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Mumbai Film Fest grows.

The 9th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF), held in India's home of Bollywood, saw increased foreign participation with more than 600 films from 35 countries. The Fest ran in early February and screened documentaries, shorts and animated films, which, according to Indian Information and Broadcast Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi, still don't receive enough airtime on the world's television.

"Although Indian film has [improved its] industry status, much needs to be done in promoting both the film and short film industry," said Dasmunshi. Added MIFF and Film Divisions director Raghu Krishnan, "This festival is giving a platform for these films to encourage theatrical, video and TV distribution."

Top prizes were handed out by a jury that included U.S. TV programmer Lisa Goldman, U.K. doc maker John Akomfrah, Finnish director Lasse Naukkarinen and Indian director Nirad Mohapatra. Golden Conch prizes were awarded to American director William Nessen's Australian-produced The Black Road, about Indonesian Aceh rebels; displaced immigrant film Continuous Journey, by Indo-Canadian Ali Kazimi; and U.K. director Mohandas Rene's The Elephant Boy, about a deformed boy. The Critics Prize went to Manipur director Haobam Paban Kumar's AFSPA 1958, about Manipur violence. The Best Indian Documentary award went to motorcycle journey Riding Solo to the Top of the World, by Gaurav Jain.
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Title Annotation:WORLD
Author:Fine, Janet
Publication:Video Age International
Date:Mar 1, 2006
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