MUMBAI: The 11th Mumbai Film Festival (MFF), organised by Mumbai Academy of Moving
Image (MAMI), is scheduled to take place from 29 October to 5 November in Mumbai.
Big Entertainment initiative, MMF has the distinction of being the only international
film festival in India to be organised by an independent body of practicing film
five-member international jury will include celebrated Hollywood scriptwriter,
director and Martin Scorsese's long term collaborator Paul Schrader, scriptwriter
of Taxi Driver and co-writer of Raging Bull amongst others, and eminent Iranian
filmmaker Jafar Panahi, a Golden Lion awardee at the Venice Film Festival and
the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.
year MFF will honour two talented filmmakers from India and abroad. Shashi Kapoor
will receive the Indian lifetime achievement award at the inaugural function of
the Festival on 29 October while Greek filmmaker Angelopoulos will be presented
the international lifetime achievement award in the closing ceremony of the Festival
on 5 November.
retrospective of Angelopoulos' films will be organised to salute the maestro.
Considered one of the greatest living directors, Angelopoulos has won awards at
all major International film festivals.
into five sections (International Competition for the First Feature Films of Directors,
World Cinema, Indian Showcase, Dimensions Mumbai and Retrospectives), the Festival
offers something to every film buff.
festival will showcase the best in contemporary Indian cinema even while it takes
a look back at cinema down the ages," notes renowned film-maker Shyam Benegal,
the chair-person of MAMI.
also want to encourage young film talent and have a forum for that. Further, our
audience will be treated to the works of Shashi Kapoor and Angeloupolous, two
film-makers to be honoured with life-time achievement awards. Both have traversed
a long path and made a distinctive niche for themselves in world cinema,"
The 11th MFF will also organise a exhibition to commemorate
and celebrate 60 years of Dev Anand's Navketan Films. A retrospective from Navketan
will be screened to mark the occasion.
Fun Republic, the four-screen
multiplex, will be the central venue of the 11th MFF while films taking part in
the festival will also be screened at Metro BIG Cinema and other theatres.