Osian's-Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema is presenting two lifetime achievement awards at this year's edition (July 10-20).

The Osian's Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to Cinema will be awarded to filmmaker Mrinal Sen, while the Aruna Vasudev Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Cinema will go to Jose 'Pete' F. Lacaba.

Calcutta-based Sen is one of India's most politically active filmmakers with credits including Kharij which won the special jury prize at Cannes in 1983.

Lacaba is a poet and screenwriter who writes in both English and Filipino and has credits including Jaguar, Segurista and Rizal Sa Dapitan.

'We are delighted to honour two eminent personalities from the world of cinema,' said joint festival director Latika Padgaonkar. 'Both have contributed in a seminal way to the seventh art and both have placed on their works an individual and creative stamp.'

The Cinefan festival, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, is held in New Delhi, but will also feature a curtain raiser in Mumbai on June 13 and 14. This year, more than $250,000 in prize money has been earmarked for the competition sections and lifetime achievement awards.