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Film Societies are very necessary to inculcate good viewing qualities and habits. Hyderabad has continuously seen activities in this direction. It has also seen the film society movement extending to encompass children. As a result, while the Hyderabad Film Society has just celebrated its silver jubilee, the Andhra Pradesh Children's Film Society has succeeded in getting Hyderabad declared as the permanent venue for all International Children's Film Festival of India.


 ---------------------GOOD CINEMA FOR ALL

Right from the day it was established on the 1st of March 1974, the Hyderabad Film Club (HYFIC) has been functioning to spread the word- that cinema not only spells magic, it is meaningful too.

With Dr. G. S. Sidhu as its founder-president, the HYFIC has been successfully working as an ambassador of good cinema. It has in its fold a membership of not only cinema lovers from all walks of life, but also professional film makers, distributors and those connected directly or indirectly with film-making and film screening.

The main activity of the film club is the regular screening of good films, mostly at the preview theatre of Sarathy Studios. On an average, members at Hyderabad get to see four to six foreign and Indian films in a month.

Another exciting activity involves periodical retrospectives and festivals. The HYFIC can be proud of retrospectives of such luminaries as Godard, Zanussi, Ingmar Bergman, Reinard Hauff, Bolognini, Niklos Schilling and Gerard Depaprdieu. Of the Indian luminaries, the retrospectives include Bimal Roy, Satyajit Ray, K.L.Saigal, Aravindan, Buddhadeb Das Gupta and Girish Kasaravalli.

In 1982, the Hyderabad Film Club celebrated the Silver Jubilee of Indian Talkies by holding a Festival of Indian films where many rare classics were screened, thanks to the Pune National Film Archives. The Egyptian, Chinese, Israeli and other festivals helped Hyderabadi viewers get a valuable feel of the films of those countries. Lectures, discussions and seminars are the hallmark of any film society.

HYFIC caters to the academic and intellectual needs of its members by organising several seminars like the one on Regional Cinema & Film Society Movement and Ray Films. The HYFIC, actively engaged in strengthening the film-society movement, hosted th All India Film Societies Conference in 1983 and state-level conferences of film societies in 1975, 1981, 1989, 1991, 1992 and 1993. It unfailingly brings out a monthly newsletter that keeps the members well informed on various streams of thoughts, perceptions and activities.

Not satisfied by just catering to the aesthetic needMOVIE MELAs of its members, the Hyderabad Film Club misses no opportunity to involve the masses. The Movie Mela held from September 26 to October 10 1999 to mark the club's silver jubilee was a month-long feast of films made by master film makers from different countries as well as various states of India. A roaring success, it proved that a taste for good cinema can be developed by one and all.

Address: 7-1-209 / 3, Ameerpet, Hyderabad - 500 016, Phone: 373 0265 /373 0841, Contact Person : S.S.Prakash Reddy.

----------------------- Boon To children

The children of Hyderabad are indeed fortunate to have an active Children's Film Society. It was formed in 1992 with H.E. the Governor of Andhra Pradesh as its chief patron.

Acknowledging the educative and entertaining aspects of cinema, the Children's Film Society aims at promoting cinematic and audio-visual literacy among children so that they can learn to appreciate good films and reject the bad ones. The Society tries to meet these objectives by:

  • Showing good Indian and foreign children's films.
  • Getting affiliated with national and international children's film societies.
  • Encouraging existing children's film societies and promoting new ones.
  • Involving children in cinematic movements through workshops, seminars and discussions.
  • Bringing out books and other written material on good films and good film culture.
  • Organising major children's film festivals in Andhra Pradesh.

The Children's Film Society regularly screens children's films. Thanks to their efforts, the International Children's Film Festival is now permanently held in Hyderabad every alternate year. The Society has won laurels for conducting Open Forums where national and international film personalities interact with children. It also conducted a script writing workshop and film appreciation courses.

It is partly due to the efforts of the Children's Film Society that child film-lovers from Hyderabad have done a wonderful job as members of the jury for national as well as international film festivals.

Address: Children's Film Society, 'Chandram', 3-6-712/2, Street No.11, Himayat Nagar, Hyderabad 500 029,
Phone: 763 5669.

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