Magazine article Screen International

Mumbai Fest Sets Dates, New Director

Magazine article Screen International

Mumbai Fest Sets Dates, New Director

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The Mumbai Film Festival has confirmed that Anupama Chopra is taking over as festival director starting with this year's edition (Oct 29-Nov 5) while filmmaker Kiran Rao will head the board of trustees.

Organised by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI), the Mumbai fest was rescued from a funding crunch last year by donations from the public, local industrialists, producers, filmmakers and stars.

Chopra, a film critic, TV anchor and author, was instrumental in rallying local industry support for the festival, which she joined last year in the role of creative director. She takes over this year with a mission to find long-term sustainable funding for the annual event.

Rao, who will head the MAMI board, directed critically-acclaimed drama Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries), which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival, and also produces films and TV series through Aamir Khan Productions.

Outgoing festival director Srinivasan Narayanan is now focusing on academic and distribution ventures. …

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