PIFF to celebrate centenary of Raja Harishchandra

The 11th edition of the Pune Intenational Fim Festival will celebrate the centenary of the first full-length Indian feature film, Raja Harishchandra which was released in 1913. Organised by the Pune Film Foundation and the Government of Maharashtra, PIFF, scheduled from January 10 to 17, will screen films from across the country and the world at several venues including PVR Cinemas, City Pride, National Film Archives of India and E-Square.

Apart from the regular sections such as global cinema, Marathi films, Indian and regional cinema, PIFF will also feature films that mark 100 years of Indian movies, such as Raja Harishchandra, Kalia Mardan, Pather Panchali among others.

Films in the retrospective section will remember the Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni, French director Claude Chabrol, music director Vasant Desai and actor Smita Patil.

Several short films by students will also be one of the highlights, acclaimed actor Mohan Agashe said at a press conference. "Through short films and the internet, this medium has become democratised. That is why this year we are featuring several short films," he said.

Every year, PIFF recognises groundbreaking contributions to music with the Sachin Dev Burman International Award for creative music and sound, which this year will be awarded to two Padma Vibhushan recipients, Hariprasad Chaurasia and Shiv Kumar Sharma. While registrations for the event have already begun, delegates can still register online or at counters at E-Square, PVR Cinemas and Marathon Bhavan.

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