5th Annual

Pune International Film Festival

January 10, 2008 to January 17, 2008

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Marathon Bhavan
Near Mitra Mandal Chowk
Opp. Parvati Post Office
Parvati, Pune Maharashtra, India 411009
Phone: 91 20 24464545
Fax: 91 20 24468788

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COMPETITION - Best film in World Cinema
Representative cinema from the international world of cinema. Films must be feature films.

They must have been completed between 1st January 2003 to 15th November 2005.

Films should be in 35mm with optical soundtrack.

Entrants must agree that if their film/films win the Best Film Or Best Director Awards, all screenings thereafter will acknowledge the Award(s) on the film itself.

Entries will be subject to preview by a selection committee constituted by this Organising Committee. A film which is not accepted for the Competition Section can be shown in the Cinema of the World Section with the specific consent of the entrant.

The Jury for the Competition will be composed of minimum five members, including the Chairman, of which a majority will be from outside India.

he decisions of the jury will be taken by a simple majority of the members present and voting. The jury can evolve its own rules for assessment of the entries. The Director of the Festival ,and the Secretary of the jury can attend the deliberations of the jury but shall neither participate nor vote.

No person in any way connected with the production or commercial exploitation of a competitive entry will be a member of the jury. All Members of the jury will refrain from releasing any articles or reviews to the press concerning the films submitted for their judgement until after the jury's decisions have been formally published.

The following prizes will be given away:

(1) Best Film in World Cinema : A cash prize of
$20,000 USD(Rs.10,00,000), to the Producer of the Film)

(ii) Best Director’s Award : A cash prize of
$10,000 USD /- (Rs.5,00,000/- to the Director of the Film)

(iii) Best Marathi Film : A cash prize of Rs. 5,00,000- (to be Judged by the International Jury

(iv) Special Jury's Award : A Certificate of Appreciation & Crystal memento for

a) Best Actor( Female),
b) Best Actor (Male),
c) Best Cinematographer

Best Marathi Film
Best film in the regional language, Marathi, the language of the Maharashtra region where Pune is located. "Shwaas" a Marathi language film entered in the Pune Festival in 2004 was nominated for an Oscar for best Foreign film in the same year.
Short Films
Short films to qualify must be under 60 mnutes in length. They must be either in English or, if not, must be subtitled or dubbed in English. Screening Format: DVD Only
Short Documentary
Short documentary must be under 60 minutes in length. We limit the entries we will acceot to award-winning ones.[international film fest. or national film fest or awards at the reputed events.] It is a non-competitive category for exhibition only. The format for screening at the festival has to be on DVD (PAL)format only.The language has to be Englis or English subtitles.


The Festival aims at providing a common platform for the cinematographies of the world to project the excellence of the film art; contributing to the understanding and appreciation of film cultures of different nations in the context of their social and cultural ethos; and promoting friendship and co- operation among peoples of the world.


Pune is the fastest growing cosmopolitan in the country today. The presence of FTII (Film and Television Institute of India) for a very long time has generated an unparalleled ?intellect? Cinema audience base. Pune has a very large influx of foreign students, professionals, researchers etc. They come from all parts of the world and they are integral part of the strong society structure of Pune. The education capital of India-Pune, also draws students from all disciplines across the country and around the World. The National Film Archive of India is also situated in Pune.

The availability of a world-class movie watching experience through the newly built Multiplexes has also been responsible for triggering a new passion for cinema enthusiasts in the city. Also given the multi cultural mix of population with varied interests, Pune provides for an ideal base for an International Film Festival.

Keeping in mind these things, the Pune International Film Festival launched its pursuit to bring the best in ?celluloid? to the vast audience of Pune in 2002 with it?s first ?International Film Festival?. It has been evolving as a major annual event.

What we have here for you is a glimpse of the history of this festival

PIFF 2002

The first Pune International Film Festival was a great success; 1800 delegates were enrolled to experience this international festival. More than 50 pictures were screened from 8 countries. A great director ?Mrinal Sen? & a legendary actor ?Dilip Kumar? were awarded the Lifetime Achievement award for their outstanding contributions, in the field of Indian cinema.

