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Synopsis:

Amma and her grandson Gagan, run a unique hospital. They treat and offer shelter to wild animals shot and wounded by poachers. Over the years, animals begin to recognize the hospital and often the wounded animals would come on their own. Amma and Gagan have many encounters with animals and poachers that not only affirm the beauty of the animal world over that of humans but also makes them realize the importance of conserving flora and fauna in the larger interest of the world. The film, based on a Hindi short story by Saroj Mukherjee, has won awards globally for its compassionate message.

 

Director’s Biography: Mukesh Sharma
Mukesh Sharma, a graduate in Science, made his first feature film, Anokha Aspatal in 1989. The film won him a national award for the Best Children’s Film. In 1990 he produced ‘Ankur Maina aur Kabootar’ (Operation Pink Pegion) that is credited as having kick started the film making industry in the tiny nation of Mauritius. Mr. Sharma has had a long association with CFSI, serving as their Production Officer for almost a decade

Synopsis:

Malli, a poor tribal girl in Kerela, loves yarns spun by the village storyteller Monu. Being a child, she believes her tale about the magical blue bead which grants wishes. Malli wants it to cure her dumb friend. Once while helping an injured fawn in the forest, she finds the bead. Malli rushes to give it to her friend, who is going away. Would she reach on time? Inspired by a true incident and starring the real dumb girl, this multiple award winning film both in India and abroad by celebrated director Santosh Sivan is beautifully and evocatively shot in Kerala and means to inspire in kids the love for a simple life and nature.

 

Director’s Biography: Santosh Sivan
An FTII alumnus in cinematography, Santosh Sivan is one of India’s most prolific cinematographers having shot some of the most beautifully shot features and documentaries in the country including ‘Raakh’, ‘Roja’, ‘Dalapathi’, ‘Rudaali’ and ‘Kala Pani’ among many others. Both his films for CFSI, the debut ‘Halo’ and his second film ‘Malli’ won National Awards, besides international recognition. His next ‘The Terrorist’ brought him international recognition. Santosh has since directed and shot many feature films and documentaries in Hindi, Tamil Kannada and Malayalam languages and has won numerous national and international awards.

 

Awards

Best Film on Environment Conservation/ preservation – 46th National Film Festival – India – 1998
Best Child Artist – 46th National Film Festival – India – 1998
2nd Prize in Feature & Video Section – 16th Chicago International Children’s Film Festival – USA – 1999
Silver Elephant For Best Live Action – 11th International children’s film Festival – India – 1999
Bronze Elephant For Best Child Artist – 11th International children’s film Festival – India – 1999
Poznan Goats for Best Director – 18th International Festival of Films for Children, Ponzan – POLAND – 2000
Poznan Goats for Best Child Artist – 18th International Festival of Films for Children, Ponzan – POLAND – 2000
Poznan Goats for Best Music – 18th International Festival of Films for Children, Ponzan – POLAND – 2000
Awards for the special mentions for marcinek distinction – 18th International Festival of Films for Children, Ponzan – POLAND – 2000
Best Feature film – XI International Film Festival for children & Youth – Uruguay – 2000
OCIC Awards – XI International Film Festival for children & Youth – Uruguay – 2000
Awardded at India Film Festival at Los Angel – USA – 2004

Synopsis:

Vinu is artistic and irresistibly drawn towards nature. He finds solace in the memories of his grandfathers’ village. His parents, pressure him to study hard and score good marks. Vinu thus finds himself a prisoner to the clock as he struggles to finish his daily chores on time. One day, unable to take the pressure, he decides to run away and go to his grandfather’s village. In the course of his journey he meets strange people and encounters the world of grownups that is in direct conflict with nature. In a world where parents unduly pressure their children to do things against their own volition, the film tries to give a simple message that often it is better to nurture the real talents of kids rather than force them to do something against their true natures. It has won many national and international awards.

 

Director’s Biography: Sivan
Sivan began his career as a photo-journalist contributing to reputed magazines such as Newsweek, Life and Span. He learnt filmmaking while working for USIS. In 1953 he made ‘Labour Week’, hailed as the first Indian film shot on 16mm. He made his first feature film 1972 with ‘Swapnam’ that won four state awards. Since then he has made many feature and documentary films that have won him laurels. He is also the founder of the film complex Sivan Studios in Kerala, which has extended into an art gallery for emerging artists and photographers.

