The 13th Mumbai Film Festival, organised by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI), will celebrate three cinematic geniuses: legendary actor Shammi Kapoor, artist-director M. F. Hussain and director Mani Kaul. The academy will pay tribute to the Indian cinema giants through a special screening of their works.
Scheduled to be held from 13th to 20th October in Mumbai, the festival will open with the Brad Pitt starrer Moneyball and close with Morgan Freeman’s Dolphin Tale. Among the list of films that will have their India premieres at the festival are director Lars Von Tier’s Melancholia, Rachel Weiz starrer The Whistle Blower and George Clooney’s The Ides of March.
Announcing this line up of movies, Shyam Benegal, Chairman, MAMI said, “A feast of films awaits you at the 13th Mumbai Film Festival. We are extremely proud of the fact that Mumbai Film Festival is fast getting recognised to be the best international film festival in this country.”
Films will compete under the three competition sections; International Competition for the First Feature Films of Directors, Dimensions Mumbai and Harmony Celebrate Age for a total of USD 200,000 which will be awarded to the winning films as prize money. The eminent panel of jury members includes Kiran Rao, Onir, Nishikant Kamat, Sushasini Mulay, Renuka Shahane, Mukesh Bhatt, Avantika Akerkar and Vikramaditya Motwane.
Noted lyricist Gulzar will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the festival.