The Inaugural films that received wide acclaim at the festival was, ?Grill Point? (German) ? (Silver Bear and Special Jury Award Berlinale 2002) the film was presented by its director Andre Dresen, ?Taking Sides? (Hungarian), Rain ?The Son?s Room? & others received serious attention from the audience.

PIFF 2003

The Pune International Film Festival that was held in 2003 had more than 80 pictures, from 10 countries. The opening film was ?No Man?s Land? (which won the Oscar for the Best Foreign Film) ? a war film from Bosnia-Heerzegovina and the closing film was ?Warriors of the Heaven and Earth? (A Japanese classic, with film theme composed by Mr. A.R.Rehman, India) In second Pune International Film Festival the Lifetime Achievement awards were given to ?Smt. Lata Mangeshkar? ? the Nightingale of India and ?Dev Anand? one of the greatest Hindi Film Star ever produced.

PIFF 2005

The PIFF came back with renewed vigour and enthusiasm in 2005 with more than 95 pictures, from 14 countries. The festival was Inaugurated by His Excellency S. M. Krishna, Governor of Maharashtra, His Excellency Dominique Girard, Ambassador of France.

Smt. Waheeda Rehman and Shri Shakti Samanta were presented with the Lifetime Achievement by Shri Jaipal Reddy Hon. Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Government of India.

Some Oscar contenders were screened at this festival like - South Africa?s - Yesterday, Afghanistan?s - Earth & Ashes, and India?s ? Shwaas. ?Yesterday? won the Award for Best Film and the Best Director went to Josue Mendez for the film ?Dias de Santiago? (Days of Santiago) Peru.

Special Jury Award for the Best Film went to ?Earth and Ashes, Afghanistan/France, the Best Cinematographer Award was won by Mr. Yang Wei for the film ?Endless Way? China, and the Best Actor award went to Mr. Arun Nalavade and Master Ashwin Chitale for the film ?Shwaas?, India.

The International Jury comprised of : Chairman of the Jury - Mr. Milton Shefter (LA, USA), Jury members Mr. Ramses Marzouk (Cinematographer Egypt), Dan Wolman (Director ? Israel), Ms. Pouran Derakshandeh ( Director ? Iran).

International Film Personalities who attended P.I.F.F. 2005


* Lawrence David Foldes (USA) ? Director of the Movie ?Finding Home?
* Mark Meily (Philippines) ? Director of the Movie ? ?Crying Ladies?
* Denis Bovin ? Director of the Movie ?Hold on to your Hat?


* Nida Wakim ? (Lebanon) ? Movie - Ring of Fire
* Joel Nunez (USA) ? Movie - Finally the Sea.


* Victoria Paige Meyerink (USA) - Movie ? Finding Home

Major highlights of PIFF 2005:

* Competitive Section World Cinema
* Tribute to: Marlon Brando, Mehmood
* Country Focus: France
* Genre: Thriller Cinema
* Retrospective: Gurudutt, Hitchcock
* Shakespeare in Cinema
* Young Directors: French Films
* Indian Panorama
* Workshop on ?Independent Directors & Film Making in the US
* The festival contributed towards the cause of Tsunami relief in its own special way at the Grand Closing Ceremony which included the world premier of ?KISNA? to raise Funds for Tsunami Victims.

Highlights of P.I.F.F. 2006

Competition: Awards

* Best Film in World Cinema - $ 20,000/-
* Best Director?s Award - $ 10,000/-
* Best Actor (Male) - $ 10,000/-
* Best Actress (Female) - $ 10,000/-
* Special Jury Award: Best Technician
* Best Marathi Film (to be Judged by the International Jury) ? INR. 5,00,000/-

Other Sections:

* Main Stream Cinema
* Tribute
* Country Focus
* Genre
* Retrospective
* Indian Panaroma


Jabbar Patel (Filmmaker)


Films which are to be entered in Competition have to be sent on DVD / VCD format for preview by the selection committee.

English or English Sub-title are a must.

Feature Films entered in Competition have to be made between 1st January 2005 to 15th November 2006.