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Published Nov 14, 2013, 4:33 pm IST
Updated Mar 18, 2019, 6:10 pm IST
Local filmmakers’ lack of participation in the Children’s Film Fest

Filmmaker Sunil Kumar Reddy jury member at the Children’s Film Festival in the city, says that though Hyderabad is the permanent venue for this event, local filmmakers are not taking any advantage of it. “Earlier the government used to give subsidies through the AP Film Development Corporation. But now it has almost stopped,” he says, adding, “These days, when a children’s film releases, parents feel that it is meant only for children. They never come to watch it. If a filmmaker is encouraged, he will try to make another film,” feels Sunil. He adds that in the last 10 years, the number of locally-made children’s films have decreased.

The filmmaker rues that while the festival attracts filmmakers from around the world, Indians are not interested. He says “We got over 800 entries this year from all over the world. The organisers have taken only 200 for screening.”


He further complains that the government is taking the festival as an normal event. “They are doing this like a normal event which comes every two years. Local culture, sensibilities and so many things are not being highlighted,” he says, adding that schools should encourage children to participate. “During the opening and closing ceremonies, the dignitaries speak about en-couraging local filmmakers and then everybody forgets about it till the next functions.”

T’wood stars to give fest a miss?

Producer and director Thammareddy Bharadwaj, who is looking after the theatres in which the films for the festival are being screened, says he doesn’t think any Tollywood stars will attend the festival.


“The names are on the cards. Though the Telugu Film industry has supported the Children’s Film Festival since the beginning, the final call (about special guests) is Delhi’s. We haven’t received anything till now,”he says.

Talking about Ranbir Kapoor being roped in as a special guest, he points out not only is the Bollywood star’s name printed on the card, there was much publicity given too. “Forget about Tollywood stars, if the local committee members’ names are not appearing on the card, they, too, may not come,” he says. Sources say, as a face saver, the organisers might rope in some Telugu stars in the last minute.