Children’s Film Festival begins in Bhubaneswar 

The Children’s Film Festival, organised by the Film Society of Bhubaneswar (FSB), got underway here at the Odissi Research Centre,Thursday.
On the first day, students of several English and Odia medium schools were present to watch the screening of Satyajit Ray’s iconic Bangla film Pather Panchali (1955).
The Children’s Film Festival is a celebration of creativity, imagination, and cultural diversity through the medium of film. With a carefully curated selection of captivating films from around the world, alongside engaging workshops about pre-film animation devices, and stop-motion animation filmmaking with clay models, the festival aims to engage young minds, encourage storytelling, and foster an appreciation for different perspectives on the film form.
“We are thrilled to announce the Children’s Film Festival in Bhubaneswar,” said Mr Subrat Beura, the Festival Director. “Our objective is to provide a platform where children can explore the magic of cinema, encounter diverse stories, work together to create stories, and be inspired by the power of film. This festival promises to be an enchanting experience that will stay with them for a lifetime.”
Pather Panchali


The festival’s program features an impressive lineup of films that have been thoughtfully selected for their artistic value, engaging narratives, and entertainment quotient. From animated adventures to heartwarming tales, the diverse film selection caters to various age groups, ensuring a captivating experience for every child attending. Some coveted titles to be screened include Martin Scorsese’s Hugo (2011), Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali (1955), Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises (2013), and Charles Chaplin’s Modern Times (1936).

In addition to film screenings, the Children’s Film Festival will host interactive workshops and engaging activities designed to nurture the creative talents of young attendees. These workshops will provide children with opportunities to explore the magic of filmmaking, enhance their storytelling abilities, and discover the art of animation.
The Odissi Research Centre has long been recognised for its commitment to promoting arts and culture in the region. By hosting the Children’s Film Festival, the centre aims to cultivate a love for cinema and encourage artistic expression among the younger generation.
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