Children's Film Society, India
|Formation||11 May 1955|
|Purpose||Children entertainment, production and distribution|
|Headquarters||Films Division Complex, 24, G. Deshmukh Marg, Mumbai – 400,026|
|Parent organization||Ministry of Information and Broadcasting|
Children's Film Society, India (CFSI) is a nodal organisation of Government of India that produces children's films and various TV programs in various Indian languages. Established in 1955, CFSI functions comes under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India and is headquartered in Mumbai.
The concept of an exclusive cinema for India's children was mooted by its first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, and Children's Film Society, India (CFSI) was founded on 11 May 1955 with Hriday Nath Kunzru as its first president. The first film produced by CFSI was Jaldeep (1956), an adventure film directed by Kidar Sharma also starring Mala Sinha.
The Chairperson of CFSI is selected for a duration of three years, and over the several notable personalities have remained Chairperson of CFSI including, Sai Paranjpye (twice), Nafisa Ali (2005–2008), Nandita Das. (2008–2012) and presently, the position is just taken over by director-writer-actor, Amol Gupte, from 2012 onwards.
CFSI produces feature films and short films for children in various languages of India. It organises subsidized shows and distributes film prints. In the last 52 years CFSI has made 114 feature films, 45 short animations, 9 puppet films, as well as 52 short documentaries and news magazines. CFSI also organises an International Children's Film Festival held every alternate year in India. The films produced by CFSI have participated in many film festivals all over the world and have won many awards.
|1975||Charandas Chor||Hindi film|
|1991||Potli Baba Ki||(TV puppet series)|
|1996||Halo||Hindi film, National Film Award for Best Children's Film, Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie|
|2007||Manpasand – the Perfect Match||Animation Film, Gold Remi Award, 41st World Fest Houston, USA,Bronze World Medal 2008 New York Film Festival|
|2009||Putaani Party||Kannada film, National Film Award for Best Children's Film|
|2011||Gattu||Special Mention at 62nd Berlin International Film Festival|
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- "Where are children's films?". The Tribune. 2 May 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
- "‘Gattu’ gets special mention at Berlinale". The Hindu. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
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