The 10th edition of the Chennai International Film Festival will showcase 12 of 21 selected Tamil films, which will compete in a Tamil film competition.

The festival, which is being presented by The Hindu and Casa Grande Pvt. Ltd. and being organised by the Indo Cine Film Appreciation Foundation, will also feature acclaimed films from around the world.

The 12 chosen films are: Aravaan, Arrohanam, Attakathi, Marina, Mounaguru, Mupozhuthum Un Karpanayil, Naan Ee, Neer Paravai, Pizza, Sattai, Sundara Pandian and Vazhakku Enn 18/9, a press release said. They will be screened at Rani Seethai Hall.

One of the criteria for selection was that the films should have been censored between October 16, 2011 and October 15, 2012. Of these films, the jury comprising actor Sivakumar, director A. Sarkunam, and cinematographer B. Vijaylakshmi will shortlist two best films and the best artiste, the release said.

The winners will receive trophies from Amitabh Bachchan on December 20 when the eight-day festival draws to a close.

The award-winning and much acclaimed film, ‘Aaranya Kandam’, will also be screened during the course of the festival. To mark 100 years of Indian cinema this year, classics ‘Karnan’ and ‘Chandralekha’, will be among the films screened.

The festival, which will feature close to 160 films from over 57 countries, is expected to kick-start on December 13 across eight venues in the city.

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