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Chiyaan Vikram at the inauguration of 8th Chennai International Film Festival

Written By Chiyaan Vikram on Thursday, December 16, 2010 | 9:00 AM

Chiyaan Vikram at the inauguration of 8th Chennai International Film Festival in Chennai on Wednesday

Indo-Cine Appreciation Foundation lauded for organising Chennai International Film Festival

The inauguration of 8th Chennai International Film Festival here on Wednesday featured an ensemble of Indian and international f ilmmakers who shared their thoughts about world cinema.

“Films need not always be star-driven. Quality films can transcend boundaries and create lasting impact in the minds of people,” they observed.

Nearly a dozen actors and filmmakers, who were present to declare open the festival, commended the diligent efforts of Indo-Cine Appreciation Foundation (ICAF), which is organising the festival, to keep the festival up and running, braving many odds.

“It has not always been a smooth run for these people to run the annual festival. But this year, with the star support, it has gained greater reach and visibility that it deserves,” actor Sarath Kumar said.

Actors Vikram and Jayaram observed that the fast-paced growth of CIFF year after year has come to prove that it would soon emerge as the country's biggest film festival.

The audience were offered a taste of world cinema through the opening film – ‘Soul Kitchen.' The German film, according to the Consul- General of Germany Hans-Burkhard Sauerteig, is a realistic portrayal of a life of a restaurant owner and is among the best films ever made in Germany.

“State supports good cinema”

Minister for Information and Publicity Parithi Illamvazhuthi said the State government has always been a keen supporter of good cinema and it has been offering financial support to small-budget movies that contain social messages.

Veteran director Singeetham Srinivasa Rao and actors Charu Hasan and Archana are the jury members of Tamil film competitive category. Nearly 20 Tamil feature films would participate in the competitive category.

Director Shankar, actors Madhavan, Suhasini Mani Ratnam, Revathi, Rohini, Poornima Bhagyaraj, and Lizzy Priyadarshan were present at the inauguration.

ICAF president B.Ramakrishnan, secretary E.Thangaraj, FFI president L.Suresh, South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce president C.Kalyan and secretary Ravi Kottarakara, and Film Federation of India president L.Suresh spoke on the occasion.

The nine-day festival will feature over 125 films from 45 countries. The festival would have a gamut of events –screenings of world cinema, retrospectives of famous directors, tributes to veteran film personalities, premieres of various movies and an exclusive Indian Panorama.

The films will be screened at four theatres – Woodlands, Woodlands Symphony, Inox and South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce theatre.

A red carpet reception will be held every day during the festival, which will have invited guests watching special shows.

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