International children's film festival in Hyderabad from Nov 14

The pearl city of Hyderabad is readying to host the International Children's Film Festival  India (ICFFI) 2013, a biennial event, which will open on November 14.
The sprawling Lalitha Kala Thoranam open air auditorium ,the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies, is being repaired and decked up at a cost of Rs.50 lakhs.
The other facilities like the auditoria, where workshops and seminars will be held as part of the film fete, are also being given final touches.
The 18th edition of the festival, being organised by the Children's Film Society of India (CFSI), an autonomous body under the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, will showcase the 200 films from more than 45 countries out of 900 entries received from 70 countries.
The festival will also screen specially curated non-competition sections, including children's works that will showcase the most acclaimed films from the last 10 years.
The biennial festival, popularly known as the Golden Elephant, aims to bring the most delightful and imaginative national and international children's cinema  to young Indian audiences.
About a lakh children from all over India and hundreds of film professionals from across the world are expected to attend the screenings.
The country focus at this year's festival is on Czech Republic, which will present the best of Czech children's films.
Some of the old treasured films from CFSI and National Film Archives of India, commerating 100 years of cinema in India, have been included in the festival.
The prestigious Golden Elephant trophy plus Rs 2 lakh cash prize will be given away to the best film, director, screen play, animation feature and other categories in the competition section.
Similarly, the silver elephant trophy plus cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh would be given away to runners-up in the above categories.
About seven cinema halls in the city have been chosen to screen the films during the festival. The other attractions include cultural programmes, besides seminars and workshops.
Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor is expected to attend the opening ceremony, while another Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has extended support to the fete.
The Union Government had declared Hyderabad as the permanent venue for holding the international children's film festival. The city had hosted the festival for the first time in 1995.
A film -Temple Run- made by children of the Oakridge School in Hyderabad is also all set for a screening at the film festival. The young makers and cast of the film, which tells the tale of a "treasure hunt", have had no prior experience in film making.

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