The 12th Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival of Indian, Asian and Arab Cinema ended on a high note on Sunday night. Held at Sirifort Auditorium, the 10 day gala ended with Delhi Chief Minister (CM) Sheila Dikshit offering full support to make Delhi the second film city of the country. She said that the city has a large heritage, ecology, people from all states, and “above all, it is a city that responds”. With ‘Freedom of Expression’ as the primary theme of the fest this time around, the CM also said filmmakers can use the heritage buildings in the city as backdrops for their films.
The fest came back from the cold after a gap of two years, with as many as 176 films from around 38 countries from Asia and the Arab world. It had 15 world premieres, eight international premieres, 104 Indian premieres, and 13 Asian premieres. Renowned Egyptian film critic Samir Farid received the Lifetime Achievement Award.