The 10th Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) organised by the Pune Film Foundation and the state government is to be held in the city between January 12 and 19.
More than 200 films from 40 countries will be shown during the festival. Dr Jabbar Patel, director, PIFF, said the World Cinema Competition Section will have 14 films and the Marathi Competition Section will have seven films.
For the first time, PIFF will confer an award on two film personalities for their remarkable contribution to Indian cinema. The awards will be presented at the inauguration ceremony.
Global cinema, country focus on German films, retrospective of Taiwanese director Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Indian and Marathi cinema today, documentaries and tributes will be the other highlights of the festival.
Patel said the state government and the Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Chitrapat Mahamandal will give Rs 20 lakh and Rs 1 lakh for best films in world cinema and Marathi cinema, respectively.
Competition films at PIFF
>> There are 14 films in the World Competition Section
Nader & Simin: A Separation (Iran), The Albanian (Germany), Joanna (Poland), Alzheimer (Iran), Sparrow (Russia), Voice Over (Bulgaria), Black Thursday (Poland), My Little Princess (France), The Magic of Hope (Spain/Ireland), Amnesty (France/Turkey), Diago (China), The Precinct (Georgia+Azerbaijan), Sound of Love (India), and If Not Us Who (Germany)
>> There are seven films in the Marathi Competition Section
Shala (director Sujay Dahake), Deool (Umesh Kulkarni), Jana Gana Mana (Amit Abhyankar), Baalgandharva (Ravi Jadhav), Ha Bharat Maza (Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukhatankar), Khali Doka Var Paay (Ajay Singh), and Mukti (Machindra Morey)