Movie is a wonderful medium of expression as it brings to life numerous hidden emotions, concepts and provokes thoughts and action. A mass medium that appeals to people of all ages alike, movies have been used not just as a mode of entertainment, but as a platform for infotainment as well, from times immemorial.
For instance, when motion picture or cinema first came to India, it was used as a popular medium to spread the message of social evils that are prevalent in the society, while some used it as a medium to propagate the mythology and epics of the land.
As cinema began to evolve as a popular medium across the globe, several platforms were created to bring together movies that fit under a particular genre.
A film festival is an organised and an extended manifestation of the themes of films in one or more cinemas. A movie chosen for screening at the fest can be a recent one, an old one or even an international release, based on the theme of the festival.
While some of the film festivals focus on a specific film-maker or genre (e.g., film noir) or subject matter (e.g., horror film festivals), a number of film festivals specialise in short films of a defined maximum length.
Film festivals are typically annual events and have become a widely popular platform for not just the established film-makers to showcase their work to a bigger audience, but also for the up and coming film-makers.
Film Festivals in India:
While the world got to experience the magnificence of a film festival in 1932 with the Venice Film Festival in Venice, which was the first major film festival in the world, India made its entry into the league of countries hosting film festivals with the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in 1952.
Currently there are numerous International film festivals that are organized in India, with Mumbai Women’s International Film Festival (MWIFF) being one such event that provides a platform to budding film-makers.
Mumbai Women’s International Film Festival (MWIFF):
MWIFF, is an annual film festival organized in India’s entertainment capital, Mumbai, and features films made by women directors and women technicians. It is counted among the most significant film festivals in Asia. The first edition of MWIFF was held in Mumbai from October 8 to 14, 2013 and received over 450 films from which around 250 films were screened at different theaters in Mumbai.
Mumbai Women’s International Film Festival 2014:
Mumbai Women’s International Film Festival (MWIFF) from December 6 to 13, 2014 and would be a platform that brings together women film-makers from across the globe. The eight-day film festival would be a gala affair that would have a series of events lined-up like workshops, seminars, cultural activities, interactive sessions, apart from the film screenings.
The Mumbai Women’s International Film Festival 2014 would seek to provide a common platform for women film-makers from various walks of life to indulge in a healthy competition, by showcasing their pieces of work and their talents.
Scheduled to take place from December 6 to 13, 2014, MWIFF would be a fun-learning platform for the aspiring filmmakers and film institute students. The event is open for everyone and has passes in numerous categories.
Student Delegate Pass: Rs.500 (Access to all 8 days including Opening, Film Screenings, Masterclass Session, Award Ceremony and Music Concert)
General Delegate Pass : Rs.800 (Access to all 8 days including Opening, Film Screenings, Masterclass Session, Award Ceremony and Music Concert)
One Day Pass : Rs. 200 (Access to only 1 day screening and session happening on that day)