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Mumbai Film Festival

15th Film Festival Mumbai

Mumbai Film Festival known as MFF is held every year in Mumbai and needs no introduction in itself. It is organized by the (MAMI) i.e. Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image. It is widely acclaimed film festival in India and over the globe.

The concept of Mumbai film festival was conceived by the late Hrishikesh Mukherjee in 1997. He started a nonprofit Trust named as the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image. The whole effort was intended to make an effort to organize and celebrate a Film Festival at International level which proves to be a matter of pride for the entire nation and the Indian Film industry itself.

MAMI aims to nurture a climate of serious cinema. Dropping down the labels commercial and art cinema, it was aimed to foster and appreciate the good cinema and that could only be achieved by going thoroughly and having a complete exposure to the best films across the national boundaries from the world over.

Indian filmmaker Shyam Benegal is the Chairperson of MAMI.

Trustees of MAMI, India

  • Amit Khanna, a lyricist, writer, director, producer and an entertainment business leader,
  • Amol Palekar, a veteran actor and director of Indian film industry,
  • Ashutosh Gowariker, an actor and one of the most watched director of the contemporary cinema,
  • Farhan Akhtar, an excellent actor, director, writer and producer,
  • Jaya Bachchan, a parliamentarian and a famous actor of Hindi cinema,
  • Karan Johar, a widely noticed young director of contemporary romantic cinema of India,
  • Shabana Azmi, a veteran actor who is also a winner of the national award for the best actress for five times,
  • Ramesh Sippy, director, producer
  • Anurag Kashyap, script writer, director
  • Sudhir Mishra, director, winner of National award for three times.

This renowned film festival in Mumbai is covered as nine sections in total, namely, Dimensions Mumbai, Retrospectives, World Cinema, Above the Cut, First Feature Films of Directors, The Real Reel, International Competition for the First Feature Films of Directors and New Faces in Indian Cinema.

Mumbai Film Festival
A still grab from "Katiyabaaz" (Powerless)

The festival aims at honoring and upbringing new talents from all over the world. For this purpose feature films of directors at international level are that are made within the same year before the film festival commences. These films from the world over are evaluated under International Competition for the First Feature Films of Directors.

The section named as "World Cinema" is meant for the screening of the films that are the best, critically acclaimed in other film festivals of international level, have proved themselves at the technical and commercial level and are the award winners.

The section names as "Indian Frame" is basically meant to showcase the best of Indian films to the global audience. This helps in gaining and networking with co-producers, foreign delegates and directors from the world over. Best films that are produced within the same calendar year before the start of the film festival are considered for the screening.

The "Dimensions Mumbai" has proved to be a boon by providing a platform for those young people who belong to Mumbai, are less than 25 years of age, are media professionals and want their work related to films to be noticed.

In the year 2010 a new section for competition was introduced. It was aimed to promote the full length feature films, short films, documentaries and ad-films that are aimed at presenting the fun and happiness that increases with the increasing age.

The best films that prevailed in the bygone era and are yet afresh in the hearts of the young generation are treasured in the section named as the “Retrospectives ". You can definitely feel the nostalgia and the charm of these magical retrograde films. While the "non-competitive section” is aimed at showcasing the films which left out of the International Competition for the First Films of Directors. It includes only the first films of the Directors.

Under "New Faces in Indian Cinema", young, dynamic and emerging directors from India are provided with a platform to screen and showcase their First and second feature films. Whereas the “Reel section” aims at showcasing the best of the feature films and documentaries that have won awards and gathered acclaim for presenting a strong opinion or view related to some social cause, the lives of people and many such related topics.

In the month of October 2013, Mumbai witnessed it 15th Film Festival.

Juries and Categories of Mumbai Film Festival

Juries for International Competition for the First Feature Films of Directors

Bruce Beresford (Jury President), an Australian Film director known for his excellent work over the globe.
Nathalie Baye, a French actress.
Masato Harada, highly acclaimed Japanese film director.
Konkana Sen Sharma, a leading actress of contemporary parallel cinema of India.
Deepa Mehta, a Toronto based filmmaker who is of Indian Origin.

Juries for Dimensions Mumbai

Shoojit Sircar (Jury President), a prolific ad and filmmaker from India.
Rajkumar Yadav, Indian theatre and film actor.
Ravi Jadhav, director of Marathi cinema.
Niranjan Iyengar, a screen writer and lyricist in Indian cinema.
Tisca Chopra, an actress in Indian films

Juries of Harmony Celebrate Age

Hansal Mehta (Jury President),  a social activist and Indian film maker.
Siddharth Bhatia, a journalist and author based in Mumbai.
Ishika Mohan, an accomplished photographer.
Tanuja Chandra, a writer and director in Indian cinema.
Divya Dutta, an actress of Indian cinema.

Juries of India Gold 2013

Asghar Farhadi (Jury President), an award winning screenwriter and director from Iran.
Siddiq Barmak, a filmmaker from Afghan.
Waris Hussein, an Indian film director.
Jill Bilcock, a film editor from Australia.
Roger Garcia, a strategic programming consultant and curator from Hong Kong.

Also, the 'Films Division', Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Govt. Of India, organizes a Film Festival for Short, Animation and Documentary films and it is known as MIFF. The venue for the festival is National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai.

The main venue for the Film Festival in 2013 (15th Edition) was Liberty Cinema, Dhobi Talao. Here the main opening and closing ceremonies took place. Other satellite venues were Metro Cinema and Cinemax / PVR, Versova. Earlier NCPA (National Centre for the Performing Arts) was the venue last year, whereas Cinemax in Andheri was the satellite venue.

Contact Details of MAMI

Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI),
49/50, Maruti Chambers, 5th Floor,
Fun Republic Lane,

Off Veera Desai Extn. Road,
Andheri (W), Mumbai - 400 053,
Tel. : 91-22-4016 8223/ 4016 8221
Fax : 91-22-4016 8222

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