The Mumbai Film Festival has announced that Bruce Beresford will head its International Competition jury, while Asghar Farhadi will head the jury of the India Gold competition.

Beresford’s 1989 film Driving Miss Daisy won the Academy Award for best film and he was also nominated for best director in 1984 for Tender Mercies. Joining him on the International Competition jury are French actress Nathalie Baye, Japanese filmmaker Masato Harada and Indian actress Konkana Sen Sharma (Mr And Mrs Iyer, Omkara).

Joining Farhadi on the India Gold jury are Afghan director Siddiq Barmak (Osama), UK actor/director Waris Hussein, Australian editor Jill Bilcock and Roger Garcia, executive director of the Hong Kong International Film Festival.

“The jury is the core of every film fest and we have a proud legacy of having eminent personalities on our jury every year,” said Mumbai Film Festival director Srinivasan Narayan. “This year too we’re welcoming some very accomplished names, all masters in their fields.”

The 15th Mumbai Film Festival will take place October 17-24 at the Metro Cinema and Liberty Cinemas in south Mumbai as the main festival venues and Cinemax in the Andheri district as the satellite venue.