10th MAMI International Film Festival concludes

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Mumbai, Mar 14 (UNI) The tenth MAMI International Film Festival concluded here with the felicitation of stalwarts from the film industry.

Speaking to mediapersons MAMI Festival Chairman Shyam Benegal said, ''This is our tenth festival and I believe that each festival has been better than the past. I hope this festival will here to stay as the festival of the city.'' There were 92 films showcased in the Global Vision section. The foreign retrospective was held of stalwarts like Andrej Wajda and Ritwik Ghatak. The country in focus was China and the film-maker in focus was Carlos Saura.

Chief Guest of the event, veteran Bollywood star Dev Anand presented the awards. Lifetime Achievement award was conferred to Dharamendra, Rishi Kapoor was awarded for his significant contribution to cinema for over 25 years. At the award presentation ceremony Rishi Kapoor said, ''Usually, film industry personalities do not reveal their age but I want to say that I have not been working for 25 years I have been working for 35 years and I am proud of that.'' The Global Lifetime Achievement award was given to Carlos Saura while Gulzar was presented the award for outstanding contribution to Indian film music poet and lyric writer. At the occasion he said, ''Each artist needs this kind of reassurance to prove that whatever he has been doing is right.'' Kodak award for technical excellence in sound recording was presented to Hitendar Ghosh.

Five minute films based on the aspects of Mumbai were showcased in the contest called ''Dimensions of Mumbai''.

The first special jury award was given to 'Handful of Sky' by Neha Singh and the second special jury award was handed over to Patri. Ganesh More bagged the third prize, second prize was presented to Aishwarya S on Mumbai Half Marathon and first prize to Vapsi hardships of Mumbai.

In the Indian feature Film Competition, Darsheel Safary was awarded for playing the dyslexic child Ishaan Awasthi in 'Taare Zameen Par', Swathes Sen for playing Janki in 'Antardwand' and the Best Film and FRIPRESCI awards were bagged by 'Tingya' by Mangesh Hadawale.

Kiran Shantaram, Manmohan Shetty, Sudhir Nandgaonkar, Yash Chopra, Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Neetu Kapoor and several other celebrities were present at the occasion.

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