The fourth edition of the week-long celebration of Good Cinema – Smile International Film Festival for Children and Youth (SIFFCY) started on the 10th of December and ended on the 16th of December 2018 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 across Delhi/NCR, SIFFCY Chairman Santanu Mishra (Co-Founder Smile Foundation), accompanied by Festival Director Jitendra Mishra, celebrity chef Vikas Khanna and the eminent jury including Jill Samuels, Marta Kraus, Volodymyr Diagilev, Marketa Pasmova, Josep Arbiol, Jaroslava HYNŠTOVÁ, Elham Shirvani, Prof. Dragan Milinkovic Fimon, Hilde Steenssens and Lawrence David Foldes.
SIFFCY 2018 also witnessed exemplary workshops like – Role of Cinema in Peace Building and a photography workshop. Trainees of Smile Foundation’s STeP programme also had an unique learning experience to be a part of Skill Development session conducted by NSDC National Skill Development Corporation.
The Sustainability Conclave 2018 also happened on 14th December as a part of SIFFCY where the eminent panel members from the esteemed organizations participated in the discussion on the topics like: ‘Tech For Good’, ‘Women Empowerment: Fostering Entrepreneurship’, ‘CSR aligning to SDG’.
The festival’s success was made possible with support from various partners. 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. Other partners and supporters include Creative Hub, Indian Institute of Photography, Film Freeway, Goethe Institut, SPO India, Children’s India, Mukul; Madhav Foundation, The Helen Hamlyn Trust, INTACH and Pearl Academy.
Smile Foundation’s Film Festival is an effort to sensitize children and youth through hand-picked quality films, with assortment of various topics starting from gender equality to environment, family values, friendship, aspirations, dream, self-confidence and importance of education from across the globe.