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With classic, global films, the Filmi Chashma festival promises to be a hurrah for young children

Krish, Trish and Baltiboy, the monkey, cat and donkey, journey through the land of Indian folk tales and music. In Mumbai, a 10-year-old servant from Nainital tries to adjust to the new, urban life in the bustling metro. In China, there is an interesting story of the primary school children of Wuhan town. These are subjects of classic children's films which will be screened for under-16s at the National Film Archives of India.

The Filmi Chashma Film Festival, organised by NFAI and Comet Media, will be held from May 13-15. A wonderful collection of films from India, Iran, China, Canada and USA will be screened for the entertainment of children. These include Krish Trish and Baltiboy, Lilkee, Please Vote for Me, Heda Hoda, Chairy Tale, The Adventures of Sugar Doll, Zoo, Ammachi ki Machhi, Kathputhli, E for Elephant, Sunday, Hayat, Jhat Pat Gich Pich, Boxing Ladies, Do din ka Mela and Home. "There is an immediate need to guide children to watch the right things. Quality entertainment in the form of films are made for kids but they do not reach the appropriate audience as they are not commercially released," says Urmila Joshi, coordinator at NFAI.

"Though these films are available on DVDs, it is only when these films are shown to the children that they will go and purchase it. Through this film festival, we are trying to spread appropriate entertainment among children as well as provide a platform to showcase these films," she adds.

Registration for the three-day film festival is free for all and open from 5-8 pm. "Images speak a thousand words. Films are essential for broadening the perspective of a child. We must make films for children to educate them and inculcate culture and good habits in them," says Mahima Kaur, producer of Khel Khel Mein and Jhat Pat Ghich Pich, which will be screened for 9-12-year-olds at the festival. "The films are of 5-6 minutes. From scripting to camera handling to acting to direction, everything has been done by the children themselves; we were only there to guide them," she adds.

Each day is divided into three parts. Films for children up to 8 years will be screened from 10-11.30 am; films for 9-12 years will be screened from 12 noon-1.30 pm; and movies for those between 13 and 16 years will be screened from 2.30 4.30 pm.

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