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Event ID 106/2015-16

Press Conference on

Mumbai International Film Festival –  MIFF 2016


Event  Press Conference on the forthcoming 14th edition of Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short & Animation Films   ( MIFF 2016 ) to be held from January 28 – February 3, 2016.

The Press Conference will be addressed by Mr. Mukesh Sharma, DG, Films Division;  Mr. Siddharth Kak, Actor & anchor;  Mr. Mike Pandey, Veteran documentary maker.


Mr. Jackie Shroff, brand ambassador of MIFF 2016 will also be present

Time 04.00 pm   
Day & Date Monday, January 25, 2016 
Venue J.B. Hall, Films Division, 24, Peddar Road, Mumbai 400026. 
Contact info. Vinay Vairale 9869043864
PIB Cordination sonaltupe82@gmail.com / sridhar.patil@gmail.com 

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P R E S S   R E L E A S E


Documentary festival bonanza  to start from January 28th in Mumbai

 Jackie Shroff roped in as the brand ambassador of MIFF 2016.

Mumbai | January 21, 2016


The 14th edition of Mumbai International Film Festival, one of the most prestigious festival in the documentary, short and animation genre will be held in Mumbai from January 28 to February 03, 2016.


For the first time, veteran actor Jackie Shroff has been roped in as the brand ambassador of MIFF 2016, which is organized by the Films Division, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and is supported by the Government of Maharashtra.


Apart from the Competition Section, the festival has interesting packages like Homage, Retrospective & Special Package, Open Forum & Seminar, Workshop and Master Class etc.


The inauguration and closing functions will be held at the Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prabhadevi at 5.00 pm on 28th January and 03rd February, 2016 respectively.


The screenings will be held at

  1. Films Division theaters,
  2. Russian Culture Center
  3. Sophia College Auditorium
  4. Doordarshan Kendra, Worli.
  5. University of Mumbai, Kalina.


Press Conference  

Mr. Mukesh Sharma, Director General, Films Division,  Actor & Anchor -Siddharth Kak, Veteran documentary film maker – Mike Pandey  & Actor – Jackie Shroff (Brand Ambassador) would address a press conference to give details about  MIFF 2016 on January 25th at 04:00 p.m. at J.B. Hall, Films Division,  Government of India, 24 – Dr. G. Deshmukh Marg, Peddar Road, Mumbai 400026.


Five documentary films produced by the Films Division of India have been selected in the prestigious Indian Panorama  of the 46th International Film Festival of India-2015, Goa. This  is a record for the 67 year old  film production unit under the  Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, having  five of its best recent works finding place in the Indian Panorama  the same year.

The Jury selected  Phum Shang (Haobam Paban Kumar), Even Red Can Be Sad, (Amit Dutta), Aamar Katha: The Story of Binodini (Tuhinabha Majumdar), Spaces Between (Roohi Dixit &  Ziba Bhagwagar) and Tender Is The Sight (Torsha Banerjee) for the Indian Panorama-2015.. Shri Mukesh Sharma, Director General Films Division while congratulating the film makers and crew for selection in the Indian Panorama has informed that the FD films and  other films selected in the Panorama will be screened in the 46th IFFI,  Panaji, Goa held between 20 – 30 November, 2015. All the five Films Division films have been selected in different national and international film festivals and won critical acclaim and awards, he added.    Shri Sharma stated that while the Panorama films will be screened at select places after the IFFI- Goa,  DVDs of FD films shall be available soon for sale, both on-line and from Films Division offices.

Rangbhoomi which is an invocation from the text of semi-autobiographical play of the same title  by Dadasaheb Phalke  has also been selected in the competition section of the prestigious Rome International Film Festival, 2013..

Two Films Division films, Rangbhoomi (Dir: Kamal Swaroop) and Manipuri Pony (Dir:Aribam Syam Sharma) have been selected in the Indian Panorama of 44th IFFI, Goa. Rangbhoomi will be the inaugural film of the Non-feature section of Indian Panorama..

This sure comes as soothing news for documentary film lovers as well as film makers. Films Division, the largest repository of documentaries, many of them having vintage value has slashed the prices of the footage and CDs in a big way after a recent costing review.

