The Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films or MIFF will commence from 28 January, 2018 at NCPA Mumbai. The weeklong festival will run up to 3 February. This year’s edition will showcase nearly 430 documentary, short and animation films from over 40 countries.
The biennial documentary, short fiction and animation film festival is organized by Films Division, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India. This year the 2017 Oscar nominated documentary ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ will be the opening film for the festival. The film on American Civil Rights Movement also won top awards in Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and 8 other international festivals. The documentary with a running time of 93 minutes, and written by James Baldwin and directed by Raoul Peck connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present.
Being a biennial festival, MIFF receives a large number of entries. In a media interaction, the festival’s director has revealed that the Films Division of India – the organisers of the festival – is mulling to make it an annual affair.
MIFF attracts documentary and animation film-makers from all over the world. Selection of films for National and International Competition was made by independent Selection Committees. Owing to the large number of entries that were sent for the festival, In view of large number of entries for the national competition, a two-tier selection process was followed. The Chairpersons of the Regional Selection Committees (Mumbai I&II, Delhi, Kolkata & Bangalore) met in Mumbai and evaluated the short listed films before recommending 43 films for the National Competition. International Selection Committee met in Mumbai and evaluated the films before recommending 25 films for the MIFF 2018 International Competition.