One among the many changes made this season in the 18th edition of Mumbai Academy of Moving Image's Mumbai Film Festival is the opening of the Half Ticket vertical to the public on designated days. Last year, only students from schools which had a tie up the event could come for the screenings. But this time around, a few films are open to the delegates as well as their kids.
The section that presents a variety of acclaimed movies to children and young adults will open with The Little Prince—an animated, fantasy adventure family drama film based on the 1943 novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Directed by two-time Academy Award nominee, Mark Osborne, the film is the first animated feature adaptation of the classic novel. Osborne is well versed with a wide range of animation technologies and became famous in 2008 for his film ‘Kung Fu Panda’.
Founder-director of the regional cross-border network South Asian Children’s Cinema Forum, Monica Wahi, who curated the section, thinks that since generations have grown up reading the book, it just makes sense to open the section with this film. "It is the first time that children in India will get to watch this celebrated animation on the big screen. I am sure, like the classic, this contemporary retelling will also resonate with both children and adults."
The line up in the section promises an exciting experience. The slate consists of 28 films from across the world, including fiction, non-fiction and animation. Half Ticket will screen 13 features and 15 shorts. The jury for Half Ticket will consist of seven kids, aged 9 to 17 years, from across Mumbai.
Besides, Gillo Theatre Repertory, a renowned children's theatre group, will lead an interactive session of animated shorts with 5 to 7 year olds. In addition, on October 21, 2016, a screen writing workshop will be conducted by Dibarkar Banerjee, Diya Mirza and Varun Grover for aspiring film writers between the ages of 12 to 16 years.
Some other exciting titles like Heidi, At Eye Level, Fanny's Journey, Window Horses and Hang in there, kids! are also a part of Half Ticket. Colours of Innocence, Famous in Ahmedabad and We make Images are the Indian productions included in the section.