Hyderabad is one of the major cities on the Indian map. However, the recent political situation and a pro-Telangana take by the Center has cast doubts on the city's international appeal. If the city loses out on important events, what does that spell for its future?
The Golden Elephant is an international children's film festival, which is organized here every two years. With Telangana agitations taking center-stage, the festival's venue is not confirmed yet. Hyderabad had been a permanent venue since 1995.
Children's Film Society, India (CFSI), Mumbai, holds the festival and preparations for the 18th international children's film festival have begun. A senior CFSI official told Times of India that Hyderabad as a venue can be announced only after an official confirmation is received.
Last year, the venue was Shilparamam, which had limited seating capacity. The state government bears most of the Rs 5 crore cost for organizing the festival. Last date for entry submissions is 15th August and the festival will be held from 14th November to 20 November.