Andrea Jeremiah croons CIFF anthem

Chennai: Actress-singer Andrea Jeremiah recently recorded a special anthem for the upcoming 11th edition of Chennai International Film Festival (CIFF), scheduled to be held Dec 12-19. The anthem will be released soon.

"We will use this anthem for promotional purpose. Crooned by Andrea and written by southern actress Rohini, the anthem has come out very well and it has music by Prakash. We are planning to release it a few days before the start of the festival," E. Thangaraj, festival director, CIFF said.

As many as 180 films from 58 countries will be screened this year at the fest, which is expected to be attended by actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan and actress Shabana Azmi.

This year, CIFF has also introduced `Amitabh Bachchan Youth Icon Award` as a token of respect for Big B, who had contributed to the award when he attended the closing ceremony of the fest last year.

"One young talent from the industry will be presented with this award. We will be bringing a special guest to give away this award," he added.

This year, CIFF will put the spotlight on contemporary films from Turkey, Iran and Taiwan. There will also be retrospectives of French filmmaker Claire Denis, Hungarian film director Istvan Szabo and Serbian film director Goran Paskaljevic.