What does this mean for Mumbai?
Being a part of the international UNESCO Creative Cities Network means that our city can
- share and learn from other network cities and create avenues for collaboration.
- open opportunities for filmmakers, students and film aficionados from network cities to experience the film making process in Mumbai.
- have a ripple effect on allied industries and would aid local economic development, bringing expertise, employment and inward investment to the local film industry. The recognition would encourage access and participation of all sections of the society in the field of films.
- strengthen Mumbai's place in world cinema through sharing and exchange of creative assets in film sector with network cities in achieving SDGs.
What makes Mumbai a City of Film?
Mumbai hosts a number of national and international film events every year. The MAMI Film Festival showcases a variety of cinema from Bollywood and Hollywood. KASHISH, the Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is the first Indian LGBT festival and attracts some 8500 visitors a year. The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is a 9-day event screening national, international cinema, and documentaries.
As a hub for the Indian film industry, Mumbai encourages new and future talent in 50 film schools, colleges and institutes offering film-related learning. Mumbai University has a series of film-making courses, while private school and colleges, headed by industry professionals, offer world-class learning in the field of acting, drama, theatre art, sound mixing, editing, cinematography and more.
Filmcity was established in 1977 by the Govt of Maharashtra in Mumbai. The complex is spread over 500 acres and has over 40 outdoor locations, 16 studios, film processing facilities and much more, along with a Single Window Portal for film-shooting permissions. Mumbai has a thriving post-production infrastructure at a world-class level, supported by specialised animation and VFX institutes.