Hyderabad: The 17th International Children's Film Festival (ICFF) got off to a colourful start here tonight, offering an exciting mix of movies for the tiny tots. About 150 children's films from 40 countries would be screened during the festival that will go on till November 20.
Organised jointly by the Children's Film Society of India (CFSI) and the Andhra Pradesh government, the festival was inaugurated by Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy.
"The festival will have special features for short films, films made by children, age-wise screening of films, workshops and an open form to deliberate on the movies," CFSI chairperson Nandita Das said.
She said, the curators have made painstaking efforts to select the rest of the films from around the world for screening during the festival. Stating that the Information and Broadcasting Ministry was in two minds about organising the festival in Hyderabad, the chief minister, however asserted that he was determined to hold the event in the city.
The state government would set up a permanent centre for hosting the festivals, before the next children's film festival is organised after two years, he said.