The fourth edition of the week-long celebration of Good Cinema – Smile International Film Festival for Children and Youth (SIFFCY) was held at the Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi. SIFFCY 2018 showcased 150+ critically acclaimed films from more than 50 countries to an audience of over 20,000 children.
The occasion was graced by the super excited school children from across Delhi NCR, SIFFCY Chairman Santanu Mishra (Co-Founder, Smile Foundation), accompanied by Festival Director Jitendra Mishra, celebrity chef Vikas Khanna and eminent jury including Lawrence David Foldes, Markéta Pášmová, Michael Harbauer, Elham Shirvani, Jaroslava Hynštová, Josep Arbiol, Marta Kraus, Volodymyr Diagilev, Prof. Dragan Milinkovic Fimon, and Hilde Steenssens.
SIFFCY 2018 also witnessed exemplary workshops including Role of Cinema in Peace Building, photography workshop by Indian Institute of Photography and a Skill Development session by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).
The festival’s success was made possible with support from various partners. The festival was supported by BookASmile, with Hero We Care (Hero Motocorp’s CSR initiative) as CSR Partner and Finolex Industries as partner. International Organizations like Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Student Academy Awards, Wild Geese Foundation, CIFEJ, European Children’s Film Association were the Organization Partners. The festival partners were Schlingel International Film Festival, Zlin Film Festival, BUFF International Film Festival, CINEKID, KINOLUB Film Festival for Children and Youth, MICE, Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People and Dytiatko International Children’s Television Festival.
Smile Foundation strongly believes that a film represents much more than entertainment; it is the most powerful medium to help children understand reality and emulate values. Film becomes an interesting and engaging alternative to stimulate discussion among young people about vital personal, societal, moral and world issues. SIFFCY is the culmination of Smile Foundation’s efforts to use films as a medium of reaching out to as many children and youth as possible, and sow the seeds of change – of being better human beings, of being good citizens, in their minds and hearts.
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