Pune: Children’s Film Society, India (CFSI), in association with CM International School and Breakfast@Cinema will organise a three-day ‘Children’s Film Bonanza’ at Dnyansagar Institute of Management and Research, SKP Campus, Baner-Balewadi Road, Laxman Nagar, Baner, from July 6 to 8.
The festival will showcase films and introduce young audiences to stories of their counterparts from different parts of the globe and present the idea of cinema as a medium of learning.
The aim is to raise awareness about the sea of critically-acclaimed content available for young audiences and how films, while providing entertainment, are veritable tools of learning about oneself, other individuals, communities, geographies, and the role which emotions play in binding the world together.
The workshops at the Children’s Film Bonanza will be conducted by Breakfast@Cinema, and focus on ‘Learning from Cinema’ for two age groups – Std IV-VI, and Std VII-IX. Students from Std I-III can participate in ‘Story Time for Tots’, a workshop to enhance their storytelling skills.
Parents of children attending the festival can register for ‘Self-awareness through cinema’, which will focus on how adults make meaning of the visual medium and how it can lead to a higher level of awareness for oneself. The workshops require separate registrations and have a limit of 40 participants per workshop.
The first panel discussion, ‘Navigating Content through the Current Media Explosion’, will dwell upon perspectives on how cinema helps children pick up values like tolerance, compassion and empathy. The panel will consist of experts who have been working towards introducing children to films from all over the world as well as helping build a sensibility whereby children feel interested in the medium, and understand the subtext of a film more effortlessly.
They will also discuss the various online and offline platforms one can explore to find age-appropriate and entertaining content for children. The second panel discussion will shed light upon ‘Understanding Children through Children’s Films’. The discussion will see filmmakers talk about their approaches to create stories for children, the challenges involved therein, and how parents can look at these same stories to understand what drives their children.
The films being screened during the three-day event are from the CFSI repository. All films will be in Hindi or have a dialogue track dubbed in Hindi.