About CMS

City Montessori School, popularly known as CMS, has been a pioneer in the field of education serving society since its inception in the year 1959 by a dynamic visionary couple, Dr Jagdish Gandhi & Dr (Mrs) Bharti Gandhi. CMS is a chain of schools with 20 branches spread all over city of Lucknow. It is known to do things differently through innovation to educate children.

CMS believes in providing meaningful education through the three realities – Material, Human and Divine, making the child a Total Quality Person. The institution has been accredited with numerous awards and recognition. CMS’s name also figures in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the largest number of (over 37,000) students in a single city. It is a recipient of the 2002 UNESCO prize for Peace Education and is the only school in the world to have become the recipient of the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education.

About ICFF

ICFF is a non-commercial, non profit-earning organization, working Purely for the promotion of educational films and the art of filmmaking. The sole purpose of this festival is to promote entertaining, educative cinema among young audiences and to explore the possibilities of using the visual medium as a tool for better entertaining, educational, material, human and spiritual upliftment.

About Lucknow

Lucknow, popularly known as the ‘The City of Nawabs’ is situated on the banks of the river Gomti. It dates back to the time of the ‘Suryavanshi’ dynasty. Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, was founded by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula. In the past, it served as the capital of the nawabs of Awadh and it is one of the reasons why it is also called the ‘City of the Nawabs’. The era of the Nawabs bestowed Lucknow with the courteous culture as well as mouthwatering delicacies for which it is famous today.

The city of Lucknow has a magical charm surrounding it. Be it its delicious cuisine or its heart melting culture, the city leaves an everlasting impression on its visitors. It is one of the few places where one can still find people saying ‘aap’, ‘janab’, ‘pehle aap’, etc. Even though flats have replaced Nawabi mansions, the city is still as charismatic as before.

CMS has been organizing the film festivals for the past two years, to inculcate good human values According to its Founder/Manager, Shri Jagdish Gandhi, “Cinema is a potent medium of mass communication that leaves an indelible impact on everyone’s mind”. Through this media, message of value-based education can be beautifully conveyed to children ICFF is a non-commercial, non profit-earning organization, working purely for the promotion of educational films and the art of filmmaking.

Organising Committees

Dr. Jagdish Gandhi
Founder Manager CMS

Dr. Bharti Gandhi
Founder Director CMS

Professor Geeta Gandhi Kingdon
Chief Operating Officer, CMS

Mr. Varghese Kurian
Head Films & Educational FM Radio

Mr. Srinivasa Santhanam
Festival Advisor/Programmer

Mr. Hari Om Sharma
Chief Public Relations Officer, CMS

Principals of all CMS Branches


Working Committee

Mr. Varghese Kurian

Mr. S.M.I. Rizvi

Mr. Ahmed Hameed Shaikh

Mrs. Bina Krishna

Our Activities

ICFF is a non-commercial, non profit-earning organization, working Purely for the promotion of educational films and the art of filmmaking.

The sole purpose of this festival is to promote entertaining, educative cinema among young audiences and to explore the possibilities of using the visual medium as a tool for better entertaining, educational, material, human and spiritual upliftment. The festival also aims to promote film culture in the state of Uttar Pradesh and the whole of India as well as to promote educational children films. It strives and to create awareness about the good values of life needed for this day i.e. Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam, (one family-one world) through cinema.

Our Partners

City Montessori School, COMMUNITY RADIO STATION

R      Range
A      Awareness
D      Development
I       Involvement
O      Organization

Founders of City Montessori School Lucknow, Dr. Jagdish Gandhi and Dr Mrs Bharti Gandhi were fortunate enough to be entrusted with this responsibility of social development in the year 2005 by the Government of India. Though the task seemed mammoth initially, the school, through its radio channel – CMS COMMUNITY RADIO – has made positive and constructive strides in the past three years. Since the efforts made were in all earnest and the purpose was guided by a sincere and vision, the journey is beginning to yield positive results.


