An annual pilgrimage for the city’s passionate film buffs, Mumbai Film Festival returns! The Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star is India’s premiere film festival which showcases the latest cutting-edge, independent cinema and art house fare alongside genre movies from Bollywood, Hollywood and cult international movies. It is a platform where the best of world cinema is offered to the people of Mumbai and the best of Indian cinema to the world.
Source – News 18
The 18th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival will be held from 20th-27th October, 2016. Just like last year it will once again be an absolute treat for cinema enthusiasts celebrating some of the best of Indian and global cinema. This year the opening ceremony of the festival on 20th of October will mark the re-launch of the Iconic Royal Opera House, India’s only surviving Opera House which was once considered as the cultural heartbeat of Mumbai.
Source – Hindustan Times
This year Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival will open its 18th edition with Konkona Sensharma’s directorial debut film, A Death in the Gunj. The film will be screened on 21st October. The film has garnered critical acclaim internationally and has recently been screened at the 41st Toronto Film Festival also. It’s a coming-of- age story set in 1970s which revolves around a family vacation based on true events. Shot at various locations in McCluskiegunj, Jharkhand, Konkana Sensharma has meticulously captured each and every frame of the film. The film features prominent actors like Vikrant Massey in the lead alongside eminent actors like Kalki Koechlin, Tillotama Shome, Gulshan Devaiah, Ranvir Shorey and yesteryear legends, Om Puri and Tanuja.
Last month when MAMI announced the call for entries for this year’s edition of the festival, many big Bollywood stars like Anushka Sharma, Ranveer Singh, Riteish Deshmukh, John Abraham and leading stars from the South such as Pawan Kalyan, Prithviraj Sukumaran and Suriya were seen supporting the call and encouraged the aspiring and talented film makers to participate in the festival.
Spread over a week, the festival will feature close to 200 films. The Competition Section of the will include International Competition for debut filmmakers worldwide, India Gold (best of Indian feature films produced this year) and Dimensions Mumbai (short films from Mumbai-based filmmakers). The Out of Competition Section will have collections like World Cinema, The India Story, Restored Classics featuring restored classic films from India and around the world, After Dark featuring horror cinema, science fiction films, thrillers), Rendezvous and French Film making.