Actor Deepika Padukone during the photo shoots in Mumbai. Image Credit: IANS

Deepika Padukone, who joins Anurag Kashyap, Farhan Akhtar and Karan Johar in the board of trustees of the Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI) film festival, said it was a “wonderful space” to discover fresh talent.

The MAMI film festival had last year faced a lot of hurdles to gather funds and many celebrities had donated substantial amounts to stage the event.

After appointing a new chairperson, Kiran Rao, as well as film critic Anupam Chopra, to infuse life into the festival, it is ready with a new board of trustees, which includes Riteish Deshmukh and Siddharth Roy Kapoor.

“MAMI is India’s leading film festival and I am proud to be part of this festival. It’s a wonderful space to discover and nurture fresh talent, build audiences and interact with other talent from across the world,” Padukone said.

The festival showcases cutting-edge independent cinema, art house fare alongside Bollywood, Hollywood and cult international movies.

The 17th edition of the event will be held between October 29 and November 5.