Mumbai, Oct 25 (UNI) The Third Eye 6th Asian Film Festival will be inaugurated on November 2 at the Plaza Theatre in Dadar in Central Mumbai and will continue till November 8.
This year, over 70 films will be screened during the seven-day festival in 35 mm as well as digital formats. The opening ceremony will have a screening of the Turkish film ''Mutlukuk'' (Bliss) directed by Abdullah Oguz.
Speaking to reporters today, Third Eye 6th Asian Film Festival Director Sudhir Nandgaonkar said, ''The Asian Film Festival, started in Mumbai in 2002, was created to enable a cultural exchange of films among the Asian countries. It had started as an attempt to build a greater understanding between Asian people about peace, harmony and development.'' This year, various categories in the Festival include ''Competition of Debut Film Directors'', with a mission to bring new directors from Asia into focus, where out of 60 films the jury has chosen 13 films and the ''Competition of Short Fiction Films'' where out of 140 entries from across Asia 10 hours of programming has been selected.
A new section 'Asian Masters of Cinema' will be started, so that the younger generation is introduced to them, where three films of Akira Kurosawa will be screened including ''Rashoman''.
This Year the 'Satyajit Ray Memorial Award' for promoting films as an art form will be presented to Aruna Vasudev, the Founder Editor of the magazine 'Cinemaya' devoted to Asian Cinema and Founder Director of Osian Cinefan Festival (New Delhi). Last year the award was presented to Prof Satish Bahadur from FTII. While the 'Asian Film Culture Award' will be presented to veteran Bengali Director Tapan Sinha whose retrospective is being organised at the festival.
The festival will be held at three venues across Mumbai -- Y B Chavan Centre, Plaza Cinema (Dadar) and Fame Nakshatra (Dadar).
Each venue will have five daily screenings for the festival delegates.