Saturday, October 16, 2010

Dev Benegal to judge short films at Mumbai film fest

Dev Benegal of 'English August' and the recent "Road - the movie" fame has been roped in to judge the entries in the short film section of the 12th Mumbai Film Festival (MFF) starting Oct 21 to 28 and organized by MAMI (Mumbai Academy of Moving Image) in association with Reliance Big Entertainment Ltd. Aimed at the youth (of Mumbai) under 25, the new section called Dimensions Mumbai includes films on the maximum city by aspiring directors. Besides Benegal, it will also be judged by Bishaka Dutta, Brahmanand S. Singh, Ashim Ahluwalia and Manish Acharya.

Organised by the Mumbai-based writer-editor-director; Bishaka Datta is a journalist; Brahmanand S. Singh is known for making a National Award-winning documentary on legendary composer R.D. Burman called ' PanchamUnmixed: Muje Chalte Jana Hai. Ashim Ahluwalia is a screenwriter-filmmaker with credits like 'John & Jane' and upcoming Hindi film 'Miss Lovely'; while Manish Acharya is known for his comedy 'Loins of Punjab Presents'.

The five experts will select top 20 films from the received entries that will be screened at the gala. Apart from short fiction, the competition is also open to documentary and animation films. The winner and the runner-up in the Dimensions Mumbai section will receive Silver Gateway trophies and cash prizes of Rs. 100,000 and Rs. 50,000, respectively.

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