Narahari Rao, creative head of the BIFF informed that South African Zulu language film "Lucky", which features noted theatre personality and Rajya Sabha Member B. Jayashree, will be the inaugural movie at the fest, which will also pay homage to renowned cinematographer S. Ramachandra.
Internationally acclaimed Iranian film director Dariush Mehrjui will also be honoured during the inaugural function at the Jnanajyothi Auditorium here. Actors Om Puri and Anant Nag will be guests of honour at the opening ceremony.
T.S. Nagabharana, president of the Karnataka Chalanachithra Academy, Rao, the state’s Principal Secretary Basavaraju and Information Department chairman Muddu Mohan shared the details of the fest at a press meet here.
A total of 179 films, out of which 20 are Kannada movies, will be screened at the fest, said Rao.
Upendra-directed "Super" is among the films selected for screening. Kannada movie "Rasarushi Kuvempu" will be premiered and Tulu film "Gaggara" will also be screened.