13th to 20th October 2011
The Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) announced the dates of the
next edition of the Mumbai Film Festival. The 13th Mumbai Film
Festival will be held from 13th to 20th October 2011.
The Mumbai Film Festival is emerging as one of the most important
international film festivals in Asia. It showcases the best of
contemporary world cinema, Indian cinema and feature length
documentaries. The five minute short films by young students and media
professionals, titled DIMENSIONS MUMBAI and the academic programme
MUMBAI YOUNG CRITICS have been widely appreciated by the youth. The
12th edition also introduced a new competition section CELEBRATE AGE
for films dealing with the concerns, spice, fun and adventure of
growing older. The Festival is a highly regarded and anticipated event
in Mumbai’s cultural calendar, attracting leading international
filmmakers, industry professionals, together with large public
One of the main attractions of Mumbai Film Festival is the
International Competition of first-time film directors. The first
feature films by filmmakers compete for Rs. 75 lakhs (Approx. US$
150,000) cash awards. The Festival hands out cash awards equivalent to
US$ 200,000 in all categories.
The 12th Mumbai Film Festival hosted 215 feature films from 58
countries. There were 315 screenings. The Festival opened on 21st
October 2010 with David Fincher’s “The Social Network” and closed with
“Red” starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and John
Malkovich on 28th October 2010.
The eminent International Jury consisting of veteran Korean actress
Jeong-hee Yoon, well known Iranian director Samira Makhmalbaf and award
winning Indian actor-director Suhasini Maniratnam was headed by Oscar
winner Jane Campion. The Turkish film “Majority” directed by Seren
Yuce won the Best First Film award (US$ 100,000) and the Danish film
“R” directed by Michael Noer and Tobias Lindholm won the Jury Grand
Prize (US$ 50,000).
In 2009, the Festival introduced Film Business Centre to facilitate B2B
interactions and serve as a networking platform for film professionals
from India and abroad. Important buyers and sales agents from around
the world attended the Film Business Centre. In 2010 this initiative
grew bigger with the participation of representatives of Pathe Intl.,
Studio Canal, Wide Management, Memento Films Intl., Bavaria Films Intl.
and Sheherzad Media Intl. to name a few.
The 13th Mumbai Film Festival will start accepting submissions from 1st
April 2011. The regulations, entry forms and other details will be
About MAMI: Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) is a body comprised
of Indian film industry stalwarts which was founded in 1997 by late
filmmaker Shri Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Noted filmmaker Shri Shyam
Benegal heads the body that consists of film directors including: Yash
Chopra, Ashutosh Gowarikar, Karan Johar, renowned actresses Shabana
Azmi and Jaya Bachchan, actor-director Amol Palekar and Farhan Akhtar
and the chairman of Reliance Big Entertainment Amit Khanna as Trustees.
Mumbai Film Festival (MFF), organized by MAMI is a Reliance Big
Entertainment Ltd. (RBEL) initiative which is the flagship media and
entertainment arm of India’s Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group.
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