Shunte Ki Pao! (Are You Listening!), the debut feature-documentary by Kamar Ahmad Simon, has been invited in the main international competition of the 15th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) from February 3 to 9. Films Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India has been organising this prime event in Mumbai, as the permanent venue of the festival since 1990.
As one of the oldest and largest (and arguably richest) Asian international film festivals for non-feature and animation films, this year MIFF received a whopping 793 entries from 34 countries, out of which, only 15 made into the main international competition along with Shunte Ki Pao!. The MIFF festival directorate has decided to hold parallel screening of MIFF 2014 competition films in cities like New Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Guwahati and Nagpur. Apart from competition screening, Kamar will take part in a panel discussion of Asian Forum for Documentaries chaired by Professor Nilotpal Majumdar, dean of Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI).
Last year Shunte Ki Pao! (Are You Listening!) won the Grand Prix in the main international competition as the best feature of 35th Cinema du reel held in Paris and the Jury Award in Film Southasia 2013.
Earlier, it was invited as the Curtain-Opener of 55th Dok-Leipzig, one of the oldest documentary festivals of the world and also in the Official Selection of 25th IDFA, the largest documentary festival of the world.