- Monica Wahi, Founder-Director of the regional cross-border network South Asian Children’s Cinema Forum is the curator of Half Ticket
- The Film Festival for the first time opens Half Ticket to the public for designated days
Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star to open Half Ticket Vertical with ‘The Little Prince’. The opening film will be screened at PVR, Lower Parel.
This section presents a variety of acclaimed ﬁlms to children and young adults to nurture their appetite for distinctive artistic experiences.
The Little Prince is an animated fantasy adventure family drama based on the 1943 novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It is the first animated feature adaptation of the classic novel.Mark Osborne, a two-time Academy Award nominee who is well versed in a wide range of animation technologies has directed this movie. He came to worldwide fame in 2008 as a director of ‘Kung Fu Panda’ which premiered at Cannes and received the French Cesar award for Best Animation.
The Little Prince movie revolves around a little girl who lives in a very grown up world and her mother who maps out every minute of her daughter’s life in order to get her into the finest school. The Little Girl is soon distracted by her strange and ancient neighbour, the Aviator, who introduces her to an extraordinary world where anything is possible! A world that he was himself invited into long ago by a mysterious extra-terrestrial voyager The Little Prince.
Creative, Producer, Director and Curator, Monica Wahi said, “It is the first time that children in India will get to watch this celebrated animation on the big screen. Generations have grown up with the book. I’m sure like the classic, this contemporary retelling will also resonate with both children and adults.”
Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star, Chairperson, Kiran Rao said, “We are so happy to have the Half Ticket section back this year. This vertical is dedicated to kids and young adults, and this year we are opening screenings for festival delegates and their kids too on certain days. We hope parents across the city will take this opportunity to introduce their kids to great cinema.”
Half ticket will present an exciting slate of 28 films from across the world including fiction, non-fiction and animation. Half Ticket will feature 13 features and 15 shorts. The Jury for Half Ticket will consist of 7 kids aged 9 to 17 years from across Mumbai.
In addition to this, on Friday, October 21, 2016 a Screen writing workshop will be conducted for aspiring school going film writers aged 12 to 16 years, by Dibarkar Banerjee, Diya Mirza and Varun Grover.
Besides The Little Prince, the section is also presenting other exciting titles like Heidi, At Eye Level, Fanny’s Journey, Window Horses and Hang in there, kids! Colours of Innocence, Famous in Ahmedabad and We make Images are the Indian productions included in the section.
This vertical which is dedicated to children has been opened to delegates as well on certain days. The youngest audience are in for a special treat! Gillo Theatre Repertory, the renowned children’s theatre group will lead an interactive session of animated shorts with 5 to 7 year olds.
Festival delegates can register children and young adults for the Opening Show and ten other shows across the weekend. These weekend shows promise a wide range of films for young audiences aged 5 to 17 years. Younger children can enjoy more accessible, heart-warming films while older teenagers interfered in art and cinema will get to watch more eclectic work. Most of the films are subtitled. Parents are advised to check the Age Recommendations and Advisories for each film on the festival website before booking the show.