Tag: IFFM 2014

Big-B : Most able person should lead India


By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, May 1: The one man industry of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan is creating waves with his iconic presence and a warm welcome. Lovers of Bollywood are hanging out in large numbers where ever he goes. During a short interview with SAT on the outcome of the Indian elections, he said the most able person should lead India.

Yesterday, he addressed the media along with Victorian Hon. Louise Asher MP and Minister for Tourism and Major Events, and Minister for Employment and Trade and Mitu Bhowmick, CEO of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2014.

Announcing the opening of the festival, Mr. Bachchan said this will not be his last visit while commending the Victorian government for supporting the festival.

“I am proud to be part of the festival and feel honoured to open the festival,” he said.
Answering to a question on India’s political situation by SAT, Mr. Bachchan said the most able person should lead the country. But he skirted naming the person.

On his experience in politics Mr. Bachchan said he was not qualified for politics and hence gave it up. On being told that there were worse people in politics around, he said, it is for them to decide whether to be in politics or not.

Later in the evening (May 1) at the Hoyts (Melbourne Central) Mr. Bachchan lighted the traditional lamp to open the festival. He also recited a section of his father Harbans Rai Bachchan’s Hindi poem ‘Madhushala’. He also answered questions from the audience.

- SAT News Service

IFFM-2014 nominations announced in Mumbai

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IFFM-2014 nominations announcement in Mumbai. PHOTO: Mind Blowing Films

By our reporter

Mumbai, 05 March: The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne will be back this year, with a new international awards program and a packed program of films to showcase the diversity of Indian cinema to Australia. Becoming a competition festival is a feather in its cap and an honour to Melbourne which is hosting the 2014 Festival (May 1-11).
This milestone has been achieved with the announcement of nominations for the five international awards which have been instituted by the festival for the first time this year. The new international awards will form part of the packed program of films to showcase the diversity of Indian cinema to Australia.
The inaugural IFFM was opened on May 2012 at Hoyts Melbourne Central by Ted Baillieu, Louise Asher and a host of India’s biggest stars and filmmakers, including IFFM Ambassador Vidya Balan, India’s reigning leading lady. She is also the Brand Ambassador for the 2014 festival. Her new movie ‘Shadi Ke Side Effects’ has just hit the big screen globally.
Vidya Balan will visit Melbourne in late March to officially launch the 2014 festival program.
Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business, Louise Asher, who is leading a Super Trade Mission of more than 100 organisations to India, today, announced the nominations for the five international awards in Mumbai.
Joining Festival Ambassador and renowned Indian actress, Vidya Balan and festival director Mitu Bhowmick-Lange at the Taj Lands End in Bandra, Ms Asher said a new program of international awards would add a new dimension to the festival.
“Five international awards – Best Performance Male Award, Best Performance Female Award, Best Director Award, Best Film Award and Best Indie Film Award will be judged by a prominent jury comprising of Phillip Noyce, Raju Hirani, Suhasini Maniratnam, Jill Bilcock, Simi Garewal and Rajeev Masand,” Ms Asher said.
“I’m pleased to announce the nominations are:
• Irrfan Khan – The Lunch Box
• Farhan Akhtar – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
• Raj Kumar Yadav – Shahid

• Deepika Padukone – Goliyon ki Rasleela Ram-Leela
• Sonakshi Sinha – Lootera
• Nimrit Kaur – The Lunch Box
• Rakeysh Mehra – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
• Ritesh Batra – The Lunch Box
• Anup Singh – Qissa
• Anand Gandhi – Ship of Theseus
• Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
• The Lunch Box
• Lootera
• Goliyon ki Rasleela Ram-Leela

• Filmistaan
• Fandry
• Ship of Theseus

In addition to the jury awards, the festival will give the first IFFM People’s Choice Award to the Indian film with highest box office takings in Australia.
Ms Asher said the Victorian Government has funded this festival since it began in 2012 and has committed to take the festival through to 2015.
“From 1 to 11 May, the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne will celebrate Indian cinema, host prominent Indian filmmakers and screen professionals, and provide an interactive program of master classes,” Ms Asher said.

- SAT News Service

IFFM 2014 announces five competition awards

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IFFM- 2013 photo.

