Talking to reporters here today, NTTF Director Vaseeharan Sivalingam said this was the one and only Tamil film festival happening all over the world and dedidcated exclsively for Tamil films.
Of the 17 films, 13 would be screened in the event in 22 different categories. Apart from 'Enthiran'', which had surpassed the collections in the box-office and was released in a record number of theatres worldwide, other films to be screened include
- Angadi Theru',
- Vinnaithaandi Varuvaya'
- Boss Engira Baskaran'
- En Swasame,
- Yudham Sei
- Thenmerku Paruvakaatru'.
''At the end of the festival, the best film in each category will be selected on the genuine viewers voting system'', he added. The films 'Sengadal' and 'Ellalan' would be screened under the Special category, while MGR's 'Enga Veettu Pillai' and thespian Sivaji Ganesan's 'Kappalottiya Tamilan' would be screened under the 'Evergreen Classics' section.
Mr Sivalingam said the main objective of the festival was to bring films that were based more on story than commercialism, from Directors who are not afraid to be different.''In 2010, we have screened 13 films of this type and all stood out. The films were carefully chosen with a variety of themes, like culture, patriotism, friendship, romance and family values. They have shown all aspects of our lives, from adult to children, from the rich palaces to the slums'', he noted.
Applying the same yardstick, the films were chosen for this year's edition, Mr Sivalingam said. He said plans were also afoot to display the novel attempts of youths in Tamil short films.
The NTFF committee, comprising 12 juries, decided to dedicate one day exclusively for short films.