17th edition of Mumbai Film Festival invites entries for films

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Mumbai : The 17th edition of Mumbai Film Festival has made a movie inviting entries which will kicks off on October 29 in the tinsel city, produced by four of Bollywood's leading production houses.

The eight-day 17th edition of Mumbai Film aims to showcase the best creative talents from the country and abroad.

The one-minute-13-second long film has been directed by Priyanka Ghose from Equinox and produced by the house and Vinod Chopra Films. It is being supported by Dharma Productions and Phantom Films, festival director and noted film critic Anupama Chopra told.

Besides Anupama herself, Bollywood stars Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt as well as some of the well known directors Karan Johar, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Raju Hirani will be seen in the film. Chaitanya Tamhane, winner of best film in the international competition, Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI), 2014 also features in it.

The digital release of the film was on May 18 and will release in all PVR theatres in the first week of June.

Asked about the film, Anupama said, "This film exists because of the generosity of all the people who donated time and talent to it. MAMI (the festival organiser) does not have the budget for this but everyone involved - from Ranbir Kapoor to Rajkumar Hirani - did it because they believe in the festival.

"Four production houses, artists and crew gave us their talent and time free of cost and made this happen. I hope the film will encourage filmmakers everywhere to send us their movies."

MAMI was launched in 1997 by a group of film industry stalwarts headed by the legeandary director Hrishikesh Mukherjee as a not-for-profit Trust. Their main objective was to organise an annual international film festival which the film industry and the country could be proud of.

It is Mumbai's only film festival that is entirely created and run by film professionals and a group of members from corporate India, a relase by MAMI said.

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