17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with STAR India Announces its Stellar Program Line-Up: With less than a month to go for the 17th edition of India?s biggest film festival, the 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival in association with the STAR Network, announced its stellar program line-up. The line-up included new programming sections being introduced this year, special screenings and events. The 17th edition of the festival will take place from October 29th to November 5th in Mumbai. The festival's presenting sponsor is Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJIL) -- and STAR India is the Associate Sponsor Partner. Mrs Nita M. Ambani, Founder & Chairperson, Reliance Foundation was announced as Co-Chair, Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI). The announcement was made in the presence of members of the Board of Trustees that include Kiran Rao, Chairperson ? MAMI, Anupama Chopra - Festival Director, Filmmakers Dibakar Banerjee and Vishal Bhardwaj, Mr. Ajay Bijli, Chairman and MD, PVR Ltd, Mr. Siddharth Roy Kapur, Managing Director, Disney India, Mr. Manish Mundra, Founder and CEO, Drishyam Films and Gayatri Yadav, Executive Vice President Marketing & Communications, STAR India We are thrilled to announce that Jio MAMI 2015 will present two Excellence in Cinema awards ? one to an international personality and one to an Indian. I?m also kicked to announce that our international Excellence in Cinema award will be given to the iconic Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai who has created landmark films and won laurels around the globe including two Palme D?Or nominations. Our Indian Excellence in Cinema award will be given to two legendary screenwriters who changed the course of Indian cinema and created several classics ? they are none other than Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar. We are also introducing a special section called ?Half Ticket? for kids, which will have an exciting slate of children films from around the world.?- Kiran Rao, Chairperson, 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival in association with Star India. Mrs Nita Ambani, Founder and Chairperson, Reliance Foundation & Co-Chair, MAMI Board of Trustees, said, ?I am honoured with the appointment and the faith that the MAMI Board of Trustees has reposed in me. I thank them for inviting me to be a part of this movement that will showcase the best of Indian and world cinema.? Mrs Ambani further added, ?Jio MAMI deserves to be recognized as one of the best film festivals in the world. We are convinced that Jio will have a lot to do with films, and films will have a lot to do with Jio.? Uday Shankar, CEO, STAR India said, ?Star India believes in content that inspires a billion imaginations and moves the nation forward and MAMI is all about celebrating the joy of cinema. By supporting this festival we want to do our bit to fuel imagination that we all know has the power to change the world.? Announcing the stellar programme line-up for the festival, Anupama Chopra, Festival Director, 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival said,? We are here because of the generosity of many people. Foremost among them is Jio and our associate sponsor ? STAR India. And I also want to thank our third partner ? the Government of Maharashtra. Our aim is to create a movie-soaked week in which you can see the best of Indian and international cinema. We want to foster a cultural exchange, enable conversations and shape a cinematic sensibility.? Leading filmmaker, Mr. Dibakar Banerjee, said ? I really wish Jio MAMI a great success this year as it is a cultural icon of the city. It aims to be the gateway to Indian cinema. This year, the festival received an unprecedented 248 feature film submissions in 29 languages, including Pashto, Wanchu and Jaunsari. The selection of Indian films includes 14 World Premieres, and 17 India Premieres. Audiences at Jio MAMI will get a chance to watch 31 Indian films that have never been shown before in India. 13 films are competing for the best film award in the India gold section. There are 15 fiction features and 5 documentaries in the India story section.? Announcing a new section, After Dark at the 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, Ms. Niharika Bijli, Director, PVR Pictures said ?The journey for MAMI, the Mumbai Film Festival and the multiplexes started back in 1997 and now in its 17th year, PVR Cinemas will not only encourage the homebred cinemas, but will also provide the best in world cinema. All this have been possible with PVR?s association with MAMI from past many years and have been very successful. Genre films are a mainstay in world cinema, and, ?After Dark? is one of the sections of the festival. It will bring a fantastic genre films to Mumbai and these are horror, thriller, science fiction curated by Jongsuk Thomas Nam, who is the artistic director of one of Asia?s biggest genre film fests PIFF in South Korea. We have six films in this section, which is opening with Ludo, made by Qaushiq Mukherjee.?
PVR introduces Passive 2nd generation 3D screens at selected PVR properties: Technology is evolving every second. From mobile phones to laptops to entertainment, there is a constant up gradation in our lives. It is no longer just about doing a job with ease; today it is about enhancing our experience too. Keeping in pace with the latest technological advancements, PVR Ltd, the largest cinema exhibition chain in India, is introducing 2nd generation 3D screens at selected PVR Cinemas . The light triple polarized 3D system aims to provide the most superior movie watching experience to movie lovers on account of brighter and better 3D effects. It also promises to bring high sharpness to the images with minimized image distortion. With this transformation, the cinema screens would have unique brightness and amazing light efficiency, elevating the 3D-presentation to a new level at PVR. On the latest development, Mr Gautam Dutta, CEO, PVR Cinemas said, ?PVR Cinemas are known to bring the best for the patrons. We are the pioneers of bringing IMAX, ECX, online ticketing in the digital sphere of multiplex industry. Taking the legacy forward, we are now installing the 2nd generation 3 D screens in our cinemas to give even greater impact of cinematic experience to our audience. With this new transformation we bring the new level of technological comfort and cinematic experience. PVR will install this technology at prime properties including- MGF Mall- Gurgaon, Select Citywalk- Delhi, PVR Juhu- Mumbai, PVR Kukatpally- Hyderabad, PVR Pavillion Mall- Ludhiana, PVR Elante- Chandigarh and many more. About PVR Ltd. PVR is one of the largest and most premium film and retail entertainment companies in India. Since its inception in 1997, the brand has aimed to redefine the way people watch movies in India. PVR currently operates a cinema circuit comprising 474 screens spread over 106 properties in 43 cities across India. The company acquired the Cinemax properties in 2012 and currently serves 60 million patrons across India. PVR has entered the World Economic Forum?s List of Fastest-Growing Global Growth Companies.
