MUMBAI FILM MART OPENS ON A GRAND NOTE
- 15TH Mumbai Film Festival’s Mumbai Film Mart (MFM) inaugurated by Nandita Das
- Present at the inauguration were Mukesh Bhatt, President, Film & Television Producers Guild of India, Uday Singh, Managing Director, MPAA, Kulmeet Makkar, CEO, Film & Television Producers Guild of India, Susana De La Sierra, Director General, ICAA, (Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts) Spain, Ganesh Jain, President, Indian Council for IMPEX of Films & TV programmes, Amit Khanna, Founder Trustee MAMI, MFM Spanish Delegation, representatives from various consulates including Mr Domingo Maso, Consul General of Spain and other dignitaries
- The MFM will run from 18th-20th October, 2013 and will see participation from over 200 Buyers, Sales agents, programmers and studios
With the 15th Edition of the Mumbai Film Festival aimed at showcasing the best of world cinema, the 2013 edition of MFM, will provide a platform to fuel the business of films.
Inaugurated for business on the 18th of October, the MFM was formally declared open by the internationally renowned actor, Nandita Das along with Susana De La Sierra, Director General, ICAA, (Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts) Spain. Also present at the occasion, addressing the Mart attendees were President of the Film and Television Producers Guild, Mr. Mukesh Bhatt, Managing Director of MPAA, Mr. Uday Singh, President, Indian Council for IMPEX of Films & TV programmes, Mr. Ganesh Jain. Kulmeet Makkar, CEO, Film & Television Producers Guild of India and Mr. Amit Khanna, Founder Trustee of MAMI and ex-President FTPJ and ex-Chairman of Reliance Entertainment amongst others.
Speaking on this occasion Ms Nandita Das said “Mumbai Film Mart gives a great platform for independent film makers; allowing them to connect with other people and talking about traditional and non-traditional films”. She further discussed a few details on her Spanish film Traces of Sandal wood currently being shot and highlighted cultural references between India and Spain giving her a chance to be associated with Mumbai Film Mart.
Acknowledging all, Mr. Mukesh Bhatt, Managing Director, MPAA said, “Mumbai Film Mart gives an opportunity to us all, especially to the young film makers to showcase their talent and expertise and also brings to us the talent from all over the world; mutually benefitting all.”
The event also marked a grand introduction of the official Spanish co-production delegation led by Ms Susanne De La sierra, Director General, ICAA, (Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts) Spain who mentioned, “The Mumbai Film Mart has given us the opportunity to share our culture and talent with you, adding another dimension with the production focus.”
“At the MFM, we strongly believe in the collective endeavor to promote Indian Cinema beyond our shores and value the active participation by all the major film studios, production companies and film industry associations.” said Ms Rashmi Lamba, Manager, Mumbai Film Mart.
Gracing the occasion of the mart opening were also representatives from UniFrance, UniJapan, German consulates, producers, filmmakers and studio heads in addition to the MFM Delegates.