Girish Kasaravalli and Dilip Prabhavalkar will be honoured during 8th Asian Film Festival !



  • More than 50 films from 15 countries 
  • Entry passes available at NFAI

The 8th Asian Film Festival is being organised by Aashay Film Club is supported by Ministry of Tourism & Cultural Affairs, Govt. of Maharashtra and in collaboration with NFAI, FTII & FFSI, in association with the Asian Film Foundation, Mumbai. The Screening of the various films will take place at NFAI - Archive Theatre, Prabhat Road & FTII - Main Theatre, Law College Road, Pune.

Concept :

Asian Cinema has now become the major attraction of 21st century. In major international film festivals, Asian movies are making ground entries. Even when we compare European and Hollywood movies with the Asian cinema, they are making their mark because of the realistic stories and effective screenplay.

India, China, Japan and Iran are pioneers of Asian cinema, closely followed by Korea, Israel, Kazakstan, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Taiwan. These countries also setting a mark of their own stream in the European market. Cultures of these countries are being publicised through the screening of these movies in Delhi, Pune and Mumbai.

Asian Film Festival will be organised at Pune after a gap of six years.

We are happy to announce two honours of 8th Asian Film Festival.

'Zenith Asia' : This honour is presented to a senior director who has made significant contribution to world cinema. Earlier this award was received by Aparna Sen, Majid Majidi, Yash Chopra, Priyadarshan etc. This year the honour will be presented to senior Kannad director Girish Kasaravalli, on 24th Jan. at 6 pm. in the Opening Ceremony of the festival at Archive Theatre, Prabhat Road. His films stand for simplicity. They are audio visual exploration of the life especially of common people. They are rooted in their culture and still have universal appeal.

'Lifetime Achievement' : Senior-versitile actor Dilip Prabhavalkar will be honoured with 'Lifetime Achievement'' for his valuable contribution to the field of Indian cinema. He is regarded as one of the finest actors in India. His dedicated approach to the variety and choice of roles and the ease with he acts make him stand apart.

'Opening Ceremony' : 8th Asian Film Festival will be inaugurated on Wednesday, 24th Jan. 2018 at the hands of senior Marathi director Sumitra Bhave at Archive Theatre, Prabhat Road. Irani film 'Bench Cinema' directed by Mohammad Rahmanian will be the opening film of the festival. It will be screened at 3 pm. Closing Ceremony : 8th Asian Film Festival will be concluded on Tuesday, 30th Jan. 2018 at 6.30 pm. Dr. Mohan Agashe will be the chief guest of the function. Dilip Prabhavalkar will be honoured with 'Lifetime Achievement' award in the closing ceremony. Followed by this function 'Kaasav', this year's National Award winning Marathi film will be screened as closing film.

'Indian Vista' : In this special section of 'Indian Cinema', most discussed Bengali (Pupa, Death Certificate, Guhamanab, Bhagshesh - The Reminder) Kannada (Ghatashraddha, Tabarana Kathe, Harikatha Prasanga), Assamee (Ananya), Tamil (Revelations) Malayalam (Maravi - Lost) films of last year will be screened.

'Off-beat Bollywood' : The bollywood movies such as 'CRD', 'Newton', ''Phobia', 'Kadvi Hawa' are different and discussed for their off beat story, subject and directorial treatment will be screened in this section.

'Interaction with Madhur Bhandarkar' : Madhur Bhandarkar is known for his films with realistic and powerful screenplay. His latest film 'Indu Sarkar' will be screened on Sunday, 28th Jan. at 4 pm. There will be a special public interaction with him before the screening of the film at NFAI.

'Homage' : Indian cinema has lost major personalities such as talented directors Kundan Shah, Balu Mahendra and actors Tom Alter, Om Puri in the year 2017. All of them were FTII alumni. 8th Asian Film Festival will pay homage to them by showing their films 'Jane Bhi Do Yaaro', 'Sandhya Raagam' in this special section.

'New Iranian Cinema'' : In last 20 yrs Iran's film industry has flourished beyond expectations, keeping the lands finest artistic traditions intact. It is known for its child like innocense, moral values, rural beauty and poetic elegance. This section will throw light on new Iranian cinema. Latest 4 films (Bleeding Heart, Hello Mumbai, Under the Smoky Roof, Human Comedy) will be screened.

'My Marathi' : Marathi films such as 'Maza Bhirbhira', 'Kshitij', 'Redu', 'Asehi Ekda Vhave', 'Ti Sadhya Kay Karte', 'Pimpal' were popular and well discussed last year will be screened in this special section.

'Focus on Vietnam' : There will be a special section of films from Vietnam in the festival. 7 films from 1974 to 2015 (Little Girl of Hanoi, Nostalgia for the Countryside, Story of Pao, Don't Burn It, The Children of the Village, On the Peaceful Peak, The Prophet) will be screened in this section.

'Spectrum Asia' : This section will showcase 14 films from different Asian countries made in last decade. These films talk about the cultures and life in Afghanistan (The Bird was not a Bird), Egypt (Nawara), Sri Lanka (Orazhcha - A Week, The Talking with the Wind), Bangladesh (Sohagir Ornament, Killing Beauty, Aynabaji), Israel (Lonely Planet), Myanmar (Red Cotton Silk Flower), China (Li Mi Conjecture), South Korea (Late Autumn), Vietnam (Yellow Flowers of the Green Grass), Tibet (Sound of Silence) and Philippines (The Bet Collector).

8th Asian Film Festival will pay Tribute to ''Dadasaheb Phalke' Award winning director K. Vishwanath by screening his film 'Shankarabharanam' and a special 'Century Tribute' to Marathi director Madhav Shinde (Born on 3rd Oct. 1917) by showing his film 'Shikaleli Bayko'.

'Interaction / Open Forum' : There will be interaction /open forum with the directors and some of the artists of Marathi films during the festival.

Entry for the festival :

Entry passes will be available by paying catalogue fee.


  • For Aashay Film Club & NFAI Film Circle members : Free
  • For senior citizens, students and group bookings : Rs. 300/-
  • For others : Rs. 500/-


Passes will be available from 20th Jan. 2018 at NFAI, Prabhat Road between 11 am to 5 pm

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