal injustice, structural violence and religious

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intolerance with a rare intellectual vigour. So when Benegal makes a ‘children’s film’, he retains his inimitable lens but drapes it in a delightful form that is accessible and engaging for all ages. ‘Charandas Chor’ is a story of a professional thief who has vowed to never lie. Along with his dishonest sidekick Buddhu, who he is constantly trying to reform, he sustains a successful career as an ‘honest thief’. In the course of his profession, he encounters many respectable members of society— rulers and artists, businessmen and holy men, each of whom ironically pale before his honesty. In a society where nothing is what seems to be, and people hide behind masks, Charandas becomes an emblem for truth, integrity, justice and thus life itself that must persist and resist. While most films aimed at children are conscious of giving out a clear message on

Based on a Rajasthani folk tale, Charandas with its Chaplinesque humor, slapstick comedy, bizarre characters, hidden parodies is at once a farce and a fable. Just picture the disarming one-tooth-less smile of Charandas, the constant wailing of his partner Buddhu and the three skinny policemen in their oversized half pants chasing the clever duo in every alternate reel. It has remained one of the best films for children ever produced in the country, raising giggles and laughter every time it is played, even today. Govind Nihalani, who would later become another torchbearer of independent filmmaking, helmed its cinematography. The film was shot in Raipur (Chhattisgarh), with rural actors from Habib Tanvir’s Naya Theatre group. Only two actors were brought in from Bombay – one of whom was Smita Patil who would later become the poster girl for Art-house cinema. ‘Charandas Chor’ was her debut film. The screenplay was written by one of India’s

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films of great silent comedians like Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Laurel and Hardy. This comedy suited the mime style of Nacha actors. They enjoyed the films and adapted them on their own leading to a very original style of physical comedy that you see in the film. My two lead actors, Laluram and Madanlal carried off the film beautifully. They were simply marvellous. They were the best actors Habib had. Interestingly, in Habib’s play, both their roles are reversed.

leading scriptwriters, Shama Zaidi from a play by Habib Tanvir. Interestingly actor Shabana Azmi and director Kalpana Lajmi assisted Benegal in this film. It is also perhaps the coming together of so many talented and imaginative artists that makes ‘Charandas Chor’ a masterpiece, albeit an unrecognized, unsung one, so far. It is time to alleviate this masterpiece and put it amidst the pantheons of the greats of world cinema where it rightfully belongs. A newly restored version of ‘Charandas Chor’ is being screened at the 17th ICFFI. Satyen K. Bordoloi is a Mumbai based writer and film critic who writes extensively on cinema. His writings have appeared in many national and global publications

From Chhattisgarh To Chaplin For Children’s Cinema Shyam Benegal The Birth Of Charandas Chor Soon after making ‘Ankur’ I was looking for a subject to make a children’s film. At that time Shama Zaidi asked me to look at stories written by Vijaydan Detha who was a great collector and re-teller of folk stories mostly from Rajasthan. One of them was a story about an honest thief. It is a lovely story. When I read it I instantly agreed. About the same time Habib Tanvir was doing a play, but he was doing it as a tragedy of an honest thief. But I said I want to do it as a comedy, not a tragedy. To approach it in a different way I decided to use village actors. He agreed and both Shama and Habib came out with a wonderful script.

Restored Version out on DVD!

Actors And Their Chaplinesque Humour: The acting style of Nacha actors was unique and extraordinary. Habib had gathered over 30 Nacha groups from Chhattisgarh and we had a huge workshop in Raipur with them. We chose our actors from there. Few of them I brought to Bombay with me. For an entire week they did nothing but watch the

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Shooting: With the script and trained actors, we went back to Chhattisgarh. During the shoot we did a lot of improvisation and made the film for CFSI. We were constantly working to do different things and tricks in the film that kids might enjoy, e.g. in one part we showed the film burning because of heat to fool the viewers into thinking that the film had ended, when it had not. I remember that it fooled the projectionists as well and we had to tell them that this was how it was intended and that the film continues. Charandas Chor As A Parable: All folk stories are fables or parables. While making the film we wanted to keep it that way. Since it is a children’s film we wanted to demarcate the ideas of right and wrong. Yet, ‘Charandas Chor’ went beyond and challenged kids to question what is real and what is not, what is false and what is not. That I think makes it unique and different.

