National Science Day is celebrated in India on 28 February each year to mark the discovery of the Raman effect by Indian physicist Sir C. V. Raman on 28 February 1928. For his discovery, Sir C.V. Raman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930.

To widely spread message about the importance of science used in our daily life, CFSI science based film DHOOMKETU (The Comet) – a Hindi feature film directed by Shri Gopal Krishnan was screened at various locations viz. Nehru Science Centre, Worli, Vikas High School, Vikhroli (E), Lumbinibaug Mahanagar Palika Marathi School, Govandi, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Primary Vidya Mandir School, Nashik, M.H. High School & Junior College, Thane, B S Kadu Patil School, Ahmednagar & Bal Bhawan ‘Kilkari’, Gaya and these screenings were enjoyed by more than 1800 Child Audience.

Synopsis of film ‘Dhoomketu’

Kailash Dutta, an amateur astronomer loves studying comets. His passion is shared by his kids Bittu and Jhumki. After Kailash discovers a comet on a collision course with earth, it sends alarm bells ringing across the governments of the world. While his wife, a superstitious woman, tries to counter the disaster through a pilgrimage, Kailash collaborates with global scientists to avert the disaster. When a neighbouring gang takes an evil interest in thwarting Kailash’s research, it is up to his kids to foil their attempts and by helping their father do his work, save the world. But are two little kids any match for a powerful gang?

“Children’s Film Festival”, a 3 days event commenced on 1st March 2020 in Imphal, Manipur. The festival is organized jointly by Children’s Film Society, India and Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS), Government of Manipur.

The festival was inaugurated by Mr. M. Joy Singh, Commissioner of Art & Culture, Government of Manipur at MSFDS Auditorium in Imphal on 1st March in the presence of Mr. Ngangom Uttam Singh, Secretary, MSFDS and Mr. Dinesh Negi, Distribution Officer, CFSI.

‘Windstorm’ – German film acquired by CFSI and dubbed in English was opening film and viewed by 700 children.

Daily 3 shows at 11 a.m, 1 p.m and 3.30 p.m. are scheduled wherein CFSI films – Kauwboy (Acquired film – Dubbed in English) , Karamati Coat – Manipuri (Dubbed), Ek Tha Bhujang – Manipuri (Dubbed), Gattu -Manipuri (Dubbed), Gilli Gilli Atta – Manipuri (Dubbed), Kaphal – English (Dubbed), Happy Mother’s Day – English (Dubbed) and Pinti Ka Sabun -English (Dubbed) will be screened.

Two days Gyanutsav was organized on 14 th & 15 th February 2020 with the
co-ordination of Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya Khanpur Kalan, Sonepat, Haryana. More than 1000 students from various institution of all 22 district of Haryana were participated.

The organiser provided a stall to CFSI to showcase its activity and accordingly arrangements were made. CFSI films were screened and DVD’s of CFSI films kept for sale among the students. It was heartening that students took keen interest on CFSI films and few purchased films also.

The programme co-ordinator appreciated CFSI for actively participating in Gyanutsav and look forward for future also.

Hon’ble Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Shri Conrad Sangma inaugurated Children’s Film Festival at District Auditorium Tura, Meghalaya in presence of Shri Ram Singh, IAS, Deputy Commissioner;  Shri Ramkrishna, IAS, Additional Deputy Commissioner; Shri Roni Sangma, Film-maker and Shri Rajesh Gohil – Accounts Officer & Admin Officer (Addl. Charge), CFSI.

Children’s Film Society, India in association District Administration, West Garo Hills & Department of Arts and Culture, Government of Meghalaya organised the 2 days event on 14th – 15th February, 2020.

Children’s of Tura district enjoyed the screening of CFSI films viz. Gattu, The Prince & the Crown of Stone, Krish, Trish & Baltiboy, Kaphal, Rhino and Pappu ki Pugdandi .

CFSI Delhi has celebrated “Swachchta Pakhwada” from 16th to 30 th January, 2020.
During the activity 4 short films on Swachhta and one Vaishnav Jan Bhajan were
shown in 8 schools and 1134 children were catered in 16 shows. Besides ,
Drawing Competition were also conducted during the Swachhta Pakhwada and
about 138 children were participated.
The Swachhta campaign was very successful and it is heartening that children’s have
been taken keen interest in participating in CFSI film shows, Swachchta Rally on
street as well Drawing competition.

The following schools has been participated:

  1. SDMC Primary School, South Delhi, New Delhi
  2. Saathi Center, Kalyanpuri, Delhi
  3. Shreshth Public School, Harkesh Nagar, New Delhi
  4. SDMC Boys School, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi
  5. MC Primary School, Hamilton Road, Delhi
  6. Adharshila Welfare Center, Kalkaji, New Delhi
  7. SDMC Girls School, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi
  8. SDMC Hauz Khas Enclave, New Delhi
    The few photographs taken are attached.

