The lifetime achievement awards at the 9th edition of the Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) will be given to veteran actresses Saira Banu and Shashikala. Noted film-maker Subhash Ghai will be given a special award for his contribution to the film industry.
There will also be a retrospective on eminent actor Kamal Hassan during the festival. The eight-day festival will kick off on Thursday, at Ganesh Kala Krida Rangmanch at 4.30pm.
The Sachin Dev Burman international award for creative music and sound, which was started last year, will be conferred on legendary music director Khayyam. The awards will be presented at the inaugural ceremony.
Award-winning Russian film, Silent Soul, will be the opening film.
This year, more than 200 films from all over the world will be screened. The festival will have films in various categories which will be competing for cash awards in the World Competition section, Marathi Competition section and Whistling Woods Student Competition section.
The World Competition section will have 14 films, Marathi Competition section will have 7 films and in the Student section 38 films will be screened and will be judged by an international jury.
PIFF director Jabbar Patel said, “For the World Cinema competition this year, we had got 348 entries, of them 14 films were selected. Historical cinema is the main thrust this year. Since this is the 50th year of the noted film, Mughal-e-Azam, it will be screened at the fest.’’
This year is the 150th birth anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore and to mark the occasion, five of his films will be screened.
The country in focus this year will be on Japan. More than 30 Japanese films will be screened. The Film Division section will screen a package of documentaries.
The films will be screened at six venues, Ganesh Kala Krida Rangmanch, E-square, Inox, Fame (Fatimanagar), City Pride (Kothrud) and R-Deccan.