 

Awards
Silver Elephant and Special International Jury & CIFEJ Jury Awards – 7th International Children’s Film Festival – India – 1991
Environment and Quality of Life Awards – Film Festival Ragazzi – Switzerland
Special Mention Award to Director – 1st Uruguay Children Film Festival – Uruguay – 1992
Best Children’s Film – 39th National Film festival – India – 1992

Synopsis:

Mrs. Bhatia, a porty woman, hates children and scolds them whenever she sees them. The kids dislike her in turn and take delight in scribbling over the walls of her bungalow to irritate her. One day, Mrs. Bhatia sees a new boy drawing on her wall and by the force of habit chases him away. Later she is surprised when a wealthy art lover Mr. Ganguly pays her handsomely to photograph the wall painting. When she finds out that Mr. Ganguly has sold the photograph for 10 times what he paid her, she is furious. Overcome by greed, she tries to find the boy with the help of a bungling journalist. Who is the boy that drew the painting? Will Mrs. Bhatia manage to find and exploit him?

 

Director’s Biography: Satyen Bose
One of the most successful and experimental filmmakers of India, Satyen Bose had no formal training in cinema but rose to become a prominent director and a master of the cinematic medium. His off-beat Bengali film ‘Parivartan’ in 1949 was a trailblazer and was remade into the immensely popular Hindi film ‘Jagruti’. He worked in many films in his career as writer, director as well as actor. His film ‘Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi’ is an eternal comedy-classic of Indian cinema. ‘Dosti’ in 1964 won him global recognition. His other notable films include ‘Bandi’ (1957), ‘Aasra’ (1966) and ‘Raat Aur Din’ (1967).

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Dr. Sinha is one among several ornithologists working towards saving the endangered pink pigeon – native to the picturesque Mauritius. On a trip to the country he takes his grandson Ankur along. Ankur becomes friends with Maina – the daughter of Dr. Sharma. The team, face many obstacles in their quest, the most crucial being that the pink pigeon does not breed in captivity. But guided by their zeal, and the innocence of the children amidst them, the group of scientists achieves the impossible. This film won the best Children’s Film Award at the National Film Awards in 1989. It was also the first Indo-Mauritius production and kick started the film industry in that small, island nation.

 

Director’s Biography: Madan Bawaria
A diploma holder from the Film and Television Institute of India, (FTII) Pune, Madan Bawaria has directed many advertising film. He has also worked as a Chief Assistant Director to many well known directors including Basu Chatterjee in the feature films ‘Puja’ and ‘Manzil’

 

Awards
Best Children’s Film Awards – 37th National Film Awards – India – 1990

Synopsis:

Amulya’s grandmother Janakamma is a farmer and a traditional healer. She comes to live with Amulya and her parents in the city but is insulted by Amulya’s modern parents for her traditional ways of life. Humiliated, Janakamma decides to return to her village. Amulya, despite being a kid, understands her grandmother and struggles to protect her dignity and self respect eroded by the pace of life and changing values of her modern parents. When nothing works, Amulya follows her grandmother to the village without telling her parents. Will she succeed in reaching out to adults who have forgotten their age old wisdom?

 

Director’s Biography: Akkineni Kutumba Rao
Akkineni Kutumba Rao is a prolific filmmaker and writer who has many novels and short stories to his credit. His film ‘Bhadram Koduko’ won the National Award for the Best Regional film in 1991. His films ‘Thodu’ and ‘Patha Nagaramlo Pasivadu’ have won state awards in various categories. Besides films, he has also directed many television serials and telefilms in Telugu for Hyderabad Doordarshan. He has also made a Hindi TV serial ‘Manayi’. His feature film ‘Gulabeelu’ (Roses, 2005) premiered at the 14th Golden Elephant Film Festival in 2005.

 

Awards
Best Children’s Film – Golden Nandi Award – A.P. State Nandi Awards – India – 2007

Synopsis:

Ten year old Ammu has a pet goat Kuttan who infuriates her farmer father Appu by nibbling at everything he grows in his fields. After Kuttan chews up a vegetable patch, Appu beats up Ammu for not disciplining her pet and gives away the errant goat to the landlord. Later, repenting his actions, he gives Ammu a gold chain. The little girl rushes to the landlord pleading him to return her goat. The landlord demands forty rupees. Not having any money, she offers the expensive gold chain in its place. The landlord is deeply touched by the gesture and understands from little Ammu what it is to love animals

 

Director’s Biography: Ramu Kariat
Ramu Kariat was born and raised in Trichur. After his father’s death when he was barely 12, Ramu gave up formal education and got immersed in Marxist politics and began writing fiction and poetry. He began his film career in 1952, assisting PRS Pillai in ‘Thirumala’. In 1954 he co-directed his first feature film in ‘Neelakkuyil’. Kariat’s 1965 film ‘Cinemeen’ (The Shrimp) won him much acclaim, including the President’s Gold Medal. Ramu’s other notable films include ‘Minnaminungu’ (1957), ‘Mudiyanaya Puthran’ (1961) and ‘Moodupadam’ (1963). He died in 1978.

