Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films

• The first ever International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films was held in the year 1990. The biennial festival is conducted with the active collaboration of Government of Maharashtra and the Indian Documentary Producers’ Association. The city of Mumbai is the permanent venue of the festival.

• MIFF is one of the most prestigious festival in the documentary, short and animation genre at par with International Film Festivals like Leipzig, Berlin, Oberhausen, Cracow and Tampere etc.

• Apart from the Competition Section, MIFF also holds:

1. Homage

2. Retrospective & Special Package

3. Open Forum & Seminar

4. Workshop

5. Master Class

• Considering the enormous amount of entries from within India, MIFF has introduced a separate Indian competition section from the year 1998.

• MIFF is an important platform for the documentary film makers to meet, interact and exchange ideas, as it attracts the best of films made all over the world.

• Many internationally renowned film makers like Nagisa Oshima, Werner Kobe, Krzysztof Zanussi, Peter Wintonik, etc. participated in the festival as juries / participants.

• On an average, more than 45 – 50 countries participate in every edition of the festival.

• MIFF honours a veteran documentary film maker with the ‘Dr. V. Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award’ which carries cash component of Rs.5.00 lakhs and citation.

• MIFF also reaches out to the far plunge in the North East by showcasing the package of MIFF award winning films.

• So far 12 editions of MIFF have been held successfully. The 12 of MIFF was held from 3 Performing Arts, Nariman Point, Mumbai.

• Total 567 entries in Indian Section and 224 entries in International Section were received from 37 countries for MIFF – 2012. During the festival, 332 films of national and international acclaim were screened.

• The award money for MIFF-2012 was Rs.63.50 lakhs with golden / silver conches and Rs.5.00 lakhs for Dr. V. Shantaram Lifetime Achievement award. The details of films screened in MIFF – 2012 are as under: –

 

Sr. No.

Section

No. of films

Duration in mins.

1.

Film selected In International Competition
Above 40 mins.

17

1278

Upto 40 mins

6

189

Fiction upto 70 mins.

6

134

animation

10

91

2.

Film selected in Information (International)

5

313

3.

Film selected in Indian Competition
documentary

27

1261

fiction

20

486

animation

14

110

4.

Film selected in Information (Indian)

9

368

TOTAL

114

3240

70.30

Retrospective & Special Packages

218

67. 42

332

138. 12

 

• Dr. V. Shantaram award was conferred on Shri Mike Pandey, a veteran wildlife film maker.

• Veteran Australian filmmaker David Bradbury headed the International Jury while acclaimed filmmaker Kumar Shahani headed the Indian Jury of MIFF-2012..