Monday, November 11, 2013

Norms to safeguard child actors soon

HYDERABAD: The Union ministry of information and broadcasting will come up with guidelines on how child artistes should be treated during film shootings.

The guidelines will be framed on the basis of discussions among child delegates and artistes during the upcoming 18th international children\'s film festival beginning here from November 14.

Union information and broadcasting secretary Bimal Julka said at a press conference on Monday that the \'rights of child actors\' would be discussed as one of the topics during the four open forum sessions.

Children\'s Film Society, India, chief executive officer Shravan Kumar said four child artistes from Uttarakhand would be among the delegates.

\"Children are most vulnerable. The conditions in which they work should be conducive for them as film shootings take place at different locations,\" said Raghavendra Singh, joint secretary, I&B ministry.

Chief secretary P K Mohanty said all arrangements had been made for the film festival. The main venue of the film festival will be Prasads Imax.

Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, actor Ranbir Kapoor, noted lyricist Gulzar will participate in the inauguration of the festival on November 14 at Telugu Lalitha Kala Thoranam. There will be a cultural show during each day of the film festival which is being organised by the CFSI, an autonomous body under the ministry of information and broadcasting in collaboration with the government of AP. The 18th ICFF will have a country focus retrospective of Czech films in collaboration with Zlin film festival, Czech Republic, which is the oldest children\'s film festival with over 50 editions.

As many as 111 child delegates from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Andaman and Nicobar, Harayana, Madhya Pradesh and Jammu will participate. Two children from Chicago will also participate. As many as 65 child delegates from Japan, Germany and Morocco are expected.

Bimal Julka said while 894 entries had been received from 75 countries, 240 films from 48 countries had been selected to be screened during the festival. He said one lakh children were expected to watch the films to be screened in various theatres. This time, an award for best animation film has also been introduced, according to him.

In connection with the film festival, the best of children\'s films in the country would be screened as part of the centenary of Indian cinema.

Asked about a permanent venue for the film festival in the city, chief secretary P K Mohanty preferred to skip the question saying some controversial issues were involved.
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