The ‘Village Rockstars’ by Rima Das bagged best children film under adult jury feature film while Mum’s wrong by Marc Fitoussi was awarded best youth film and Majid Esmaili Parsa won the best Director for Helmsman at Smile International Film Festival for Children and Youth (SIFFCY) held in Delhi.
The event saw the presence of Santanu Mishra, executive trustee of Smile Foundation and chairman, SIFFCY, Jitendra Mishra, festival director, SIFFCY and eminent international dignitaries. This year, apart from prestigious international juries, SIFFCY also had a young jury board where children have given their inputs in selection of films.
Under adult jury feature film: for the best children film, The Wind in the Reeds by Nicolas Liguori, Arnaud Demuynck bagged the award. Compartments by Daniella Koffler and Uli Seis won the best youth film. For best story My second Eye by Ahmad Saleh bagged the award and the Wicked Girl by Ayce Kartal won the award for the film with a special message.
The Winners under the children jury category were – The pocket Man by Ana Chubinidze won the best film award. The Cake Story by Rukshana Tabassium won the Special Mention (For Direction)
Winners under jury category were – for best film, Flying Rats by Emiel Sandtke was selected and My Second Eye by Ahmad Saleh won the special Mention (For Direction).
“SIFFCY was born out of this belief in the immense potential and power of cinema as a creative and engaging medium to sensitize our younger generation. When we conceptualized it some six years back, we only had an idea and a handful of people with us. But over the years, this idea gained strength as several likeminded individuals and institutions joined the movement,” said Santanu Misra, executive trustee of Smile Foundation and Chairman – SIFFCY.