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03-16-2008, 12:52 AM #1
MAMI felicitates Dharmendra, Rishi Kapoor and Gulzar
The 10th MAMI International Film Festival?s awards ceremony was held on Thursday night, (March 13, 2008), and the Spanish Director Carlos Saura was felicitated with the Global Lifetime Achievement Award. Chief Guest of the event Dev Anand, veteran Actor-Director, presented the Lifetime Achievement award to Dharmendra.
To commemorate a decade of excellence, this year MAMI IFFM ?08 introduced a host of exciting new initiatives. The Global Lifetime Achievement Award has been instituted this year. The first award was conferred on Carlos Saura, the renowned Spanish director who was in Mumbai to attend the function. The other awardees at the Festival were Rishi Kapoor for Significant Contribution to Cinema over 25 years, Gulzar for Outstanding Contribution to Indian Film Music as Lyricist and the Kodak Award for Technical Excellence to Hitendra Ghosh.
In order to nurture talent and provide a platform to new generation of filmmakers on its 10th edition, Jaya Bachchan, one of the trustees of MAMI, introduced a new initiative called ?Dimensions Mumbai?.
On the Closing Gala Night, the Japanese film The Mourning Forest was screened, a film that won the Grand Prix at the 60th edition of Cannes Film Festival in 2007. The Italian silent film Pinocchio (1911) restored by Cineteca was one of the attractions of the festival. Daily master classes were conducted by renowned filmmakers like James Mimikos, Sriram Raghavan, Stefano Odoardi, Prof. Dragan, Govind Nihalani and Dan Wolman.
The closing gala event had the esteemed presence of film directors from Mexico, France and European countries along with Shyam Benegal, Chairman of the Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI) and other Trustees of MAMI