The 8000 plus films including INRs, news magazines, documentaries, animation films, shorts and featurettes are now available on VCD/DVD formats at ` 90/ 170 apiece, including taxes. The rare visuals of Gandhi, Nehru, Bose and Ambedkar, freedom struggle etc. can be procured in Beta format for rates ranging from ` 270 to ` 324 per meter while colour footage costs between ` 330 and ` 396. The B&W and color strip (35mm) rates have also come down to as low as ` 320-384 and `470-564 respectively. It may be mentioned that these footages were earlier priced above `1000 in all gauges while the DVD price was ` 338. Along with CDs and footages, the sale price of film prints has also been revised. The down-ward revision in rates will be of great relief for feature and documentary film makers who depend on Films Division for rare footage. Lovers of films on Indian classical music, dance, cinema and culture too stand benefitted with the cost of VCD and DVD coming down.

While Films Division CDs can be purchased from its Pedder Road head office in Mumbai or from its Branches in all major state capitals and cities, the footage can be procured after completing the formalities from its HO. Queries can be mailed to publicity@filmsdivision.org.

(Anil Kumar N)
Officer In –charge (Distn)


Mani Kaul, the master film maker who is credited with radically overhauling the relationship of image and form, of speech and narrative, and space and time and whose films have been hailed as the formal experiments in Indian cinema and well ahead of their times is being fondly remembered by his friends and admirers on 6th July, 2012 on his first death anniversary.

Films Division, for whom Mani Kaul has made nine documentaries including the widely hailed Siddheshwari and Dhrupad, is organizing a two-day programme – with nostalgia sessions and screening of Mani’s films – on 6th and 7th July, 2012 at its theatre in Mumbai and a day’s programme at the FD auditorium in Delhi on 6th July.

Jahnu Barua, Udayan Vajpeyi, Piyush Shah, Ustad Bahauddin Dagar, Sharmishta Mohanti, Lalitha Krishnan and Siddharth Sinha will share their “Mani experiences” with the audience in the first session starting at 11.00am at the FD theatre, Mumbai. His documentaries as well feature films, Uski Roti, Mati Manas and Duvidha will be screened on 6th and 7th July.

At the FD auditorium in Delhi, the programme will start at 3.30pm on 6th July with Mani’s friends and contemporaries; Ashok Vajpeyi, Raman Chawla, Gattoo Kaul and Rita Kaul (Mani’s sisters) and Gurpal Singh sharing their association with Mani Kaul followed by screening of his documentary films.

Shri V S Kundu, Director General, Films Division has informed that a commemorative set of 3 DVDs having nine documentary films made by Mani Kaul for Films Division and a special Mani Kaul edition of the FD magazine, Documentary Today will be released at the beginning of the programmes. All the films will be screened in 35mm, celluloid format. Entry to the screenings is free. Programme details are available on www.filmsdivision.org.

Films Division pays tribute to Mani Kaul

Time……. Space……… and the Master




6 JUL 2012 ( FRIDAY )


11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

INAUGURATION by Shri. Jahnu Barua



Shri. Udayan Vajpeyi

Ustad Bahauddin Dagar, Piyush Shah, Ms. Lalitha Krishna, Sharmistha Mohanty and Siddharth Sinha

Share their “Mani Experience” and will be presenting his films.


12:30 PM – 02:00 PM


SIDDHESHWARI (1989) 92 min.


02:00 PM – 03:00 PM

Break for lunch


03:00 PM – 03:30 PM

FORMS & DESIGN (1968) – 11 min.


03:30 PM – 04:30 PM

DURING & AFTER AIR-RAID (1970) – 11 min.

THE INDIAN WOMAN (1975)-20 min.

ARRIVAL (1979) – 20 min.


04:30 PM – 04:45 PM

Tea break


04:45 PM – 06:30 PM

USKI ROTI (1970) – 110 min.

7 JUL 2012 ( SATURDAY )


11:00 AM – 02:00 PM

THE NOMAD PUPPETEER (1974) – 20 min.

CHITRAKATHI (1978) – 19 min.

MATI MANAS (1985) – 92 min.


02:00 PM – 03:00 PM

Break for lunch


03:00 PM – 04:30 PM

DUVIDHA (1975) – 82 min.


04:30 PM – 04:45 PM

Tea break


04:45 PM – 06:30 PM

BEFORE MY EYES (1989) – 10 min.

DHRUPAD (1982) – 68 min.


( The screenings will be exclusively on 35mm format )