Children's Film Society India,
Films Division Complex, 8th floor Phase I Bldg
24 Dr G Deshmukh Marg,
Mumbai Maharashtra 400026
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|The International Competition will screen children’s fiction - features, shorts, live action and animations - that adheres to globally recognized standards of excellence in film-making.
NOTE : NO DOCUMENTARIES PLEASE
NOTE 31st AUGUST 2017 DEADLINE IS A RECEIVE BY DEADLINE
|Competition Asian Panorama
|This section will present the best of children’s films from Asia and aims to encourage talented film-makers from Asia who are making high quality, sensitive and entertaining films exclusively for children.
NOTE : NO DOCUMENTARIES PLEASE
NOTE JULY DEADLINE IS A RECEIVE BY DEADLINE
|Competition Little Directors
|The aim of this section is to encourage children to experiment with the moving image, and stimulate pursuit of film-making both as an art as well as a creative expression of their point of view.
NOTE: NO DOCUMENTARIES PLEASE
ONLY CHILDREN FROM INDIA CAN APPLY
NOTE: JULY DEADLINE IS A RECEIVE BY DEADLINE
|Every year the festival prides itself for screening outstanding high quality entertaining cinema from different regions of the world in the non-competition Children’s World section.
In the Country Focus section, we are delighted to present a retrospective of some of the best children’s features, shorts, live action and documentaries
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Objectives of The Golden Elephant
• To promote cinema that is created exclusively for children
• To bring together high quality, entertaining, multi-cultural cinema for children who will otherwise not have access to such content
• To cultivate insight and understanding of other cultures, lives and experiences through the medium of film
• To encourage children’s content that is non-violent, humane and thought provoking
• To catalyze critical appreciation and creative pursuit of cinematic arts among children and young people
• To support the work of talented and dedicated children’s film-makers and encourage the exchange of ideas among them
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
International Children’s Film Festival India (ICFFI) also popularly known as The Golden Elephant is a biennial festival that strives to bring the most delightful and imaginative national and international children’s cinema to young audiences in India. Outstanding features, shorts, live action and animation films are screened over seven days of festive celebrations, attended by more than one hundred thousand children and hundreds of film professionals from across the world.
ICFFI is organized by Children’s Film Society India (CFSI) – a national government body committed to nurturing a dynamic children’s film culture in the country. Since its inception in 1955, CFSI has been producing, exhibiting and distributing exclusive, entertaining and enriching content for children. Amole Gupte the renowned film maker , actor and director is the current chairman of CFSI.
Every two years, the festival begins on 14th November, the birth date of Jawaharlal Nehru – India’s first Prime Minister – also fondly referred to as Chacha Nehru (Uncle Nehru), because of his love for children. Nehru established CFSI soon after India’s independence with the hope that indigenous and exclusive cinema for children would stimulate their creativity, compassion and critical thinking. It is this vision of Nehru that guides ICFFI.
In a world that is cluttered with consumerist & often violent content for children, ICFFI is committed to promoting cinema that is humane and non-violent, and yet delightful and fun! Special care is taken to program films that cultivate an understanding of other cultures, lives and experiences and encourage children to reflect on the world around. Workshops and open forums at the festival aim towards stimulating critical appreciation and creative pursuit of cinematic arts amongst young people.
ICFFI is one of the largest and most colourful children’s film festivals in the world. A unique feature of the festival is its audience: more than a hundred thousand children travel from little villages and towns from across India to view high quality international children’s cinema that they would never be exposed to otherwise. Here they rub shoulders with other kids, eminent guests and directors from different parts of the world.
ICFFI is dedicated to these little delegates and to those imaginative film-makers who attempt to make films for the toughest audience of all – children!
Pramod Alphanso (Festival - ICFFI); Shravan Kumar (Festival Director)
RULES AND REGULATIONS
ICFFI is organized by Children’s Film Society India (CFSI) – a autonomous body under Ministry of information and Broadcasting, Government of India committed to nurturing a dynamic children’s film culture in the country. Since its inception in 1955, CFSI has been producing, exhibiting and distributing exclusive, entertaining and enriching content for children. With an enviable catalogue of around 250 plus films in 15 different languages, CFSI remains the prime producer of children’s cinema in South Asia.
