FSA ’05 is here

Kathmandu:

The preparations for the fifth edition of Film South Asia ‘05 which will be held from September 29 to October 4 is finally complete. The festival, which is one of the few events of international acclaim to be held in Nepal, will showcase altogether 44 films from Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Burma, South Africa and Canada. While the films were chosen form among 189 entries, eleven of them will be world premieres. This year the festival has been shifted to Kumari Hall where two different films will be screened simultaneously. Noted Bombay filmmaker Sai Paranjpye will open the festival on September 29 and Dhaka based filmmaker Tareque Masud, Hasan Zaidi, director of Kara International Film Festival (Karachi) and Sabeena Gadihoke, teacher of film at the Jamia Millia School of Mass Communication (New Delhi) will constitute the three-member jury. Himal Association organises the festival together with Himal South Asian magazine Film South Asia is a competitive festival and the best film will be awarded the Ram Bahadur Trophy, which also carries with it a cash award of $2,000.The film adjudged second best will receive a prize of $1,000. For the first time a best debut film has been instituted, carrying a cash award of $1000. There are six first-time productions at FSA ‘05, including the Nepal-made film Team Nepal by Girish Giri.