Mumbai Film Festival Moves 2022 Edition Online – Deadline
The 22nd edition of the Mumbai Film Festival, due to be held from March 12-22, is moving online in the face of lingering challenges brought on by the pandemic for the first time.
The festival’s artistic director, Smriti Kiran, posted on Instagram that the team “had to take time off from the March edition of the festival” but would announce a selection of films that will be screened virtually in February and March via the partner platform Shift 72.
“This may not be the start we wanted, but it marks a start. The journey to roll out the altered and evolving experience that viewing has become during the pandemic continues,” she added. .
The cancellation comes as the Covid situation in India appears to be relatively under control. After an Omicron-induced wave of cases in January, the curve has been on a downward trajectory since last month. In the state of Maharashtra, home to Mumbai, positive tests reported this week numbered in the thousands.
However, the Indian press has reported in recent weeks that the Mumbai Film Festival is planning to cancel its physical event this year for reasons other than Covid.
Scroll.in reported that the festival’s organizers, the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image, had contacted filmmakers citing “logistical and financial challenges” with the upcoming event.
“We don’t know when, what shape and form the festival will take in the future. We have a larger, more global logistical reimagining parked on our doorstep that takes into account how the world has changed to live between the waves,” the missive reportedly read.
It has been a difficult time for the Mumbai Film Festival, like many other such events around the world. The 2020 and 2021 editions of the Mumbai festival did not take place due to Covid.
In August last year, Mumbai released a statement preaching optimism for the future. Priyanka Chopra Jonas was taking the reins as president, providing an injection of star power to the team, and the plan was to hold a series of events year-round before hosting an in-person edition of the festival in March. 2022.
News of the cancellation was met with dismay in India. A producer addressing Scroll.in asked why the event had to be suspended when the city of Mumbai itself is doing relatively well with Covid.
Deadline has contacted the festival for further comment.
Here is Smriti Kiran’s Instagram post: