Mumbai Film Festival’s Smriti Kiran Predicts Strong Virtual Extension of Festival Programming Moving Forward

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In a new interview with CMRubinWorld, Artistic Director of Mumbai Film Festival, Smriti Kiran, also envisions a stronger bond between global festivals across the world and a deeper dive into the local film cultures.

In a new interview with C.M. Rubin, Founder of CMRubinWorld, Artistic Director of the Mumbai Film Festival, Smriti Kiran, talks about the future of film and filmmaking in her country. The Festival and the Indian Film Industry were significantly hit not only by the Coronavirus pandemic but additionally by Cyclone Amphan. “Everything has come to a grinding halt,” Kiran tells C.M. Rubin, and adds that India is “in the midst of the biggest humanitarian crisis the country has witnessed.”

While the bricks and mortar nature of the Mumbai Film Festival is still important, Kiran predicts the Festival will have to make changes to remain vibrant in the future, given the post-pandemic challenges of creating large face-to-face events. “We will have to hone and sharpen our creating opportunities skills: mentoring, discovering, knowledge sharing, film education, co-productions and distribution,” she notes. “Nobody can afford to be technologically challenged anymore. Tech has been and continues to be our saviour right now.”

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Smriti Kiran is the Artistic Director of the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. The singular mission of MAMI as an Academy, and the film festival it organises, is to nurture the best emerging Indian cinema and filmmakers and amplify their voices so that they reach new audiences and find recognition on the global stage.            

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