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A Curtain Raiser for THE MAMI’s 14th MUMBAI FILM FESTIVAL (MFF)

(18th - 25th Oct. 2012)


  • In consonance with the long standing demand to hold this popular film fest   at a larger venue equipped with all facilities to accommodate ever increasing number of participants, Reliance Entertainment  (The Owners of MAMI Trust) in association with American Express, has organizes this fest on a grand scale at the sprawling NCPA premises wiith 6 screens plus the screens of nearby multiplex INOX and Liberty Cinema screens South Mumbai. Kudos to them for this decision.
  • Over 200 films from over 65 countries to be screened at MFF
  • Prize money of USD 220,000 (Rs.1.17 Crore approx.) to be awarded
  • Screening of Silent Film with Live Orchestra | Rendez-vous with French cinema.
  • Celebration of Italian Cinema |Kabul Fresh- New Voices in Afghan Cinema And Restored Classics from around the World
  • Actress Waheeda Rehman to be conferred the Indian Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Homage to Rajesh Khanna, Dara Singh and A. K. Hangal

The 14th Mumbai Film Festival’s stellar line up of over 200 movies and other highlights were revealed at the curtain raiser press conference held at the NCPA in the presence of Mr. Shyam Benegal, Filmmaker and Chairman, MAMI, Mr. Amit Khanna, Chairman, Reliance Entertainment and Trustee, MAMI, Mr. Sudhir Mishra, and Mr. Ramesh Sippy, Filmmakers& Trustees, MAMI, Mr. Srinivasan Narayanan, Director, Mumbai Film Festival, Mr. Sanjeev Lamba, CEO, Reliance Entertainment, Mr. Sanjay Rishi, President, American Express India along with representatives from various consulates and dignitaries from the Indian Entertainment industry.

This year the festival will introduce a new competition section for Indian films called ‘India Gold 2012’, which will see 13 Indian language films of debut directors compete for prize money of approx USD 31,000. This is in addition to the other competition sections such as the ‘International Competition’, ‘Celebrate Age’ and ‘Dimensions Mumbai’. To mark the centenary celebration of Indian cinema the Festival will screen a package of restored Indian silent films accompanied by live orchestra. These films include classics such as ‘Kaliya Mardan’, ‘Raja Harishchandra’,‘Marthand Varma’, ‘Throw Of Dice’, ‘Sati Savitri’, ‘Jamai Babu’, ‘Galliant Heart’ and few others.

For the second consecutive year, the best of contemporary French cinema will be presented as part of ‘Rendez-vous with French Cinema’ section in association with the Embassy of France in India and Unifrance.

Other highlights include a special package tracing the history of Italian cinema that is being organised in association with the Embassy of Italy in India and the Italian film director and film academician Mr Italo Spinelli, a special section on restored classics from around the world, a package of films from Afghanistan Kabul Fresh- New Voices in Afghan Cinema recognizing the blossoming film movement in the country and homage to Rajesh Khanna, Dara Singh and A.K. Hangal.

Actress Waheeda Rehman will be conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Click here to read 14th MFF - 2012 Part-II

Written by: 

Mohan Siroya


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