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13th edition of Pune International Film Festival begins

Pune (Jan. 08, 2015): The 13th edition of Pune International Film Festival was inaugurated Thursday by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at CityPride, Kothrud. Over 350 films will be screened, during the festival, which will end on January 15. The festival opened with a French film, Timbuktu, directed by Abderrahmane Sissako.

In the coming week, the jury members, comprising of eminent filmmakers like Krzysztof Zanussi (Poland), Kiran Nagarkar (India), Fernando Colombo (Spain), Helmut Groschup (Austria), Marcel Gisler (Switzerland), Marco Simon Puccioni (Italy), Peter Tweihuas (Germany) and actress-writer Nandana Sen (India) will assess over 250 films competing in different categories.

In the International Films category, the movie, Court, which bagged the Best Director award at the Singapore Silver Screen Awards, is touted to be strong competition to foreign films from countries like UK, Israel and France. "Elizabeth Ekadashi, Yellow and Prakash Baba Amte are some movies shortlisted in the Marathi section," added Patel. PIFF will also screen movies by students from various film-making institutes, including those from Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). This is also the first time that a total of 56 films will be screened at 14 theatres in Chinchwad as part of the Pune International Film Festival (PIFF).