The second season of the Hyderabad International Film Festival was declared open by Union Minister and film maker Dasari Narayana Rao on 3rd January at Lalitha Kala Thoranam, Hyderabad.
"Now a days film fests organized by the government have become mere name sakes" Dasari Narayana Rao said "But I will fight against this growing trend and will uphold the tradition of hosting such film festivals in all major cities every alternate year. We will begin this film festival with the Chinese film 'Thrill of Love'".
The event, that is being jointly organized by the Telugu Film Directors' Association and the Hyderabad Film Club, was attended by D.Rama Naidu, Film Club Chairman KNT Shastry, Directors' association president V.Sagar and other prominent film makers like M.S.Reddy, C.Kalyan, Parachuri brothers and veteran actor Gummadi. Conspicuous by their absence were most of the leading actors and actress, with the exception of actress Priyamani.