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    In addition to the stellar lineup of over 200 movies set to be screened at the city's most eagerly awaited cultural event, the 14th Mumbai Film Festival, presented by Reliance Entertainment and American Express and organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image, promises to offer attendees with an opportunity to be audience to panel discussions and participate in workshops conducted at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) by cinematic luminaries from around the globe.
    The most enthusiastically anticipated workshop at the festival is the two-day Pitching Screenwriting and Script Development Masterclass which will commence on Wednesday, 17th October, 2012 with a panel discussion on pitching. Participants will benefit from invaluable inputs on the subject provided by Claire Dobbin, script consultant and chair of the Melbourne International Film Festival, renowned scriptwriter David Maggee and special guests such as successful Indian film producers Madhu Mantena (Ghajini) and Guneet Monga (Gangs of Wasseypur) as well as illustrious Indian film director Dev Benegal. This session will be followed by a seminar on How to Approach the Rewrite by Claire Dobbin.
    The subsequent session on Thursday, 18th October, 2012 will begin with a presentation by David Maggee, scriptwriter of films such as Life of Pi and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day about his masterpiece Finding Neverland followed by a dissection of the developmental process of the film. The workshop will conclude with an illuminating seminar with Claire Dobbin and celebrated Australian film producer Robyn Kershaw on how to pitch in a way that turns a no to yes, an integral part of filmmaking and knowledge that is imperative for aspiring filmmakers in Final Pitches. The sessions on both days are scheduled at the K. R. Cama Institute, Opp. Lions Gate, Fort, between 10 am & 5 pm.
    Science fiction movie buffs attending the festival on Saturday, 20th October, 2012 will be ecstatic about the 2 - 3 pm segment featuring an open forum discussion between Gary Kurtz, legendary producer of epic Hollywood films such as Star Wars and The Steal and Anubhav Sinha, acclaimed Indian director of 2011 science fiction superhero blockbuster Ra.One, about the similarities and differences in execution from Eastern and Western points of view in the making of science fiction films.
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