How long has it been since we’ve visited a movie theatre to catch the latest Friday release? It has been even longer since a movie buff has checked out their city’s film festivals. But with theatres closing, films have been releasing on OTT platforms over the last few months. So, why can’t we have a film festival online when everything we found normal has gone for a toss? This was exactly what the cool folks at LXL Ideas, led by its Managing Director and Chief Learner, Syed Sultan Ahmed thought about doing with the fourth edition of the International Kids Film Festival.
In previous years, the festival would take place over a period of three or four days and the kids would watch the movies at school with their friends and teachers. “This year, however, they will be watching the films over a period of 30 days starting November 20. They will be able to do so from home, on the Krayon app, and watch with their parents,” says Syed. And what films are these? “There are over 150 films from around 40 countries,” says Syed. These films include German-Palestinian short film Maradona’s Legs by Firas Khoury, Australian documentary film Koko, A Red Dog Story, Hungarian film Katapult and Indian film Khidki by Dhawal Kadakia.
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Priced at Rs 299 for a full month of viewing, the films will be available till December 20. “We have chosen films that touch upon various issues. There are films on the environment, LGBTQIA+, body positivity and gender equality. Users can choose to watch films anytime they want,” says Syed. But the festival is not just limited to viewing films.
This year, there are several live sessions and panel discussions as well. Actress Sonali Bendre, Kalki Koechlin, Filmmaker Nandita Das and several other international filmmakers will be discussing children’s films and more. “We are also hosting live sessions and masterclasses on editing, filmmaking and animation to teach children more about the art. The panel discussions will be on topics like how children can be educated through films and how education has changed this year,” adds Syed.