The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne back with exciting promises

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After a Covid imposed in-person hiatus, the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) is back with in-person screenings this year, with ‘Revival’ as the chosen theme for 2022.

Marking its 13th edition, this year IFFM will take place from August 12-30 as a hybrid festival incorporating in-person screenings, events, and an online program. This can be accessed via the IFFM app, ensuring film lovers everywhere enjoy the best of cinema from both India and the Indian subcontinent.

In the 75th year of India’s independence, the festival is proudly presented by the Victorian Government via VicScreen, which is a principal partner of the festival and further cements Melbourne’s cultural ties with India.

The festival’s centrepiece event, the star studded IFFM Awards, will return this year and will  include new awards such as Best Film from the subcontinent. In another exciting addition, the awards will now include streaming services, with a new award for Best Streaming Series.

This year’s program will include more than 100 feature films, documentaries, and shorts, with some of the early highlights including award-winning feature film, The Rapist, which was recently awarded the prestigious Kim Jiweok Award at the Busan International Film Festival. The film’s director, Aparna Sen and her daughter, actress Konkona Sen Sharma will be amongst the festival’s esteemed cinematic guests this year, an IFFM press release said.

IFFM has also announced a brand-new exciting chapter for the festival, the IFFM Summer Chapter, which take place in Melbourne in January 2023.

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In exciting news for cricket and cinema fans alike, the festival will welcome as one of its celebrated guests, legendary cricketer, Kapil Dev, who was India’s first-ever World Cup winning captain. Kapil Dev has been immortalised in the recent Indian film, 83, written and directed by sought-after Indian director, Kabir Khan. The festival is also delighted to announce that Kabir Khan will be one of its esteemed guests this year.

IFFM festival director, Mitu Bhowmick Lange said, “We are absolutely delighted to have IFFM come back physically this year alongside an exciting virtual programming. And we are excited to celebrate Indian cinema in all its glory and diversity”.

Kapil Dev, who is looking forward to being part of IFFM 2022, said, “It’s a great platform celebrating the best in Indian cinema.”

Minister for Creative Industries, Steve Dimopoulos said, “From its diverse program of film and joyous celebration of culture to the star power it attracts, the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne is an unmissable event. The Victorian Government is a proud, longstanding supporter of IFFM, this year boosting our support for the festival to extend its reach and impact, and we look forward to seeing Victorians from all communities join the celebration.”

This year IFFM has chosen the Royal Children’s Hospital as its charity partner, and IFFM online viewers will be encouraged to donate to support this essential hospital service, the release added.

Key Dates:

Friday, 12 August

  • IFFM Press Conference, 55 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000
  • IFFM Opening Night @ Hoyts District Docklands

Saturday, 13 August

  • Flag Hoisting Ceremony for the 75th Anniversary Indian Independence @ Federation Square, Melbourne
  • Bollywood Dance Competition @ Federation Square, Melbourne
  • IFFM Talks @ Arts Centre, Melbourne

Sunday, 14 August

  • IFFM Awards Night @ Palais Theatre, St Kilda

Saturday, 20 August

  • IFFM Closing Night @ Hoyts District Docklands

 

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