Thirteen debut feature films from all over the world will compete for the USD 200,000 cash awards of 14th Mumbai Film Festival.
Gandhi’s “Ship of Theseus” recently had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival in the City to City program dedicated to Mumbai. The film has also been selected for the BFI London Film Festival and Tokyo Film Festival.
Musa Syeed’s “Valley of Saints” won the world cinema audience award at the Sundance film festival in January this year. Earlier it had won Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Production Award for his screenplay from the Sundance Institute. (here is a review and an interview with the director). The film has travelled to various film festivals such as Seattle, San Francisco and Durban to name a few.
Gandhi and Syeed rub their shoulders with the likes of “Beasts of the Southern Wild” – that won four awards at the Cannes film festival this year including Camera d’Or for Best first feature film and FIPRESCI prize in the Un Certain Regard section – and “Aquí y allá” (Here and There), that won the grand prize of the Cannes Critics Week.
American director Andy Tennant (Fools Rush In, Ever After , Anna and the King, Sweet Home Alabama, Hitch, Fool’s Gold and The Bounty Hunter) heads the international jury. Other members of the jury include Indian actor Rahul Bose, Korean Director Im Sang-soo, Editor Pascale Chavance and Brazilian Director Sergio Machado.