SIFFCY (Smile International film Festival for Children and Youth) is a special film Platform devoted to a greater appreciation of world cinema which can bring change in the society by showcasing films with substance, supporting emerging filmmakers, recognizing the pioneers and leaders of entertainment industry and by promoting the diverse perspective of world cinema for disseminating serious yet focused messages.The first edition of the film festival will take place at Sirifort Auditorium, New Delhi, India during 21-27 December 2015. It will feature 80 feature length films, documentaries and short films made by children.
Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Vikram Singh Verma, Chief Operating Officer, Smile Foundation said, “We aim to sensitize children and youth through meaningful cinema and create a lasting impact in their minds through SIFFCY. On one hand we work with underprivileged children and their families and on the other hand under the concept of ‘civic driven change’ we try sensitizing privileged masses particularly children and youth”. Since films play a very important role towards sensitization, Smile Foundation has been making films, which are creative, innovative and a balance of the right content and the right quality, foraying into producing films of all kinds and has been hugely successful, winning several awards for its endeavours in all the categories. The feature film ‘I AM KALAM’, produced by Smile Foundation, received more than 30 international awards and a national award.
Some of the movies to be showcased are:
My Grandfather was a Cherry Tree – A movie about the little boy and his grandfather, who believed that people do not die while someone loves them.
Twins in a Bakery– a magical incident happened in an ordinary bakery while the baker was away for delivery.That incident made that bakery the best in town. But it is a secret not to be disclosed.
Pipo – A boy dreams of having his family picture taken only to find out that what is more important is that he still has a loving family by his side more than anything else.
Birds– Grandmother always replies to Luka’s curious questions, one answer forces the child to catch birds, which will help him to see his mother. grandmother reacts calmly and says that birds have mothers and that they miss them too.
I am Kalam– A child’s struggle to pursue his dream and surpass the boundaries of reality where the human spirit is pitted against overwhelming odds. It’s a tribute to Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
Noted film makers such as Nagesh Kukunoor, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Hansal Mehta, Santosh Sivan, Jahnu Barua, and Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty have come on board as advisory members of the festival, along with National award winning film critics Saibal Chatterjee, Utpal Borpujari and film producer Sushil Kumar Agrawal. Targeting the country’s children and youth, the week-long festival in Delhi will only be the beginning, after which SIFCCY will travel across India aiming to reach out to more than one million children and youth and advocating the concept of good cinema.
The idea behind this initiative is to design a rich mix of interest in film programmes to build and support the growing interest in independent infotainment industry.