The organisers of Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival on Tuesday introduced that its 22nd version has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) took the unanimous choice to push the competition to 2021, the dates of which might be introduced quickly. In a press release, Isha Ambani, member of MAMI”s Board of Trustees, mentioned it was the accountability of the crew to hold “communities safe during the crisis.”
“We are humbled and grateful for the special place that the festival has carved for itself in Mumbai’s cultural landscape. We promise that the festival will come back with fullness in spirit and enthusiasm for our beloved city of Mumbai,” Ambani mentioned.
Anupama Chopra, Festival Director, mentioned the crew would concentrate on their year-round programme”s digital imprint, DIAL M For Films and MAMI YRP Home Theatre, within the absence of the on-ground competition.
“As we carve the path ahead, we would like to thank our partners, sponsors, collaborators and the filmmaking community for standing by us.
“Our endeavour can be to help them as a lot as we are able to in getting by means of this darkish time,” Chopra said.
Smriti Kiran, Artistic Director, MAMI and Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, said in the last three months, the film body has adapted to focussed digital programming with a “two-pronged goal.”
“First, to serve the group of movie lovers which have relied on MAMI to convey them the very best movies from everywhere in the world and the second, to proceed to present filmmakers with a platform to showcase their movies…
“We stay committed to the independent filmmaking community and our audience. We will continue to nurture the community, serve our audience and expand our footprint by adding more extensions to our digital arm and creating value for filmmakers who are already at a loss this year,” Kiran mentioned.
The competition, nevertheless, can be releasing its official choice of Indian movies for the yr later in August.
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