The MAMI press conference announcing the 12th Mumbai Film Festival scheduled to take place from Oct 21- Oct 28, was attended by the Chairman of MAMI Shyam Benegal, Mr. Amit Khanna of Reliance Big Pictures, Mr. Basu Chatterjee, the Chairman of the selection committee for MAMI and Mr. Srinivasav Narayan, director of MAMI.
The whole team beamed, and happily spoke about MAMI. Shyam Benegal said, "This time we have got the cream of the world cinema. We have the best films of the past 1 -1 ' years. We feel the films we have for MAMI are worthy of being showcased to a city like Mumbai."
Talking about this year's Japanese films that are to be showcased Shyam Benegal said, "We have around 45 Japanese films many of which are winners of many international festivals."
The all women jury, which has already grabbed many people's attention is another thing Shyam Benegal is extremely proud of. "We have an unprecedented, superb all women jury which is highly celebrated", said the veteran filmmaker.
Mr. Narayan, director of MAMI, said, "I saw over 600 films to select for MAMI. It was a stupendous job. But we hope to have the best line up of films."
Mr. Amit Khanna of Reliance Big Pictures added, "This is also the first time, that there will be a world premier of a film at MAMI. The film in question is a Danish film and is called Above The Street, Below The Water."
Another high point of the event was when the poster for the 12th MAMI Festival was unveiled. It was designed by artist Chintan Upadhyay. The poster had a very interesting look. Says Chintan of the poster designed by him, "It was challenging to design a poster for MAMI, as it is an international festival so I needed a poster which was universal and futuristic in its appeal."
Well, this year's MAMI, promises to be bigger and better than ever. There are many interesting events planned. The films selected are internationally acclaimed films. Shyam Benegal summed it up by saying "We are probably the best in India".