October 29 agenda: Mumbai Film Festival

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This Thursday's agenda:  the Mumbai international film festival in India, sculptures on Sydney's Bondi beach in Australia, art awards in New York and more.

Mumbai film festival
October 29-November 5

The 11th annual Mumbai film includes American screenwriter Paul Schrader ( Taxi Driver) and Iranian director Jafar Panahi on its 2009 jury. On top of the annual competition, a lifetime achievement award to be given to Indian director Shashi Kapoor and an international achievement award for Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos.

UCLA celebrates 40th anniversary of the internet
October 29
Los Angeles/USA

UCLA's engineering faculty celebrates the 40th anniversary of the internet. On October 29, 1969, Professor Leonard Kleinrock used a network called ARPANET to send a message, paving the way for the development of the internet as we know it today. A program of speakers from the worlds of media (like Arianna Huffington of blog The Huffington Post), pop culture (like John Taylor of musical groupDuran Duran) and technology (Mark Bregman of Symantec) is scheduled for the occasion.

The First Annual Art Awards at the NY Guggenheim
October 29
New York City/USA

The first edition of the annual Art Awards aims to celebrate the work of contemporary artists, institutions and projects that have changed the face of contemporary art during the year. Presenters at this year's event include Cecily Brown, Sofia Coppola and Mary-Kate Olsen. Categories include Artist of the Year, Curator of the Year and Exhibition Outside the United States.

Sculpture by the Sea

October 29-November15

This annual outdoor exhibition by the waters of Australia takes sculptures out of the galleries to exhibit them on the Bondi Sydney beach. Approximately 400,000 visitors are attracted to the cultural event to contemplate over 100 contemporary artworks.

"Dysfashional" exhibition
October 29-November 29

A handful of conceptual fashion designers, including avantgarde designers Hussein Chalayan, Martin Margiela and Raf Simons, have teamed up to stage an exhibition combining fashion and contemporary art to open in Paris and Berlin. The exhibit, previously held in Luxembourg (2007) and Switzerland (2008), aims at introducing the public to the designers' visions and 'universes' through installations and dance performances, instead of simply showing their collections.