Ladakh film fest to focus on women, Aparna Sen to head jury

Updated: Jun 13, 2013, 19:11 PM IST

New Delhi: The second edition of the Ladakh International Film Festival (LIFF), to be held July 5-7, will have its focus on `Celebrating Womanhood` and highly acclaimed filmmaker Aparna Sen is joining it as the jury`s chairperson this year.

Some international names, including German-based documentary filmmaker Paul Amaczny and American screenwriter Mathew Robbins, will also be on the jury, reveals the official LIFF website.

Key highlights of the fest will include a retrospection on writer-lyricist Gulzar, curated by filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj; as well as a tribute to the late filmmaker Yash Chopra.

A panel discussion will be focussed upon the role of women in Indian cinema and in the Indian society.

There will also be a workshop for children by Children`s Film Society of India chairman Amole Gupte of ‘Stanley Ka Dabba’ fame, and a business conclave, apart from other workshops and informal interactions in Ladakh`s serene surroundings.

Various known names from the Indian film industry, including Shyam Benegal, Jaya Bachchan, Govind Nihalani, Aparna Sen, Shaji N Karun, Mani Ratnam, Santosh Sivan, Imtiaz Ali, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Mike Pandey, are likely to attend the extravaganza.