Thiruvananthapuram: M. Mukesh, MLA, on Tuesday said that the young generation now has the freedom to pursue their passion for movies unlike old times when the parents used to discourage the children and kill their dreams to be a part of the film industry.
Speaking at the press conference to officially announce the International Children Film Festival of Kerala (ICFFK), Mr Mukesh - who is also the chairman of the festival - said that the participation of parents in the second edition of the ICFFK - 2019 itself shows the kind of support the children are getting to pursue their passion.
He said that movie is a powerful medium which is accepted globally. The Kerala State Council for Child Welfare (KSCCW) would be providing all technical support for the children taking part in the festival.
The council general secretary SP Deepak said that Kerala State Chalachitra Academy and Kerala State Film Development Corporation (KSFDC) would be providing all technical support for the children to make the short film which would be screened on the final day of the ICFFK, which would be held from May 10 to 16.
The seven-day long festival will showcase around 90 films from across the globe. Mr Deepak said that there would be around 160 screenings at venues - Kairali, Nila, Sree, Kalabhavan and Tagore Theatre.
He said that there will be a special screening at Tagore Theatre every evening at 6 pm, which would be open to the public. As part of the festival, there would be open-forum at Kairali, which would be attended by renowned personals from various creative streams in the film industry.
Around 6000 children are expected to take part in the festival. Mr Deepak said that the registration has gone above 3000 already.
"We would be providing accommodation and food for marginalised children coming from other districts," said Mr Deepak. The council has received around 17 entries for the competition section....