Satyajit Rays films to be screened at MIFF-2020
    Mumbai, Jan 21 (PTI) Eminent filmmaker Satyajit Rays
movies such as "Sukumar Ray", "Rabindranath Tagore", "The
Inner Eye" and "Pikoo" will be screened at the upcoming
edition of the MIFF film festival here.
    The MIFF-2020 (Mumbai International Film Festival for
Documentary, Short Fiction and Animation Films) will kick-
start from January 28 and conclude with an award ceremony on
February 3, a press release issued by PIB said on Tuesday.
    The 16th edition of the biennial festival has received
729 entries in national and 144 in international competition
from 24 countries, it said.
    According to the release, the MIFF 2020 will have a
number of attractions such as a special package of films from
the European Union, animation films from Russia, Finland and
Balkan, Oscar-nominated films such as "Fauve".
    Also, Ireland will showcase its best documentaries in
the country focus section.
    One of the key features of the week-long festival will
be screening of Rays acclaimed works like "Sukumar Ray",
"Rabindranath Tagore", "The Inner Eye" and "Pikoo".
    Other highlights include open forum by IDPA, Film
Editing workshop by B Lenin, Drone Cinematography workshop
by the Indian Institute of Drones, master classes by acclaimed
animator Michael Dudok De Wit (Poland), senior film
academician Thomas Waugh (Canada).
    Added attractions in the MIFF 2020 are Sculpture and
Photo Exhibition-cum-demonstration to commemorate 150th birth
anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and celebration of centenary of
Satyajit Ray.
    The MIFF will pay homage to eminent figures from the
world of cinema like Mrinal Sen, Ram Mohan, Bhimsain Khurana,
VG Samant, Vijaya Mule and Manjira Datta, among others, by
screening their select works and also through specially
curated exhibition, the release said.
    A mobile app for the MIFF was launched by Smita Vats
Sharma, the festival's director and DG, Films Division, in a
curtain raiser press conference held here on Tuesday.
    "The MIFF 2020 is going mobile. All information on the
festival can be accessed via the mobile app. The MIFF app will
facilitate the delegates to network and vote for films too,"
Sharma said.
    She said the MIFF 2020 will facilitate conversations,
Q&A sessions and B2B meets between filmmakers and OTT players
in a bid to help filmmakers better market their movies.
    "The Mumbai International Film Festival is a platform
not only for Indian filmmakers but also for filmmakers from
across the world," she added.
    Sharma said a special award for the best short film on
Water Conservation and Climate Change, carrying Rs 1 lakh
prize money and a trophy, has been instituted in the current
edition of the festival. PTI KKP

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