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festival Eighteen films to vie for Rs.9 million prize money at IFFI 2010

film festival Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan in ‘Paa'
film festival Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan in ‘Paa'

E ighteen films from across the world will vie for Rs. 9 million ($200,000) in prize money at the 41st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) scheduled to kick off on November 22.

In all, 18 — 15 foreign films and three from India — have been shortlisted for participation in the international section, the statement said.

The best film would be awarded a Golden Peacock and Rs.40 lakh. The best director would be awarded a Silver Peacock and Rs.15 lakh. The best actor and actress would each be given a Silver Peacock and Rs.10 la

kh. The winner of the special jury award would get a Silver Peacock and Rs.15 lakh, the release said. The Indian Panorama will feature 26 feature films including Achin Paakhi, Abohomaan, Maner Manush, Ami Aadu (Bengali), Three Idiots, Wake Up, Sid, Paa (Hindi), Kaal Chilambu (Malayalam), Raavanan (Tamil), Me Sindhuthai Sapkal (Marathi) — the opening film of the Panorama — Shabari (Kannada), and Swamyamsiddha (Oriya).

There will be 21 non-feature films which will be showcased in the Indian Panorama section. Leaving Home will be the opening film in this category.

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