The Invitation Section for more established directors includes 11 films such as Tonino De Bernardi's Venice entry Medea Miracle, the world premiere of Zhang Lu's Chongqing, and Oshii Mamoru's Onna Dachiguishi Retsuden, a follow-up to his Amazing Lives Of The Fast Food Grifters.
Increasing the total prize money from $50,000 to $60,000, CinDi has re-named its awards - to be given by the International Directors jury, the International Critics' jury, and the Local Critics' Jury - as the Red, Blue, and Green Chameleon awards, each accompanied by $20,000.
A new Audience Jury made up of 15 cinephiles will also hand out the White Chameleon Award.
To run seven days from Aug 20-26, the festival will screen 71 films from 18 countries.
Aside from the Competition and Invitation sections, the fest has newly added a Digital Shorts section with 15 films, a CinDi Extreme section with four films including hit Chinese director Ning Hao's In The Soul Ultimate Nation, and a Retrospective section of five films including Pedro Costa's Cannes film In Vanda's Room.
In addition, returning CinDi director Wang Bing's massive 840-minute documentary Crude Oil will be in a separate Installation section - at the director's request due to the running time.
The CinDi All Night section will show a total of 18 shorts and features, divided into a Rock n' Roll Party selection and a Crazy Ani selection, playing on the same night. Martin Scorsese's Rolling Stones documentary Shine A Light and Kawajiri Yoshiaki's Highlander: The Search For Vengeance are included.
A Digital Restoration section with Kim Ki-young's The Housemaid, currently touring festivals, will be accompanied by a forum on the Korean Film Archive's digital restoration process.
For the competition, festival co-directors Chung Sung-ill and Park Ki-Yong with programming consultants Philip Cheah, Li Cheuk-to and Ichiyama Shozo chose 15 films from across Asia. First, second and third films are eligible (full list below).
Jury members include directors Hong Sang-soo, Amos Gitai, Jia Zhangke and Zhang Lu. The latter three will each hold a masterclass. Critics Dennis Lim, Hur Moon-young, and Berlinale Forum head Christophe Terhechte will also serve on juries.
The fest will open with Jia Zhangke's 24 City which was in Cannes competition earlier this year. 'CinDi 2008 will be the second festival in the world to screen it,' according to Chung.
Full Competition Line-up:
Bal Ganesh - Pankaj Sharma (India) - animation
Days Of The Turquoise Sky - Woo Ming Jin (Malaysia)
Doctor Ma's Country Clinic - Cong Feng (China) - documentary / international premiere
Dog In Cheonggyecheon - Kim Kyung-Mook (South Korea) - World premiere
Dreams From The Third World - Kan Lume (Singapore) - International premiere
Girl Sparks - Ishii Yuya (Japan)
High Noon - Heiward Mak (Hong Kong / China)
Little Moth - Peng Tao (China)
The Summer Solstice - Li Ruijun (China) - documentary / Asian premiere
Survival Song - Yu Guangyi (China) - World premiere
Sweet Food City - Gao Wendong (China) - documentary
Tropical - Lee Sang-Woo (South Korea) - World premiere
Ubu - Zhan Chi (China) - World premiere
Voice Of Rain That Comes At Night - Igarashi Kohei (Japan) - World premiere
What The Heart Craves - Takahashi Izumi (Japan)