The festival this year comprises a large number of electric and innovative sections. The Asian competition has been broadened to include Arab cinema. The Indian Competition consists of films made in the last one year in the country, while a new competition has been introduced for First Films. The regular sections include Cross-Cultural Encounters (films that tackle cross-cultural themes), Frescoes (recent films from Asian and Arab countries), Indian Mosaic (the best of the previous year�s productions in India but not in competition) and In-Tolerance (films that reflect on the intolerance of our times and hold a mirror to the past and present)
In-Tolerance Jury Members:
Saeed Ebrahimifar - Actor, director, producer and screenwriter Saeed Ebrahimifar was born in Tehran in 1956. He studied civil engineering and communication in the US. His cinematic career began in 1984 and he made his first feature, Pomogranates and Cane, in 1989. A poet of cinema, his film Lonesome Trees shared the Special Jury Award with Making Of at Osian’s-Cinefan last year.
Bappaditya Bandopadhyay - Born in 1969, award-winning filmmaker Bappaditya Bandopadhyay graduated in Sociology from Calcutta University. In 2003, he received the Most Prominent Director Award from the Bengal Film Journalists Association, while his leading actress, Debashree Roy won the Kalakar Award in Bengal for her performance in Colours of Hunger. He writes regularly on cinema and is also a poet of repute. His award-winning films, Barbed Wire, Devaki and Our Time have had their world premieres in Osian’s-Cinefan.
Gonul Donmez-Colin - Writer, critic, researcher and lecturer, Gönül Dönmez-Colin studied at the Universities of Istanbul, Concordia and McGill. She has taught in Montreal and Hong Kong, having done field research in Iran, Turkey, India and Central Asia. She is the author of Women, Islam and Cinema, Cinemas of North Africa and Central Asia (ed.), and Turkish Cinema and Politics of Identity. She has written widely on the cinemas of Central Asia and Greece, been on juries, curated programmes on national cinemas, and is the Artistic Advisor of Mannheim-Heidelberg and the Kerala International Film Festivals.