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Smile International film festival announces official selection of films in competition for SIFFCY’19: Kung fu Panda director John Stevenson heads the Jury panel

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  • Smile International film festival announces official selection of films in competition for SIFFCY’19: Kung fu Panda director John Stevenson heads the Jury panel
  • SIFFCY to feature 150 films, encouraging talent from all over the world
  • Best works from 50 countries to be featured during week-long extravaganza from 9-15 December
  • Event to be attended by global cinema icons, including Kung Fu Panda director John Stevenson

New Delhi, 19 November 2019: Bringing the best of world’s cinema for children to the national capital, Smile International Film Festival for Children and Youth (SIFFCY) is all set to launch its fifth edition in December.

One of Delhi’s most stellar events for children and youth-SIFFCY- will feature varied genres and categories of films from all across the globe, roping in the healthy competition in the infotainment industry as it acknowledges the efforts of the worthy with awards. The festival, screening from 9 – 15 December, will curate 150 films in 30 languages from thousands of international films and short-features from around the world.

The fifth edition of the unparalleled film festival will emphasise on applauding young talent and boosting their spirits as it features nine films from – Poland, USA, Cyprus, Australia, Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Germany, Canada and India – in the International Competition Feature Section. Five of these films will be recognised and qualify for the other award categories, including the ECFA Award, the CIFEJ Award & the FCCI Award (Film Critics Circle Award).

The complete list of the feature film official election includes:

  • Binti by Frederike Migom (Belgium)
  • Phantom Owl Forest by AnuAun (Estonia)
  • Fight Girl by Johan Timmers (The Netherlands)
  •  Inventing Tomorrow by Laura Nix (USA, India, Indonesia, Mexico)
  • Underdog by Seong-Yun OH and Chun-Baek Lee (South Korea)
  • Measure of a Man by Jim Loach (USA)
  •  Too Far Away by Sarah Winkenstette (Germany)
  • Here My Village by Abas Aram (Iran)
  • Musk by Vinod Kamble (India)

SIFFCY will appreciate several notable works of the artisans of cinema as it presents the International Competition Shorts Section, further including 18 different films from 13 different countries. Admiring the masterpieces created by students, the event will feature the Next-Gen Section, a category curated to recognise the endeavour of students, presenting 16 films made by film students from 10 countries.

Mr. Jitendra Mishra, Festival Director, SIFFCY, says, “As usual, this year’s festival will treat the audience with more than 150 films from different genres including both live action and animation from more than 40 countries. Diverse array of compelling feature films, documentaries, short films, includes variety of films on important global issues like climate change, immigrants, war and peace, friendship, family values will be showcased. While the best of children films from USA, UK, Canada & major European countries like Germany, Sweden, France, Norway & Czech Republic will be celebrated, we have also curated films from culturally diverse countries like Columbia, South Africa, Iran & Korea. We also have several interesting Indian regional films in the slate this year.”

Influencing the new-age generation and conveying messages of substance through the films enacted and curated by children, the festival will comprise of a Take One Section, showcasing 36 different short films made by children from 20 different countries.

Mr. Santanu Mishra, Executive Trustee of Smile Foundation & Chairman, SIFFCY, says, “We are quite proud of the film listings and are excited to showcase it. Jitendra has put in a lot of hard work to bring good content from all over the world.”

Renowned stars from across the world, including Kung Fu Panda director John Stevenson, will come together to form the international jury and panel at the event.

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