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MIFF 2018 to screen over 430 documentaries, short films

MUMBAI: The Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) 2018 will screen over 430 documentaries and short films. The 15th edition of the festival will be inaugurated on 28 January at NCPA in Mumbai.

The oldest film festival for non-feature films in South Asia, which began in 1990, is being organised by the Films Division, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India.

The week-long festival will showcase documentary, short and animation films from over 40 countries. The festival directorate received a record 790 entries, with 194 entries from 32 countries in the International competition and 596 entries in the National competition.

Selection of films for National and International Competition was made by independent selection committees and in view of a large number of entries for the national competition, a two-tier selection process was followed.

The Chairpersons of the Regional Selection Committees (Mumbai I&II, Delhi, Kolkata & Bangalore) met in Mumbai and evaluated the shortlisted films before recommending 43 films for the National Competition. International Selection Committee met in Mumbai and evaluated the films before recommending 25 films for the MIFF 2018 International Competition.

The ministry of information & broadcasting (MIB) has also approved doubling of prize money for the Golden Conch Award-winning Best Documentary Film in the International Competition to Rs 1 million (Rs 10 lakhs) from the earlier Rs 500,000 (Rs 5 lakhs).

Golden Conch, Silver Conch, and trophies with handsome cash awards are part of the competition in categories like Best Documentary, Best Short Fiction, and Best Animation film. Besides, technical awards will be given for Best Cinematography, Editing, and Sound Design.

Other highlights are the Pramod Pati Special Jury Award, Best Student Film, and Best Debut film award all of which carry trophy and cash awards. Indian Documentary Producers’ Association (IDPA) and the Government of Maharashtra, through Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari, join hands with Films Division in instituting awards.

Besides the contemporary awards, the MIFF will also showcase best documentary short and animation films produced in India and abroad under special packages including Jury retrospectives and Best of Fests. The festival will feature Oscar nominee documentary ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ as the opening film.