The seven-day event known as the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) began last week, with some of the most controversial and impressive films the industry has ever seen. But then again, MIFF has always been pushing the envelope, having started amidst heavy-critique in 1990 as a ceremony for talented documentary and short filmmakers from South Asia (the first of its kind).
Although harshly criticized in its first years, MIFF has grown to become one of the largest and most-respected film festivals in the industry, and the turnout this year was no exception. Showcasing roughly 430 films and documentaries, MIFF highlighted the year’s best illustrations of Indian culture within the 700 submissions it received both nationally and abroad.
Suffice it to say, if you missed out there’s plenty to catch up on. Here are some highlights from this incredible weeklong event!
1. Shabnam Ferdousi’s highly anticipated ‘Born Together’ aired Friday, telling the story of Bangladesh war children.
2. Learn how MIFF paid homage to world-renowned filmmaker Rob Stewart.
3. Find out why the long-awaited Kashmir film was never shown.
4. Interested in the full list of films that made it to this year’s event? You can find it here.