The 11th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival, beginning October 29 will screen 200 films from 56 countries. The Mumbai Academy of Moving Images also known as MAMI committee unveiled the 11th line-up of this festival. The Mumbai Academy of Moving Images or the MAMI committee comprising veteran Bollywood producer-cum-director Yash Chopra, Amit Khanna, actor Shabana Azmi and actor-turned-director Amol Palekar unveiled the line-up for the 11th annual Mumbai Film Festival in Mumbai recently. Yash Chopra said he hoped the Mumbai Film Festival would compare with Cannes and Berlin in the future. All of the international films to be screened in the main sections of this year’s festival will be Indian, Asian or world premieres. MFF is a Reliance Big Entertainment initiative and has the distinction of being the only international film festival in India to be organized by an independent body of practicing film professionals. Speaking to the media, director Amol palekar said that for the first time the festival was organised by the industry itself and not the government. He said that with every, the festival would go better and bigger. Actor Shabana Azmi said that the festival aimed at providing the audience with a variety of movies at one place itself. The best debutant film director would be given 150,000 US dollars, a whopping sum by Indian standards. Director Yash Chopra said that this year the Mumbai Film festival will see many directors showcasing their talent along with a huge participation of the film industry. Academy Award winning director Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant, a dark political comedy based on true events, will open the Mumbai Film Festival. With cameraperson Raju Sharma, Dhiraj Mishra for NMTV News.
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