A 3 days Children’s film festival is begin today in Aizawl (Mizoram). The festival is being organised jointly by Children’s Film Society, India and Department of Art & Culture, Government of Mizoram, The festival inaugurated by Hon’ble Minister for Art and Culture, Government of Mizoram Mr. R. Lalzirliana in the presence of Secretary, Art & Culture Mr. B. Lalthanliana, Dy. Director, Arts & Culture and Mr. Dinesh Negi, Distribution Officer, CFSI.

About 500 children witnessed the show. The festival will be held from 29th to 31st January, 2020- Daily two shows at 10 am and 3 pm.

CFSI films ‘Heda Hoda’ and ‘Gauru – The Journey of Courage’ were screened on 11th Jan and 8th Jan, 2020 respectively, as part of the ongoing Children’s Festival in Jaipur organised by Jawahar Kala Kendra.

Mr. Vinod Ganatra  and  Mr. Ramkishan Choyal, Director of film ‘Heda Hoda’ and ‘Gauru – The Journey of Courage’ respectively attended the screening, followed by interaction with the little audience.

A meditation session was also held before the screening of the film, in which the participants learned various techniques of stress relief.

More than 370 children from various schools from the vicinity enjoyed CFSI films.

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To spread awareness about Health, Sanitation, and Hygiene, CFSI films on Swachhta made by students were screened on under Mobile Science Exhibition run by Nehru Science Centre in various districts of Maharashtra to serve its purpose of popularizing science in rural areas and to create science awareness among school children.

More than 1000 children were benefitted.

CFSI organized a special screening on 14th January, 2020 of audio-described film ‘HALO’ (Hindi / 1995 / Colour / 92 Minutes) directed by Santosh Sivan, for the first time for Visually Impaired Children at National Association for the Blind, Raipur, Chhattisgarh.

Brief Synopsis of ‘Halo’

The loneliness in a motherless Sasha’s life is filled by her puppy, Halo. When Halo gets lost, Sasha has only one thought on her mind – to find him at any cost. This seven year old girl’s search for her puppy in the byzantine streets of Mumbai turns into Alice’s ride down the rabbit-hole as she encounters one idiosyncratic person after another. Does Sasha find her little puppy? Helmed by breath-taking visuals, Halo is celebrated cinematographer and director Santosh Sivan’s debut feature that is a fun and entertaining watch for everyone. This film that has won many national and international awards including Best Children’s Film at the 43rd National Film Awards, 1996 also stars the famous Bollywood director Rajkumar Santoshi in the role of Sasha’s father.

More than 60 special children enjoyed film HALO.

Watch the clip of the Audio-described film HALO –

To commemorate 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhiji, CFSI film based on principles of Mahatma Gandhiji ‘Abhi Kal Hi Ki Baat Hai’ was screened in schools in Nashik and Ahmednagar, to mark important events in the life of Gandhiji viz. Declaration of ‘Poorna Swaraj’ at Lahore on 31st December 1929 and Founded ‘Phoenix Settlement’ in South Africa, November – December 1904.

More than 1900 children were covered.

Happy Moments at St. Jude Childcare Centre, Mumbai on every 3rd Friday of the month. 

St. Jude India Childcare Centre is a home away from home for underprivileged families during their child’s treatment for cancer.

CFSI organized special screening of film YEH HAI CHAKKAD BAKKAD BUMBE BO (Hindi / 2003 / Colour/ 82 Minutes) directed by Sridhar Rangayan, for children with cancer on 20th December, 2019.

Synopsis of the film:

Ganesh, Yashwant, Dilip, Ulhas and Birbal the monkey and Sikandar the dog are spending their summer vacation playing and roaming in their quiet coastal town. They get curious when a mysterious city exporter, Don, come to town. Don is actually a smuggler and when Ganesh’s innocent school master father gets unwittingly trapped in his web, the six friends have to pull up their detective hats and work together to unearth the mystery. But are the children capable of dealing with the cunning of an experienced, tricky smuggler and would they be able to save Ganesh’s father in this exciting children’s thriller?

In enduring effort to bring happy moments in the life of special children, screening of CFSI film KARAMATI COAT (Hindi / 1993 / Colour / 90 minutes) directed by Ajay Kartik was organized for visually impaired children at Kamla Mehta Dadar School for Blind.

Brief Synopsis of ‘Karamati Coat’

Raju is a poor rag picker. One day a magical stranger gifts him a red coat. Raju discovers that whenever he puts his hand in the coats pocket, a rupee appears. He and his friends have a good time with this endless supply of one rupee coins. A gang of three and his own brother-in-law discover the secret of the coat and try to steal it. Raju tries hard to protect both himself and his magical coat even as he realizes an important lesson that easy money comes with its own problems and cannot be enjoyed for long.

More than 120 special children enjoy CFSI film.