16th Chennai International Film Festival Press Meet Stills

Organized by Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation
Dates of the Festival: 13-20 December 2018
Venues: Devi Cineplex, Anna Theatre, Sathyam Cinemas, Casino, Tagore Film Centre, Russian Centre of Science and Culture
Inaugural Function: Kalaivanar Arangam (Dec 13, 2018 at 6:15 pm)
Closing Function: Kalaivanar Arangam (or) Devi Theatre (Dec 20, 2018 at 6:15 pm)
For Tamil films competition category, ICAF informed through Media about the submission process from 7th October and the last date for receipt of entries was fixed on 15th November. In total ICAF received 20 Tamil Films and 12 films have been selected by the Preview Committee.


Number of Countries: 59
Number of Films: 150
Guests: Diplomats from various Foreign Missions at Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai
Expected: 1) Mr.Resul Pookutty (Film Sound Designer)
2) Ms. Shilpa (Director from Singapore)
3) Mr. Abu Shahed Emon (Director from Bangladesh)
4) Ms. Naina Sen (Director from Australia)

Opening Film: Palme d’Or winner at Cannes Film Festival–SHOPLIFTERS (Japan)

Other Award
Winning Films: 1) Touch Me Not (Romania) –
Winner of Golden Bear at Berlin International Film Festival
2) Cold War (Poland) – Winner of Best Director at Cannes Film Festival
3) Dogman(Italy) – Winner of Best Actor at Cannes Film Festival
4) Yomeddine (Egypt) – Winner of François Chalais Award at Cannes Film Festival
5) At War (France) – Nominee of Palme d’Orat Cannes Film Festival
6) Human, Space, Time and Human (South Korea) – Directed by Ki-duk Kim
Participated at Berlin International Film Festival
7) In the Fade (Germany) – Winner of Best Actress at Cannes Film Festival 2017
8) Girls of the Sun (France) – Nominee of Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival
9) Mug (Poland)–Winner of Silver Berlin Bear at Berlin International Film Festival
10)Rafiki (Kenya) –Nominee of Queer Palm at Cannes Film Festival
11) Woman At War – Oscar Nominated Icelandic Film
12) What Will People Say (Norway) – Indian Premiere

Contemporary German
Cinema: 5 films (courtesy Goethe-Institut, Chennai)

Retrospective of
Mr. Fatih Akin: 6 films (courtesy Goethe-Institut, Chennai)

Contemporary Brazilian
Cinema: 3 films (courtesy Embassy of Brazil, New Delhi)

Country Focus
(Brazil): 4 films incl. City of God (courtesy Embassy of Brazil, New Delhi)

Contemporary Australian
Cinema: 3 films (courtesy Australian Consulate, Chennai)

Australian Comedy
Films: 4 films (courtesy Australian Consulate, Chennai)

Tamil Film Competition: 12 films

Indian Panorama: 12 films (Including “The Sound Story” – Indian Premiere)

Special Screening: 1. Merku Thodarchi Malai (Tamil)

1) A movie from ZAMBIA (Southern Africa)
2) 13 movies from GRULAC (Group of Latin America and Caribbean Countries) including films from COSTA RICA and TRINIDAD & TOBAGO(for the first time!)
3) A movie from LADAKH (in Indian Panorama category)
4) A movie from KENYA.

Delegate Registration
For Students, Film Industry and Senior Citizens – Rs.500/- (Plus one Photo, with Identity)
For Others – Rs.1000/- With Photo
Direct Registration at Devi Cineplex – Daily between 10:30 am to 6:00 pm
Online Registration – www.icaf.in / www.chennaifilmfest.com / www.bookmyshow.com

12 Tamil Feature Films for Competition

S.No Title in English Director
1 96 C. Prem Kumar
2 Abiyum Anuvum B R Vijayalakshmi
3 Annanukku Jey Raj Kumar
4 Genius Suseenthiran
5 Iravukku Aayiram Kangal Mu. Maran
6 Irumbu Thirai P.S. Mithran
7 Kadaikutty Singam Pandiraj
8 Mercury Karthik Subbaraj
9 Pariyerum Perumal BA.BL Mari Selvaraj
10 Ratsasan Ram Kumar
11 Vada Chennnai Vetri Maaran
12 Velaikkaran Mohan Raja

Tamil Feature Film – Jury

He made his debut with the movie Pudhu Vasantham movie and won Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Director for his debut movie. He has directed many blockbuster movies like Suryavamsam, Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen, Unnai Ninaithu and has won many Tamil Nadu State film awards for his direction. He won the National Award for his film Vaanathaippola under the Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.

After dabbling in ad filmmaking and a couple of shorts, Gayatri studied MFA (in filmmaking) at Northwestern University, Chicago. On her return, she co-wrote and co-directed Oram po (aka Auto), a quirky comedy set in the sub-culture of underground auto-racing in Chennai. The film was critically and commercially lauded. Her second feature, Va-Quarter cutting, set in one night on the streets of Chennai was again a celebration of the city (Chennai) and its people. Her 3rd feature, ‘Vikram Vedha’, a modern take on the Vikramadhityan-Betal tales of yore, set in contemporary world of gangsters and cops turned out to be a blockbuster. The film also won a lot of critical acclaim including a win at last year’s CIFF. All her work, she co-writes and co-directs with her husband and longtime partner AKS Pushkar, making them one of the few married couple to be working together.

A journalist with over 12 years of experience, Suganth is a special correspondent with The Times of India, and has been writing for the publication ever since they set up their Chennai edition, in 2008. He’s been covering the entertainment and cultural scene in the city for the past 10 years, with a special focus on Tamil cinema. Starting out as a music and DVD reviewer, he’s been reviewing Tamil films for TOI since 2012. He’s a recipient of the Indywood Media Excellence Awards in 2017.