SIFFCY’2015 opened on 21st December 2015 at Sirifort Auditorium complex, New Delhi with award winning Russian movie "Celestial Camel", directed by ‘Yury Feting’, followed by ‘France – Belgium’ co-production “Birds of Passage”, Directed by ‘Yves Ringer, Olivier Ringer’.
Union minister for Women and Child development Mrs Maneka Gandhi and National award winning film maker Mr. Tigmanshu Dhulia inaugurated the opening ceremony of the festival in the presence of, Santanu Mishra, co-founder and executive trustee of Smile Foundation and chairman SIFFCY, Jitendra Mishra festival director SIFFCY & other dignitaries.
With an objective to sensitise children and youth through meaningful cinema, the week-long film festival screened 80 films in different categories. 12000 children & youth participated in more than 10 different activities in these 7 days.
The festival has noted film makers such as Nagesh Kukunoor, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Hansal Mehta, Santosh Sivan, Jahnu Barua, and Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty on board as advisory members, where as Founder & executive trustee of Smile Foundation Santanu Mishra along with National award winning critics Saibal Chatterjee, Utpal Borpujari , Ashok Rane, veteran film producer Sushil Kumar Agrawal , film maker Samina Mishra & film producer / consultant Jitendra Mishra are there in the key management committee.
Workshops on filmmaking, photography, sand animation, storytelling and other activities were also been conducted as a part of the movie fair. This is a unique film platform devoted to a greater appreciation of meaningful cinema which can bring change in the society by showcasing films with substance, supporting emerging filmmakers, recognizing the pioneers and leaders of the industry, and by promoting the diverse perspectives of World Cinema.
According to Santanu Mishra, co-founder and executive trustee of Smile Foundation and chairman of the festival, the aim of SIFFCY is to sensitise children and youth through meaningful cinema and create a lasting impact in their minds. “I hope through SIFFCY, we will be able to channelize the energy of children & youth in a positive way and engage them proactively in the process of initiating social change” Mr Mishra added.
"The idea behind this initiative is to design a rich mix of films and programmes to build and support the growing interest in meaningful filmmaking, also we have tried to include maximum international films so that our kids will also have exposure to the art, culture and lifestyle of different other countries through these films" said Jitendra Mishra, Festival Director, SIFFCY.