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18th Mumbai International Film Festival to be held from 15 to 21 June 2024

2024 Edition sees the introduction of the DOC Film Bazaar, aimed at championing Documentary films

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18th Mumbai International Film Festival

18th edition of the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF), which will be held from 15th June to 21st June, 2024 at the FD-NFDC Complex, Mumbai. MIFF screenings will also be held at Delhi (Sirifort Auditorium), Chennai (Tagore Film Centre), Pune (NFAI auditorium) and Kolkata (SRFTI Auditorium). It is being organized through the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC).

MIFF is the oldest and largest film festival for non-feature films (Documentary, Short Fiction & Animation) in South Asia and a premier international event of the documentary film world, since it started in 1990. It is a biennial event organized once in 2 years.

Record Film Submission of 1018 films this year for the competition sections from 38 Countries across 65 Languages. 118 films selected by the 3 Selection Committees of eminent film experts for the International (25) and National (77) competition sections along with 16 films in MIFF PRISM. The Selection Committee also unanimously remarked that very high quality of film submissions has been received this year which made the selections tough. Total 314 films in the MIFF Programming this year. There will be 8 world premieres, 6 international premieres, 17 Asia premieres and 15 India Premieres.

Opening Film of 18th MIFF will be “Billy & Molly, an Otter Love Story”, will initiate the festival with screenings in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, and Chennai on 15th June 2024. The Closing Film of the festival is the film that wins the Golden Conch and will be showcased on 21st June 2024.

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Grand Opening & Closing ceremonies will be held at NCPA, Nariman Point, Mumbai. The events will see an artistic melange of cultural acts which will include an act depicting the journey of Indian animation, a cultural performance from Sri-Lanka in opening and from Argentina in closing ceremony and showcasing the FTII student short Film “Sunflowers were the first ones to know”, which won the La Cinef Award at the 77th Cannes Film Festival this year.

The 18th MIFF will host engaging 20 masterclasses, in-conversations and panel discussions with industry luminaries such as filmmakers Santosh Sivan, Audrius Stonys, Ketan Mehta, Richie Mehta, T.S Nagabharana, Georges Schwizgebel & many more.

DOC Film Bazaar is being organized for the first time, to help boost the film production by providing a platform to filmmakers to find buyers, sponsors and collaborators for their projects. Close to 200 projects have been received from 10 countries in 27 languages. 3 curated verticals will be organized in the Doc Film Bazaar – ‘Co-production Market’ (16 projects), ‘Work-in-progress (WIP) Lab’ (6 projects) and ‘Viewing Room’ (106 projects).

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