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Rs. 1 Crore in prize money at Osian's-Cinefan



January 22, 2008 12:00:00 AM IST
By Glamsham Editorial
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Osian's-Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema today announced over Rs. 1 Crore (approx. USD 250, 000) in Prize Money for its Competition Sections and Lifetime Achievement Awards. The Film Festival promises to celebrate its 10th Anniversary in July 2008 with panache, and the quantum leap in the Prize Money is a case in point.

Osian's-Cinefan will be held in New Delhi from 10-20 July this year, with its Mumbai Preview in June 2008.

While the Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Cinema was introduced in the 6th Osian's-Cinefan in 2004, the Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to Cinema will be introduced this year, and Rs 6 lakhs (approx. USD 15,000) will be presented for each category. The Best Films in the Asian-Arab and Indian Competition sections will be awarded Rs 20 lakhs each (USD 50,000) and the Best Director in each section will win Rs 8 lakhs (USD 20,000). The Special Jury Award and the Best Actor and Actress will each take away Rs 2 lakhs (USD 5000).

The Best First Feature will receive Rs 2 lakhs (approx USD 5000) in addition to a guaranteed support of Rs 8 lakhs (approx USD 20,000) from fFOOD: The Film Fund - Osian's Originating Development, created by Osian's, for the next feature film.

A new competition section that deals with themes of In-Tolerance has been created this year. It will include 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 Rs 8 lakhs (approx USD 20,000). An Audience Award is also being set up for a film in competition and will win Rs 2 lakhs (approx USD 5000). 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.

Osian's-Cinefan is one of the world's largest festivals of Contemporary Asian and Arab Cinema, organized by Osian's Connoisseurs of Art in association with the Government of the NCT of Delhi.

Cinefan began in 1999, as a small festival of Asian Cinema with some 27 films. In 2004, it was acquired by and merged into Osian's Connoisseurs of Art and became Osian's-Cinefan. Over the past nine years, it has made remarkable efforts to not only bring excellent films to Indian viewers but also to considerably widen the scope of the event itself. In 2005, Osian's launched IBM 2 - a series of seminars, conferences and panel discussions to draw attention to the entire cycle of a film's life.

In the past ten years Osian's has grown into one of India's leading art and cultural institutions dedicated to the infrastructure-building for the arts thereby fostering a new cultural ethos for the Indian and global arts. It has also nurtured a uniquely integrated cinematic infrastructure by building and supporting the film festival, the film archive, the forthcoming arts and film complex - the Osianama - in Mumbai, and by establishing fFOOD: The Film Fund - Osian's Originating Development, a step towards supporting young filmmakers in their efforts towards making bold cinema.


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