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Mumbai Film Festival to start in Oct

Organised by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI), the eight-day fest will begin on October 14. "We hope to get the support from the movie-lovers. We are still falling short of Rs.2.25 crore," festival director Srinivasan Narayanan said.

bollywood Updated: Sep 18, 2014 13:56 IST
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The sixteenth edition Mumbai Film Festival (MFF), which was hit by a financial crunch, has managed to collect funds for the gala, but it is still falling short of Rs 2.25 crore, festival director Srinivasan Narayanan said. |

Organised by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI), the eight-day fest will begin on October 14. "We hope to get the support from the movie-lovers. We are still falling short of Rs.2.25 crore," Narayanan told reporters in Mumbai.

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"I have to pinch myself to believe that it's really happening. 15 days back we were about to set out a release that it's not happening. Later many people came forward to support it," a visibly emotional Srinivasan Narayanan told reporters referring to the financial problems that the fest faced.

Paucity of funds was making it difficult for the organisers to continue with the festival this year. However, when this became known, several members from the fraternity come forward bail out the festival and they have succeeded in their endeavour.

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Anurag Kashyap, a huge patron of the festival, is urging everyone to set the ball rolling for the fest. The filmmaker said, "I think a city like Mumbai deserves a good film festival. We must see to it that this must go on and it doesn't matter how and why! We are still falling short of funds, we need more money, so please support us."

However, MAMI trustee Amit Khanna said that this problem would not arise in the future. "I think there was a generation gap and it's time for us to go out and involve the younger generation. It's a big change and we will not have this problem in the future."

Kiran Rao, who is also one of the trustees, said, "The festival has come a long way, so please spread the word and come for our support. The festival is back and it is our responsibility that we maintain its high standard."

This year the future was in trouble due to the lack of fund, but finally things have been sorted and now it has been announced that $200,000 will be awarded as cash prizes to the winners.

Organised by Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI), the eight-day fest will be held at PVR Cinemas, which will be the main venue, while Liberty Cinemas at Marine Lines will be used as the satellite venue.

Various dignitaries from the Indian entertainment industry attended the press conference, including trustees of MAMI Kiran Rao, Farhan Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap, and Vikramaditya Motwane.

This year's line up include Xavier Dolans' Mommy, Mike Leighs' Mr Turner, Ken Loachs' Jimmy Hall, Boyhood by Richard Linklater, Dardenn brothers' Two Days One Night, Kim Ki Duks' One on One, Yoji Yamadas' The Little House, Jean Luc Godards' Goodbye to Language and Party Girl by Marie Amachoukeli Barsacq.

A series of restored films will also be screened and special master classes by internationally acclaimed cinematographer Christopher Doyle and director writer Mahamat Saleh Haroun will be organised.