Children's Film Society

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Children's Film Society India
Logo of Children's Film Society of India.png
Formation11 May 1955; 65 years ago (1955-05-11)
PurposeChildren entertainment, production and distribution
HeadquartersFilms Division Complex, 24, G. Deshmukh Marg, Mumbai – 400,026
Region served
[Mukesh Khanna till Feb 2018][1]
Parent organisation
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
WebsiteOfficial 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 years, several notable personalities have remained Chairperson of CFSI including Sai Paranjpye (twice),[4] Nafisa Ali (2005–2008), Nandita Das.[1] (2008–2012), Amol Gupte (2012-2015) and Mukesh Khanna (2015-2018).


CFSI produces feature films and short films for children in various languages of India. It organises subsidised 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]

Selected Filmography[edit]

Year Title Notes
1956 Jaldeep Hindi film, First CFSI film
1965 Jaise Ko Taisa 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
2003 Heda Hoda (The Blind Camel) Hindi film, Silver Elephant Award – 13th International Children's Film festival, Hyderabad – India – 2003.

2nd Prize – Vancouver Film Festival – Canada – 2004, Opening Film – Hamburg Film Festival – Germany – 2004, Silver Awards – La Matatena Film Festival – Mexico – 2004, Special Mention – Cine Jeune De Laon film Festival – France – 2004, Silver Awards – Cairo Film Festival – Egypt – 2005, Bronze Remi Award – Worldfest Film Festival – USA – 2005, Indian Panaroma – International Film festival, Goa – India – 2005, My favorite Film Award – Ningbo Shanghai Film Festival – China – 2005.[7]

2006 Lilkee Hindi film[8]
2007 Mahek Hindi film
2007 Manpasand – the Perfect Match Animation Film, Gold Remi Award, 41st World Fest Houston USA 2008, Bronze World Medal 2008 New York Film Festival,USA, Indian Documentary Producers' Association, IDPA, India Silver Award 2008, Diploma Prix Danube Award Bratislava, Slovakia 2008
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[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Profile of Chairperson". CFSI website. Archived from the original on 7 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Childern's [sic] Film Society". Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (India) website. Archived from the original on 24 May 2009. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  3. ^ Children's Film Society of India, Film: Jaldeep Archived 7 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "In Control". The Hindu. 6 April 2003. Archived from the original on 22 August 2003. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  5. ^ "Production – CFSI" Archived 7 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Awards won by CFSI films" – CFSI Archived 7 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Children's Film Society, India".
  8. ^ "Where are children's films?". The Tribune. 2 May 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  9. ^ "'Gattu' gets special mention at Berlinale". The Hindu. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2012.

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