Friday, October 14, 2011


Director- Producer Yash Chopra and Actress Dia Mirza light the lamp to mark the commencement of the festival

13th Mumbai Film Festival sets the ball rolling with
Brad Pitt starrer ‘Moneyball’

Mumbai, 13th October, 2011: The 13th Mumbai Film Festival, a Reliance Entertainment initiative, organized by Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) kick started with the much anticipated film ‘Moneyball’starring Brad Pitt and directed Bennett Miller. The film was screened on all the screens at the festival’s main venue- Cinemax Versova.

Marking the auspicious commencement of the 13th Mumbai Film Festival director- producer Yash Chopra lit the lamp along with actress Dia Mirza, President of Film & TV Producers Guild Ramesh Sippy and trustee of MAMI Amit Khanna in attendance. Joining them were the International Competition jury members Hugh Hudson (Jury President), Jerzy Skolimowski, Na Hong- Jin, Roger Spottiswoode and Sarika.

The red carpet saw various celebrities, cinephiles, delegates and media arrive for the ‘Moneyball’ screeningwith great enthusiasm. The screening of the movie was then followed by a red carpet at Sun N Sand for the opening ceremony and dinner function that saw in attendance various B-town celebrities such as Abhinay Deo, Vikramaditya Motwane, Rohan Sippy and Golide Behl amongst many others.

The jury members of all the sections- International Competition, Dimensions Mumbai and Harmony Celebrate Age were introduced to the guests present at the function.

Commenting on this occasion, Srinivasan Narayanan, Festival Director, 13th Mumbai Film Festival, said, “The 13th Mumbai Film Festival has certainly begun with a tremendous turnout. We sincerely hope that all those attending will see the effort put behind organizing this popular festival and hope that this year’s selection of films satisfies their appetite of quality cinema.”

While the opening day of the 13th Mumbai film festival wound up with great pomp and celebration, the second day 14th October will see close to 50 movies being screening at Cinemax Versova, Cinemax Sion and Metro Big Cinemas and various celebrities and movie buffs in attendance.

About Mumbai Film Festival: Mumbai Film Festival is an initiative by Reliance Entertainment which is the flagship media and entertainment arm of India's Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group. Mumbai Film Festival is organized by Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) - a body comprised of Indian film industry stalwarts which was founded in 1997 by late filmmaker Shri Hrishikesh Mukherjee.

Noted filmmaker Shri Shyam Benegal heads the body that consists of film directors including: Yash Chopra, Ashutosh Gowarikar, Karan Johar, renowned actresses Shabana Azmi and Jaya Bachchan, actor-director Amol Palekar and Farhan Akhtar and the chairman of Reliance Big Entertainment Amit Khanna as Trustees. 

Kiran Joneja Sippy & Ramesh Sippy with Amit Khanna of Reliance

Hindi Film Actress Dia Mirza

Bollywood to Hollywood actors Gulshan Grover & Kabir Bedi

Goldie Behl of Rose Movies

Rohan Sippy

Hindi film maker Yash Chopra

Hindi film actress Jayshree-T
Hindi film actress Sarika

Jury members- Na Hong- Jin, Hugh Hudson, Jerzy Skolimowski, Roger Spottiswoode

Mariam Deabo- 1987 James Bond Girl