New Delhi, July 12 : The Tenth Osian's-Cinefan Film Festival of Asian and Arab Cinemas, featuring about 200 features and short fiction films from around 40 countries commenced here on Friday.
Delhi's Chief Minister Sheila Dixit inaugurated the ten-day (July10-20) festival by lighting up the lamp.
The festival opened with the screening of 'Sparrow', a film from Hong Kong, directed by Johnny To.
On the inaugural day, Aruna Vasudev Lifetime achievement award was conferred on eminent film director Mrinal Sen for his contributions to alternative cinema.
Also, Jose F. Lacaba, poet, journalist, translator and screenwriter from Philippines bagged the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to cinema.
The festival will conclude with the screening of film 'Mumbai Cutting'.