By Aditya Savnal. Posted on October 12, 2015
The Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival recently announced the juries for the International Competition and India Gold category for its 17th edition. The juries see an interesting mix of some of the best filmmakers and festival curators from around the globe.
International filmmaker Ava DuVernay will be heading the jury for the International Competition category. DuVernay directed Selma which narrates the story of Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights during the civil rights movement. The film was nominated in the Best Motion Picture category at the Oscars and Golden Globe in 2014. Prior to Selma, DuVernay had directed Middle Of Nowhere which won her the Best Director Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.
Besides DuVernay, the jury comprises of cinematographer and filmmaker Christina Voros, actress Vidya Balan, actor Saleh Bakri and Cameron Bailey who is the artistic director for the Toronto International Film Festival. Voros has shot several features including Child Of God and As I Lay Dying. She also has also directed the short docu 127 Hours: An Extraordinary Journey and The Director: An Evolution In Three Acts – a documentary on the life of Gucci fashion designer Frida Giannini.
Cameron Bailey (left) with MAMI Chairperson Kiran Rao
Before serving as the creative director for TIFF, Bailey has worked as a critic for international publications like Canada AM and CBC Radio One. He has also written the film The Planet of Junior Brown which incidentally was premiered at TIFF in 1997. Earlier this year, Bailey and other members of the the TIFF team held a workshop in which they mentored and shared their valuable insights with the Jio MAMI team.
This year's International Competition category includes Raam Reddy’s Locarno winner Thithi, Yorgos Zois’ Venice nominee Interruption and Louis Garrel's Two Friends which was nominated for the Golden Camera this year at Cannes.
Actress Kati Outinen will be heading the India Gold Jury this year at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. Outinen is best known for her performances in acclaimed filmmaker Aki Kaurismaki's works such as Le Havre, Drifting Clouds and The Match Factory Girl among others. The jury also comprises of filmmakers Sabiha Sumar, Anthony Chen, artist Atul Dodiya and Clare Stewart who is the head of exhibition at the London BFI Film Festival.
Sumar is a Pakistani filmmaker who has previously directed Khamosh Pani starring Kirron Kher and the documentaries Good Morning Karachi and Dinner With President : A Nation’s Journey which was nominated for the Grand Jury prize at Sundance 2008. She has also produced the Emmy award winning documentary Saving Face and had won the Golden Leopard at the 2003 Locarno for Khamosh Pani.
Chen has previously directed several shorts including Grandma which won him a special mention at Cannes 2007. He has also directed Ilo Ilo which won the Silver Gateway award at the Mumbai Film Festival and Golden Camera at Cannes in 2013. Prior to her association with the London Film Fest, Clare had served as the festival director for the Sydney Film Festival.
The India Gold section will see some of the year's best Indian features, vying for top honours at the festival. Many films that have done the rounds of international film festivals are a part of the selection including Gurvinder Singh's Chauthi Koot, Prashant Nair's Umrika, Ruchika Oberoi's Island City and Vetrimaaran's Visaaranai.
With more than 150 films scheduled to play this year at the Jio MAMI Mumbai film festival, Mumbai seems the place to be for film buffs and movie enthusiasts.