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16th edition of MIFF to bring valuable content for filmmakers, media students, cineastes, says festival director Smita Vats Sharma


The festival will be held from 28 January to 3 February at the Nehru Centre auditorium in Mumbai.

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In an effort to boost the upcoming Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF), festival director Smita Vats Sharma called for the widest participation of filmmakers and film lovers for its 16th edition, the biggest festival for non-feature films in South Asia.

Speaking at a press conference at the ongoing 50th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa, Sharma, who is also director general of Films Division, spoke about the various new initiatives which are being undertaken to make the festival better, different and more inclusive.

She said, "The 16th edition of MIFF brings in a lot of valuable content for filmmakers, media students and cineastes. The current edition of the festival will feature, apart from riveting films drawn from across the globe, workshops, masterclasses, open fora, lecture-demonstrations and panel discussions on crucial aspects of cinema and filmmaking."

The upcoming edition will also present a special package of films from the European Union, documentaries and shorts from Ireland, Satyajit Ray's films, along with the best films from various international film festivals, and retrospectives of internationally eminent filmmakers, and student films. A special package paying homage to legendary filmmaker Mrinal Sen and the documentaries he made has also been planned.

Sharma added, "MIFF not only recognises best talents in documentary, short fiction and animation films by bestowing Golden and Silver conches and trophies, but it also gives away handsome cash awards in different competition categories. A special award for the Best Short Film on Water Conservation and Climate Change has also been instituted in the current edition of the festival."

The festival will be held from 28 January to 3 February at the Nehru Centre auditorium in Mumbai. The online entry of films is currently open and the last date for submission is 4 December 2019. Filmmakers can log on to www.miff.in for the submissions.

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