Daniel Andrews announces $ 3 million boost to film Indian & Bollywood movies in Victoria


By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 11 August: More of Bollywood’s biggest blockbusters will be filmed right here in Victoria, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to establish our state’s first-ever dedicated Indian Cinema and Bollywood Attraction Fund.

Alongside Bollywood superstar Rani Mukerji, Premier Daniel Andrews today announced the investment at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.

Premier Daniel Andrews said, “Thanks to the countless contributions of our Indian communities, ours is a multicultural success story. Labor will cement that success by bringing Bollywood to Victoria.”

“This investment will grow Victoria’s film industry, grow Victorian jobs and bring our two nations even closer, he said.”

The $3 million fund will help attract Indian film projects to our state, with Film Victoria working closely with India’s biggest production studios, and offering grants worth up to 25 percent of their spend in Victoria.

The investment is expected to attract a minimum of four blockbuster Bollywood films to our state over the next three years, growing our local film industry, creating local jobs and bringing Victoria and India even closer together.

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said, “As the proud home of our nation’s biggest Indian community, it’s only fitting that we’re home to Australia’s Bollywood industry too.”

“For local producers and artists, this will provide an opportunity to collaborate and create something uniquely Victorian and Indian, “he said.

Eclipsing Hollywood, India’s film industry is the biggest in the world, last year recording a 27 percent increase in

Victoria has previously played host to a number of Indian film productions, including box office blockbuster Chak De India, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Salaam Namaste – the first Indian movie ever to be filmed entirely in Australia.

By bringing even more Indian films to our state, a re-elected Labor Government will grow Victoria’s economy, attract new visitors and provide the opportunity to celebrate, collaborate and create uniquely Victorian and Indian films.

IFFM-2018 (Aug. 10-22) – Trailer (Watch Video)

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LOVE SONIA – Opening Night movie at the IFFM-2018 @ Melbourne Central 7pm onwards


Director: Tabrez Noorani
Starring: Mrunal Thakur, Freida Pinto, Demi Moore, Mark Duplass, Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkummar Rao, Richa Chadda, Riya Sisodiya, Anupam Kher, Adil Hussain, Sunny Pawar
Run time: 120 mins | Recommended Certificate: 18
Language: English, Hindi, Cantonese with English subtitles | Year: 2018 | Country: India


Inspired by true events, this is the story of a young Indian village girl, Sonia. Her life changes irrevocably when she is entrapped in the global sex trade while trying to save her beloved sister Preeti. Struggling to free herself from small-time pimps, Sonia does not realise they are merely the foot soldiers of a ruthless, powerful army with its reach around the world. As she becomes aware of the enormity of the odds against her, Sonia is sustained by a fragile dream that is worth surviving for. Battling with a strength she didn’t know she had, her searing journey spans three continents and a lifetime of experiences that no young girl should have. Sonia is determined not to become one of the 800,000 women and children who are victims of the international sex trade industry every year.



Tabrez Noorani – Director

After growing up in Mumbai with a prominent film director for an uncle and going to film school in LA, Noorani focused on directing commercials and shooting projects in India. This background and Noorani’s passion for filmmaking has turned him into a big asset for filmmakers wanting to work in India. It was a natural progression from Line Producing and Producing on foreign projects to having Tabrez direct 2nd Unit as well on a number of the projects he has worked on.

Love Sonia is his first major directorial project – a film that promises to be a breathtakingly honest look at the global sex trade, set in India, Hong Kong and Los Angeles. Along with this film, Tabrez is developing a TV series about modern day slavery and sex trafficking set in the United States.

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IFFM-2017: A treat not to be missed


By SAT News Desk

Monday 26 June: This year again the most liveable city in the world will be swamped by the Indian film industry with its movies, actors, directors, producers and others who have made it the world’s biggest movie industry. The glitter of this magnificent enterprise dishing out a few thousand movies each year will speak many languages, cultures, and stories. No doubt, IFFM-2017 will be a treat not to be missed.

The 2017 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) will run from Thursday 10 – Tuesday 22 August, with more venues, special guests and events, and screenings of over 60 films.

Opening this year’s festival is the award-winning and thought-provoking Lipstick Under My Burkha. An acclaimed drama exploring social taboos and personal struggles of four Indian women from diverse backgrounds, the film was initially denied classification in January for being too “lady orientated” by the Central Board Film Certification (CBFC) of India, a decision director Alankrita Shrivastava described as “an assault on women’s rights”. Shrivastava and the film’s star Konkona Sen Sharma are special guests of the festival and will attend the opening night.

“Independent films are telling important stories, challenging the status quo and are important artistic expressions.” said Alankrita Shrivastava “I’m delighted to participate in the Festival with Lipstick Under My Burkha and looking forward to the reaction of Australian audiences.”

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said, “The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne promotes the cross-cultural exchange of ideas between Indian and Australian audiences through its unique and diverse selection of films and events. The Victorian Government is proud to support the festival and welcome it back to Victoria for another year. This film is just our first look at what promises to be another exciting program.”

IFFM 2017- Key Artwork-look

Festival Director Mitu Bhowmick-Lange said, “This August the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne will present films that explore diversity and the endless potential of humanity. Audiences will immerse themselves in 13 days of film, including Bollywood blockbusters, powerful indie films and stunning documentaries from India and the subcontinent. These films were curated to entertain, inspire, enrage, engage and challenge viewers. We look forward to welcoming a fantastic line up of guests and welcoming audiences to our screenings and special events.”

IFFM continues to grow and increase its accessibility, responding to the huge appetite for Indian film from Melbourne audiences and will this year screen a number of brilliant Bollywood favorites at Federation Square as well as adding three new screening locations at HOYTS Chadstone, Broadmeadows, and Forest Hill alongside Melbourne Central and Highpoint. Celebrating diversity, the IFFM program features films of over 20 different languages from India and the subcontinent.

The star studded Westpac Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Awards (IFFM Awards), will take place on Friday 11 August at Melbourne’s Recital Centre.

IFFM’s opening week coincides with the Indian Independence Day celebrations and the festival is thrilled to commemorate this event through the ceremony, dance and the recognition of excellence in India’s film culture. Celebrations will include the raising of the Indian flag on Saturday 12 August at the Federation Square, followed by the Telstra Bollywood Dance competition.

A not to be missed highlight of this year’s festival will be a series of In Conversation and Masterclass events with Festival Guests at Federation Square’s Deakin Edge as well as Q&As at a number of the screening venues.


Dates: Thursday 10 August – Tuesday 22 August

Venues: Melbourne Recital Centre • Federation Square • Deakin Edge •Hoyts Melbourne Central • Hoyts Chadstone • Hoyts Broadmeadows • Hoyts Forest Hill • Hoyts Highpoint

The full IFFM program will be released in the first week of July. In the lead up, there’s a fantastic opportunity for film lovers to win tickets to IFFM events by showing their social conscience with the very exciting IFFM Hero campaign. #iffmhero.

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