MIFF likely to shift venues from 2013 onwards

Panaji: The Mumbai International Film Festival will shift venues from the 2013 edition onwards.

Bankim, Director General Films Division (a wing of Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry), today said the festival would become an annual event from the current bi-annual, so that it can reach a larger film audience.

Further, it would be held outside Mumbai every other year. "It is a nice idea to move one edition to other cities, so that there is exposure to the rest of the population," Bamkin said. Once in two years, the festival would return to Mumbai.

The oncoming MIFF 2012, scheduled to be held from February 3 to 9, would be held in Mumbai.

MIFF, which is dedicated to documentaries, short-films and animation films, is being held in Mumbai since 1990, at the National Centre for performing Arts in Mumbai.

Bankim also said that last year international and national competitions were merged, but the 2012 edition would again have separate national and international competitions. The organisers have already received 224 entries in international and 567 in the national segment.

The DG said that Maharashtra government contributed only Rs 20 lakh, of the Rs 2.50 crore budget. "We really would be happy if Maharashtra government could shell out more," he said.