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The 15th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) will be held from January 28 to Feb 3 2018 at the FILMS DIVISION COMPLEX, Mumbai.
The oldest and largest film festival for non-feature films in South Asia, MIFF began in 1990 and is organised by the Films Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B).
Speaking about MIFF, Festival Director, Manish Desai said: “The response to the 15th edition of MIFF has been overwhelming, signifying a vibrant documentary culture in India and the world.” The festival directorate has received a record 790 entries, with 194 from 32 countries in the international competition and 596 entries in the national competition. The selection committees have been set up to evaluate the entries and recommend them for National and International competition sections.
Director of Administration, Swati Pandey said: “In a bid to make MIFF a people’s festival, the delegate fee has been kept at a modest `100 while there will be no fee for student delegates. The screenings will be held in the theatres in Films Division complex, Mumbai and nearby Russian Culture Centre from January 29, 2018.”
Filmmaker, Mike Pandey said: “MIFF is opening the door; it is a milestone in the documentary film history where nearly 800 films have been received and this is from different countries and also nationally from every region. With the different packages it is going to be really a door opener and also exchange of cultures, traditions and values which is so essential to unify India. This is what is needed and this role the documentaries can play without any politics or any drama and this is going to bring people closer.”
The festival directorate will constitute two juries of eminent filmmakers from India and abroad to judge best films in both international and national competition sections.
Apart from films in various competition categories, films produced in India and abroad will be screened under special packages including jury retrospectives and best of festivals. Special packages like Russian and Turkish animation films, French short films, NFAI Archival packages, films from South East Asia are being organised. There will be screening of films in the homage section too.
On the sidelines, cinematography and pitching workshops will be held during the festival providing a rich and wholesome experience for filmmakers. A business platform for documentary filmmakers is being planned by FICCI during the current edition of MIFF to help filmmakers find funding and screening avenues in India and abroad. The proposal is in initial stages.
The prize money has been doubled for the Golden Conch Award for the best documentary in the international competition to Rs 10 lakh.
FICCI is planning a business platform to help documentary film makers find funding and screening venues.
The V. Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award for promotion of documentary movement in India will be conferred upon an eminent documentary film maker chosen by an independent jury.