Bangalore: The Bengaluru International Film Festival (Biffes) opened on a glittering note here Monday, with hundreds of cine buffs thronging the venue for the inaugural event where Tollywood superstar Kamal Hassan was the cynosure of all.Organised by the Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy in association with the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce and the state information department, the sixth edition of the fest is showcasing 152 films from 45 countries over the next seven days on nine screens, including multiplexes in the city centre.The films have been selected by an expert committee and categorised under Cinema of the World, Asian Cinema, Indian Cinema, Kannada Cinema, Retrospectives, Country Focus, NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) award winners, The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) award winners and Special Genre."The Kannada film industry made signal contribution to the quality and range of cinematic expression and has grown to produce about 100 films every year. Our films have also won national and international recognition and critical acclaim at various film fests," Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said at the inaugural ceremony.
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