The seven-day festival (January 28-February 3) will be held in Mumbai. The National award-winning filmmaker was recently appointed by the government as the head of a new panel, formed to revamp the controversy-stricken censor board.
Also in attendance at the opening will be Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff, who has been chosen as the brand ambassador of the festival.
This is the first time that an artist from the mainstream cinema has been appointed as its face. 'Sholay' director Ramesh Sippy will attend the closing ceremony, said Mukesh Sharma, director of MIFF and Director General, Films divison.
"A lot of people from Bollywood will be seen at the opening ceremony. Shyam Benegal will be the guest of honour at the opening ceremony and Ramesh Sippy of 'Sholay' fame will be there at the closing ceremony," Sharma told reporters here at the press conference of the festival.
The event is being organised by Films Division, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India in collaboration with Government of Maharashtra.
Out of 825 entries, the jury selected 110 for competition in four sections-- international, national, new media and animation. The festival will honour a veteran personality from the Indian documentary fraternity with the esteemed V Shanataram Lifetime Achievement Award that carries a cash component of Rs 5 lakh trophy and a citation.


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