The 18th International Children’s Film Festival concluded on 20 November 2013 in Hyderabad. A Dutch Film named Kauwboy, directed by Boudewijn Koole won the Golden Elephant Award for best film in the ‘International Live Action’ category. The film is about a 10 year old boy and a bird.
The Golden Plaque for second-best film in the same section was won by a German film Das Pferd Auf Dem Balkon or A horse on the Balcony. Children’s Film Festival The Jury Prize for the best artwork was won by a Hindi film Goopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiya directed by Shilpa Ranade.
Ernest Et Celestine won the award for the Best Animation Feature and Zarafa won the Golden Plaque for the second best animation film in the International Animation Competition section that has been added in 2013.
During the film festival, Batul Mukthiar received the best director award for his film Kaphal in the International Live Action. The best screenplay award went to Nono-The Zigzag Kid.
The Golden Elephant trophy for Best Little Director category was given to an Indian film Breaking Silence and Tamator Chor. The Golden Plaque for the second best Little Director went to Phoolwati Amma and Mondial World School.
The film festival was organised by the Children’s Film Festival India (CFSI), which is an autonomous body under the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Andra Pradesh Government. The Festival started on 14 November 2013.