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Mumbai festival gets more competitive
By Patrick Frater
Wed, 18 July 2012, 14:49 PM (HKT)
The Mumbai Film Festival will become a more competitive event this year when it adds an Indian competition section.
The new competition is open to Indian films only and will be additional to the festival's existing competitive sections. It will provide cash rewards worth a combined INR1.5 million ($31,000). The move is intended to mark this year's centenary of Indian film-making. Titles across all sections will be announced at a later date.
Other innovations announced for the 14th edition include a move to new venues further to the south of Mumbai, at the NCPA and INOX complexes. They are expected to allow greater numbers of cinema-goers. The festival says it is also expanding its market functions, notably the Mumbai Film Mart and return of a crowd sourcing event operated in collaboration with Talenthouse.
Other programming features of the festival include a 'Celebration of Italian Cinema' and the return of its Rendezvous with French Cinema.
In related matters, it was announced that filmmakers Anurag Kashyap and Sudhir Mishra have been appointed as trustees and joined the board of the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image, the organisation that runs the festival alongside private sector benefactor Reliance Entertainment.