HISTORY TV18 and PVR Cinemas Make History Come Alive for Students: Infotainment is gaining importance in today?s educational system, as a means to connect with students. An audio-visual experience enhances the learning process, making it more entertaining and interesting and increasing recall. In an attempt to connect with the student fraternity, HISTORY TV18 has now partnered with PVR Cinemas to showcase its educational content to students from schools across India. The first of these screenings is slated to occur in PVR Cinemas, MGF Mall, Gurgaon and PVR Cinemas, Vikaspuri on 29th and 30th September 2015. PVR has always taken utmost care to serve a wide spectrum of patrons. Time and again, PVR has ideated initiatives to reach its diverse audience. This initiative is a part of an educational outreach program undertaken by PVR cinemas in association with HISTORY TV18 to engage with and educate students effectively, beyond the realms of their textbooks. We are offering international quality content like The World Wars, enabling students to connect with the past in a contemporary manner and understand how it has shaped our present. The screening of The World War for school kids is an initiative, where children can learn as well as enjoy. With the state of the art technology like sound effects, 3 D screens etc, PVR looks forward to enhance the learning experience. With greater sound and visuals, historical moments come alive in real time. Speaking on the initiative, Sangeetha Aiyer, Vice President & Head Marketing, A+E Networks I TV18 JV, stated, ?Visual learning has proved to be a key enabler in the education process of children. We at HISTORY TV18 aim to facilitate learning and take factual entertainment to the next level. The main objective behind this outreach initiative is to enhance students? knowledge through a larger-than-life experience of their history lessons in cinema halls. With an extensive bank of global content that aims to entertain as well as educate viewers on world events, we hope to make History come alive beyond what students study in their textbooks.? Xxx, Principal XX of Xx School says, ?History as a subject can be boring for many students. Associating with HISTORY TV18 will definitely add an element of fun and interest to the learning process which will help our students.? Mr Gautam Dutta, CEO, PVR Cinemas, added, ?At PVR, we believe that no two movie- goers are the same. Catering to the young minds is a very tricky and interesting process. Making students learn through motion pictures is a brilliant idea. We have our in- house programme, CineArt- under PVR Nest (our CSR wing), through which we cultivate the art of movie making amongst children. This initiative with History TV 18 is another step forward to educate children through movies. We want to ensure that we give a very enriching, learning experience to the students. We look forward to give the students a real- time experience.? The first Delhi NCR screening would take off at Gurgaon, where over 600 students are expected to attend the screening. The screenings will then move to other metros and neo metros across the country. About PVR Ltd. PVR is one of the largest and most premium film and retail entertainment companies in India. Since its inception in 1997, the brand has aimed to redefine the way people watch movies in India. PVR currently operates a cinema circuit comprising 474 screens spread over 106 properties in 43 cities across India. The company acquired the Cinemax properties in 2012 and currently serves 60 million patrons across India. PVR has entered the World Economic Forum?s List of Fastest-Growing Global Growth Companies.
India?s Largest Amateur Corporate Bowling Tournament in Gurgaon: Gurgaon, 10th September, 2015: PVR bluO, India?s largest bowling destination, in association with Rapid Metro, set in motion the ?Pin Strike Battle?, the seventh edition of Corporate Bowling Tournament, in Gurgaon today. The tournament, an annual event of PVR bluO, is an effort to provide a platform to attract corporate synergies to bowling as the perfect team engagement. Starting from 10th September till 8th October2015, PVR bluO will serve as a host to over 1000 players from leading corporates across nation. Mr Rajiv Banga, MD & CEO, IL&FS Rail Ltd and Mr Vishal Sawhney, CEO, PVR BluO flagged off the tournament with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony. Further the ceremony was followed by a scintillating dance performance by the dance troupe of Delhi Dance Academy. DJ Ishy?s enthralling music kept the players on their toes throughout the evening. At the launch Mr Rajiv Banga, MD & CEO, IL&FS Rail Ltd, while encouraging the players said, ?It is a great pleasure to inaugurate the most happening ?Pin Strike Battle?. We are having a great time here. Rapid Metro, Gurgaon?s Smartest Commute finds a perfect fitment to engage with, through the tournament, which is being conducted at PVR bluO. This tournament has brought our endeavour to connect with people one step ahead by also connecting corporate through sports. We are delighted to promote new-age sports like bowling and it?s fascinating to see such immense passion and enthusiasm among all.? On this occasion, Mr Vishal Sawhney, CEO, PVR BluO, also added, ?We take immense pride to kick-start the seventh edition of Corporate Bowling Tournament at Gurgaon. It?s great to see that this year; the tournament has seen an immense increase in the participation. This year we have over 300 corporate teams playing, vying for the championship. The tournament proves the best possible forum for Corporates and their employees to engage not only as a perfect stress buster but also as a means for team building and strengthening. As we declare this year?s tournament open, we feel strong about playing a role in increasing the growth & popularity of the sport of bowling in the country.? Spread over five weeks, the tournament will be held every Thursday evening at PVR bluO, Ambience Mall, Gurgaon. The top teams will compete for the finale on 8th October, 2015 and will win the grand prize of a trip to Europe, a stay at Radisson Blu Hotel along with a luxury gift hamper from XOXO. Besides these the runner up and other participants will have exciting goodies and gifts from multiple associate brands like Firefox, Casio, Radisson, Club Mahindra , XOXO and many more to look forward to.