19th Jio MAMI Film Festival Concludes with Awards swept by Women

Women dominated the 19th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. Rima Das won the Golden Gateway award for her film ‘Village Rockstars’ in the India Gold Category and Carla Simon grabbed the honour in the International category for her film  ‘Summer 1993’.

The Film Festival in Mumbai screened over 220 films from 51 countries including features, documentaries and short films. It concluded on Wednesday night, Rima Das was elated as her movie also won the Oxfam Best Film — Gender Equality Award and the Young Critics Choice Award at the festival.

She said “I am grateful to the MAMI jury and especially my children. Most of the people thought I was mad. But the children and my family believed in me. “When I started making movies, the movies were earlier selected in festival but my mother used to ask whether I will win. So this is to my mom.” Simon, who was on her first visit to India, said it was an “incredible experience”.

The Director of Oxfam India,  Rina Soni said:

“Globally, women seldom get fair credit and recognition for their work. There’s no shortage of talented female filmmakers out there, they just need a platform to shine.The award is to support and encourage filmmakers to make films that break gender norms or challenge the conventional portrayal of women and girls. “‘Village Rockstars’ deserves the award as it brings on screen the story of hope and aspirations of a young girl fighting inequality and disasters. We are delighted that another path-breaking film ‘The Hungry’ received a special mention in this category.”

Actors Radhika Apte and Sayani Gupta were the presenters for the ceremony, after which a closing night party saw the attendance of names like Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Rajkumar Hirani, Kabir Khan, Anurag Kashyap, Rajkummar Rao, Ashutosh Gowariker, Konkona Sen Sharma and Vidhu Vinod Chopra.

Anupama Chopra, the festival director, said:

“This has been a week-long celebration of movies. I want to thank our enthusiastic audience and our generous partners for helping us make this edition of MAMI a roaring success.”

Rajkummar Rao starring “Omerta” was the closing film of the festival. It is directed by Hansal Mehta. Rajkummar gave away the Audience Choice Award to the Hungarian drama “On Body and Soul” by Ildiko Enyedi. “Sexy Durga” by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, and “Up, Down and Sideways” by Anushka Meenakshi and Ishwar Srikumar  got the special mention in the India Gold Section.

The Silver Gateway Award went to Rahul Jain’s “Machines”. The announcement of the dates for the 20th Edition of Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star from October 25 to November 1.