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Mumbai International Film Festival
K. Sankaranarayanan felicitated the Jury members, at the inaugural function of the 13th Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation (MIFF-2014), in Mumbai. The Secretary.jpg
The inaugural function of the 13th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF-2014)
LocationMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Founded1990
Most recent2020
Hosted byFilms Division of India, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India
LanguageInternational
Websitemiff.in
Mumbai International Film Festival
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The Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films (MIFF) is a festival organized in the city of Mumbai (formerly Bombay) by the Films Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India.[1][2][3] It was started in 1990, and focuses on documentary, short fiction and animation films.[4][5]

History

The festival aims to provide a platform for documentary and short film makers from all over the world to meet, exchange ideas and explore possibilities of co-production and marketing of documentary, short and animation films.

This biennial festival is traditionally held at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai. However, most screenings of the 15th edition of the festival took place in the Films Division Complex on Pedder Road, which now sports multiple, state-of-the-art screening facilities.

Entries are open up to November for the Golden Conch and Silver Conch awards in International and National Competition Sections. The top documentary film of the festival in International Competition is honored with the Golden Conch Award and a Cash Prize of Rs 1 million (Rs 10 lakhs). All the awards in the competition category are decided by an International and National Jury respectively, comprising top documentary and short filmmakers from India and abroad.

Besides the competition films, MIFF also screens a number of special packages like Jury Retrospective, Best of the Festivals, MIFF Prism, Country Focus documentaries, and restored classics. Panel discussions, an open forum, seminars and workshops on documentary filmmaking are organized as side activities during the festival.

The festival is open to the public, although prior registration as a delegate is required. The delegate fee is waived for students of film schools and mass media courses, in a bid to attract youngsters to meet up with masters.

The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting approved the doubling of prize money for the Golden Conch Award-winning Best Documentary Film in the International Competition to Rs 1 million. The award money for the Lifetime Achievement award was also doubled to Rs 1 million. Altogether, cash awards of Rs 5.8 million will be given away during MIFF 2018.

2016

The 14th edition was held from 28 January to 3 February 2016. The 14th edition received a total of 825 entries including 135 entries in the International Competition. The International Jury was made up of Don Askarian (Germany), Jesper Andersen (Denmark), Mathicu Roy (Canada), Siddharth Kak (India) and Gitanjali Rao (Mumbai). The National Jury comprised Mike Pandey (India), Uma DaCunha (India), Biju Dhanapalan (India), Audrius Stonys (Lithuania) and Jane Yu (Taiwan). Manipuri Phum Shang by Haobam Paban Kumar won the top honors at the festival, along with the Swiss Indian films My Name Is Salt and Placebo.

Wildlife filmmaker from India Naresh Bedi was presented with the V Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award for promoting the documentary movement in India. Legendary filmmaker late V Shantaram was formerly the Chief Producer and Head of Films Division.

2018

The 15th edition of MIFF was held from 28 January – 3 February 2018.

The Florida Project director Sean Baker was head of the jury, joining Oscar-winning editor Thom Noble, AFI Fest director Jacqueline Lyanga and Indian filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj.[6]

Phuttiphong Aroonpheng's Manta Ray won best film in the international competition. Rima Das' Bulbul Can Sing won in the India Gold category.[7] Darren Aronofsky, who held a master class during the festival, was honored with an 'excellence in cinema' award.[8]

2020

The 16th Mumbai International Film Festival was held from 28 January – 3 February 2020.[9]

2022

The 17th Mumbai International Film Festival will be held from 29 May – 5 June 2022. Documentary, Short Fiction and Animation films completed between 1 September 2019 and 31 December 2021 are eligible for the festival.[10][11]

References

  1. ^ "Festival of docu films at Thrissur on July 18, 19". The Hindu. 16 July 2019. ISSN 0971-751X.
  2. ^ (14 August 2011). "12th Mumbai International Film Festival- India Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine", Sunday Observer.
  3. ^ "اصغر فرهادی رئیس هیئت داوران جشنوارهٔ "بمبئی" شد". BBC Persian. 4 September 2013.
  4. ^ Sharma, Sanjukta (24 October 2018). "Mumbai International Film Festival set to open tomorrow". Livemint.
  5. ^ "Mumbai International Film Festival to kick start from Jan 28". Deccan Herald. 15 January 2018.
  6. ^ Bhushan, Nyay (18 October 2018). "'The Florida Project' Director Sean Baker to Head Mumbai Film Festival International Jury". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 March 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "Mumbai: Thailand's 'Manta Ray,' India's 'Bulbul Can Sing' Win Festival's Top Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. 1 November 2018. Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  8. ^ Bhushan, Nyay (1 November 2018). "Mumbai: Thailand's 'Manta Ray,' India's 'Bulbul Can Sing' Win Festival's Top Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 March 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "16th Mumbai International Film Festival witnesses a record 729 entries in National and 144 in International competition from 24 countries". Orissa Diary. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  10. ^ Isha Sahai Bhatnagar (14 February 2022). "17th Mumbai International Film Festival to be held from May 29-June 5". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  11. ^ Mrityunjay Bose (13 February 2022). "17th Mumbai International Film Festival to be held from 29 May-4 June". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 13 March 2022.