What is the Mumbai International Film Festival like?

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Rakhee Ghelani

Mumbai International Film Festival is now in its 15th year and highlights that there is more to the film industry in India than Bollywood. With a wide selection of films from across India and around the world, there is something from almost every genre in this international film festival.

The main sections for the competition include World Cinema, Indian Frame (which is aimed at showcasing local talent), Retrospectives (that brings some shows some nostalgic treasures) and New Faces in Indian Cinema (which is a non-competitive section aimed at showcasing first and second directors).

The festival also focuses on encouraging new talent with categories such as Dimensions Mumbai, which is a forum for the creative youth of Mumbai to create a film about the city. This competition is only open to students and media professionals under 25 years of age.

The festival focuses on its international flavour, and seeks to bring some of the best and most innovative films of the year to India. Last year’s selection included Palme d’or Winner Amour and the critically acclaimed Rust and Bone.  Film-makers and industry heavyweights descend upon the city and it really is abuzz during this feature packed week.

Films are shown in several locations across Mumbai, from the National Centre for Performing Arts in Nariman Point to Juhu, making the festival accessible no matter where in the city you are staying.  The 15th Mumbai International Film Festival will be held from 17-24th October 2013.

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