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MAMI collaborates with Toronto International Film Festival


The Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) has entered into a collaborative venture with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) that includes a series of workshops led by Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director, TIFF and Natalie Lue, Vice-President, Production and Visitor Experience, TIFF. Bailey and Lue visited Mumbai very recently to share their experience, learnings and insights over the years from TIFF with the MAMI team. TIFF is recognised as one of the most successful Film Festivals around the world. Traditionally, many Best Picture Oscar winners come out of the Toronto Film Festival.

The workshops were enabled with support from the Canadian General Consul of Mumbai, Richard Bale. The Consulate’s support is part of the ongoing promotion of the Canada-India Audiovisual Coproduction Treaty, which came into force on July 1, 2014. The Treaty facilitates and provides incentives to Canadian and Indian producers and filmmakers to combine their creative, technical and financial resources to create joint work. Mr Bale said, “We look forward to ongoing collaboration between TIFF and MAMI in the coming years.

The 17th Mumbai Film Festival will be held from October 29 to November 5, 2015.  MAMI was founded in 1997, by a group of film industry stalwarts headed by late Hrishikesh Mukherjee as a not-for-profit Trust. The recently appointed MAMI team members for the 17th edition of the Film Festival include Chairperson, Kiran Rao (whose film “Dhobi Ghat” had premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival) and Festival Director, Anupama Chopra.