As part of the crusade for empowering school going adolescents, Macmillan Education organized the International Young Film Makers’ Festival (IYFMF). It is a sequel to the grand success of the festival organized in the last three years and saw an enthusiastic participation of a large number of schools from all over the country. Upholding the suggestions and opinions from the adolescent ‘Peer Educators’ who have been a part of the regular Life Skills training courses, the theme of event is “Innovative Life Skills & Values for Social Change”. The festival focused on the issues, concerns and empowerment of children and their rights.
The Objective of this festival was to encourage young creative minds in schools to come up and utilize the audiovisual technology; short films to convey meaningful social messages to the civil society, programmers & policy makers, portraying major issues of national concern, thereby enhancing the application of Life Skills & Values Education in schools.
IYFMF 2014 included various other enriching events for the school students, like Orientation to Short Film Making, Editing & Script Writing, technical aspects of short film making and a bio graphical discussion on the life and creativity of a noted film maker, open house quiz on 100 years of Indian Cinema etc. The event held on 20thand 21st of January 2014 at the National Science Centre, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India. More than 40 schools, all over the country participated in this festival. It is the fourth of its kind educational film festival linking the creative expressions of young minds with meaningful media.
Dr. Sadhana Parashar, Director (A.R.T & I), Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), New Delhi was the Honourable Chief Guest of the IYFMF Valedictory Ceremony. Other dignitaries present during the festival were Mr. Yogesh Saxena, Vice President, Macmillan Publishers India Ltd as Guest of Honour; Prof. J.L Pandey, Former Professor & Head NCERT – Adolescents Education, Ms. Kshama Sanghvi, Film Analyst and Life Skills Trainer & Ms. Kalpana Palkhiwala, Retired Deputy Director from the Ministry of Information Broadcasting as our Honourable Judges.
At the end of the festival, Exciting Honors, Championships and Prizes were awarded to the winning students/ schools. Top three short films were shortlisted under the category “EXEMPLARY PERFORMANCE AWARD”given away to N. H. Goel World School, Raipur, theme: Female Foeticide and Gender Discrimination, Queens College, Khandwa Road, Indore, theme: From Literacy to Education- An Awakening & Delhi Public School, Mathura Road, New Delhi, theme : Senior Citizens–Blessings on the Sands of Time.
Next three short films were categorized under the category “MERITORIOUS PERFORMANCE AWARD” given away to Gwalior Glory High School, Gwalior, theme: Senior Citizens - Blessings on The Sands of Time, Sandipani School, Nagpur, them: From Literacy to Education-The Awakening & Gurukul The School, Ghaziabad, theme: The National Culture for Sports and Games.
And the rest three short films were categorized under the category “OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE AWARD” given away to Mount Abu Public School, Sector -5 Rohini, New Delhi, theme : Child's Rights, Delhi Public School, Sonepat, Haryana, theme : Sustainable Development & Rayat International School, Ropar, theme : Anger and Aggression-Scourge of Emotions. Rest of the schools was awarded “SPECIAL APPRECIATION AWARD” for their enthusiastic participation. The objective of this festival was to encourage young thinking and creative minds to showcase their talents.