October 13-20, 2011
The Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI) is a public trust that organises an annual international film festival called the Mumbai Film Festival (MFF). It was launched in 1997, when a group of film industry stalwarts headed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee founded MAMI as a non profit trust to organise an annual international film festival that the film industry and the country could be proud of.
MAMI appreciates good cinema, stripped of limiting labels like ‘art’ and ‘commercial’. It believes this can only come about through exposure to the best of films the world has to offer. Filmmaker Shyam Benegal is Chairman of the trust.The Mumbai Film Festival programme is divided into nine sections:
• International Competition for the First Feature Films of Directors
• World Cinema
• Indian Frame
• Dimensions Mumbai
• Celebrate Age
• Above the Cut
• New Faces in Indian Cinema
• The Real Reel
Cinemax Versova is the main hub. There will also be screenings at Metro Big Cinemas and Cinemax Sion.
Watch Out For!
Moneyball will be the opening film and Dolphin Tale the closing film. Among the films that will have their India premieres are Melancholia, The Whistle Blower, The Ides Of March and Pina.
In addition to the films screened in the non-competitive sections, a list of films will compete in the three competition sections: International Competition for the First Feature Films of Directors, Dimensions Mumbai and Celebrate Age. They will vie for a total of USD 200,000 in prize money.
The jury includes Hugh Hudson, Roger Spottiswoode, Jerzy Skolimowski, Na-Hong Jin along with Basu Chatterjee, Kiran Rao, Onir, Nishikant Kamat, Sushasini Mulay, Renuka Shahane, Mukesh Bhatt, Avantika Akerkar, Vikramaditya Motwane. They will judge the winning films in the competition sections.
The 13th MFF will pay tribute to Shammi Kapoor, M F Hussain and Mani Kaul, with a special screening of their works. A film retrospective of Jury President, Hugh Hudson’s works will also be screened, including Revolution Revisited and I Dreamed Of Africa. Gulzar will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The festival will screen the best of Cannes Critics Week winning films and debut features that won National Film Awards over the last 50 years. It will host a section 4me RendezVous in collaboration with Unifrance, the Embassy of France in India and Consulate General of France in Mumbai. This section will screen the best of New French Cinema, including The Snows Of Kilimanjaro, The Conquest and Declaration Of Wars.
Busan International Film Festival Director Lee Yong Kwano will present a selection of the latest Asian films from Busan.
The Festival continues its endeavour to facilitate business with the Mumbai Film Mart (MFM), with sales agents, executives, distributors and buyers confirming their participation. The festival is strengthening and consolidating its academic activities with an Indo-German Script Development Workshop scheduled from October 11-13. Speakers include Dani Levy, Ashutosh Gowariker, Thorsten Schulz, Anjum Rajabali and Sooni Taraporevala.
Young creative minds selected for the Mumbai Young Critics initiative will be mentored by foreign film critics. A Master Class on film direction by Hudson on filmmaking with special reference to ad filmmaking, and daily open forums with noted industry speakers have been scheduled around the screenings.
Taking another step forward with a much needed initiative is the Mumbai Film Mart, which will be held from October 15 to 17 under the aegis of the MMF.
There will be a special focus on non-traditional growing markets for Indian cinema in China, Korea, Japan, Europe and Latin America with confirmed attendance of buyers.
The MFM will also provide a platform to acquire some of the most outstanding films being screened at the MFF. Direct contact will be established with world sales agents.