Film lovers will be flocking to India next month after a stellar line-up was announced for the 14th Mumbai Film Festival.
Plans for this year's event were outlined at a press conference at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in the city and a host of films from Kabul being shown as part of the Fresh New Voices in Afghan Cinema section are set to be among the highlights.
The organisers, Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI), also confirmed the Rendezvous with French Cinema is back for a second consecutive year and MAMI chairman and film-maker Shyam Benegal is expecting 2012 to be the best year yet.
"This is the best festival yet and this has been possible due to the support we have been receiving from our sponsors, government of Maharashtra, the industry and most importantly the media," he said.
"The eight days will be marked with screenings of some of the most awaited films, academic initiatives and discussions on topics governing the film industry and audience at large."
Taking place from 18 to 25 October, the festival will also focus on the history of Italian cinema and there will be a special feature in association with the Embassy of Italy in India and the Italian director Italo Spinelli.
The 2012 Mumbai Film Festival will showcase more than 200 films, including a celebration of the movie industry in India, and actress Waheeda Rehman will be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to Indian Cinema.
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