SIFFCY  2024


Smile foundation in partnership with the European Union successfully hosted the 10th edition of the Smile International film festival for children and youthfrom 9thApr to 15thApr 2024 in New Delhi and 100+ other different locations across India simultaneously.

The week-long film festival reached out to more than 5,00,000 young audiences across India with over 150films from 50 countries and 50 different workshops, masterclasses, panel discussions and more. More than 50 national and international industry professionals, jurors, filmmakers and guests from 12 different countries participated in person and 100 young Jurors from 10 countries participated virtually during these 7 days. The national media has recognised the 10th edition of SIFFCY as the largest film festival in the country this year !

Major activities along with the opening and award ceremony were held in New Delhi during the week. Simultaneously multiple screenings and related activities were scheduled in different schools and communities in various locations across India. Selected program were also available on the specially designed, secured, dedicated streaming platform of the festival throughout the week.

The films program included 150+ films from different genre including feature films, short films, documentaries and animations made by both professionals and children, from above 50 different countries have been selected for various sections of the official program of the festival this year. Along with film screenings, multiple capacity building workshops, panel discussions and interactive masterclasses were hosted during the week-long festival.

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SIFFCY is a flagship initiative of India’s leading development organization Smile Foundation to engage, educate and empower young minds through Good Cinema and Cinema related capacity building workshops, interactivepanels, masterclasses and related activities. The annual festival attracts thousands of filmmakers, industry professionals and Cinephile from across the world and more than 50000 young spectators take part in the week-long film festival every year. We hope to reach out to a larger audience and expect virtual participation of more than one million Online visitors all together.

(You may find more information on www.smilefoundationindia.org | www.siffcy.org )


Daniel Lundquist
Daniel Lundquist / SWEDEN

Swedish festival producer & programmer,

He graduated in art management. He’s worked for many years in various positions for the Swedish Film Institute and has also worked for the magistrate of the city of Malmö. Since 2009 he has been part of the BUFF film festival team in Malmö.

Ana Laura
Ana Laura Calderón / MEXICO

Acclaimed film director, producer, screenwriter and editor.

Member of AMEE (Mexican Editor´s Guild) and honorary member of ANAC (AssociazioneNazionaleAutoriCinematografici).  She is the director and producer of the award-winning “MEZQUITE’S HEART”, now on HBOmax a film that the New York Times described as a poignant coming-of-age tale, the editor of “AMARAICA”, also on HBO max, and the producer of “CHILANGOLANDIA”, film nominated in 2021 for seven CANACINE annual awards (National Chamber of  the Film Industry).


He graduated from the Film and TV school of academy of Performing Arts in Prague in the year 1999.
And has been the CEO of the post production studio AVID movie. He has also been the managing director of the film distribution company Bioscop, which is a part of AQS.
Over the years he has had a splendid career as a Producer and Editor for several acclaimed films.

Josep Arbiol / SPAIN

He is the Director and Founder of Valencia International educational Film Festival MICE Valencia, Spain.
He’s also the President of the MICE Network with its headquarters in Madrid, Havana, Western Sahara, Argentina, Mexico and Galapagos.
Having started his career as an educator, he currently concentrates his professional work on children’s films and youth and media education. His work as a mentor of audiovisuals made in environments educational products have been awarded in many competitions worldwide.

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Leena Jaisani / INDIA

Leena Jaisani is Deputy Secretary General, with over 28 years of expertise in FICCI, India’s most prominent and influential industry association. With an accomplished career in leading the Media & Entertainment division, brought together more than 400,000 experts from India and beyond, shaping the landscape of the global M&E industry. Additionally, she spearheaded the FICCI Committee for FMCG, Retail, and E-Commerce – India’s fastest-growing industries while enabling the supervision of FICCI Cascade, FICCI Art and Culture, and FICCI Intellectual Property Rights

Division. With a keen eye for detail and

exceptional management abilities, she has gained global recognition for outstanding

contribution to the industry.

Manish Saini / INDIA

Manish Saini is a two times national award winning filmmaker, widely known for his notable work in Dhh (2017), Gandhi & Co and Shubh Yatra. His films were screened at international film festivals like TIFF, IFFI and many others. He went to National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad