DELHI: Turkey dominated the awards tally at the 12th
Osians Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema
here, winning as many as four awards in different categories.
The Turkish film Inside by Zeki Demirkubuz
won the top award in the Asian and Arab Competition
while B A Pass received the best film prize
in the Indian competition at the Festival which concluded
here over the weekend.
The Best Director award went to Faouzi Bensaidi for
Death for Sale which is a Moroccan film
made in collaboration with France, Belgium, and the
United Arab Emirates.
Both the best actor and best actress awards went for
the same film, Irans Modest Reception
Mani Haghighi who is also the director, and Taraneh
Special Jury Prize went to Postcards from the
Zoo by Indonesias Edwin made in collaboration
with Germany, Hong Kong and China.
The jury made a Special Mention of director Yoshimasa
Ishibashis Japanese film Milocrorze: A
love story and all his actors.
Ajita Suchitra Veera won the best director award for
the film Ballad of Rustom which has been
made in 35 mm with optical effects instead of using
The Best Actress award went to Rii for her unconventional
role in the film Cosmic Sex by Amitabh
Chakraborty, while Shadab Kamal was the best actor
in B.A. Pass.
A Special Jury Award was given to the Indo-American
film Patang by Prashant Bhargava on how
festivities can lead to healing of relationships.
In the First Feature Competition, the top award went
to Beyond the Hill by Elmin Alper of Turkey,
and the Special Mention went to Thailands In
April Following Year there was a Fire by Wichanon
Turkish film Silent by L Rezan Yesilbas
won the top award in the Shorts in Competition while
Special Mention was made of another Turkish film,
The Bus by Olgu Baran Kubilay .
Coincidentally both the audience award and the award
of the international federation of film critics, FIPRESCI,
went to Hansa by Manav Kaul.
The twelve-year journey undertaken by the Festival
received a new boost with Delhi Chief Minister Sheila
Dikshit offering full support to making Delhi the
second film city of the country. She said the city
has a large heritage, ecology, people from all states,
and "above all, it is a city that responds".
Speaking at the grand finale of the Festival yesterday,
the Chief Minister said though there are constraints
of space in the city, the Government will do everything
to facilitate entrepreneurs. She said "we will
celebrate the film city with great pomp".
She appreciated the work put in by Osians and
its Chairman Neville Tuli for "being bold enough"
in putting together the Festival despite several hurdles.
Dikshit also unveiled the new trophy in the shape
of a turtle. The environmental focus is taken also
taken forward by commissioning a new Osians
Cinefan Award Trophy crafted out of the eco
friendly material terracotta by eminent
artist K. Laxma Goud. His depictions since the early
1970s depicting the human-animal-nature continuum
represent some of the finest examples of modern Indian
art. The trophy was first revealed on World Turtle
Day, 23 May.
In his brief speech, to Osians Group chairman
Neville Tuli said the more efforts one puts in, the
better the results. He said there was a new bubbling
He also referred Osians establishing an Osianama
Arts complex for promoting art and good cinema culture
is coming up in the Kila Complex in Delhi by September.
Director Indu Shrikent said the festival had proved
to be an exhilarating experience. The passion with
celluloid had inspired Osians and resulted in
the section on environment, 7.4. But she quoted Robert
Frost who had said "I have promises to keep,
and Miles to Go before I sleep".
The Turkish Ambassador to India Ambassador Burak Akçapar
was also present.
The Festival marked a return after a gap of two years
and proved to be the biggest film event in the country
with as many as 176 films from around 38 countries
from India, Asia and the Arab world.
The Film festival which was held in New Delhi from
27 July to 5 August 2012 at Siri Fort Complex and
the Blue Frog at the Kila Complex, had 15 World premieres,
8 International premieres, 104 Indian premieres, and
13 Asian premieres. The screenings included 61 shorts.
The films were shown within a framework which focused
on Freedom of Creative Thought and Expression - the
special theme for this year.
The OCFF is organised by the Osians Group in
collaboration with Delhi Government. But this year,
the OCFF also received cooperation from the Information
and Broadcasting Ministry, the Morarka Foundation,
the Tourism Ministrys Incredible India campaign,
Blue Frog among others.
Renowned Egyptian film critic Samir Farid received
the Lifetime Achievement Award named after the Festivals
founder Aruna Vasudev. He later delivered a lecture
on film criticism.
A new component this year was the introduction of
music with performances by renowned artistes every
night at Blue Frog under the shadows of the Qutab
The Japanese film Asura by Keiichi Sato
of Japan opened the Festival on 27 July and the Bengali
film Chitrangada by Rituparno Ghosh was
the closing film. This film had Indian premiere at
The Asian and Arab competition with twelve films were
judged by Marco Mueller who is Artistic Director of
the Rome Film Festival. Members included the eminent
Muzaffar Ali, Iranian filmmaker Ali Mostafa, Egyptian
director Magdi Ahmed Ali, and the American filmmaker
James V Hart.
