Bengaluru: Dell International Kids Film Festival, a first-of-its-kind global film festival is being hosted in schools all around the globe between November and December 2019. Currently, in its 3rd edition, the festival endeavours to introduce kids to the magic of films and to utilize its power to educate and inspire. Dell-IKFF in this edition has partnered with the state governments of Karnataka, Telangana and Assam to bring the global festival to their own local schools. With over 7000 schools participating, this promises to be the biggest ever festival touching the lives of government school children in India. The festival kickstarted in Bengaluru on Children’s Day with Deputy Chief Minster Dr. C N Ashwath Narayan and education minister Mr. S Suresh Kumar inaugurating the launch of the festival at KLE Society’s School, Rajajinagar.
Dell International Kids Film Festival provides an opportunity for students to not only watch the best of international children’s films but to also learn about film-making and to participate in a film-making competition. Dell-IKFF 2019 will be the World’s Largest Children’s Film Festival being hosted by schools in 40+ countries targeting over 2 million school students and their families. Starting from November, the 2-month global event will showcase work by some of the biggest names in the international film fraternity.
The Festival is an attempt to break down virtual walls that exist between people and to bring together children of various ethnicities, backgrounds, religious preferences, cultures, languages and other divides together on one forum to watch hand-picked films with messages about positive values in life.
Adds Syed Sultan Ahmed, MD & Chief Learner @ LXL, “Today most of the content that is being generated and consumed is video as opposed print. And films are the ideal platform to engage with children to communicate value-based messages. Dell-IKFF does just that in bringing millions of children from around the globe together to watch and learn from the same set of movies that have been curated and hand-picked basis relevant age groups”.
He further adds, “We have curated over 100 films from 40 countries in 35 languages on issues ranging from environment to conflict to childhood to space and many more in this edition. The idea of the festival is to expose children to world languages, issues, challenges and stories which are all integral to education.”
The movies, which are in different languages and sourced from around the world will feature English subtitles and will be aired via EduSat, India’s first thematic government satellite dedicated exclusively for educational services and aired in major cities, town and villages of India.
“Dell in India has been vocal about increasing digital literacy in the country and through Dell Aarambh, has taken computer learning to teachers, mothers and students of thousands of schools. Our partnership with IKFF 2019 comes from the shared belief that tech literacy will be a pre-requisite for children who go on to join future workforce.”” ——- Adds Ritu Gupta, Director – Marketing, CSB – Dell Technologies, India.