(As told to Satyen K. Bordoloi)

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Screen-Play! Why Children Should Make Films “Applying oil on his hair gets a child bullied to the extent where he has no choice but to join a gang of bullies himself.” “Evil spirits attack from another planet on a regular school day” “A superhero turns turtle quite literally when he lands on the ground.”

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ear, fantasy and dilemmas of the kind that could only happen in childhood, inhabit the films made by children whose creations have made their way to the competition category of the Little Directors section of the 17th ICFFI. ‘Tellu’ is a boy who applies a lot of oil on his head. A group of bullies at school tease him about the oil in his hair. When the bullying becomes too much to bear, he decides to join the gang. He starts ignoring his best friend and so runs the synopsis of this short film by 9th and 10th grade students of a Mumbai based school.

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Cut to a 13-year old Delhi based student who has sent in a film where ‘Fancock and his friend Trinity are sent to Planet Earth to save it from the Evil Olympus. One day as Trinity is in school, the evil spirits arrive...’ Running through the shooting and editing formats of some of these films, made by middle and senior school students from around the country, it becomes amply evident that cinema is not a remote technology and equipment heavy medium that is reserved for film makers to approach only post film school, any more. A simple handycam (at a pinch even a mobile phone) for recording and a story on

hand and you are on your way. Well, add to that a computer with basic editing software like Movie Maker and there is no reason why you can’t be making films at the rate of one a week! A quick google search reveals that the trend of children making cinema is a burgeoning one worldwide. There are in fact websites that have classified films made by children genre wise; ‘horror’ being a particular favourite. Some brackish green liquid, ketchup, powders that can make liquid fizz up and a story to stitch it all up together and yes the children seem ready to roll.

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that reflect true expression. Cinema is a particularly potent tool for creation and expression as various media converge and make the ‘how’ of film making an almost irrelevant question. How children apply themselves to the process, how they create their stories, how they explore various mechanical ways to create ‘effects’ and how they wrap these discoveries around their stories could potentially be their single most creative encounter with technology.

There are other sites that carry simple step by step instructions on how to shoot and edit an animation film. And then of course there are several international film festivals now which accept films made by children in special categories. But why make films at all? How ‘educative’ is this process? With the convergence of media, where footage from a handycam or mobile phone can be downloaded into a personal computer or laptop, the ‘how’ of the process is entirely within the reach of most children. With some help from an adult, the child can figure out software like Movie Maker (children often perform more complex operations while playing digital games) and that takes care of the ‘how ‘ of some very basic film making processes. ‘Initially I thought film making was a complicated process but when we made the film I basically discovered how easy it could be’ says 12-year old Siya Chandrie,

one of the Little Directors whose film will be screened at the ICFFI this year. Now, the all important question of ‘what’ is it that children can do with this medium. Well, they could treat it the way they treat brush, paints, crayons, canvas or paper. They could use it to create their own art, tell their own unique stories, be individual in their expression, play with the medium and create something that they can call entirely their own. Or like with a lot of art they could be driven by agendas with a ‘message’ that the film must carry or reflect some ideology which is often driven or at least planted by adults.

What’s more, they can even drum up an audience for their films thanks to Youtube and other free streaming video services. Finally, pasting the film on social networking sites can even get the film some eyeballs. So that is scripting, production, post production, publicity and viewership all manageable with some basic know-how and of course, above all, a good script and story!

- Priya Srinivasan

(Founder Director of Pomegranate Eduworkshop Pvt. Ltd.)

I for one, am a staunch believer in the former category. With some facilitation by adults children can entirely conceptualize, script and shoot their own films where they take complete ownership of the content. Freed from adult judgements on how their film is ‘silly’ or ‘(they need to) make something more meaningful’, children can actually come up with the most effervescent themes

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Children’s Cinema in China By Luo Hui

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hinese children’s film has its own unique art style, which is an important part of Chinese films. It has always been a priority during the early days of the Chinese film industry and exerted a profound influence on Chinese film history. During the silent film period, Shanghai Mingxing Film Company produced the first Chinese children feature film; ‘An Orphan Rescues His Grandpa’ in 1923. Before the foundation of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1949, there were only 23 children’s films produced in total. The government of PRC encouraged filmmakers to create more films for children audiences and also invested to that end, every year, which paved the way for the growth and demand of children’s films in China. It was on International Children’s Day, 1981, when the China Children’s Film Studio was established to specialize in producing children’s films. The number of children’s films increased to ten per year during the eighties and nineties. From 1949 to 2000, there were a total of 293 children’s films made.

