10TH OSIAN’S-CINEFAN FESTIVAL OF ASIAN AND ARAB CINEMA
Above: A still From the opening film Sparrow
New Delhi, July 2, 2008. At a heavily attended press conference at Park Hotel Neville Tuli, Founder-Chairman, Osian’s Connoisseurs of Art announced that Osian’s-Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema will celebrate its 10th anniversary from 10-20 July this year with over 150 films from Asia and the Arab world. In addition, the festival, to be held in Siri Fort and Alliance Française in New Delhi, brings over 40 short fiction films to its audience for the first time this year.
Along with the annual award for writing, the Festival will bestow an additional award, the Osian's Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to Cinema, being given this year to renowned filmmaker Mrinal Sen. The writer’s award, renamed the Aruna Vasudev Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Cinema, will be conferred on Jose ‘Pete’ F. Lacaba from the Philippines.
The Conference was also addressed by Latika Padgaonkar by Indu Shrikent Joint Festival Directors, Osian’s-Cinefan.
This year Osian's-Cinefan has announced over Rs. One Crore (approximately $ 250,000) in Prize Money for its Competition Sections and Lifetime Achievement Awards. The winners of the Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented Rs. 800,000 (approx. $ 20,000) each.
The Festival will collectively have six juries comprising twenty-two distinguished individuals from the global film community, each of who brings a unique perspective from every sphere of filmmaking. Esteemed directors, screenwriters, actors and cinematographers will together preside over the awards selection for the films in competition, deciding the winners in four categories - Asian & Arab, Indian, First Features and In-Tolerance. The new competition section dealing with themes of In-Tolerance has been created this year to showcase feature and documentary films that respond to or deal with the intolerance of our times. The Best Film in this category will take home a cash award of USD 20,000 (approx Rs 8 lakhs).
The Best Films in the Asian-Arab and Indian Competition sections will be awarded each USD 50,000 (Rs 20 lakhs) and the Best Director in each section will win USD 20,000 (Rs 8 lakhs). The Special Jury Award and the Best Actor and Actress will each take away USD 5000 (Rs 2 lakhs). The Best First Feature will receive USD 5000 (approx Rs 2 lakhs) in addition to a guaranteed support of USD 20,000 (approx Rs 8 lakhs) from fFOOD: The Film Fund - Osian’s Originating Development, created by Osian’s, for the next feature film. An Audience Award is also being set up for a film in competition and will win USD 5000 (approx Rs 2 lakhs). In addition to these awards given away by Osian’s, the International Film Critics Federation (FIPRESCI) & the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) will give away their own awards
This year, IBM2 includes: Talent Campus India – a six-day workshop for aspiring filmmakers from South Asia; ABC Series IV, an Art, Book & Film Memorabilia Auction; Osian Asian II Exhibition that brings together the world’s largest collection of Japanese Samurai armour and Kabuto helmets alongside a focus on Asian erotica; Lectures and Panel Discussions; and a focus on the relationship between Writing and Cinema in the form of debates and dialogues between writers and filmmakers that will be complemented by a curated section of films relevant to the topic.
Paul Schrader, one of the world’s most famous screenplay writers, will deliver a Masterclass on Screenwriting and two films written by him, ‘Mishima’ and Martin Scorsese’s ‘Taxi Driver’ will be screened at the festival.
A major highlight of the event will be the unveiling of the scale model of the Osianama, Osian’s flagship cultural complex. Osianama, which will open in Mumbai in mid-2009, will also house two screens apart from a large Debating House for discussions on cinema.
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (WORLD CINEMA) will celebrate the significance of the number 10 on the occasion of the festival’s 10th anniversary. The films explore the manner in which cinema has navigated the narrow alley between censorship, transgression and pleasure throughout its history. As a part of the tenth anniversary, the SPRINGBOARD section will pay a tribute to the festival since its inception in 1999 and will screen films from earlier editions of the festival selected by the Festival’s Founder Aruna Vasudev.
In a NEW FOCUS, the festival will for the first time have Short Fiction Films of less than 40 minutes duration from Asian & Arab countries. Several other sections are eclectic in nature. CROSS CULTURAL ENCOUNTERS has become a steady feature of the festival. FILMCRAFT (Screenplay) will show a clutch of films that have been chosen with a view to opening a debate on whether the screenplay is a ‘necessary evil’.
The 5th edition of Talent Campus India has been organized in collaboration with Berlinale Talent Campus, Berlin International Film Festival and Max Mueller Bhavan and will have young filmmakers from India, neighbouring South Asian countries and Iran.Thirty-one young aspiring filmmakers will be invited to New Delhi for a workshop from 13–18 July, 2008 to interact with renowned filmmakers and film professionals from India and abroad.
Osian’s-Cinefan will also pay tribute to Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz, Alain Robbe-Grillet, renowned cinema personalities, Taiwanese director Edward Yang and Indonesian actress Christine Hakim who is also President of the Asian-Arab jury.
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