The first edition of the Navi Mumbai International Film Festival (NMIFF) will be held from January 31 to February 2, 2014 at the DY Patil Auditorium in Nerul. Founded with the idea to showcase the talent and creativity of filmmakers, NMIFF (Navi Mumbai International Film Festival) will give a global exposure to these budding film makers.
Navi Mumbai International Film Festival’s lineup of about 40 movies from across the globe and other highlights were revealed at the curtain raiser press conference held in the presence of Ashok Purang, Festival Director and Sachin Khanna, Festival Founder and Chairman of NMIFF,Capt. Samir Walavalkar, Director – Business & Finance, Bisharad Basnet, Director – IT & Digital Networking and Salim Arif, Director of Cultural affairs, NMIFF.
The jury is the core of every film festival and NMIFF is proud of having eminent personalities on jury this year. Heading the jury will be renowned director and producer from France, Marc Baschet. He has won an Academy Award for his film No Man’s Land and among his other acclaimed films are Heaven, Before the Rain, Rain of Life. The jury also includes, Imtiaz Hussain, a writer and director of national fame, known for National Award winning films like Astitva and Parinda and Rohini Hattangadi, the only Indian actress to win the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance as Kasturba Gandhi in Gandhi.
The film entries for the festival have come in from all around the world and are segregated into three categories. Student, Professional an Feature films with shorts, documentaries, animation, social awareness and music as types available to enter in students and professional categories.
The Student Shorts Best film will be awarded the prize money of Rs 20,000 with a Trophy and Certificate. The Best film of Professional Shorts is to be awarded with Rs 40,000 and Rs 1, 00,000, prize money for the best Feature Film.