MUMBAI: The sixth Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) concluded last night in the presence of celebrities, politicians and cinematic personalities.
Subash Ghai, Suresh Kalmadi, Jackie Shroff, Rati Agnihotri, Jabbar Patel, Dia Mirza, state minister for Cultural Affairs Ashok Chavan, Maharashtra state cultural department secretary Bhushan Gagrani, Pune mayor Rajlaxmi Bhosale, NEEC president Anuradha Desai, Pune Municipal Commissioner Pravinsinh Pardeshi and Sakal Papers Ltd. joint managing director Abhijit Pawar were present in the function along with the international juries and film directors.
Chavan on the occasion said, "Pune has now become the Mecca for screening the latest movies from around the world. I do hope that next year too the government will be more actively involved with this prestigious festival."
In Marathi cinema category, Tingya directed by Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni wins the best international Marathi film. Bipin Nadkarni for Aevedhe Se Aabhaal got the best screenplay award while Prateksha Lonkar got the best actor for the same movie. Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni for the movie Valu bags the best director award.
In the International category, special jury award goes to Olga Victoria Olga (Time Without Time) - Argentina. XXY of Argentina won the best International film award and Teresa Prata for the film Terra Sonambula (Sleep Walking Land) - Mozambique bags the best director award.
Best international female actor was Ozgu Namal for Mutluluk and male actor was Cezmi Baskin for Beynelmilel (International) - Turkey.