Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Wednesday assured that filmmakers from all over the world were welcome to Mumbai and that the city belonged to everyone.
Inaugurating the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF), he said, “People from all over the world should come to Mumbai to enjoy such events.” Without naming anyone, Chavan assured the film fraternity that there would be no second censoring.
Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Ambika Soni, also present at the function, declared that MIFF would now be an annual event.
MIFF, a documentary, short and animated films’ festival, was so far a biennial event. She added that the proposed Museum of Moving Images, which has been in the pipeline for many years, will be ready by the time Indian cinema celebrates its 100th year in 2013.
Supporting filmmaker Yash Chopra’s call to encourage animation films and their technicians, Soni proposed the opening of a National Centre for Animation, Gaming and Visual Effects in the city.
Chopra said the Films Division should organise its collection of films into various categories and make it available to the people in digital format and also through the web platform.
The week-long festival, that is taking place at the National Centre for Performing Arts, this year will showcase over a 100 short films from 37 countries in competing and non-competing categories.