What do you think about the MFF 2012?
In my opinion, MAMI’s film festival is the most important festival in India. One gets to watch a wide variety of films from across the world here. It opens one’s horizons to a host of films and it’s a fabulous effort.
How would you assess the growth of the MFF over the last 14 years?
The festival has grown by leaps and bounds over the last few years. The commendable aspect is the choice of films that have been screened since the last two years. The MFF also gives filmmakers an opportunity to premiere their films, which is quite admirable.
How does a festival like the MFF help filmmakers?
For someone like me, whose film gets selected in the ‘New Faces’ section, it feels really special. It boosts one’s morale and allows one to think they can become an important filmmaker in future. The kind of support, recognition and support one gets from the festival is thumping.
Is the MFF a great destination for filmmakers?
Yes, it is. All kinds of people come and watch your films. And it’s a great place to meet and interact with people. I am not really aware of the Mumbai Film Mart and the business aspect but I am sure that too is a great platform.
In what way can the MFF improve next year?
This year, a lot of my friends are cribbing about not being able to attend the festival because travelling all the way to Nariman Point is a problem. So maybe, next year, they could look into this aspect.
(Pratim D Gupta is a film critic, journalist and the director of the film Paanch Adhyay)