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Drum roll for the winners of the 18TH MAMI film festival


Drum roll! Band bajao! The top winners of Mumbai’s very own filmfest, the just concluded 18th edition of the MAMI Film festival are: Haobam Paban Kumar who won The Golden Gateway Award for ‘Lady of the Lake.’

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David Chou who received The Golden Gateway Award for ‘Diamond Island’. The Jury Grand Prize went to the movie ‘Everything Else’ by Natalia Almada. The Oxfam Award for Best Film on Gender Equality went to ‘Lipstick Under my Burkha’ by Alankrita Shrivastava. In the children’s section HALF TICKET, the Golden Gateway Award (Feature) went to ‘Hang in There, Kids!’ by Laha Mebow. (For the complete list, visit

Special screenings were held for underprivileged school children in the Half Ticket section of the  Festival which will be back with the screening of the critically and commercially acclaimed Thai horror film ‘The La La Land’ on November 23, which was screened by the Thai Consulate during a 3-day film festival at the Chavan Centre in Mumbai.

In its 18th edition, the festival also introduced television vertical for the first time ever with the world premiere of ‘P.O.W.’ The panel included Primetime Emmy Winner Cary Fukunaga, Gideon Raff, Gaurav Banerjee and Nikkhil Advani in conversation with Nikhil Taneja about the changes in the way TV series have evolved over the years.

Mani Kaul’s tour de force, Ahamaq, was on the big screen for the first time. At the screening were cast members including Mita Vashisht, Ashish Rajadhyaksha, D Wood, Vikram Joglekar among others.

Remembering Bimal Roy was a special tribute to someone who made big contribution to India’s cinema heritage. Joy Bimal Roy, Jaya Bachchan, Apurva Asrani, Nasreen Munni Kabir, Namrata Joshi were in conversation with Rauf Ahmed.

The late Australian filmmaker Paul Cox (April 16, 1940 – June 18, 2016) was honoured with a screening of his final film, Force of Destiny which is based on his memoir Tales From the Cancer Ward about his victorious battle with liver cancer.

This life-celebrating story is about a sculptor who survives a liver transplant and falls in love. The actual story was inspired by an experience Paul Cox had in India years ago. The film is also a cry for organ donation.

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Major portions of the film have been shot in Trivandrum, Kerala. The film stars Seema Biswas, Shahana Goswami, Dr Mohan Agashe and Australian actor David Wenham. The screening was addressed by National Award winning director Anand Gandhi (Ship of Theseus), and Dr Samir Shah, Institute of Liver Disease, HPB Surgery and Transplant, Global Hospitals, Mumbai.  The 19th Edition MAMI  will take place between 12th October- 19th October, 2017.