Mumbai International Film Festival

Documentary | Short | Animation (28 JAN – 03 FEB 2020)

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.

The 16th edition of the much awaited documentary film festival in India, the Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short Fiction and Animation Film or MIFF as it is known popularly, will see the grand inaugural on 28 January, 2020 at the Nehru Centre, Worli, Mumbai. The week long fiesta of best documentary, short fiction and animation films from across the world will conclude on 3rd February, 2020.

The response to the 16th edition of MIFF has been overwhelming, signifying a vibrant documentary culture in India and the world. The festival directorate has 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. In addition to this, MIFF is giving away a special award for Best Short Film on Water Conservation and Climate Change.

The festival directorate has constituted Juries 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 will be 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 will be 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 will be 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 will be conferred upon 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 awards of Rs 5.9 million (Rs 59 lakhs) will be given 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 will be no fee for media / film students. The screenings will be held in the theatres in Films Division complex, 24-Pedder Road, Mumbai. Apart from this, a special package of select documentary films are being 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.