only a few of them could make a profit at the box office. Other films were screened at campuses or on TV and recovered their costs with the support of the government and general population. The government selects more than 30 films every year and invests 50 thousand dollars in each film to support its production. According to the number of screenings in the campus, 20 films will be subsidized by the government. The national film award has also set up a specialist award and prize money for quality children’s films.

community under the leadership of the Film Bureau of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT). More than 200 members of CCFA are composed of children film directors, screenwriters, performers, producers, distributors, critics and education experts. The renowned performing artist, Ms. Yu Lan, and the famous female photographer, Ms. Chen Jinti, both are honorary chairpersons of CCFA, while the professor of Beijing Film Academy, Mr. Hou Keming PhD, is the current chairperson. The goal of CCFA is to improve the quality of children’s films, offer children audiences Founded in 1984, China Children’s Film access to films, assist with marketing and Association (CCFA) is a national academic promote international exchange.

With the economic reform of the Chinese film industry in 2002, the producing and distributing of children’s films have been marketed and the government welcomed non-governmental film companies to produce children’s films. The amount of children’s films have increased to 50 per year since 2007; however, only ten percent of children’s films have the opportunity to be screened in commercial cinemas, and

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The China International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF) is an international biennial film event that is approved by the State Council and put on record by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It is hosted by SARFT and organized by CCFA. It has been successfully held for eleven sessions since 1989. The aim of the festival is to build an international exchange platform for screening and watching excellent children’s films from all around the world, which will enhance the international communication and cooperation, and promote the development of children’s films. Furthermore, the festival will provide Chinese children an opportunity to watch more outstanding films from home and abroad, which will widen their view and increase their knowledge.

In the Chinese Retrospective, the audience will watch different genres of Chinese children’s films produced in the last ten years; two ethnic minority films are included. China is a unified multi-ethnic country, with 56 ethnic groups in all. After 1949, the government encouraged the culture of every ethnic minority to be shown in films, children’s films included. The films will help children know about other ethnic minority peers’ life and would develop the concept of ethnic solidarity. About 30 ethnic minority children’s films have been produced in China until 2010. Finally, we hope that children in India will be exposed to the way their Chinese friends study, live and grow up through these films and enjoy watching them.

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- Luo Hui

(Chief Liaison Officer of China Children’s Film Association (CCFA))

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Chinese Children’s Film Movement Promoting every child’s right to entertainment! Children’s Film Society India (CFSI) is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting that was established in 1955 to create and nurture a dynamic children’s film culture in the country. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s First Prime Minister took personal interest and instituted CFSI soon after India’s independence with the hope that indigenous and exclusive cinema for children would stimulate their creativity, compassion and critical thinking. Since then CFSI has produced, exhibited and distributed films, serials, animations and documentaries – that entertain and encourage children to reflect upon the world around them. Over the years some of the brightest talents of Indian Cinema – Kedar Sharma, Mrinal Sen, K. Abbas, Shyam Benegal, Satyen Bose, Tapan Sinha, Zul Vellani, M.S. Sathyu, Sai Paranjpye, A.K Bir, Budhadeb Dasgupta, Ram Mohan, Santosh Sivan and Pankaj Advani to name a few – have directed films for us. They are joined by many other new and imaginative film makers who have created some of the most delightful children’s content in the country. With an enviable catalogue of over 250 films in 15 different languages, CFSI remains the prime producer of children’s films in the country. Several of these films have won prestigious national and international awards. CFSI shows its films annually to over four million children through regional film festivals and reaches millions of other audiences through television networks like Doordarshan, Star, Sahara, Hungama, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network etc. We also acquire exhibition rights to outstanding international and national children’s content and promote them through theatrical, non-theatrical and television screenings. Every two years, CFSI conducts the world renowned International Children’s Film Festival India, also popularly known as The Golden Elephant, to enable children in India to view the best of international cinema. From open forums to workshops, it also provides a unique platform for exchange of ideas amongst film makers who take up the challenge to make films for the toughest audience of all – children!

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