For 12-year-old Jui Chawan, her best childhood memories have given her a chance at winning accolades. A standard VIII student of Balmohan Vidyamandir, Dadar, Chawan’s film, The Emerald Circle, has been shortlisted to be a part of the 18th International Children’s Film Festival, India, popularly known as The Golden Elephant.
The film traces the changes Shivaji Park has seen over the years. “It was once a beautiful open space. It has changed overtime, so, my film traces how the park has changed,” said Chawan. The film has been selected under the specially curated non-competition section called Children’s World, which will showcase the most outstanding international children’s film produced in recent years.
The subject of Chawan’s film is something she has been associated with since her childhood. “I have been visiting Shivaji Park since I was five-years old. It was very different few years back. Over the years the park has changed. Earlier it was one big green filed, but now it has become a sports ground, which is good, but I do miss the green cover where I played for hours,” said the Shivaji Park resident. Chawan completed her film in July and it was shortlisted from over 800 entries from across the world.
Chawan took approximately 10 days, under the guidance of Neelkanti Patekar, with whom she undertook a film making workshop. “I along with my classmate, Tanushree Shashital began taking random shots of the park and then we interviewed various people who would come to the park,” she said. The film will be screened at the film festival at Hyderabad from November 14 to 18, 2013.
She, however, did not compromise on her academics. “I missed only a day of school when I was working on the editing,” said Chawan.
“The film festivals such as these are important as they enhance creativity and personality of the children and widen their vision,” said Guruprasad Rege Trustee & Director Balmohan Vidyamandir.