International Film and Entertainment Festival Australia (IFEFA), co-Founded by Amarinder Bajwa and Maxine Salma, recently announced the upcoming inaugural film festival from 7 Nov to 16 Nov 2014 at NSW parliament house. The Film Festival is the first of its kind in Sydney, NSW.
In his opening remarks the Geoff Lee MP Parramatta applauded the efforts of the group to celebrate and showcase the cinematic art from South Asia in Sydney. “I admire the efforts of Amarinder Bajwa and Maxine Salma who have put together this event after long planning and efforts,” he said.
Mr Arun Jagatramka, adviser IFEFA opened the festival with his account of Bollywood cinema, its development and gave a brief history.
IFEFA is an independent initiative to celebrate world cinema in the southern hemisphere. It provides an opportunity to showcase movies from around the world that are high on art and content and may or may not be shown in cinemas. IFEFA also attempts to celebrate the cinematic art and awards the most original and creative films and artists in the entertainment industry.
IFEFA is providing an opportunity to the aspiring local talent that have aspirations in script writing, acting, directing, camera and all other components of film making in their hands on 15-day workshop in the Screen Lab.
Conducted by Bollywood trainer, director and actor Vipin Sharma of ‘Tare Zameen Par’ fame, and Sandeep Malani of Malani Talkies, Screen Lab will provide an opportunity to create a short film or a feature film depending upon the script developed in the screen lab by the participants.
IFEFA will also bring Shahid Rafi, son of Mohammad Rafi, who will direct a musical night dedicated to Mohammad Rafi along with the local Rafi singers.
IFEFA will also hold a Dance Competition and a male/female Pageant during the show.
The closing night on 16 November will be the grand finale of the festival with over 12 stars attending the event with the red carpet, heaps of entertainment, awards and crowing of the winners of dance competition and the pageant.
The October edition of The Indian Sun will have a more detailed report of the IFEFA launch.
Published in The Indian Sun, Sydney