Campion to head all-women jury at Mumbai film festival

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Academy award-winning director Jane Campion will head the jury of this year's Mumbai Film Festival, which is set to run from October 21 to 28.

The festival will also feature an all-female jury this year. Joining Campion are UK film producer Tanya Seghatchian, Iranian director Samira Makhmalbaf, South Korean actress Yoon Jeong-hee and Indian actress and filmmaker Suhasini Maniratnam.

Campion won an Oscar for best screenplay for The Piano in 1993. Her recent films include In The Cut (2003), starring Meg Ryan, and Bright Star (2009), starring Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish.

Now in its 12th edition, the Mumbai Film Festival is working hard to increase its international profile after securing a deep-pocketed backer in Anil Ambani's Reliance Big Entertainment (RBE). Part of Ambani's vast telecoms and financial services group, RBE is also the financial backer of Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks Studios.

India's largest film festival, the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), takes place in Goa from November22 to December 2. IFFI is organized by the Indian government's Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF), while the Mumbai festival is organized by the non-profit trust Mumbai Academy of Moving Images (MAMI).