Main cricket khelta hoon par computer pe (I play cricket but on the computer), reads the findings of an IMRB kid-scan survey. According to the survey, 28-30 per cent of children prefer video games to outdoor games today.
This growing popularity of digital platform among children came to the fore during the FICCI summit -- “Business of kids' entertainment: Where is kids' media headed in India?” held in Shilparamam on Tuesday as part of the 17th International Children's Film Festival of India.
Increasing access to computer and iPads by the children were discussed at the day-long meet. “You need to see it as another media adding on to the list,” said Anu Sikka, Associate Vice-President, Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Ltd.
“In the current digital content boom, it is very important to have the connect. You need to have more content on ‘YouTube',” observes Ashish Kulkarni, co-chair, FICCI, Animation Visual Effects Gaming and Comics Forum & CEO Reliance Animation.
CFSI Chairperson Nandita Das called for creation of varied content for the young and responsible programming. The Minister for Information and Public Relations, D.K. Aruna, who inaugurated the seminar, pointed out that the television productions and films could be based on characters from the Indian mythology. “Indian mythology has characters like Hanuman and Ganesha which can be used in making animation films.” With the increase in number of regional television channels for children, there were plenty of opportunities for the animation industry, she added.
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The nation's biggest and one of the largest in the world, The Golden Elephant 17th International Children's Film Festival, came to a close Sunday amidst much fanfare in this historic city of Hyderabad.
Over six days, close to 154 films from 38 countries were screened across 13 theatres in the city. At the final count, over 175,000 children from the nooks and corners of India and hundreds from across the world watched films, attended workshops and interacted with filmmakers who had come from the world over.
The festival was organised by the Children's Film Society, India (CFSI) and the Andhra Pradesh government.
Speaking to IANS, CFSI chairperson Nandita Das said: "The festival has raised the bar when it comes to children's film festival anywhere in the world. It will be a tough act to follow even for us."
The festival was not bereft of its share of problems, mostly with the screenings.
"For the first time something so ambitious was pulled off. The concept of makeshift theatres to give a festival feel had never been done in India. The three theatres constructed at Shilparamam in merely 20 days time held up well," CFSI CEO Sushovan Banerjee told IANS.
"The only problem was the sound because some films have optical sound which the projectors could not read. This created a hissing sound. We scouted the country for a fix but couldn't find it.
"This has been the biggest children's film festival and the kids had a blast. The size and scope of the festival has left everyone surprised," Banerjee said.
Some of the most celebrated and awarded films were screened including French animation master Michel Ocelot's Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival nominee "Tales of the Night", celebrated Russian animator Garri Bardin's "The Ugly Duckling" and the multiple award winning "Eep", "Lost in Africa", "The Crocodiles Strike Back" and "David and Kamal", among others.
However, it was Iranian film "Meadows" that won the most coveted prize of Golden Elephant for Best Feature Film, International.
Among the Indian films, "Chillar Party" proved to be the hot favourite, winning not only the Golden Elephant for Best Film, India from the actual jury, but also the same prize from the children's jury.
Directors Nitesh Tiwari and Vikas Bahl were present to receive the awards. Among the other winners were "I Am Kalam", Umesh Kulkarni's feature "Vihir", "Lost in Africa" from Denmark, and "Crocodile Strikes Back" from Germany.
Short film "Nineandahalf's Goodbye" from Germany won award both from the adults and children's jury.
Among the who's who of the Indian film industry, who paid more than a flying visit to festival, included names like Shyam Benegal, Vishal Bharadwaj, Rahul Dholakia, Seema Biswas, Sarika and Shaad Ali Sahgal.