Date extended till 08th Oct, 2018 for online submission


Cinema is one of the important communication media catering to the needs of children. It not only helps shape the young minds but also provides quality entertainment to them in the clutter of largely adult content of soap operas, sports programs, news, etc. To promote the genre of children’s cinema, Indian government established Children Film Society of India (CFSI) in 1955. Also many prominent filmmakers like Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak, Vishal Bhardwaj, Shekhar Kapoor used their creativity to entertain and educate children. But during last two decades not much importance has been given to this genre. However some enthusiastic independent filmmakers are making their mark.

Children are integral and neglected part of Indian society. The mental and physical health of children is among the vital factors that impacts the lives of the future of any country.  At present, children in our society are facing lots of problems such as child marriage, under-nutrition, and sexual violence and exploitation. It is imperative that these issues are not only discussed openly on a public platform but we must ensure that children and young people are made aware of these issues and their participation and contribution secured in the development process. Cinema is an effective tool to reach to a larger audience while sensitizing on specific issues in an edutainment format.

UNICEF in partnership with Central University of Jharkhand (CUJ) is organizing the ‘Jharkhand Children’s Film Festival and Workshop on Cinema Aesthetics’ in November 2018 providing a platform to adolescents and young people to address these issues and showcase their world.