17th International Children's Film Festival (ICFF) commenced on 14 November 2011 in Hyderabad city. The main festival centre was at Shilparamam, Hyderabad. Shilparamam is a permanent crafts village that is set amid serene surroundings.
World renowned film makers, actors and directors, along with the movie buffs, are on the list to be covered in ICFF. ICFF is a biennial event which is set to go on till 20 November 2011.
The number of children film entries drawn from about 50 countries went up to a record number of 700, as compared to 300 in 2009. The Screening Committee selected around 150 films for the fest, as compared to 75 in 2009.
The committee effected certain changes in the categorisation this year. There were 15 awards in four competitive categories. The number of entries selected under these categories were International (15 films), India (10 films), Shorts (24 films) and Little Directors (11 films). The 17th ICFF witnessed representation from Africa and South America for the first time.