Mumbai Fest to have college students as special jury

MUMBAI: The 12th Mumbai Film Festival (MFF) to be held from 21 to 28 October will pick up 32 college students as special jury for its Mumbai Young Critics (MYC) section.

Initiated last year, MYC was an initiative to demarcate a place for young, budding viewers and aspiring filmmakers.

"The objective of Mumbai Young Critics is to provide young impressionable minds with the opportunity to experience the aesthetic standards of the best in cinema, and to experience world-class film criticism and appreciation first-hand. Amongst aspiring film reviewers, only 32 college students will be selected for MYC to form an independent student jury," said an official statement.

The selections for the same will be made based on nominations from authorities at the city‘s top colleges by 15 September.

Each academic institution will nominate up to two students who have a keen interest in cinema and also who have an understanding of the history and development of the film medium.

All nominees will then go through a selection process that will consist of on-the-spot film reviewing, group discussion and interviews. They will then further go through a workshop with established film critics and filmmakers in order to understand their responsibilities.

The final lot of 32 colleges will not only have the opportunity to watch all films screened during the festival, interact with celebrity guests, but will also participate in the press conferences, seminars and master classes. Their reviews will be published in the festival daily bulletin and other festival publications.

The team will honour a film with a Silver Gateway trophy and a certificate at the gala.

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