New Delhi: Osian’s-Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema announced over Rs1 crore in prize money for its competition sections and lifetime achievement awards. The Film Festival promises to celebrate its 10th anniversary in July 2008 on an even larger scale and the quantum leap in prize money will see a larger number of nominations.
While the Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Cinema was introduced in the 6th Osian’s-Cinefan in 2004, Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to Cinema will be introduced this year, and Rs6 lakh will be presented for each category.
The Best Films in the Asian-Arab and Indian Competition sections will be awarded Rs 20 lakh each and the Best Director in each section will win Rs8 lakh. Special Jury Award and Best Actor and Actress will each take away Rs2 lakh while the Best First Feature will receive Rs2 lakh in addition to guaranteed support of Rs8 lakh from FOOD: 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 Rs8 lakh. An Audience Award is also being set up for a film in competition and will win Rs 2 lakh.
Over the last decade, the Osian’s has grown into one of India’s leading art and cultural institutions dedicated to infrastructure-building for the arts while also nurturing a uniquely integrated cinematic infrastructure.
Osian’s-Cinefan will be held in New Delhi from 10-20 July this year, with its Mumbai Preview in June 2008