News ID: 130860
Published: 0753 GMT November 14, 2015

Riahi on Kolkata panel

Riahi on Kolkata panel

Renowned Iranian filmmaker Marzieh Riahi has been named for the panel of jury at the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) at the 21st Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF).

The nine-day-long event kicked off on November 14 and will feature 149 films by 137 directors from 61 countries, Mehr News Agency reported.

Last year, the festival's Best Film Award went to 'Tales' by Rakshan Bani-Etemad from Iran.

This edition of the event will screen three works from Iranian cinema including 'Nahid' by Aida Panahandeh.

Founded in 1995, KIFF is an annual film festival held in India's Kolkata and is organized by the West Bengal Film Center under the West Bengal Government. It is the second oldest international film festival in India.

The international competition section of the festival was inaugurated last year to celebrate films by women directors of the world.

The Royal Bengal Trophy will be handed to the winner at the closing ceremony of the festival.

Riahi is known for her documentary film 'Immigrant Is a Bird' which narrates the story of Afghan children of labor who live in Iran and are supported by a benevolent Iranian lady to study at school.

The festival will run until November 21. 


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