Toronto film festival focuses on Mumbai

TIFF Artistic director Cameron Bailey Cameron Bailey in Toronto, Sept. 18, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Aaron Vincent Elkaim

TORONTO - The Toronto International Film Festival is putting the spotlight on Mumbai.

Artistic director Cameron Bailey says the festival's "City to City" program will showcase filmmakers living and working in the Indian metropolis, regardless of where their films are set.

That's a change from previous editions, when the program featured films set in a specific city and made by filmmakers from that urban centre.

Bailey says local independent films are emerging to counter Bollywood's flashy commercial offerings.

The program's lineup will be announced in August.

The 37th Toronto International Film Festival is set to run Sept. 6 to 16.

Past cities featured in the City to City program have included Tel Aviv, Istanbul and Buenos Aires.