The Harmony Silver Awards were started four years ago by Tina Ambani’s NGO Harmony for Silvers Foundation that works towards bettering the lives of the elderly and aged in India. This year the awards function will celebrate its fourth anniversary with the 12th Mumbai Film Festival organisaed by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Images (MAMI) in the city.
For the purpose of the awards a special competition section in the festival called ‘Celebrate Age’ will showcase ad-films, short fiction films, documentaries and feature films on the topic of ‘concerns, spice, fun and adventure of growing older’.
Pick of the lot
The films will be judged by a jury that will include director-producer Ramesh Sippy, filmmakers Jhannu Barua and Sudhir Mishra, film critic Mayank Shekhar and veteran actor Dolly Thakore.
The best film from the thirteen selected from around the world stands to win a cash prize of Rs 50,000, while the runner up will be presented Rs 25,000.
“It’s an extremely special section. Our films (Bollywood) essentially cater to a young audience, but this is the first time that we have added a section that is dedicated to older people. We are very delighted with the kind of films that have come also,” says Sippy, who will preside over the panel of judges.
The festival begins on October 21 and will screen films from the world over till October 28. The highlight of the event currently is its opening film — The Social Network, which has been deemed one of the best films of the decade.