7th Asian Film Festival will begin from Oct 16

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Mumbai, Oct 4 (UNI) The 7th Third Eye Asian Film festival will be held in city from October 16-23.

This year films from 20 Asian countries will be screened.

''We have received 52 entries for the debutant director competition out of which seven have been selected for the final. In the short fiction film catagory (30 minutes) has received 155 entries,'' said Asian Film Festival chairman, Kiran Shantaram at the announcement function here today.

Works of Israeli film maker Dan Wolman (six films) and Korean director Kim Ki Duk (five films) will be screened under the ''Focus'' section, while the retrospective section will screen six films of Japanese director Keisuke Kinoshita.

''The Spectrum Asia'' will screen the latest films of the continent made in the last two years. India will present its entries in Kannada, Bengali, Marathi and Teleguamong others.

The festival will also honour Satyajit Ray (Asian Masters Generation), Korean director Park Kwang Su (Asian Film Culture Award) and former director, National Film Archive, P K Nair (Satyajit Ray Memorial award). Homage will be paid to Egyptian director Youssef Shahine and and Indian scriptwriter Vijay Tendulkar.

The festival will also felicitate actor-producer Aamir Khan.

''The festival is providing a platform for Asian films which have their own characteristics from European and American films. They have emerged from colonialism with an independent style that started making its mark in the 70's. Take Iranian cinema for example, and how they address their unique socio-political problems,'' said actor Kulkarni.

Screening will be held at YB Chavan Centre and Plaza theatre with registration for delegates starting on October 6.

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