Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image
The Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI) is a public trust that organizes the annual international film festival in Mumbai known as the Mumbai Film Festival (MFF). The festival completed ten years in the year 2008.
Filmmaker Shyam Benegal is the chairman of the trust.
In 1997, a group of film industry stalwarts headed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee founded the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image as a not for profit trust. The main intention was to organize an annual international film festival of which the film industry and the country can be proud of.
MAMI aims to foster a climate of good cinema. It holds that appreciation of good cinema, stripped off all the limiting labels of art and commercial, can only come about through exposure to the best of films the world has to offer. The festival is designed to be the first step in that direction.
MAMI Board of Trustees clarified in their Mission Statement in 1997: "We feel it is the need of the hour to disseminate and inculcate good cinema among Indian audiences. The only way to achieve this is to celebrate cinema by hosting an international film festival in Mumbai (birth place of Indian Cinema), India’s film and entertainment capital. Mumbai Academy of Moving Image is committed to start Mumbai’s first independent international film festival organized by practicing film makers."
MAMI is chaired by Indian filmmaker Shyam Benegal.
The other Trustees of MAMI are:
- Ashutosh Gowarikar, director (Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film for Lagaan)
- Yash Chopra, producer-director
- Jaya Bachchan, actress
- Amol Palekar, actor-director
- Shabana Azmi, actress
- Amit Khanna, producer, lyricist and Chairman of Reliance Entertainment
- Karan Johar, director-producer
- Farhan Akhtar, director
11th Mumbai Film Festival
Originally scheduled in February 2008, the festival was rescheduled after 26/11 terror attacks in the city. The 11th Mumbai Film Festival 2009 was held from 29 October to 5 November 2009. The best feature film was awarded to White Lightnin'' (UK) while La Pivellina (Austria-Italy) won the Jury Grand Prize.
12th Mumbai Film Festival
13th Mumbai Film Festival
The 13th Mumbai Film Festival Kickstarted on The 12th Of October 2011 at Sun-n-Sand Hotel,Mumbai-Juhu for the 3rd consecutive year in a row.
- "Mumbai Film Festival honours Oliver Stone". NDTV Movies. Indo-Asian News Service. 29 October 2010. Retrieved 2 June 2011.