December 22-29, 2011
What’s It All About
The Asian Film Foundation, Mumbai, is set to promote Asian cinema using a variety of cultural activities. While the festival will be held simultaneously in Pune and Kolhapur to reach a wider audience, the main venue will be Ravindra Natya Mandir in Mumbai, where over 156 films from Asia and other parts of the world will be screened. The festival will open with the Chinese film 11 Flowers (directed by Xiashuai Wang) and close with Ketan Mehta’s controversial Rang Rasiya. There will be a special ‘Tagore Week’, which will see films like Charulata, Kabuliwala and Kshudit Pashan based on Rabindranath Tagore’s stories to commemorate his150th birth anniversary.
There will also be a tribute to Ashok Kumar, with a screening of BR Chopra’s Gumrah. Other highlights of the festival include a special focus on Turkish films, celebration of Film and Television Institute of India’s (FTII) golden jubilee and a package of films from Uzbekistan.
Over 400 entries have been received from different Asian Countries including Iran, China, Japan, Israel, Philippines and Indonesia. Films will be screened under the sections – Spectrum Asia ,First/Second Film Competition, Short Film Competition, Focus on one Asian country and Retrospective.
This year, the PL Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy has teamed up with the Asian Film Foundation to host the festival in Mumbai.
Contemporary Asian films will be showcased in this section to capture cinematic trends in Asian countries.
First/Second Film Competition
The festival is starting a competition of first or second films made by Asian directors. The director of the film should have debuted within 12 months before the festival. This competition will be judged by an international jury. The Best Film will be awarded a trophy and cash prize of US$ 2,000.
Best Short Film Competition
Many aspiring young directors and film school students in Asia are making digital short, fiction films. The festival is organising a Short Fiction Film Competition to hunt new talents in direction. Short fiction films made two years before the festival are eligible. Duration up to30 minutes and in digital format –preferably DVD. Running time of more than 30minutes will be at the discretion of festival director.
This competition will be judged by an international jury.
Best Film will be awarded a trophy and cash prize of US$ 1,000.
Master of Asian Cinema
Japanese master Akira Kurosawa first placed Asian cinema squarely on the world map with his classic, Rashomon, by winning the Grand Prix at the Venice International Film Festival in 1951.Thereafter, Asian cinema has slowly but steadily emerged into international spotlight by winning top awards at world’s important film festival. The award winner will present some of these award-winning Asian films that bagged the top honours at a global film festival.
Satyajit Ray Memorial Award
This award will honour someone whose lifetime mission is to propagate film culture by running a film society, writing books etc.
Focus On One Asian Country
A package of six to seven films will be screened showcasing the trends in cinema in that country.
Tributes will be paid to Indian and Asian directors by organising retrospectives of their films.
Asian Film Culture Award
The award will honour the achievements of Asian directors who remain unknown to cinemagoers in India. The award will recognise the achievement of a director who has popularised Asian cinema and artistic achievement in cinematography. It will be presented during the festival’s opening ceremony.