Heading the International Competition jury of the 15th Mumbai Film Festival organized under the auspices of the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) will be acclaimed film director Bruce Beresford, whose 1989 film DRIVING MISS DAISY won the Academy Award for the Best Film. He was also nominated for the Best Director in 1984 for TENDER MERCIES. This jury also has the French actress Nathalie Baye, multi-faceted artist, who has worked with the likes of Godard and Truffaut. Masato Harada, renowned Japanese actor – director of THE LAST SAMURAI and Konkana Sen Sharma, who’s given us memorable films such as MR. AND MRS. IYER and OMKARA, are part of the Jury as well.
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The India Gold 2013 Competition section jury is equally eminent, with the Academy Award winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi heading the Jury panel as the President. By his side will be the man behind the acclaimed film OSAMA (2004) which won him an Academy Award nomination, Siddiq Barmark. More names in this list include acclaimed British actor/director Waris Hussein of DOCTOR WHO and PASSAGE TO INDIA fame, Jill Bilcock (Australian Film Editor and Academy Award nominee for MOULIN ROUGE) and Roger Garcia, the executive director of the prestigious Hong Kong International Film Festival, film critic and an authority on Asian Cinema.
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The 15th Mumbai Film Festival will take place from the 17th – 24, October 2013, and will be held at Metro Cinema and Liberty Cinemas as the main festival venues and Cinemax, Andheri (West) as the satellite venue.
(Rajesh Kumar Singh is Editorial Consultant for Festivals and Markets for BollywoodTrade.com. He is a filmmaker, critic and market analyst)