Special Correspondent

The one-week fest from March 23 will have the best of world cinema plus a contest for Indian short films

HYDERABAD: Mumbai boasts of one, so do Kolkata, Trivandrum and even Pune! And now Hyderabad has its own international film festival. The city of Nizams, which gave several award winning films and directors over the decades, finally comes into its own, celebrating world cinema.

This is courtesy Hyderabad Film Club, the lone torchbearer of global cinema in the city since 1974 bringing it to filmmakers, connoisseurs and the commoners as well, and the Andhra Pradesh Film Directors' Association.

Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy will inaugurate the weeklong Hyderabad International Film Festival (HIFF) here on March 23. The festival apart from showcasing world cinema, will have a competition section too for Indian short and documentary films made in 2005 and 2006.

"This will provide an opportunity to film lovers to enjoy some of the greatest works from all over the world. The idea is to increase awareness about filmmaking through a wide array of new international films, with focus on Asian cinema," HIFF director Bh. S.S. Prakash Reddy said.

Screenings would be at Prasads multiplex, Sensation and Meera theatres for delegates apart from an evening show that is open to all at the People's Plaza, Necklace Road. There would be a series of seminars and workshops too.

Prize money

In the competitive section, the best fiction film and non-fiction film (12-30 minutes) will get prize money of Rs. 50,000 each. The best fiction and non-fiction film (3-12 minutes) will be given Rs. 25,000 each.