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Awards

(i) Best Children Feature Film The director gets a Golden trophy, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs.100,000/- and the producer gets a certificate and a cash prize of Rs.100,000/-
(ii) Best Documentary Feature Film The director gets a Golden trophy, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 75,000/- and the producers gets a certificate and a cash prize of Rs.75,000/-
(iii) Best Animation Feature Film The director gets a Golden trophy, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 75,000/- and the producers gets a certificate and a cash prize of Rs.75,000/-
(iv) Best Short Animation Film The director gets a silver trophy, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 60,000/- and the producer gets a certificate and cash prize of Rs. 40,000/-
(v) Best Short Film The director gets a silver trophy, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 60,000/- and the producer gets a certificate and cash prize of Rs. 40,000/-
(vi) Best Short Documentary film The director gets a silver trophy, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 60,000/- and the producer gets a certificate and cash prize of Rs. 40,000/-
(vii) Special Jury Award - Dr Jagdish Gandhi Award The director gets a Silver trophy, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs 60,000/- and the producers get a certificate and cash prize of Rs. 40,000/-
(viii) Audience Award- Dr Bharti Gandhi Award The director gets a Silver trophy, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs 60,000/- and the producers get a certificate and cash prize of Rs. 40,000/-

Rules & Regulations

9th CMS International Children’s Film Festival -2017 (5 - 13 April, 2017)

FESTIVAL REGULATIONS
The Festival is being organised by the management of City Montessori School Lucknow, India.

WORLD PEACE & WORLD UNITY THROUGH EDUCATION

Objectives

The Festival aims at providing a common platform for the producers of Children films to project their views for proper development of children's potential through meaningful films; and also for promoting friendship and co- operation among people of the world.

1. Date and Place

The Festival will be held in Lucknow from 5th -13th April, 2017

2. Regulations

The programme of the Festival will be divided into the following broad categories:

  • Feature Fiction
  • Short Fiction
  • Feature Animation
  • Shorts Animation
  • Feature Documentary
  • Short Documentary

3. The Festival Directorate reserves the right to exclude films which are not in conformity with aims of the Festival, or which could offend the national feelings and susceptibilities of any participating country, or are likely to promote racial discrimination or such films which may be detrimental to the cause of unity of humankind.

4. Details

  1. Films must be for children of all ages.
  2. Films must have been completed between 1st January, 2014 to 30th November, 2016. Eligibility period will be determined by the censorship visa/certificate of the country where the film has been produced.
  3. Entries will be subject to preview by a committee constituted by this Festival. A film which is not accepted for the Competition Section can be shown in other Section with the specific consent of the entrant.

The following prizes will be given away:

(i) Best Children Feature Film The director gets a Golden trophy, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs.100,000/- and the producer gets a certificate and a cash prize of Rs.100,000/-
(ii) Best Documentary Feature Film The director gets a Golden trophy, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 75,000/- and the producers gets a certificate and a cash prize of Rs.75,000/-
(iii) Best Animation Feature Film The director gets a Golden trophy, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 75,000/- and the producers gets a certificate and a cash prize of Rs.75,000/-
(iv) Best Short Animation Film The director gets a silver trophy, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 60,000/- and the producer gets a certificate and cash prize of Rs. 40,000/-
(v) Best Short Film The director gets a silver trophy, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 60,000/- and the producer gets a certificate and cash prize of Rs. 40,000/-
(vi) Best Short Documentary film The director gets a silver trophy, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 60,000/- and the producer gets a certificate and cash prize of Rs. 40,000/-
(vii) Special Jury Award - Dr Jagdish Gandhi Award The director gets a Silver trophy, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs 60,000/- and the producers get a certificate and cash prize of Rs. 40,000/-
(viii) Audience Award- Dr Bharti Gandhi Award The director gets a Silver trophy, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs 60,000/- and the producers get a certificate and cash prize of Rs. 40,000/-

5. DVDs for Selection

DVD's (Preferably PAL system) of films may be sent, so as to reach the Festival not later than 15th December, 2016.

6. Entry of films in the Festival

Film Producers, Distributors or their duly authorized representatives or duly authorized government organization / agency of the participating countries may enter their films for the competition through the enclosed Entry Form.

7. The Festival organizers reserve the right to invite films they consider suitable for the film festival.

8. The Entry Form, duly filled in, separately for each film proposed to be entered should reach through Online or through by post to the Festival Director, by 30th November, 2016.

9. Freight and Other Charges

  1. The DVDs for screening during the festival should be sent at sender's cost by International courier.
  2. The Festival will not bear freight or any other charges for unsolicited films/ videos sent to it, if these are not selected for screening in the Festival.

10. Subtitling

Films will normally be screened in their original language/version. Films in language other than English must have subtitles in English. Films that arrive without subtitles, or with subtitles other than in English, where such subtitles are not required, shall not be screened in the Festival.

11. General

  1. Films must be suitable for children‐content should have no explicit violence, sexual reference or coarse/obscene language.
  2. The participants must ensure that they have the right to participate in the 9th CMS International Children's Film Festival-2017 with regard to parties connected with the production / distribution of the participating film and / or other right holders/licenses.
  3. Participation in the Festival implies acceptance of these Regulations.
  4. As a policy of the festival no screening fee is paid to the producer or distributor for screening the film in the festival.