Synopsis:

The Nayaks disregard rumours that the house they have moved into is haunted by the ghost of its former owner Rana. Their three children take delight in these ghost stories and desire to meet the ghost. Meanwhile Rana and his fellow ghost, unhappy with this intrusion, plot to scare the new owners. As the living pit their wits against the ghosts, secrets tumble that will not just shed more light on the ghosts’ pasts, but also show that children are not meek creatures to be cowed down by the fear of the unknown. Directed by famous TV host and actor Annu Kapoor, Abhay stars many known Bollywood faces including Nana Patekar, Benjamin Gelani and Moonmoon Sen and has music by Vishal Bharadwaj.

 

Director’s Biography: Annu Kapoor
Annu Kapoor is one of India’s most recognized television host and actor. He has acted in many popular Indian films and has been a presenter of many popular television programs, most notably ‘Antaksari’. He made his directorial debut with Abhay and has used his influence in Bollywood to have many popular Indian stars act in the film

 

Awards
Best Children’s Film – Swarna Kamal Award – 42nd National Film Festival – India – 1994
Best Director – V. Shantaram Award – 42nd National Film Festival – India – 1994

Synopsis:

Lavanya Preeti (1993) is a traditional tale and follows the pattern of `film within a film`. The film illustrates the tale of adolescent love between Gauri and Kedar that is misunderstood by the elders and leads to tragedy. The film won the Best Asian Film award at the Osaka International Film Festival and the Best Children’s Film award at the 41st National Film Awards in 1994.

 

Director’s Biography: A K Bir
Apurba Kishore Bir, studied cinematography in FTII and began his career making ads, documentaries and short film. He was a key member of Richard Attenborough’s camera team for the multiple Oscar winning ‘Gandhi’. Mr. Bir has made many films for CFSI including ‘Lavanya Preeti’ that won the Best Asian Film at the Osaka International Film Festival and ‘Baaja’ that won the National Award for Best Children’s film in 2003. He is a sensitive filmmaker who has often depicted children trapped in a world of adults obsessed with materialism and lack of harmony. Mr. Bir has won multiple national awards both for cinematography and direction.

 

Awards

The Silver Plaque for Best Film – 8th International Film Festival for Children and Young People – 1993
Best Child Artist – 8th International Film Festival for Children and Young People – 1993
Best Children’s Film & Best Child Artist Awards– 41st National Film Awards – India – 1994
Best Child Artist – 41st National Film Awards – India – 1994

Synopsis:

Cleanliness comes naturally to birds and animals. That is not the case with humans. In a zoo in the morning, as the zoo premises are being cleaned, the animals are busy cleaning themselves. As people come visiting later in the day they make the zoo dirty. The animals seem upset at such careless and inconsiderate behaviour. A little girl takes it upon herself to clean up the place as an example for others.

 

Director’s Biography: Jagat Murari
After doing a Masters in Physics, Jagat Murari obtained his Masters in Cinema in 1947 from the University of Southern California, Lost Angeles. He then worked as a documentary film maker with the Films Division as director and producer from 1948 to 1961, making several notable and award winning films. The first President’s Gold Medal for a documentary went to Murari’s film ‘Mahabailipuram’ made in 1954. Murari has headed a number of key film organizations and institutions like FTII, NFAI, CFSI etc.

Synopsis:

What is electricity and how is it made and stored? ‘Vidyut’ one of the earliest and pioneering animation films made in the country, explains the process through fun visuals

 

Director’s Biography: Madhav Kunte
Writer, producer, director and animator Madhav Kunte is an animation pioneer making over fifteen films with many winning major awards. Besides this, he is also a pioneer in the field of cinema equipment engineering, designing and developing a range of highly specialized, indigenously manufactured film equipments such as 35mm animation camera and stand, 16mm optical printer with bipack and 35mm special effect projection head:35mm and 16mm flat bed film editing machine (similar to Steinbeck) of which about fifty are in use in the Indian film industry: and video transfer and picture to U-matic video tape recoding.

Synopsis:

Victor is a poor boy who wants to become an artist. However, he cannot afford paint. An old man taken over by his grit and commitment, gifts him a magic brush. Victor’s skills and the magic powers of the brush finally make him a renowned painter.

 

Director’s Biography: Ashit Ranjan Sen
After specializing in design and graphics, A.R.Sen took advanced training in Animation in Czechoslovakia and the National Film Board of Canada. Starting his career in advertising, Sen quickly switched to film animation. He worked with Film Division for twelve years, where as Chief Animator he trained several talented artists, while also scripting, directing and animating his own award winning films. In 1974, Sen joined FTII, Pune heading its Design Department. A prolific painter, he has also held shows of his paintings in different parts of India.