The Australian Film Festival of India has announced Phillip Noyce as the retrospective director of the third annual Australian Film Festival of India. With the festival expanding into eight cities including New Delhi, Chennai, Bombay, Meerut and Lucknow, Destination NSW has come on board as a strategic partner.
The festival will be held over four months from November 2014 to February 2015 and is being produced by An Australian Film Initiative, with support from Destination NSW and the Australia India Film Fund.
Speaking from Los Angeles, Phillip Noyce said: “I am delighted to see this extensive collection of my film and television works screening at the retrospective program for the Australian Film Festival of India 2014/2015. Cinema is universal; it brings people together, as much through common and shared experiences as it does by illuminating and enlivening new possibilities in story and new modes of engagement. To be part of such an extensive tour through one of the world’s greatest and most diverse filmmaking cultures is all the more exciting for me.”
Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer, Sandra Chipchase said the Government’s tourism and major events agency is delighted to support The Australian Film Festival of India.
“India is a key market for us, so the more we can do to showcase all the wonderful things to see and do in Sydney and NSW, the better,” Ms Chipchase said.
“From April 2013 to March 2014, we welcomed 82,000 Indians to Sydney and NSW who contributed $197 million into the NSW economy, so it’s a market we want to continue to support,” she said.
As well as the retrospective, in 2014-15 the festival will also feature works and sessions by Australian film graduates from India who have returned to India with successful careers. There will be roundtables about various aspects of production between the two film industries.
“Of all the festivals I have either worked on or participated in, this is the most exciting venture of all. The response we receive each year from both the professional sectors and the local population of filmgoers in India is a truly exciting and enlivening experience for all involved,” said Festival Co Director Peter Castaldi.
With previous support from Screen Australia, DFAT, Australia India Council, Screen NSW, Destination NSW and many other Australian organisations, the festival has grown over the last three years with a very large social media presence and extensive interest from Indian media.
The festival program and locations will be announced in October.
Published in The Indian Sun, Sydney