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IKFFI 2017

The first edition of IKFFI 2017 hosted independently by schools for their students and their parents was a great success.

More than 100 films from over 25 countries were screened in 6 days.

IKFFI reached over 1,000,000 students, parents and teachers across more than 500 schools in more than 75 cities across India.

Meet the Team

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

A 1st generation entrepreneur, Sultan is a film producer and recipient of 6 prestigious National Film Awards for his contribution to cinema and education. Sultan has produced more than 120 short films and been member of several panels & juries of film festivals in India and abroad. He is deeply passionate about using the cinematic medium as an educational tool and is the brains behind IKFFI. A respected motivational trainer, phenomenal event manager, and prolific education blogger, Sultan also holds a Masters degree in Entrepreneurship from MIT-Boston, and is the founder and Managing Director of LXL Ideas (formerly EduMedia), an organisation that impacts learning and creates experiences for life for students, parents, and educators.

FESTIVAL PROGRAMMER

Producer, supervisor and creator of over 80 short films with School Cinema, most of which have been selected in more than 100 film festivals across the world, Neha carries with her an experience of over 15 years in films and media. Neha has produced and directed documentary films and TV shows for brands like Discovery, National Geographic, CNBC and PBS.As Festival Programmer, Neha’s focus is to conceive, develop, and implement the film programme for IKFFI to make the festival diverse, engaging, and fun for the young audience.

Organiser

LXL Ideas (Formerly EduMedia) makes lessons of life through films, events, publishing & training. We impact learning & create lifelong learning experiences for students, parents and educators. With School Cinema, our film-based life skills learning module, we’ve made 100+ films for students, parents and teachers. Today, School Cinema is used in 700+ schools, directly impacting 1 million+ kids. LXL Ideas is recipient of 6 National Film Awards, 9 international awards and over 250+ international festivals.

Advisors

Elizabeth oversees all youth programmes at Northwest Film Forum (NWFF), including film presentations, workshops, and summer camps. She has spent more than 20 years in joyous work for film arts enterprises, engaging young people in events, exhibits, educational forums and performances that celebrate global culture.A former director of the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, Elizabeth now directs the annual Children’s Film Festival Seattle, the West Coast’s largest annual competitive festival of its kind. Elizabeth also oversees touring programmes of the festival, which travel annually to such locations as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater, the Honolulu Museum of Art, International House Philadelphia and many other prestigious venues.Elizabeth has been invited as a speaker, juror or panel member at numerous festivals, symposiums and summits across Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and the Middle East.

Eric has been involved with film programming for over thirty years. The range of programming he has been directly involved with extends from booking small, commercial movie houses to programming/advising several larger international film festivals.He finds the most challenging (and most rewarding) programming has been for the annual Providence Children’s Film Festival which he helped co-found. It’s now one of the top five children’s film festivals in North America.

Partners

Culture House of IRAN, Mumbai

Culture House of IRAN, Mumbai

Children's Film Festival Seattle

Children’s Film Festival Seattle

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French Embassy

French Embassy

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IKFFI 2017 WINNERS

Best Live Action Short Film:

Lila

Director: Carlos Lascano

With her artist’s eye, Lila reimagines the scenes of those she encounters in her daily life, ‘completing’ their stories with her vision.


Best Documentary Short Film:

Sky

Director: Loes Janssen

Sky is nine years old and has a significant hearing impairment. He tries hard to participate in his class, which is full of good hearing children, but he often feels powerless and misunderstood. He thinks the outsiders don’t understand him, but does he understand them? In this short documentary we observe Sky during and after school time as he tries to maintain grip on his environment.


Best Animated Short Film:

Free As A Bird

Director: Joyce van Diepen

Imad, a 10-year-old boy, lives in a war zone. When he finds a bird with a broken wing, he brings it home and carefully nurses it back to health. This new friendship brings Imad joy, dreams, and strength. He learns to listen to his heart and finds the courage to choose a (new) future.


Best Live Action Feature Film:

A Film Of Cinema

Director: Thiago B. Mendonça

“Father, what’s cinema?” asks Bebel, the daughter of a film director in crisis. She wants to make a movie with her friends for a school project. The making of the film turns into a great adventure, and takes Bebel, her family and her friends to a wonderous trip through the history of cinema.


Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.
― Margaret Mead