Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival Announces Winners

India’s biggest Film Festival Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival with Star India, drew to a close on Thursday, 5th November, 2015 at the Taj Land’s end, Bandra. World-renowned filmmakers, talent and Bollywood stars walked the red carpet to celebrate the end of Mumbai’s very own film festival.

The special guest of the evening was Honourable Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who along with Producer and Director, Mr. Vidhu Vinod Chopra were accompanied by the young adults from Jammu & Kashmir who were especially flown in to Mumbai to experience the festival.

Red carpet attendees were Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Esha Gupta, Isha Ambani, Kunal Kapoor, Deepak Parekh, Riteish Deshmukh, Vidya Balan, Siddharth Roy Kapur, Kiran Rao, Anupama Chopra, Dibakar Banerjee, Jackie Shroff, Radhika Apte, Anushka Manchanda, Sandhya Mridul, Pavleen Gujral, Pan Nalin.

Kalki Koechlin hosted the event and took center stage inviting prestigious delegates to give away the awards.

Here’s the list of winners in different categories-


  • Golden Gateway Award for Children’s Feature- OTTAL
  • The Silver Gateway Award for Children’s Feature- Operation Category
  • Special mention for Acting-Hetal Gada and Krrish Chhabria
  • Special Mention for Direction: Morgan Matthews for X + Y
  • The Golden Gateway for Children’ Short- Dina Velikovskaya for Pro Mamu (About a Mother)
  • Silver Gateway for Children’ Short: Olga Poliektova and Tatiana Poliektova for My Grandfather Was a Cherry Tree
  • Jury Special Mention for Direction- Mari Sanders for “Daan Durft” (Go Daan Go!)
  • Excellence in writing in Cinema AWARD- Gaata Rahe Mera Dil” by Balaji Vittal and Anirudha Bhattacharjee
  • Film for Social Impact Award by Yes Foundation- Jayaraj for OTTAL
  • Young Critics Choice Award- KAUL
  • Audience Choice Award- TAXI


  • The Silver Gateway Dimensions Mumbai Award- THE VOICE Disha Noyonika Rindani
  • The Golden Gateway Dimensions Mumbai Award- KUNAL Dhruv Saigal
  • Special Mentions for Dimensions Mumbai- I SHALL BOW Vedanti Chandrakant Dani


  • Jury Grand Prize for International Competition- THITHI by Raam Reddy
  • Silver Gateway Award for International Competition- Heavenly Nomadic by Mirlan Abdykalykov
  • Golden Gateway Award for International Competition – Volcano by Jayro Bustamante
  • Special Jury Mention for Achievement in Directing: Cesar Augusto Acevedo, LAND AND SHADE
  • Special Jury Mention for Achievement in Acting: Maria Telon of VOLCANO | “Mother Juana”
  • Special Jury Mention for Achievement in Acting: Farzana Nawabi of MINA WALKING | “Mina”
  • Special Jury Mention for Ensemble: Sleeping Giant Jackson Martin, Reese Moffat, Nick Serino
  • Special Jury Mention for Achievement in Screenwriting: Chloe Zhao, SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME


  • Jury Special Prize for India Gold goes to An Illusion of My Mind/ Mor Mann Ke Bharam by Karma Takapa, Heer Ganjwala and Abhishek Varma
  • The Silver Gateway Award for India Gold goes to Haraamkhor by Shlok Sharma
  • The Golden Gateway Award for India Gold goes to Chauthi Koot by Gurvinder Singh

Mrs. Nita Mukesh Ambani, Festival Co – Chair, said, ” I never imagined that Jio MAMI 17thMumbai Film Festival would be such a resounding success. It has truly exceeded our expectations. For one week, it was the talk of the town, will long queues lining up for every show. It is a matter of pride for Mumbai that Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival has become the destination where the best of Indian cinema met the best of global cinema. I thank the filmmakers for showcasing their art and my colleagues for their hard work. Most of all, I thank the Mumbaikars for making this festival a super hit. Thank you, Mumbai.”

Kiran Rao, Chairperson, further added, “It’s been 7 days of immense excitement and pleasure, along with a lifetime-worth of learnings and insights for me! I am so grateful to all people who had faith and supported us – the audience, the filmmaking community, the citizens of Mumbai – all of whom came together to make this such a memorable first year of Jio MAMI for all of us.”

Anupama Chopra, Festival Director, expressed, “I want to thank everybody; the sponsors, my team, the audiences for making the festival such a fantastic success. Please keep coming back, we will be back again next year before you miss us. ”

Uday Shankar, CEO, Star India said, “Star’s association with MAMI is our endeavor to celebrate great stories and the tremendous talent in the world of cinema which has its true home in the magical city of Mumbai. We are pleased that many such phenomenal stories created by fresh upcoming talent were showcased in the festival and are excited by the great response that the festival has received which is a living testimony to Mumbai’s love for cinema. Our compliments to the accomplished team behind MAMI and the tremendous effort they put together to execute an event of this scale.”


The Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival is an inclusive movie feast. We showcase the latest cutting-edge, independent cinema – art house fare alongside genre movies from Bollywood and Hollywood and cult international movies. We offer the best of world cinema to the people of Mumbai and we offer the best of Indian cinema to the world. The festival is run by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image popularly known as MAMI. This is a space where we revel in the sheer pleasure of cinema, the joy it gives us and how much it enhances our lives. The goal is to nurture and ignite a passion for movies. We want Jio MAMI to be shorthand for excellence in cinema.


Mumbai – the financial capital of India is also the epicenter of the Indian film industry. The city plays such a major role in production and dissemination of Indian films and television programmes that it is widely known by its acronym ‘Bollywood’. In 1997, a group of film industry stalwarts headed by late Hrishikesh Mukherjee founded the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) as a not-for-profit Trust. Their main objective was to organize an annual International Film Festival which the film industry and the country could be proud of. MAMI has been organizing the festival for the last 16 years and aims to foster a climate of good cinema. MAMI engages people from all walks of life across the city and country who enjoy and love good cinema. It is Mumbai’s only film festival that is entirely created and run by film professionals and a group of members from corporate India. Appreciation of good cinema, stripped off all the limiting labels of art and commercial, can only come about through exposure to the best of films the world has to offer. The Festival is the first step in that direction.

In their Mission Statement in 1997, the MAMI Board of Trustees said, “We feel it is the need of the hour to disseminate and inculcate good cinema among Indian audiences. The only way to achieve this is to celebrate cinema by hosting an International Film Festival in Mumbai, India ‘s film and entertainment capital. MAMI (Mumbai Academy of Moving Image) is committed to start Mumbai’s first independent international film festival organized by practicing film makers.”

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