12th MAMI Festival to have all women jury

MUMBAI: The12th MAMI festival, which is a Reliance Big Picture initiative, will start from 21 October and continue till 28 October, 2010.

Apart from an array of critically-acclaimed films, MAMI’s 12th Mumbai Film Festival will play host to a first-ever for any film festival in India: its unprecedented power roster of an all-women jury.

The panelists are Tanya Seghatchian, Samira Makhmalbaf, Yoon Jeong-Hee and Suhasini Maniratnam. Seghatchian is the head of the film fund at the UK Film Council. She has won the BAFTA award for producing My Summer of Love. Makhamalbaf directed a movie at the age of 17. Her second film Black Board was awarded the jury prize in Cannes in 2000. South Korian actress Jeong-Hee has acted in more than 250 films and won over 20 awards for her work. Suhasini also directs and produces films. She runs a production company Madras Talkies, along with film maker husband Manirathnam.

Hollywood-based filmmaker, screenwriter and producer Jane Campion will be the president of the Jury. Campion has won the Golden Palm award at the 1986 Cannes festival. Her films include In the cut (2003) and Bright Star (2009). She won the Oscar for best screenplay for The Piano.