Children's Film Society, India

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Children's Film Society, India
Logo of Children's Film Society of India.png
Abbreviation CFSI
Formation 11 May 1955; 59 years ago (1955-05-11)
Purpose Children entertainment, production and distribution
Headquarters Films Division Complex, 24, G. Deshmukh Marg, Mumbai – 400,026
Region served
Amol Gupte[1]
Parent organization
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Website Official website

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.[2]


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.[3]

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),[4] Nafisa Ali (2005–2008), Nandita Das.[1] (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.[5] 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.[6]


Year Title Notes
1956 Jaldeep Hindi film
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
2002 Baaja Hindi film
2006 Lilkee Hindi film[7]
2007 Mahek Hindi film
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
2009 Harun-Arun Gujarati film
2011 Gattu Special Mention at 62nd Berlin International Film Festival[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Profile of Chairperson". CFSI website. 
  2. ^ "Childern's [sic] Film Society". Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (India) website. 
  3. ^ Children's Film Society of India, Film: Jaldeep
  4. ^ "In Control". The Hindu. 6 April 2003. 
  5. ^ "Production – CFSI"
  6. ^ "Awards won by CFSI films" – CFSI
  7. ^ "Where are children's films?". The Tribune. 2 May 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "‘Gattu’ gets special mention at Berlinale". The Hindu. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)

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