20TH ICFFI OFFICIAL PROGRAMME
• Asian Panorama
• Little Directors
• Children’s World
• Open Forums
• Special events
The 20th edition of ICFFI will take place from 14th to 20th November, 2017.
RULES & REGULATIONS FOR SUBMISSION
The festival accepts entries in the Competition Sections in accordance with the criteria outlined below:
Right of Participation
Participation in the Festival implies adherence to the regulations below. It is the responsibility of producers, distributors, sales agents, other organizations submitting a film to ensure that they are legitimately entitled to enter a film in the Festival and are in a position to make the exhibition and publicity material available for screening in the festival upon selection.
In case of dispute of interpretation of the regulations of participation, the Festival Director shall have the right to adjudicate on all disputes including those relating to the matters not specifically covered by Rules & Regulations, as well as allowing exceptions. The decision of the Festival Director shall be final and binding on the participants concerned.
The festival directorate reserves the right to exclude films which are not in conformity with the aims of the festival or which could offend the national feelings of any participating country or contain visuals/ dialogues that are discriminatory, offensive or inappropriate for children’s viewership.
Film Submissions must be made by duly filling the Official Festival Entry Form The submission should be sent with preview screeners and other documentation material as specified.
Entry Form alongwith Entry fee payment facility is available on CFSI website www.cfsindia.org.
Film Entry Fee
The Festival charges an entry fee of 10 USD for each entry outside India. An entry fee of Rs.500/- for Indian entry ( Not Applicable for Little Directors and short films.)
Language & subtitles
Films must be submitted in their original language. Films in language other than English, should be subtitled in English.
Please include the following materials with duly filled and signed entry form:
Two Preview DVDs of the film, labeled with the film title, director’s name, year of production, length, format.
One DVD with the following information:
Filled Entry Form (Microsoft Word File)
Synopsis of the film (100 words for feature film & 50 words for Shorts film)
Directors note or statement on the film (50 words)
Biography of the director (50 words)
Filmography of the director
Two or more high resolution(600 dpi) stills from the film
Latest photograph of the director(passport size, jpeg)
Electronic Press Kit (E.P.K.) including posters of the film
Note: Please note that your application will be processed only on receipt of entry fee in our account.
Photographs being sent digitally should be 600dpi resolution, TIFF (preferred) or JPEG.
The above listed enclosures (including preview copies) will not be returned and will be added to
the festival archive.
Note: Do not send master tapes or film prints for preview screening, as the preview tapes/DVDs will not be returned.
All material submitted to the Festival will be retained for archival purposes.
Dispatch of submission material
DVDs for selection must be clearly marked: “For 20th International Children’s Film Festival of India SELECTION PURPOSE / CULTURAL PURPOSE only – Not for commercial use.”
The courier invoice should mention “No Commercial Value – Value for Customs Purposes US$ Two / INR Rs 100 only.
The cost of the courier charges for the preview material is to be borne by the applicant.
Additionally, the sender should inform the Festival by fax or e-mail, the title of the film, the date and means of shipment, and the AWB number. The duly filled form & preview DVDs and other material must be sent to:
20th ICFFI Festival Cell,
Children’s Film Society India
8th Floor, Films Division Complex,
Dr. G. Deshmukh Marg, Mumbai – 400026. India
Tel. : +91-22- 23516136 Fax : 91-22-23522610
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
A selection Committee appointed by CFSI will select films for participation and their category. The decision of the committee will be final.
I. COMPETITION INTERNATIONAL
The section will screen children’s fiction that adheres to globally recognized standards of excellence in film-making.
The films eligible for the International Competition Section must be: Fiction-Live action (Feature length); Fiction-Live action (Short); Animation (Feature length); Animation (Short). Films with duration of 60 minutes or more will be considered Features and films with duration of 59 to 10 Minutes will be considered Shorts.
Format for Exhibition: DCP/BLU-RAY/DVD
The films must have been produced after January 2015 and not submitted in previous edition of ICFFI are eligible .
All Indian films must be censored by CBFC.
