Bihar’s kids will get a shot at directing their own films, when Children’s Film Society India (CFSI) launches its countrywide campaign to bring the visual arts into schools. A series of filmmaking workshops for Bihar’s school kids will be started in several districts from April 1.
CFSI Shravan Kumar, the society’s chief executive officer, announced this in Patna on Friday, ahead of a CFSI film show ‘Radio comes to Rampur’ at the ongoing Virasat art and culture fest . The yearlong competition will be organised under the society’s “Little Directors Concept” programme in association with Kilkari, Unicef and the state government.
The workshops will be held in every district. At the end of the year, kids with potential would be encouraged to further develop their films and screen them at the international children’s film festival organised every year by Children’s Film Society India.
“Pursuing the Children’s Film Society India’s motto to promote movies and movie making among children, we have decided to organise a yearlong movie-making workshop for schoolchildren in Bihar,” said Shravan. “The programme will be held at Kilkari’s three centres and a few government schools in various districts,” said Shravan.
He was speaking on the sidelines of Bihar Ek Virasat Kala and Film Festival 2016 organised by Grameen Sneh Foundation.
Shravan said the Children’s Film Society would request the government to provide support for moviemaking among children in Bihar. “As I am from Bihar, I want to promote movie making among children here. While the society is making efforts to promote children-based movies, we will request the government to provide necessary framework such as production studio ,” said Shravan.
Born in Nawada district’s Rukhi village, Shravan is a 1991 Indian Revenue Services officer. Shravan served as additional commissioner in the income tax department at Patna from 2003-05. He assumed the charge of the Children’s Film Society in 2012 and soon, achieved the feat of the first commercial screening of a film made by the society – Gattu. “I emphasised on proper marketing and networking with distributors and multiplex chains to ensure commercial screening of our film,” said Shravan.