The concluding day of two days Jharkhand Children’s Film Festival (JCFF) at Central University of Jharkhand ended with a message of making films reflecting the sentiments of children from different backgrounds. 

“In animated films produced today, it is talking down to a child rather than what a child is all about. It is always a repetitive comment in such genre,” said Shilpa Ranade, Director of Gopi Gawaiya Baga Bajaiya movie cum IIT Mumbai Associate Professor. 

Meanwhile, Wings of Fire novel Publisher cum Musician Gopi Gawaiya Baga Bajaiya movie Narayan Parshuram focused on the survival of storytelling among children which can be incorporated in films.

ShriPrakash, renowned Jharkhand Independent Film Maker spoke about less portrayal of children in any kind of films. Another National Awardee Batul Mukhtiar, Director of Kaphal movie mentioned childhood romanticism.
These versions were part of a panel discussion moderated by Doon University Assistant Professor Dr Karuna Sharma. 
Notably, Gopi Gawaiya Baga Bajaiya bagging four awards on international platforms and premiered at Toronto Film Festival will be released in 150 theatres nationwide on March 1 next year. It is the animated version of Satyajit Ray’s Bengali movie Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne (1969). 

Prior to the film festival, a National Workshop on Cinema Aesthetics 2018 organized by UNICEF in partnership with CUJ was held. The Golden ‘Youth for Child Rights’ was clinched by “Chiraiya Chahe Aasmaan” by Manan Kathuria, Amity School of Communication with a cash prize of Rs.15,000. 

The second prize, Silver ‘Youth for Child Rights’prize was bagged by ‘Laado’ by Md Sonu, Makhanlala Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, Bhopal with a cash prize of Rs.12, 000. 

The Bronze ‘Youth for Child Rights’ prize was bagged by ‘Lal Batti’ by Saloni Sharma, Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, Bhopal along with a cash prize of Rs.10,000.  In addition to this three consolation prizes were also given away with a cash prize of Rs.5000 each.

The valedictory session was attended by UNICEF Chief Madhulika Jonathan, Prabhat Khabar Editor Vinay Bhushan, Professor (Academics) Dr Manoj Kumar, JCFF Chairperson cum Mass Communication Head-Dean Dr Dev Vrat Singh, JCFF Coordinator Dr Sudarshan Yadav along faculty members, research scholars and students. Notably, the one of its kind programme was organized by CUJ Mass Communication Department.  


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