Saturday, March 1, 2008

MAMI International Film festival , Mumbai

“The Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI) was born of a dream of promoting meaningful cinema in a city that prides itself on being India's Film Capital. MAMI strives to increase the awareness of film beyond it being a source of entertainment.” The International Film Festival Mumbai (IFFM), India's only Independent Film Festival, is a tribute to the glorious city of Mumbai, and is a commitment made by MAMI to introduce and expand Mumbaikar's horizon to include the latest trends in international cinema. It has a captive audience of 5000 delegates. Retrospectives of Ritwik Ghatak and Andrzej Wajda will mark the 10th Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI) international film festival that starts here on March 6. The weeklong festival will screen 140 films from 45 countries in three theatres in the city—Adlabs Wadala, Metro Adlabs and Cinemax Versova .About 140 films from 45 countries will be screened. The opening film is Andrzej Wajda’s latest film Katyn, nominated for an Oscar's foreign film category and premiered at the 58th Berlin Film Festival. The Mourning Forest ,Japanese film ,directed by a woman Director , Naomi Kawase ,winner of Grand Prix at 60th Cannes Film Festival , will be the closing film. MAMI is also introducing a host of exciting new initiatives like Global Lifetime Achievement Award for an international director towards his/her contribution to world cinema. The first award will be conferred on Spanish director Carlos Saura, who will be in Mumbai to attend the function. MAMI Awards for outstanding contribution to the Indian film industry will go to actor Rishi Kapoor. Lyricist Gulzar and actor Dharmendra will get the lifetime achievement award. Jaya Bachchan , trustee of MAMI initiated a short film competition called Dimensions Mumbai , under which digital films of five minutes durations depicting Mumbai will compete .

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