17th MUMBAI FILM FESTIVAL
WITH STAR INDIA
ANNOUNCES ITS STELLAR PROGRAM LINE-UP
**Festival will have several ‘firsts’ – New Sections, Special Screenings & Workshops**
**Over 190 films to be screened in Feature-Documentary-Short Film Categories**
**Oscar Academy Award Winner A.R Rahman composes Signature Tune for the Festival **
**Ava DuVernay, Academy Award Nominated Director for ‘Selma’ will be the head of the International Competition jury**
**Internationally renowned film critic from The Guardian, ‘Peter Bradshaw’ will be conducting a two-day workshop for young critics**
**Mrs Nita Ambani announced as Co-Chair of the Mami Board of Trustees**
**Hansal Mehta’s ‘Aligarh’ featuring Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkummar Rao will be the opening film**
**Restored version of ‘Apu Trilogy’ by Satyajit Ray will be screened as part of the “Restored Classics” section at the festival**
The 17th edition of India’s biggest film festival, the 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival in association with the STAR India, announced its stellar program line-up which includes new programming sections, special screenings and events. Taking place from October 29th toNovember 5th in Mumbai, the film festival celebrates the diversity of Indian and international cinema, showcasing the latest cutting-edge independent projects, avant-garde art house films, alongside genre offerings from Bollywood and Hollywood, with a focus on international cult movies.
The festival’s presenting sponsor is Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJIL) and Associate Sponsor PartnerSTAR India. Mrs Nita M. Ambani, Founder & Chairperson, Reliance Foundation has been announced as Co-Chair, Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) along with Chairperson Kiran Rao. The Festival Director is renowned writer and film critic, Anupama Chopra.
Other members of the new Board of Trustees of MAMI are Filmmakers Farhan Akhtar, Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar, Vishal Bharadwaj, Vikramaditya Motwane, Dibakar Banerjee, Actors Riteish Deshmukh and Deepika Padukone, Mr. Anand Mahindra, Chairman & MD, The Mahindra Group, Mr. Ajay Bijli, Chairman and MD, PVR Ltd, Mr. Siddharth Roy Kapur, MD, Disney and Mr. Manish Mundra, Founder and CEO, Drishyam Films. These eminent personalities, outstanding achievers in their respective fields, are bringing together their expertise and experience to give Mumbai and India a bigger, better and even more exciting 17th edition of the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival.
Starting May 15th when the call for entries was announced, the 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival received an unprecedented number of entries of movies this year. The selection committee, programmers and curators selected the best films and have taken a decision to screen nearly 190 films in feature/documentary/short films categories.
Speaking about the return of the festival, Kiran Rao, Chairperson, 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival in association with Star India said: “We are thrilled to announce that Jio MAMI 2015 will present, two Excellence in Cinema awards – one to an international personality and the other to an Indian. I’m also kicked to announce that our international Excellence in Cinema award will be given to the iconic Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai who has created landmark films and won laurels around the globe including two Palme D’Or nominations. Our Indian Excellence in Cinema award will be given to two legendary screenwriters who changed the course of Indian cinema and created several classics – they are none other than Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar. We are also introducing a special section called ‘Half Ticket’ for kids, which will have an exciting slate of children films from around the world.”
Mrs Nita Ambani, Founder and Chairperson, Reliance Foundation & Co-Chair, MAMI Board of Trustees, said, “I am honoured with the appointment and the faith that the MAMI Board of Trustees has reposed in me. I thank them for inviting me to be a part of this movement that will showcase the best of Indian and world cinema. Jio MAMI deserves to be recognized as one of the best film festivals in the world. We are convinced that Jio will have a lot to do with films, and films will have a lot to do with Jio.”
Uday Shankar, CEO, STAR India said, “Star India believes in content that inspires a billion imaginations and moves the nation forward and MAMI is all about celebrating the joy of cinema. By supporting this festival we want to do our bit to fuel imagination that we all know has the power to change the world.”
Announcing the stellar program line-up for the festival, Anupama Chopra, Festival Director, 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival said, “We are here because of the generosity of many people. Foremost among them is Jio and our associate sponsor – STAR India. And I also want to thank our third partner – the Government of Maharashtra. Our aim is to create a movie-soaked week in which you can see the best of Indian and international cinema. We want to foster a cultural exchange, enable conversations and shape a cinematic sensibility.”
For more information on MAMI and the upcoming 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival scheduled to be held from 29th October- 5th November 2015, visit: www.mumbaifilmfestival.com The film screenings will take place at PVR Juhu, PVR Citi Mall, Andheri, PVR LP, Phoenix Mills, PVRGhatkopar and Regal-Colaba. To attend, viewers can register online at http://in.bookmyshow.com/mami/ or visit registration counters at the festival venues listed above.