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Indian Film Festival Of Melbourne, 2018

August 10-22, 2018

Melbourne, Australia

The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne was founded in 2010 and was called ‘Bollywood & Beyond’. It was re-established in 2012 as an initiative of the Victorian government to improve and strengthen cultural bonds between the Indian film industry and Victoria. It is touted as the southern hemisphere’s biggest annual Indian film festival.

The festival encompasses events like a Q&A, where the audience gets to interact with some of the biggest actors, writers and directors of the Hindi film industry, and an array of master classes and panel discussions with industry stalwarts on emerging trends in the industry. The film fest is produced by Mind Blowing Films, a Melbourne-based distributor of Indian cinema. 

The current edition, based on the theme of inclusion, will witness live interactions with actors like Simi Grewal, Rani Mukerji, Vicky Kaushal, Ram Charan, Freida Pinto and Ali Fazal. Vidya Balan is the brand ambassador of the festival.

OPENING NIGHT

Love Sonia

Based on a true story, this Tabrez Noorani directorial venture revolves around an Indian village girl called Sonia. It traces her journey of trying to extricate herself from the global flesh trade while trying to rescue her sister, Preeti. The film stars Mrunal Thakur, Demi Moore, Freida Pinto, Richa Chadha, Manoj Bajpayee, Adil Hussain and Rajkummar Rao.

CLOSING NIGHT

Sir

Rohena Gera’s debut feature is based on the themes of class divide and womens independence. It portrays the story of a wealthy man Ashwin and his servant named Ratna who fall in love against societal norms. The film features Tillotama Shome, Rahul Vohra, Geetanjali Kulkarni and Vivek Gomber

CLASSICS

Remembering Sridevi

Chandni

Remembering Shashi Kapoor

Siddhartha

HURRAH BOLLYWOOD

Hichki

October

Padmaavat

Raazi

Sanju

BEYOND BOLLYWOOD

Kuch Bheegey Alfaaz

Bioscopewala

Ranchi Diaries

Tikli And Laxmi Bomb

FROM THE NEIGHBOURS

Her. Him. Other

Ralang Road

Verna

FILM INDIA WORLD

Khana Khazana

One Less God

The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir

DOCUMENTARIES

Mehsampur

Up Down & Sideways

CHILDREN’S FILMS

Hami

Ishu

The Cake Story

SPECIAL SCREENING @ FED SQUARE

102 Not Out

Pad Man

Tumhari Sulu

Victoria & Abdul

SHORT FILM COMPETITION 2018

This round required participants to submit their short films or documentaries of 10 minutes or less on the theme of ‘Inclusion’. The Australian winner will be flown to India and the Indian winner will be taken to Australia. The winning short films or documentaries will be screened at cinemas in Australia during the course of the festival. The competition is a part of the festival’s effort to tap talented filmmakers from India and Australia. The films will be judged by actor Ali Fazal.

TELSTRA BOLLYWOOD DANCE COMPETITION

This competition will witness dance groups from across the continent performing to Bollywood numbers. Malaika Arora Khan will judge the event on August 11 at Federation Square. 

WESTPAC IFFM AWARDS NIGHT

This star-studded event on August 12 will see artistes being recognised for their contribution to Indian cinema and beyond. It will also feature a musical gala performance by Shor Police and a solo stand-up comedy session by Saadiya Ali. It will be held in Palais Theatre at 6.30 pm. 

 

– Titas Chowdhury

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