Government school students will have to wait to get a chance to watch movies as the film festival by the Children's Film Society (CFS) India, in association with the district administration, which was scheduled to start from September 7 has been postponed.
Earlier, the district administration had decided to conduct a week-long special film festival in Jalandhar for government and aided schools.
Additional deputy commissioner (general) Pritam Singh said, "We have received a letter from the central government to postpone the festival. It has been written that the next date for the film screening will be provided soon. While the preparations were almost done for the festival, we have not received the next date schedule till now from the department."
The preparations, including bookings for the movie, were done at various theaters of the city and the district administration had taken time slot from the theatres and multiplexes.
The award-winning ten short films which were to be screened were based on motivational themes sent by the society itself.
A multiplex manager said, "We were asked to provide a time slot of 45 minutes to one hour daily for a week. There was an issue which we had discussed with the deputy commissioner that in multiplexes, we have digital systems while the movies were in normal, analogue format and could not be screened in our theatres. After that, we were informed the festival was postponed for the time being."
Around 1, 06,000 students from classes 6 to 12 were to see the movies from 9am with their teachers after which classes would resume as per routine.