Toronto looks to Mumbai

City in the spotlight for fest's City to City program

Mumbai, India, is the thriving metropolis in the spotlight for the Toronto festival’s City to City program, artistic director Cameron Bailey announced Thursday night.

“Past editions of City to City explored how filmmakers represented their urban landscape — this year we’ll shift the scope of the program to showcase filmmakers living and working in Mumbai, regardless of where their films are set,” said Bailey, who’s in Mumbai for Ficci Frames, the global media and entertainment convention.

Since returning to the festival, Bailey has made a dedicated effort to bring a wider range of Indian cinema to both the festival and the year-round programming of its Lightbox cinemas.

“There’s been an exciting evolution recently that’s seen local independent films emerge to contrast with Bollywood’s dazzling commercial movies,” Bailey said. “This city is a massive player in the global film world, and a place I’ve grown to love in all its diversity.”

The Toronto Intl. Film Festival runs Sept. 6-16.

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