(L-R) Abhay Deol, Sanjay Dutt, Kabir Khan, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Abhijat Joshi.
The curtain fell on India’s biggest Film Festival, Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star, Oct. 27. The ceremony took place at Bal Gandharva Rangmandir, Bandra. World-renowned filmmakers, talent and Bollywood stars walked the red carpet to celebrate the end of Mumbai’s very own film festival’s latest edition. – @siliconeer #siliconeer #Bollywood #JioMAMI #MumbaiFilmFestival #JioMAMIwithStar2016 @Mumbaifilmfest
The Festival showcased incredible screenings, artistry, innovation and celebrity appearances. The 7-Day event from Oct. 20 to Oct. 27, screened over 175 films from 54 countries across the world.
Sonam Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Abhay Deol, Kabir Khan, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Abhijat Joshi, Rahul Bose, Kunal Kapoor, Zoya Akhtar, Ayan Mukerji, Vishal Bharadwaj, Anurag Kashyap, Shakun Batra, Konkona Sensharma, Rajkumar Hirani, Richa Chadda, Neha Sharma and others walked the red carpet at the closing ceremony along with Jio MAMI with Star Co-chairperson Kiran Rao, Festival Director Anupama Chopra. Shweta Tripathi and Vicky Kaushal hosted the event.
Speaking on the occasion, Nita M. Ambani, founder and chairperson, Reliance Foundation and co-chair, MAMI Board of Trustees said, “It has been an incredible week of cinema at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. It is amazing to feel the energy and enthusiasm at the film screenings, in-depth discussions, master classes and the like.”
Uday Shankar, CEO, STAR India said, “Star’s association with MAMI is an endeavor to connect the city to world-class content and provide an amazing platform for young, creative talent. Many phenomenal stories created by fresh talent were showcased in the festival and received an overwhelming response from the viewers. In its 18th edition, the festival also introduced television vertical for the first time ever and we are pleased with the conversations it has stirred about the potential that storytelling on this medium holds today. Our compliments to the accomplished team behind MAMI for their tremendous effort to make it a success.”
The special guest of the evening was Amruta Fadnavis. Delivering the keynote address, Fadnavis said, “Jio MAMI has bought an excellent range of movies with all aspects of cinema in a short span of time. It is literally a feast of wonderful cinema from all over the world. In addition to inspiring positive thought in the society, it also does great service to Indian cinema and filmmakers.”
Winners under various categories were announced:
- The Golden Gateway Award (Feature) – ‘Hang in There, Kids!’ By Laha Mebow
- The Silver Gateway Award (Feature) – ‘At Eye Level’ by Evi Goldbrunner and Joachim Dollhopf
- Special mention (Feature) – ‘Colours of Innocence’ by Mrinmoy Mondal, Shupratim Bhol
- The Golden Gateway Award (Short) – ‘A Town Called Panic: Back to School’ by Vincent Patar and Stephane Aubier
- The Silver Gateway Award (Short) – ‘We Make Images’ by Nina Sabnani
- Special Mention (Short)- The Best Sound in the World by Pedro Paulo De Andrade
- The Special Mention for Excellence in Writing on Cinema (Hindi) went to ‘Naye Daur Ka Naya Cinema’ by Priyadarshan.
- The Special Mention for Excellence in Writing on Cinema (English) went to ‘Kanan Devi: The First Superstar of Indian Cinema’ by Mekhala Sengupta
- The Excellence in Writing on Cinema Award (Hindi) went to Anil Bhargava for ‘Bhartiye Cinema ka Itihas.’
- The Jury announced The Excellence in writing on Cinema Award (English) in favor of Jai Arjun Singh for ‘The World of Hrishikesh Mukherjee.’
- Festival Director Anupama Chopra along with Stephanie Zacharek, Film Critic- Time Magazine handed over the Young Critics Award to Matthew Vetticad.
- Young Critics Choice Award went to ‘Cinema Travellers’ by Shirley Abraham and Amit Madhesiya.
- Oxfam Award for Best Film on Gender Equality went to ‘Lipstick Under my Burkha’ by Alankrita Shrivastava.
- Porush Singh, Country Corporate Officer, India and Division President, MasterCard South Asia handed over the ‘Mastercard Best India Female Filmmaker 2016 Award’ to Konkona Sensharma for the film ‘A Death in the Gunj.’
- Nawazuddin Siddiqui gave away the ‘Audience Choice Award’ to the movie ‘The Salesman’ by Asghar Farhadi.
- The Golden Gateway Award was bestowed to Santosh Ganpat Kamble, Director of ‘Mumbai’s Mahuwa’ by Mehmet Akay, General Manager, Western and Southern India, Turkish Airlines.
- The Silver Gateway Award went to Tabu Kaariya, Director of ‘Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh.’
- ‘Bombai’ received The Special Mention (Dimensions Mumbai) Award by Director Yashwardhan Goswami.
- Haobam Paban Kumar received The Golden Gateway Award for ‘Lady of the Lake.’
- The Silver Gateway Award for India Gold went to ‘The Narrow Path’ by Satish Babusenan and Santosh Babusenan
- The Jury Grand Prize went to Aicheng Jai Dohutia for ‘The Hidden Corner.’
- The Special Mention went to ‘Autohead’ by Deepak Sampath.
- The Special Mention went to ‘Cinema Travellers’ by Shirley Abraham and Amit Madhesiya
- David Chou received The Golden Gateway Award for ‘Diamond Island.’
- The winner of The Silver Gateway Award for International Competition was Ralitza Petrova for ‘Godless.’
- The Jury Grand Prize went to the movie ‘Everything Else’ by Natalia Almada.
- Special Mention for Political Commitment of the Film went to ‘When Two Worlds Collide.’
- The Special Mention went to Macarena Arias for the film ‘Alba.’
More at: www.mumbaifilmfestival.com/