300-plus ride India's Golden Elephant fest


NEW DELHI -- More than 300 films from 40 countries will participate at the 15th biannual International Children's Film Festival, aka the Golden Elephant, organizers said Thursday.

The festival, run by the Children's Film Society and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, takes place Nov. 14-20 in the southern city of Hyderabad.

A total of 45 films will compete for the top award, the Golden Elephant Plus, with a cash prize of 200,000 rupees ($4,600), while another 20 films will compete in the Asian Panorama.

The international jury includes Toronto International Children's Film Festival director Jane Schoettle and Indian filmmakers V. G. Samant and Mike Pandey, with Pandey as jury head.