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Making films for children isn't kidstuff.

All those who love children's films, either for their own sake or for their little ones, have a great opportunity to keep themselves occupied this weekend. The three- day Third Global Film Festival organised by the Asian Academy of Film and Television ( AAFT) in Noida, got underway at the Marwah Studios on Friday and is offering a mindboggling number of 247 children's film from across the globe to soak into till Sunday.

The launch saw the presence of offbeat cinema specialist Sudhir Mishra and Bangla actress who has had a brief stint with Bollywood, Rituparna Sengupta. Mishra, who is known for his films like Hazaaron Khwahishen Aisi , didn't seem happy with the state of children's films in present times. " Our films mostly talk down to children.

Unlike the West, they are not stimulating enough to excite the inquisitive mind of young viewers. We must also move beyond our obsession of animated films for children," he said.

Mishra advised the young film buffs to watch classics like Satyajit Ray's Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne . Urging the filmmakers to move beyond ' ishq mohabbat ', he cited the example of Pankaj Parashar's Aasman Se Gira ( 1992) as one of the few good children's films made in India.

Sengupta, on the other hand, who seemed too brightly dressed for the occasion, recalled the great time she had while shooting for Priyadarshan's children's film, Bum Bum Bole . She added that she fantasised playing a ' Hindustani superwoman' in a children's film. " Children are more sensitive than adults.

You can't please them with dumb cinema," she said.

Talking about the opening film of the festival, Smile Pinki -- the short film by Megan Mylan which won the Oscar for best documentary in 2009 -- the AAFT director, Sandeep Marwah, shared, " The film's presentation and opening/ closing titles were prepared at our studio and it's very close to my heart." Go get some fun!

-- The festival is on at the Asian Academy of Film and Television, Film City, Sector 16A, Noida, till November 14. Entry is free. For the detailed schedule log on to www. gffn. org.

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