Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) has decided to hold parallel screenings of its 2014 competing films in 7 major cities during February 4-9, 2014. MIFF is the oldest and the largest international film festival for the non-feature and animation films in Asia.
“To make the documentary films more accessible to larger audience, we will be screening the national and international competition films at MIFF Zones in Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Chennai, Bangalore and Nagpur. Additional screening will also be held in suburban Mumbai,” says Festival Director V S Kundu.
The MIFF documentaries and short films will be screened at the Siri Fort auditorium in Delhi, while Nandan is the venue for shows in Kolkata, Badami House and Freedom Park in Bangalore and Russian Cultural Centre and MGR Film & TV Institute in Chennai. In Nagpur, the films will be shown at Gunjan Hall, DRM Railway Office. Venue for the Guwahati MIFF Zone is being finalized in consultation with the Assam Film Development Corporation.
For Mumbai film buff’s two venues has been decided that will hold parallel screening - NCPA, Nariman Point and at the Institute of Local Self Government in Juhu.
MIFF-2014 has received 793 entries from 34 countries. Of these, 588 are for the National Section and 205 for the International Section. Among the chosen documentaries and short films - Dylan Mohan Gray's Fire in the Blood, Ian McDonald's Algorithms, Shai Heredia's I Am Micro, Kim Longinotto's Salma, Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing, and Nishtha Jain's Gulabi Gang. The Indian section includes the likes of Shivendra Singh Dungarpur's Celluloid Man, Satyanshu Singh and Devanshu Singh's Tamaash (The Puppet), Raja Shabir Khan's Shepherds of Paradise, Govind Raju's Golden Mango and Sunanda Bhat's Have You Seen the Arana?, are the most talked around the festival circuit for a while.
MIFF has also introduced this year some new awards for producer, cinematographer, editor, sound recordist and animator. Awards for the most innovative film (named after Pramod Pati) and most popular film of the festival have also been instituted, taking the total number of awards to 32 from 22 in the MIFF 2012. A veteran Indian documentary film maker will be honoured with V Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award. MIFF will distribute cash awards worth Rs. 55 lakhs apart from Golden Conches, trophies and certificates to the winners in different categories.
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