Last year, the writing was almost on the wall for the annual Mumbai Film Festival (organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Images or if you like it snappy, MAMI) with sponsors backing out and funds being anything but in abundance. Thankfully, the film industry would have nothing of it as they got together to bring back the festival in a new avatar in its 17th year.
The 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival is but a few days away (October 29 to November 5) and will once again be an absolute treat for cinema enthusiasts celebrating some of the best of Indian and global cinema. With a new team at the helm led by festival chairperson Kiran Rao and co-chair Nita M. Ambani, and festival director Anupama Chopra, details of this year's Mumbai Film Festival were announced at a press conference today. In attendance were other members of the Board of Trustees like filmmakers Dibakar Banerjee and Vishal Bhardwaj, Disney India's Managing Director Siddharth Roy Kapur besides Rao and Chopra themselves.
Spread over a week, the festival will feature close to 200 films. The Competition Section of the festival will include International Competition (for debut filmmakers worldwide who have made films within the one calendar year of the festival), 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 (India premieres of some of the best of world cinema), The India Story (showcasing films by Indian filmmakers that highlight the diversity of the country), Restored Classics (featuring restored classic films from India and around the world), After Dark (horror cinema, science fiction films, thrillers; they will all be there), Rendezvous (celebrating contemporary French Filmmaking) among others.
The festival this year will honor the legendary screenwriters Salim-Javed and Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai. Under MAMI Tributes, it will also pay tribute to filmmakers Chetan Anand and Agnes Varda. A debut feature at the festival this year will be Half Ticket wherein the best of children's films from around the world will compete for the children's jury awards.
The Jio MAMI Movie Mela on October 31 at Mehboob Studio, Bandra will be another exciting fare taking the festival beyond just showcasing movies. Movie merchandising, DVDs, books, sessions by Rishi Kapoor, Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi will all be a part of this exciting mela and will be a difficult one to miss.
A still from the film, Aligarh
Hansal Mehta's feature film Aligarh will open the 17th Jio MAMI and the closing film will be French filmmaker Claude Lelouch's feature One Plus One (Un Plus Une).
There is way too much to look forward to in this week-long fete and you would do yourself a huge favor by registering yourself for the 17th Jio MAMI here