The French film My Little Princess won Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress Award at the 13th Mumbai Film Festival. After showcasing over 200 films from 60 countries across various sections, the festival concluded on October 20 with the Morgan Freeman film, Dolphin’s Tale.
The International lifetime achievement award was given to Morgan Freeman and Indian lifetime achievement award was given to Gulzar. While My Little Princess won The Golden Gateway Award, The Silver Gateway Award was presented to the Canadian film The Salesman (Le Vendeur) directed by Sebastien Pilote.
The Mumbai Film Mart attracted forthcoming big ticket films like Ra.One, Don 2, Rockstar, Ladies V/s Ricky Bahl, The Dirty Picture, Desi Boyz, tabled for acquisition and distribution in the markets like Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, Germany, France and Latin America. The Festival also held an Indo-German Script Development Workshop from October 11-13. Speakers at the workshop include the renowned directors Dani Levy, Thorsten Schulz, screenwriters Anjum Rajabali and Sooni Taraporevala amongst others.
Young creative minds selected for the Mumbai Young Critics initiative were mentored by filmmaker Vikramaditya Motwane and leading Indian film critics over a two day session. Over 1 lakh people watched the films, making it the largest festival held in India so far. Regular attendees of the festival included Yash Chopra, Pamela Chopra, Shyam Benegal, Ramesh Sippy, Kiran Juneja, Rohan Sippy, Kiran Rao, Anurag Kashyap, Vikramadiya Motwane, Onir, Sanjay Suri, Satish Kaushik, Rajat Barmecha amongst many others.