The coming week of December will see over 100 feature films, short films, and documentaries being screened at the Sirifort auditorium till December 17. Organized by Smile foundation, the much-awaited third edition of the 'Smile International Film Festival for Children and Youth' (SIFFCY) will open (on December 11) with 'Village Rockstars' – a critically acclaimed and award winning Indian film – in order to stimulate discussion among the youth and sensitize them about various issues.
SIFFCY is the only children and youth film festival that showcases films catering to children and youth. Apart from showcasing the films, the festival also supports emerging filmmakers and recognizes the pioneers and leaders of the industry. SIFFCY has received over 2000 entries this year from over 100 countries.
This year, the highlight of this one-of a kind festival will be the Dutch Cinema for which top 10 Dutch films have been curated and will be presented by Gert Herman from the European Children's Film Association.
SIFFCY will also highlight burning issues of cleanliness, environment and climate change through a special selection of films and discussion forums – called SIFFCY goes Green, to create awareness on the environmental issues amongst children and youth.
"Apart from film screenings, every year SIFFCY also organizes film making workshops with an objective to engage, educate and empower our children and youth. SIFFCY has been hosting various workshops in a special section called "Take One". This year the workshop will be hosted by internationally acclaimed UK based organisation- 'Films without Borders' with the idea of engaging and educating children on filmmaking.
The other highlight of the festival includes a special delegation from Japan coming to present a film on 'Love and humanity against war' (A film on selfless service of mankind post World War II)", said Jitendra Mishra, Festival Director, SIFFCY.
Other film line ups include: The day my father became a bush – a film about war through the eyes of a little girl, Cloud boy, a joint production by Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Junod from Japan, and Nafas and Glasses from Iran.