JURY INTERNATIONAL The Chairman of CFSI appoints the members and Chairperson of the International Jury. The Jury is composed of five eminent personalities from India and abroad. A person who has participated in the production/ promotion of any film selected for the section may not serve on the Jury. Chairman, CFSI or his representative may attend jury deliberations but will take no part in the voting. Jury members are sworn to secrecy. Jury discussions ballots remain strictly confidential.
CHILDREN’s JURY INTERNATIONAL The Chairman of CFSI appoints the members of the International Children’s Jury from amongst the child delegates attending the Festival. The Children’s Jury is composed of seven children aged 8 to 14, representing regional diversity. At least three members of the children’s jury must be girls.
II. COMPETITION ASIAN PANORAMA
This section will present the best of children’s films from Asia and aims to encourage talented Indian film-makers who are making high quality, sensitive and entertaining films exclusively for children.
The films eligible for the Asian Competition Section must be: Fiction-Live action (Feature length); Fiction-Live action (Short); Animation (Feature Length); Animation (Short). Films with duration of 60 minutes or more will be considered Features and films with duration of 59 to 10 Minutes will be considered Shorts.
All films must have been produced in Asia.
Format for Exhibition: DCP/BLU-RAY/DVD
The films must have been produced after January 2015
All the films must be censored by CBFC.
JURY ASIAN PANORAMA The Chairman of CFSI appoints the members and Chairperson of the Asian Panorama Jury. The Jury is composed of five eminent personalities. At least two Jury members will be from outside India. A person who has participated in the production or promotion of any film selected for the section may not serve on the Jury. Chairman, CFSI or his representative may attend jury deliberations but will take no part in the voting. Jury members are sworn to secrecy. Jury discussions and ballots remain strictly confidential.
CHILDREN’s JURY ASIAN PANORAMA The Chairman of CFSI appoints the members of the Children’s Jury Asian Panorama from amongst the child delegates attending the Festival. The Children’s Jury is composed of seven children aged 8 to 14, representing regional diversity. At least three members of the children’s jury must be girls.
III. COMPETITION LITTLE DIRECTORS
The aim of this section is to encourage children and young people in India to experiment with the moving image, and stimulate pursuit of film-making both as an art as well as a creative expression of their point of view.
Films must be made by individual child aged 6 to 16, residents and citizens of India.
Films made by children under the guidance of adults are eligible but the contribution of adults should be confined to training or facilitating the process & should not be extended to areas like scripting, shooting, story-boarding or animating.
Films must be suitable for children – content should have no explicit violence, sexual reference or coarse language.
Only Fiction films (both Live Action and Animation) are eligible. Non-Fiction / Documentary films are not acceptable.
Films can be shot on any video format available: HD, DVD, Mini DV etc.
Format for Exhibition: BLU-RAY/DVD with resolution of 1920X1080 (PAL)
The films must have been produced in 2015/2016/ 2017.
Only films that have been cleared of rights (including musical rights) will be accepted.
Films must be entered by nominated parent (for individual entries) or teacher/supervisor/trainer/ mentor (for group entries), on behalf of the Director/Crew.
It is the obligation of the nominated parent/ teacher/trainer/mentor entering the film for Competition (from now on referred to as ‘Legal Guardian/Escort’) to ensure that the director and/or director’s Legal Guardian own all copyright for or have written permission to use all underlying works included in the film including music, performance and script.
Note: Legal Guardians should be aware that the participant indicated on the entry form as the Little Director of the film will be asked to act as the film’s representative during the festival and for publicity purposes. Please indicate on the entry form in whose name the award will be distributed in the event that the film wins an award.
LITTLE DIRECTORS JURY The Chairman of CFSI appoints the members and Chairperson of the Little Directors Jury. The seven member Jury is composed of eminent personalities from the field of film-making and education. The Chairman, CFSI or his representative may attend jury deliberations but will take no part in the voting. Jury members are sworn to secrecy. Jury discussions and ballots remain strictly confidential.
Every year the festival prides itself for screening outstanding high quality entertaining cinema from different regions of the world in the non-competition Children’s World section.
In the Country Focus section, we are delighted to present a single country specific collection of the best of children’s features, shorts, live action, animation and documentaries.
Since its inception CFSI is dedicated to making delightful and meaningful cinema for children. Films produced by CFSI have been directed by some of the brightest and most imaginative talents of the Indian film industry. Best of CFSI will showcase the most popular CFSI titles, some of which have been recently restored.
