Oculus Creations to premier Mumbai Women's International Film Festival

| Marketing | June 11, 2013 | News

With the motive of ‘Spotlight on Women', Oculus Creations is scripting and organizing the first edition of the Mumbai Women's International Film Festival 2013 (MWIFF 2013). After having organised the Mumbai International Short Film Festival (MISFF), a two day short film festival open to both male and female film makers in Aug. 2012, Oculus decided to give women the key role in the MWIFF. The festival will be held from Oct. 9 to 13 at Ravindra Natya Mandir in Mumbai. It is the brainchild of Oculus Creations and is completely designed and developed by the agency.

The event, which claims to have something for those behind the camera and those in front of it, will see 5 days of film screenings, closing night networking parties, industry panels, post-screening discussions, media and industry attention, celebrities, an award ceremony and a pink carpet. Expected attendees include Director Vivek Agnihotri, Cinematographer Basheer Ali, Director and Red Chillies USA Head Shailja Gupta, Ad Maker Geeta Singh, Film Maker Nandini JS, Writer Kutty Revathi and others.

The participation level is divided into the Competition Section and the Non-Competition Section, with a total of 7 categories. The Competition Section has 4 categories - a short film for 45 minutes, a documentary for 60 minutes, the ‘HER' film for 5 minutes and a feature film for a minimum of 70 minutes. The Non-Competition Section has 3 categories - World Cinebusters, World Panorama and a set of women directed films to be premiered at the festival.

Speaking about the objective of the event, Avinash Pawar - Festival Director and Founder of Oculus Creations, said: "This is the first and largest Women's International Film Festival in India. With this event, we aim to felicitate, acknowledge and encourage independent, social, art, cultural and alternate feature films, documentaries, Public Service Announcement films (PSAs) and short films made by female filmmakers or technicians in the industry. We also aim to provide a deep insight of film-making through lectures and workshops, and to enjoy and celebrate the love of films."

Commenting further on the event, Pawar said: "Since this is the first edition of MWIFF, everything had to be done from scratch. This involved pre-planning of almost 8 months to establish the festival in India on a huge scale to provide emerging women filmmakers with an opportunity to tell their stories and garner the spotlight."

Interested participants can get in touch with the organizers and get detailed information at www.mwiff.com. Film entry submissions have started and will close on August 31. Registration for delegates will start in September and will end in October.

The maiden edition of this event is being single-handedly organized and executed by the agency.

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