Mr Mueller delivered the first Mani Kaul Memorial
lecture on 29 July and Mr Hart held a master class
on 2 August which was marked as Horror day because
of the genre in which he has specialized.
The Indian jury which saw nine films was headed by
Iranian filmmaker Hamid Dabashi, Indian director and
film critic Khalid Mohammed, renowned actor Lillete
Dubey, Ms Annemarie Jacir from Jordan, Afghan-born
filmmaker Atiq Rahimi, and Dutch documentary filmmaker
Sonia Herman Dolz.
The First Features Jury judging nine films had eminent
filmmaker Huseyin Karabey, Korean actor and writer
Jeon Kyu-hwan, and Indian filmmaker Gurvinder Singh.
The shorts competition jury which judged 12 films
comprised Iranian filmmaker Panah Panahi, independent
Indian filmmaker Ashvin Kumar and National Award-winning
filmmaker Umesh Kulkarni.
In addition, there was a jury set up by the international
federation of film critics, FIPRESCI, which has Klaus
Eder of Germany, Dr Shoma A Chatterji of India, and
Egyptian film critic Tarak el-Shinnawi.
In all, there were around sixteen press conferences
and thirteen celebrity interactions at the Deewar
in the Green Corridor, featuring over fifty film personalities,
apart from a large number of media interactions. The
Deewar was the Wall of Celebration which marked a
centenary of Indian cinema.
Known for its bold programming and relentless innovation
in introducing new cinemas to Indian audiences, OCFF
showed some films that turned out to be milestones
in the fight for freedom of expression. These included
five features and two documentaries.
Participating countries included China, Estonia, Indonesia,
Iran, Israel, Japan, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan,
Thailand, Turkey, Morocco and Algeria among many others.
Some of the highlights of the Festival were:
Craft: the Art of Animation - This year Osians
Cinefan began its engagement with the history
and contemporary practices of the animation film
with a special focus on Animation from Estonia
and animation workshops by Priit Tender from that
of 7.4: Focus on Environmental Films - A focus
on the worlds best filmmaking dedicated
to the causes of environmental & heritage
preservation. This is expected to lead to a full-fledged
festival on the environment from next year.
Summit: Delhi as Indias Next Cinema
City - A two-day summit which brought together
the Government of India, the Government of Delhi,
the Indian film industry and various state and
non-state cultural agencies to discuss the way
forward to develop Delhi as Indias next
Film City. Osians announced its aim to create
an art and cultural hub with cinema as an important
of Expression - The section included a set of
five Landmark films from the history of cinema
made against prevailing censorship norms - Pier
Paolo Pasolini's Salo, Virginie Despentes and
Coralie Trinh-Thi's Baise-Moi, Shuji Terayama's
Emperor Tomato Ketchup, the Devika Rani-Himanshu
Rai starrer Karma and Jafar Panahi's This is Not
a Film. Most of these films went to full houses.
to Mani Kaul - A salute to the multifaceted contribution
of Mani Kaul to the world of cinema, music, art
and literature and the launch of the annual Mani
Kaul Memorial Lecture.
inaugural lecture was delivered by Marco Mueller,
Director of the Rome International Film Festival.
Mani Kaul had been associated with Osians
and had been Director of the 11th OCFF.
to Koji Wakamatsu and Masao Adachi - A set of
seven films were shown as a tribute to the illustrious
careers of Japanese revolutionary filmmakers Koji
Wakamatsu and Masao Adachi.
at Osians Cinefan - Curated events were
planned exclusively for children. These include
master classes on animation and daily film screenings.
Films - The festival screened 61 short films.
at Osians Cinefan - New Stream, Short Features,
Master classes, First Features and Events at the
Blue Frog were specially programmed to engage
the youth in specific activities and debates and
100 years of Indian Cinema: The Divas of
Indian Cinema 100 Years of Beauty and Grace
- Exhibition from the Osianama Archives honouring
the Divas of Indian Cinema marking the year-long
celebrations for the 100 years of Indian Cinema.
Osians Cinefan Auction of Indian Cinema
Memorabilia - The finest and rare artifacts and
publicity material from Indian Cinema were auctioned
on 31 July. Setting a new landmark, the Auction
turned out to be a grand success with sales of
Rs 6.955 million and 86% Lots sold with records
established across all types of publicity material
and memorabilia. For the first time the auction
received generous participation from the film
fraternity and cinema enthusiasts and saw lively
competitive bidding from the floor and telebidders
which enthralled the attendees.
Turtle at the Blue Frog - There were five events
which included panel discussions, film screenings,
and high profile Q & A sessions with Festival
guests at the Osians Cinefan Adda.
Specially curated musical and performance events
were held from 10 pm onwards every day, featuring
around ten bands and artistes.