Jane Campion to head Mumbai festival

"The Piano" director to lead all-female jury

NEW DELHI -- Academy Award-winner Jane Campion will head the all-female jury of the 12th Mumbai Film Festival, to be held Oct. 21-28.

Campion is accompanied by fellow panelists producer and U.K. Film Council head of Film Fund Tanya Seghatchian, award winning Iranian director Samira Makhmalbaf, veteran South Korean actress Yoon Jeong-Hee and Indian actress and filmmaker Suhasini Maniratnam.

Campion's India connection includes her 1999 feature “Holy Smoke” which was partly filmed here featuring Kate Winslet as an Australian girl who comes to India on a spiritual journey.

MFF is organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image, an independent body comprised of Indian film industry leaders and supported by Reliance Big Entertainment Ltd.

Last year's MFF jury was headed by Hollywood screenwriter/director Paul Schrader and the festival saw U.K. film “White Lightnin,'” winning the $100,000 Golden Gateway of India Award in the international competition for the first feature film by a director.
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