Odia film “Sabas Biju” which was officially selected for screening at the National Children’s Festival, Rajasthan last year and was well appreciated by the critics is now all set to be featured in the 20th International Children's Film Festival India (ICFFI) to be held in Hyderabad from 8th-14th November 2017. The film has been selected from among 109 films of different languages.
The film written, directed and produced by Santosh Panda is based on child rights and is also influenced by the life story of former chief minister late Biju Patnaik. Many child artists have made a debut in this film, some of whom wereselected from the slums while some from various schools across the city. The main characters include 11-year-old Snehal Sujal Mohanty and 9-year-old Subhangi Panda, who belong to Bhubaneswar. It took six months for the entire team to complete the two-hour film.
International Children's Film Festival India (ICFFI)is one of the largest and most colourful children’s film festivals in the world.Generally,Children Film Society selects films from different countries based on child life and that those which are highly acclaimed. One of the most appreciated aspects of the festival is the interaction between the film makers and the audience after the screenings.
Excited about the festival, writer cum director of the film, Santosh Panda told My City Links, “I am very much happy and excited with the success of the film. And I must say that this is not just my success. The effort of the entire team has been reflected in the film. Althoughwe had taken two months to shoot the entire film, we did not take any break in between because all the artists had literally gotten into the skin of the character. Overall, it was an amazing experience for all of us and we are happy that we are representing our state at the international forum.”