POST SELECTION RULES & REGULATIONS
Obligations on Selection
Films selected may not be withdrawn from the Festival programme after its publication.
During the Festival, the selected films in 20th ICFFI may not be screened outside the Festival venues in India before its official presentation.
The producers/ distributor/sales agent or other organization who have submitted the film will have no objection to the use of excerpts of the selected film for preparing promotional material to be shown on television for publicity purposes.
No Screening Fee
As a matter of policy ICFFI will not be able to provide screening fee for any film entered or invited to the Festival.
The programming of the films selected is entirely at the discretion of the Festival Management whose decision is irrevocable. Each film may be screened up to a maximum of five times during the Festival.
Films selected in the festival will be screened in DVD 1920X1080 resolution (PAL) format.
Language Version & Subtitles
All films must be screened in their original version, with English subtitles. The version released in the country of origin is regarded as the original version of the film.
The cost of subtitling is the responsibility of the producer.
English translation of the dialogue list must be provided to the festival organizers along with exhibition material.
Producers and distributors are required to provide an appropriate supply of press brochures, photos and video excerpts.
For promotion of the films on Television, the applicant should provide a maximum 3 minute EPK in DVD format. This will be returned along with the DVD upon explicit demand by the applicant.
DVDs of films selected for screening must be directed to:
DVD Co-ordination, 20th ICFFI Festival Cell
Children’s Film Society India
8th Floor, Films Division Complex,
Dr. G. Deshmukh Marg,
Mumbai – 400026. India
Tel: +91-22- 23516127
Dispatch of Film DVDs
Film DVDs with 1920X1080 resolution (PAL) selected for participation should be sent by airfreight pre-paid. All transportation / shipping costs (including customs clearance) to Mumbai, plus fees for insurance while in transit, must be borne by the participants. The Festival Director reserves the right to refuse any shipment involving unpaid costs.
Wherever feasible, DVDs may be sent through diplomatic channels to missions in either Mumbai or New Delhi. DVDs received through diplomatic channels will be returned through the same channels.
Additionally, the sender should inform the Festival by fax or e-mail, the title of the film, the date and means of shipment, the amount paid for dispatch and the AWB number.
RESPONSIBILITY OF THE FESTIVAL
The Festival Directorate will cover the storage and insurance of the Exhibition material viz: DCP/BLU-RAY after receipt while they are at its storage facilities in India. In the rare case of damage or loss of Exhibition material sent for screening in the festival, the Festival is only responsible for the costs involved in repair of the damaged Exhibition material or making a new Exhibition material of the damaged one according to the current rates for ordering a standard Exhibition material in India.
The Festival Directorate may deny participation to any Exhibition material unable to meet the technical requirements for a public screening of good quality.
CHANGES AND ALTERATIONS
The Festival Management reserves the right to make changes in the profile of the Festival, if it becomes necessary to do so due to circumstances beyond his/her control.
All disputes in respect of any matter relating to the 20th ICFFI shall be subjected to the exclusive jurisdiction of the competent courts and forums in Mumbai.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
By signing below and submitting his/her film through Withoutabox for entry into 20th ICFFI indicates that he/she holds all necessary rights for the submission of the film, and that he/she has read, understood and agreed with the festival rules & regulations.
SPECIAL REQUEST FOR NON-COMMERCIAL SCREENINGS AFTER THE FESTIVAL
Children’s Film Society India is committed to show good children’s cinema to rural children from low-income backgrounds who would otherwise, never have the opportunity to access such content. Print as well as DVD screenings of Children’s films tour the country through festivals organized by State and District Governments reaching approximately four million children across India absolutely free of cost! We request producers/right holders of films selected for the 20th ICFFI to allow their films to be screened in CFSI organised non-commercial mini festivals till April 2018.
We will not be able to provide screening fees for these films, but hope that we have your goodwill and support in reaching your delightful film to children across India.
Exhibition Format for these non-commercial screenings will be DVDs, as instructed and provided by producers/right holders.
Note: Granting permission for post-festival non-commercial screenings is not mandatory to participate in the 20th ICFFI, but would be highly appreciated.