Filmmakers, Learn To Navigate The World Of Film Festivals - Tips From The Man Who Runs Toronto International Film Festival!

By Arun Fulara. Posted on February 09, 2016

Cameron Bailey is an old India hand. The Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival has been promoting Indian cinema at his festival for a while now. It is no wonder then, that TIFF has had a steady stream of Indian films premiering at the festival every year for the last few years.

Last year Bailey took that relationship a step forward when a team from TIFF mentored the new team at MAMI on how to run, what is, one of the biggest Indian film festivals. He came back again during the Jio MAMI Film Festival as a part of the jury for the international competition section. We caught up with him and had an interesting chat which you can watch below.

He was back in Mumbai recently for a boot camp with some of our independent filmmakers. The boot camp was organised by Mumbai International Film Festival and had filmmakers like Anand Gandhi, Amit Masurkar, Neeraj Ghaywan, Bikas Mishra, Guneet Monga & Manjeet Singh amongst others in attendance.

The boot camp focused on how independent filmmakers can best navigate the festival circuit & get their films seen & distributed. Given that a lot of our indie films seem to find resonance in international markets, it is imperative for young filmmakers to learn the tricks of the trade & know how to get their films the best push they can.

We are waiting for the full video of the session to come online. In the meantime here are some of the gems shared by Bailey, Monga & Ghaywan at the boot camp. Thanks to Smriti Kiran, the Creative Director of Mumbai Film Festival for tweeting these.


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