Mumbai, Oct 15: The 13th Mumbai Film Festival, a Reliance Entertainment initiative, organized by Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) kick started with the much anticipated film Moneyball starring Brad Pitt and directed Bennett Miller. The film was screened on all the screens at the festival's main venue- Cinemax Versova.
Marking the auspicious commencement of the 13th Mumbai Film Festival director- producer Yash Chopra lit the lamp along with actress Dia Mirza, President of Film & TV Producers Guild Ramesh Sippy and trustee of MAMI Amit Khanna in attendance. Joining them were the International Competition jury members Hugh Hudson (Jury President), Jerzy Skolimowski, Na Hong- Jin, Roger Spottiswoode and Sarika.
The red carpet saw various celebrities, cinephiles, delegates and media arrive for the Moneyball screening with great enthusiasm.
The screening of the movie was then followed by a red carpet at Sun N Sand for the opening ceremony and dinner function that saw in attendance various B-town celebrities such as Abhinay Deo, Vikramaditya Motwane, Rohan Sippy and Goldie Behl amongst many others.
The jury members of all the sections- International Competition, Dimensions Mumbai and Harmony Celebrate Age were introduced to the guests present at the function.
Commenting on this occasion, Srinivasan Narayanan, Festival Director, 13th Mumbai Film Festival said, "The 13th Mumbai Film Festival has certainly begun with a tremendous turnout. We sincerely hope that all those attending will see the effort put behind organizing this popular festival and hope that this year's selection of films satisfies their appetite of quality cinema."
While the opening day of the 13th Mumbai Film Festival wound up with great pomp and celebration, the second day 14th October will see close to 50 movies being screening at Cinemax Versova, Cinemax Sion and Metro Big Cinemas and various celebrities and movie buffs in attendance.