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NEW DELHI – The 15th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival — to be held from Oct. 17-24 — will see Driving Miss Daisy director Bruce Beresford heading the international competition jury.
Along with Beresford, this year’s MFF international competition jury also includes acclaimed French actress Nathalie Baye (Une étrange Affaire), Japanese actor-director Masato Harada (The Last Samurai) and Indian actress Konkana Sen Sharma (Mr and Mrs Iyer). The India Gold competition jury is headed by Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation), while fellow jurists include Australian film editor Jill Bilcock (Moulin Rouge!), British actor-director Waris Hussein (Passage to India), Afghan director Siddiq Barmak (Osama) and Hong Kong International Film Festival director and film critic Roger Garcia.
MFF is a Reliance Entertainment initiative organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI), an industry body founded in 1997 by the late filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee and comprised of leading Indian film figures. MAMI is currently headed by acclaimed director Shyam Benegal, while other members include fellow directors Ashutosh Gowariker, Karan Johar, and Anurag Kashyap; renowned actresses Shabana Azmi and Jaya Bachchan; actor-directors Amol Palekar and Farhan Akhtar and lyricist, writer and director Amit Khanna.
“The jury is the core of every film fest, and we have a proud legacy of having eminent personalities on our jury every year. This year too we’re welcoming some very accomplished names, all masters in their fields,” said MFF director Srinivasan Narayan.
MFF will again host the Mumbai Film Mart — Oct. 18-20 — as a networking platform between international buyers, sales agents and programmers and leading Indian studios, filmmakers, producers and distributors. This year’s mart will introduce the India Project Room initiative, aimed at showcasing under-production Indian films for preselection and interest by international festival programmers and buyers.
“As a festival director, I understand the need for such an initiative, given that we are a diverse country and that scouting for films may be difficult,” said Narayan. “The India Project Room will be a great way for Indian filmmakers and producers to showcase their forthcoming films to festival programmers and selectors to see what India has to offer for the coming year.”