The 69th Venice International Film Festival has asked
producer-director Shekhar Kapur to chair the Jury for
Luigi de Laurentiis Venice Award for Debut Film sections
of the festival.
festival will run from 29 August to 8 September.
Kapur is not only the Indian filmmaker who enjoys the
greatest international prestige - which he earned for
the success of the films he made in Bollywood in the
early stages of his career and later for having directed
some of the major English and American productions -
he is also a refined intellectual humanist interested
in social issues," the festival site read.
made his directing debut with Masoom and also also
directed Mr. India. Later, he went on to win critical
acclaim for Bandit Queen in the year 1994. His Hollywood
film Elizabeth received as many as seven Oscars.
2006, Kapur formed Liquid Comics and Virgin Animation,
an entertainment company focused on creating new stories
and characters for a global audience. In an unusual
role, Kapur provided the voice of Mahatma Gandhi in
the Charkha Audio books title of The Story of My Experiments
was also a member of the jury at the 2010 Cannes Film