12. Enclosures

  1. ONE copy of the ENTRY FORM
  2. Two copies of the film in DVD format with subtitles in English.
  3. A Data CD consisting of
    • Synopsis in English
    • Film Stills as many as possible
    • Director's Photos, Biography and Filmography
    • Poster of the film (optional)

The items mentioned can be sent via email also at cmsfilmfest@gmail.com or at info@cmsfilms.org

13. The organizers of the festival reserve the right to make changes in the screening schedule of films.

14. Films can also be sent through online, i.e. through any link in HD Quality with an English subtitle.

15. Correspondence and Shipping Address:

All correspondence, Publicity material, DVDs & Digital Beta should be addressed to:

The Festival Director

9th CMS International Children's Film Festival -2017
CMS FILMS & RADIO DIVISION,
12, Station Road, Lucknow.
Tel: +91 522 2638321, 2638738, 2638606
Fax: 2638008, 2635497
website: http://www.cmsfilms.org/icff
E-mail: varghese.kurian@cmseducation.org & info@cmsfilms.org

Film Schedule

To be updated

Results

9th International Children's Film Festival Award Winners

The following awards are recommended by the Main Jury:

1. Best children's Feature Film award is shared between the Iranian film IDENTITY directed & produced by Behrooz Sebt-Rasoul andthe Russian film Celestial Camel directed by Yuri Feting and produced by Irina Plisko, Mikhail Plisko. The prize money of Rs.2,00,000/- is equally shared between the Directors and Producers of both the films. {Each director gets a Golden trophy, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs.50,000/- and producers of each film get a certificate and a cash prize of Rs.50,000/-}


2. Best Documentary (feature length) award is given to the Iranian film Anaa produced & directed by Asal Gharib {The director gets a Golden trophy, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 75,000/- and the producer gets a certificate and a cash prize of Rs.75,000/-}


3. Special Mention certificate is given to the director Mattia Trabucchi of the Italian feature length documentary film Kayabike.


4. Special Mention certificate is given to the director Maxim Volkov of the Russian feature animation film Sheep and Wolves.


5. Special Mention certificate is given to the director Guven Beklen of the Turkish Feature Film Mehmet Salih


The following awards are recommended by the Young Jury:

1. Best Short Animation Film award goes to the Chilean film W.A.R.F. directed by Kylie Trupp and produced by Kevin TOLEDO (The director gets a Silver trophy, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 60,000/- and the producer gets a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 40,000/-).


2. Special Mention Certificate is given to the directors Esther Lalanne, Xing Yao, Valentin Sabin, Camille Verninas, Chao-Hao Yang of the French animated film Charlie's Buck Teeth.


3. Best Short Documentary Film Award goes to the Indian film Dribbling Dreams directed by Varun Tandon produced by Pradyut Voleti (The director gets a silver trophy, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 60,000/-and the producer gets a certificate and cash prize of Rs. 40,000/-)


4. Special Mention Certificate is given to the director Jalal Ud Din Baba of the Indian Documentary film SAVING THE SAVIOUR.


5. Best Short Fiction Film award is given to The Netherlands film IDIOT directed by Pedro Dewi Reijs and produced by In-Soo Radstake. (The director gets a silver trophy, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 60,000/- and the producer gets a certificate and cash prize of Rs. 40,000/-)


The combined jury awarded the following award:

1. Sh. Jagdish Gandhi Special Jury Award: The Young and Main jury recommend the Sh Jagdish Gandhi Special Jury Award to the Iranian short fiction film The Kites Without Wind (Badbadakhaye Bi Bad) produced and directed by Salem Salavati (The director gets a Silver trophy, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs 60,000/- and the producers get a certificate and cash prize of Rs. 40,000/-)


2. The audience recommend:Dr. Bharti Gandhi Audience Award to the Indian short fiction film Eklavya produced and directed by Shailesh R Parth. (The director gets a Silver trophy, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs 60,000/- and the producers get a certificate and cash prize of Rs. 40,000/-)

Contact Us

The Festival Director

CMS International Children’s Film Festival
CMS FILMS & RADIO DIVISION

City Montessori School,
10, Station Road, Lucknow. 226001- INDIA.
Phones: +91-9415015039, +91 522 2638321,
                +91 522 2638738, +91 522 2638606
                +91 522 2638483, +91 522 2637655
Fax: 0091-522- 2638008, 2635497
Email: info@cmsfilms.org
Website: http://www.cmsfilms.org/icff/