The films that will compete in this year’s festival are : Girish Kasaravalli’s Riding the Stallion of Dreams, Rakesh Mehta’s Khuda Kushi, Dr. Biju Kumar’s The Way Home, Bela Negi’s Dayeen ya Baeen, Italo Spinelli’s Gangor, Kim Longinotto’s Pink Saris, Ananth Mahadevan’s I am Sindhutai Sapkal, and Daniela Creutz’s Arranged Happiness.
Raj Kapoor’s Barsaat, Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa, Abrar Albi’s Sahib Bibi aur Gulam, Satyajit Ray’s Mahanagar and Ritwick Ghatak’s Nagarik will be presented in the Classics section of the festival.
The documentaries that will be screened in the festival are: Alfredo de Braganza’s Smoking Babas, which portrays the world of the Sadhus, David Varela’s Banaras Me, a year-long effort to capture the enigmatic atmosphere of Varanasi, Javier Gomez Serrano’s Dhallywood on the Bangladeshi Cinema industry, and José Luis Gutiérrez’s Color en Matruchhaya on healing properties of Art in an Indian orphanage : Matruchhaya. These documentaries are Spanish productions.
In honour of the 150th anniversary of the Rabindranath Tagore; Satyajit Ray’s Teen Kanya, Charulata, Ghare Baire and Kumar Shahani’s Char Adhyay will be presented .
11 short films by the students of Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute will also be screened in the festival.
The invited country in the Asian Section of this year’s festival is Vietnam, while the International Section will screen Films about Gypsies and Australian Aborigin films.