Mumbai International Film Festival ropes in OTT platforms like Amazon Prime Video, MUBI

The festival, which will be held from 29 May to 4 June, will see the Indian premiere of Satyajit Ray's documentary film Sukumar Ray (1987) on 30 May.

Ankita Kanabar

The Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) is back with its 17th edition and many new things to look forward to. A press conference was held at the Press Club, Mumbai, today to announce the festival and kick-start registrations for delegates and media. MIFF this year will showcase 808 films from 30 countries.

The inauguration of the festival will take place on 29 May at the Nehru Centre Auditorium and conclude with an awards ceremony on June 4. There are going to be several competitions in the national as well as international categories. The Best Documentary Film, an international competition, will see the winner get a prize of Rs10 lakh. The Best Short Film (Fiction) and Best Animation Film are also international competitions. The categories in the national competition include Best Documentary Film and Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari award for Best Debut.

This year the festival has roped in several OTT players like Amazon Prime Video, MUBI India, Pocket Films and Planet Marathi OTT to provide opportunities for short, animation and documentary filmmakers to reach wider audiences.

Ravinder Bhakar, director general of the Films Division and director of the festival, said, “MIFF is a platform that recognizes and showcases the best talents in documentary, short fiction and animation films, but we also wanted to professionally promote these art forms and hence we are collaborating with leading national and international players. The B2B opportunities will open the doors of infinite success to filmmakers.”

Interestingly, this year there is a special award for Best Short Film on the theme ‘India@75’ carrying a cash prize of Rs1 lakh.

This year, Bangladesh has been chosen as the 'country of honour' to commemorate the 50th year of the country's independence. Eleven films from Bangladesh will be shown at MIFF 2022.

MIFF 2022 will also have a series of workshops by film industry experts. For instance, Padma Shri awardee and Oscar-winner Resul Pookutty will conduct a workshop on ‘aesthetics of sound in cinema’. Oscar and British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) jury member Carter Pilcher will share insights on ‘qualifying films for the Oscars’.

This edition of MIFF is also set to host the Indian premiere of Satyajit Ray’s documentary Sukumar Ray (1987), which has been restored by the National Film Archive of India (NFAI). The world premiere of Mighty Little Bheem: I love Taj Mahal, presented by Netflix Greengold, will also take place on 30 May at the festival.

With so many interesting facets, fans can certainly look forward to MIFF 2022 and all the magic it has in store for lovers of the craft. Registration for the festival is free for students above the age of 18.

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