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12th Mumbai film festival gets bigger & better



September 28, 2010 03:27:46 PM IST
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The 12th Mumbai Film Festival (MFF) promises to be bigger & better than its past events what with world premiere of international film, first time ever in an Indian film festival; screening of 200 films from 58 countries, which forms largest no. of films at any film festival ever; MFF embraces the all-woman jury; a film business centre through which independent filmmakers would get exposed to the world's top distributors, etc.

The Mumbai Academy of Moving Images (MAMI) committee comprising of Chairman of MAMI filmmaker Shyam Benegal, Mr. Amit Khanna of Reliance Big Pictures, Mr. Basu Chatterjee, the Chairman of the selection committee for MAMI and Mr. Srinivasav Narayan, director of MAMI recently unveiled the line-up for the 12th Mumbai Film Festival at a press conference held.

The whole team beamed, and happily spoke about MAMI.

SHYAM BENEGAL and BASU CHATTERJEE at 12th MUMBAI FILM FESTIVAL

SHYAM BENEGAL and BASU CHATTERJEE at 12th MUMBAI FILM FESTIVAL


Says Shyam Benegal 'It's always been the endeavour of this festival to get better each year than we have been in the previous one. This time we have decided to get the cream of the world cinema. And I think we have also largely succeeded in doing that. We have the best films of the past 1 and a half years. We feel the films we have for MAMI, are worthy of being showcased to a city like Mumbai. We have most of the winners of all the great festivals of the world this year. We have Berlinale film festival winner, Golden Lion Venice 2010 winner, Grand Prix winner, etc'

Talking about this year's Japanese films that are to be showcased, says Shyam Benegal 'We have around 45 Japanese films (best of Japanese crop of films), which are winners of many international festivals.'

The all women jury, which has already grabbed many people's attention is another thing Shyam Benegal is extremely proud of, 'We have an unprecedented, superb all women jury which is highly celebrated.'

Acclaimed director, David Fincher's THE SOCIAL NETWORK, about social networking site Facebook, will be the opening film at the festival. A number of films from Germany, Denmark, Japan and the USA will be screened at the festival.

Mr. Amit Khanna added, 'This is also the first time, that there will be a world premier of a film in MAMI. This never happened in the last 60 years of film festivals here. The film in question is a Danish film ABOVE THE STREET, BELOW THE WATER.'

Said Mr. Narayan 'I saw over 600 films to select for MAMI. It was stupendous job. But we hoped to have the best line up of films.'

Three times Academy Award winner Oliver Stone alongwith noted Indian film actor-director-screenwriter-producer Manoj Kumar will be awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the festival. The festival this year offers astounding total prize money of Rs 1 crore.

For the first time in any Indian film festival all the important buyers & sales agents across the world will attend the fest. The best distributors include Pathe, Studio Canal, Icon, Fortissimo, Metro Films and many others will converge at the Film Business centre.

The Mumbai Film Festival will be held from October 21 to 28. The festival films will be screened at Chandan Cinema (Juhu), 5 screens of PVR (Juhu), 2 screens in Metro BIG Cinemas (Marine Lines) & one in BIG Cinemas R City (Ghatkopar).



 
 

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