The Indian filmmaker will serve as chairman of the 19th edition of Capri, Hollywood – The International Film Festival, scheduled to run in the Gulf of Naples from December 26-January 2, 2015.

Kapur’s directing credits include Elizabeth, The Four Feathers and Elizabeth: The Golden Age.

In 2015 he plans to unveil his decade-long project Paani, a sci-fi set in 2050 when a multinational corporation thrives as the world endures water scarcity.

”The attendance in Capri of the great artist Kapur, who has been a friend and supporter of our festival since 2002 as well as a prominent figure both in Bollywood and Hollywood, is not only a privilege, it will also contribute to expanding the dialogue between cultures, and help draw the attention of the Asian media to Italy and the southern Italian regions, already beloved by tourists from India,” said festival founder and producer Pascal Vicedomini.

Honourary members of festival presenting organisation Istituto Capri Nel Mondo are producer Mark Canton, directors Lina Wertmuller, Terry Gilliam, Michael Radford, Mike Figgis and Mimmo Calopresti, actress Vanessa Redgrave, set designers Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo and author Valerio Massimo Manfredi. 

The honourary president is head of the music department Tony Renis.

Istituto Capri Nel Mondo presents the festival with the support of the Ministry Of Cultural Heritage and Activities, the Campania Region’s Ministry Of Tourism and Culture, and the European Union.