Mumbai Film Festival: 'Chariots of Fire' Director Hugh Hudson to Head International Jury


NEW DELHI - The 13th Mumbai Film Festival, a Reliance Entertainment initiative and organized by Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) will see Hugh Hudson - director of 1981's multiple Oscar winning Chariots of Fire - heading the international competition section jury.

MFF will take place in Mumbai from Oct. 13 - 20, with the international jury including director Roger Spottiswoode (Tomorrow Never Dies), Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski (The Shout) and Korean director Na Hong-Jin (The Chaser and The Yellow Sea).

Last year's MFF jury was headed by Jane Campion while Oliver Stone was honored with a special lifetime achievement award.

“Mumbai Film Festival is committed to showcase the best in cinematic talent.  It has been a long and extremely fruitful journey. We are happy to welcome the eminent  jury members and play host to them.  We are also happy that the Indian entertainment industry has shown us tremendous support,” said MFF Chairman and veteran Indian film-maker Shyam Benegal.

Veteran Indian director Basu Chatterjee - known for his comedy hits such as Gudgudee - will be the chairman of the Harmony Celebrate Age Jury which aims to "encourage filmmakers to look beyond the stereotypes of old age and to look at the positive side of ageing."

A popular section of MFF is the Dimensions Mumbai category honoring short films by directors below the age of 25 whose films are inspired by life in India's film capital.

The Dimensions Mumbai jury is headed by Kiran Rao (Dhobi Ghat) while fellow jurors include Vikram Aditya Motwane (Udaan), Nishikant Kamat (Mumbai Meri Jaan), Onir (My Brother Nikhil) and actress Renuka Shahane.

“We are delighted to have such an esteemed panel of industry professionals as our jury members," said MFF Director S. Narayanan. "We will soon be announcing the complete lineup for the festival. We are delighted with the response we have been receiving and the support extended to us by the Indian entertainment industry. We hope to be bigger and better this year.”

MFF organizing body Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) is comprised of leading Indian film industry figures founded in 1997 by late filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee.

MAMI trustees include iconic Bollywood film-maker Yash Chopra alongwith Ashutosh Gowariker, Karan Johar, renowned actresses Shabana Azmi and Jaya Bachchan, actor-director Amol Palekar and Farhan Akhtar and Reliance Big Entertainment Chairman Amit Khanna.

Meanwhile, MFF is inviting delegate registrations via its website www.mumbaifilmfest.com

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