Mumbai International Film Festival

Documentary | Short | Animation 

The oldest and largest film festival for non-feature films in South Asia, which began in 1990 is organized by the Films Division, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India. The Organizing Committee of MIFF is headed by the Secretary, I & B and consists of eminent film personalities, documentary makers and film critics.

Proud to announce that 17th edition of Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short Fiction and Animation films (MIFF-2022) will be held from 29 May to 4 June, 2022 at the Films Division complex, Mumbai. Apart from competition and non-competition sections, interactive sessions like workshops, master classes, and open forum and B2B sessions are some of the major highlights of the coming edition of MIFF. Films completed during 1st September, 2019 to 31st December, 2021 are eligible for submitting entries in MIFF-2022. Soon delegate registration will be open for film makers and cineastes in India and abroad.

The response to the 16th edition of MIFF has been overwhelming, signifying a vibrant documentary culture in India and the world. The festival directorate had received 874 entries, with 144 entries from 24 countries in the International competition and 730 entries in the National competition.

Golden Conch, Silver Conch and trophies with handsome cash awards are part of the competition in categories like Best Documentary, Best Short Fiction and Best Animation film. Besides, technical awards will be given for Best Cinematography, Editing and Sound Design. Other highlights are the Pramod Pati Special Jury award, Best Student Film and Best Debut film award all of which carry trophy and cash awards. Indian Documentary Producers’ Association (IDPA) and the Government of Maharashtra, through Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari join hands with Films Division in instituting awards.

The festival directorate had constituted Jury consisting of eminent film makers from India and abroad to judge best films in both International and National competition.

Apart from films in various competition categories, best documentary short fiction and animation films produced in India and abroad were screened under special packages including Jury retrospectives and Oscar films, best of festivals. Special packages like European Union films, Irish films, Films from North-East India, Student film packages, Art Sanctuary films, and retrospective of Satyajit Ray and PSBT are being organized. Animation packages from Russia, Finland and Balkans will also be showcased. There also was screening of films in Homage section too. A special exhibition on stalwarts like Ram Mohan, V G Samant, Bhimsain Khurana and Manjira Dutta.

On the sidelines, cinematography and editing workshops were held during the festival providing a rich and wholesome experience for film makers and cineastes.

The coveted V Shantaram lifetime Achievement Award for promotion of documentary movement in India was conferred upon Dr. S. Krishnaswamy, an eminent documentary film maker chosen by an independent jury. The Award money for the Lifetime Achievement award is Rs 1 million (Rs 10 lakhs). All together cash award*s of Rs 5.9 million (Rs 59 lakhs) gave away during MIFF 2020.

While feature films generally address the entertainment needs of people, documentaries fill up the information needs of people. In a bid to make MIFF a people’s festival, the delegate fee has been kept at a modest Rs 300 while there was no fee for media / film students. The screenings were held in the theatres in Films Division complex, 24-Pedder Road, Mumbai. Apart from this, a special package of select documentary films were curated for off-campus screening at Mumbai University (Kalina), Deviprasad Goenka Management College of Media Studies(DGMC)(Malad), Usha Pravin Gandhi College of Arts, Science and Commerce (Vile Parle) from January 29, 2020 to 2nd February, 2020.

Come to Mumbai and celebrate the documentary movement.

About Films Division: Established in 1948, Films Division has pioneered the documentary movement in India. It has documented the transformation of India as an independent nation through a series of news reels and Indian News Review, which today form part of rich archival footage. Over the years, Films Division has produced over 9,000 titles, out of which nearly 2,000 titles hold lasting value. Besides undertaking documentary production in house, Films Division supports the Independent Documentary makers through its Outside Production plan scheme. Recently, it has also joined hands with Civil Society Organizations (NGOs) engaged in documentary and short film production by routing film production endowments.