By News Desk

Melbourne: The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) is becoming a competitive festival with international competition in 2014. The festival is the southern hemisphere’s greatest annual celebration of Indian cinema and takes place from Thursday 1 to Friday 11 May.
The inaugural Indian Film Festival Awards (IFFM Awards) will honour films in five categories: Best Film, Best Performance, Best Director, Best Independent Film and the People’s Choice Award. This will be the first Indian cinema awards of its kind in Australia.
A select number of narrative feature films will be invited into competition. The films will be judged by an International Jury of prominent Indian and Australian film industry figures from a wide range of backgrounds. The stellar list includes award-winning Australian director Phillip Noyce (Rabbit Proof Fence, Dead Calm, The Quiet American); world renowned Australian film editor Jill Bilcock (Strictly Ballroom, Elizabeth, Moulin Rouge, Red Dog and Shekhar Kapur’s upcoming Paani) and 2013 Gold Jury member for the Mumbai Film Festival; celebrated Indian film maker , Raju Hirani ( Munnabhai MBBS , Lage rahoo Munna Bhai and 3 Idiots ) Indian actress, producer and television presenter Simi Garewal; Rajeev Masand, one of India’s most respected film critics (The Indian Express, Star News, CNN-IBN, GQ India), and Indian actress, director, writer and producer, Suhasini Maniratnam. Winners of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Awards announced at the Festival.
Festival Director Mitu Bhowmick-Lange says, “We are thrilled to announce the inaugural Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Awards. The Awards will build the festival’s reputation as an important international showcase for contemporary Indian cinema.”
India’s most revered actress, Vidya Balan returns in 2014 as Festival Ambassador. This caps off a stellar year for the actress. Vidya was a 2013 Cannes Jury Member and in January was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award given by the Indian government. Vidya Balan will be in Melbourne to launch the festival program on March 28, says a media release.
IFFM continues to offer a window into the future of filmmaking. The Western Union Short Film Competition is now open to filmmakers from India and Australia. Go to www.iffm.com.au/comp.html for full application details.
The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne was established in 2012 as an initiative of the Victorian Coalition Government and presents a broad, curated program of more than thirty films, ranging from Bollywood to art house and the sub continent, as well as master classes. In 2014, the festival presents a world-class program of films across three Melbourne cinemas. The full IFFM program launches on March 28.
For more information go to www.iffm.com.au
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- SAT News Service

Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2014 from May 1-11


By News Desk

Melbourne, 06 February: Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2014, will be held from May 1 to 11, 2014, with Bollywood diva Vidya Balan returning as the festival’s ambassador.

Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher said the Victorian Coalition Government was committed to promoting Victoria’s film industry and pursuing strong trade and cultural links with India.

“The Coalition Government is committed to strengthening ties between the Victorian and Indian screen industries and the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne is a marvelous way of bring our two cultures together,” Ms Asher said.

“I will also be leading Victoria’s sixth large-scale trade mission to India in March, which, together with the festival, celebrates the evolving understanding and co-operation between our two communities.

“I am especially delighted that Vidya Balan will return as the festival’s ambassador this year, and will be here to officially launch the festival program in March.

“Ms Balan has won India’s National Film Award, five Filmfare Awards, and five Screen Awards. She was also awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India for her services to the entertainment community, which is a great honour.”

The festival is now in its third year and has consistently brought the best of Indian and regional cinema, and high-profile industry guests to Melbourne, generating huge interest and value for our local businesses and communities.

Ms Asher said the festival will host prominent Indian filmmakers and screen professionals, highlight the depth and diversity of Indian cinema and provide an interactive program of master classes.

“This year, for the first time, the festival will present five international awards, adding an exciting competition element to the program while celebrating and recognising the diversity and craft of
Indian cinema. The five international awards are: Best Performance Award, Best Director Award, Best Film Award, Best Indie Film Award and the Audience Award.

“There will also be new opportunities for industry and community members to shape the 2014 festival and screening program to ensure that this year’s festival will be the most engaging and successful yet,” Ms Asher said.

The 2014 festival will be delivered by the Mind Blowing Films.

For further information go to: www.iffm.com.au

- SAT News Service

‘Hope’ @ WU Short Film Competition!

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By News Desk

Melbourne: The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM), in association with Western Union,has announced ‘hope’ as the 2014 theme for the 2014 Western Union Short Film competition. The annual competition supports and encourages the careers of young filmmakers from India and Australia, and fosters industry ties between the two countries. Entrants will be judged by a panel of film industry leaders from India and Australia, including film directors Paul Cox and Nikhil Advani who will choose one Indian and one Australian winner.
Announcing the 2014 competition, Western Union Marketing Manager, Monika Khanna said, “It is with great pleasure Western Union will officially be hosting the Western Union Short Film competition as part of the IFFM in 2014. It affirms our continued commitment to associate the Western Union brand with Bollywood.”
“There’s a great brand fit with the theme of ‘hope’ as this year Western Union has touched over 64 million lives across more than 200 countries bringing hope and support to those who are apart, ”she said.
IFFM 2014 Director Mitu Bhowmick Lange said, “Every year we are thrilled with the wonderful fresh ideas coming from aspiring film makers from Australia and India. This year, with the topic of ‘ hope’ we are excited to see what great films the competition will inspire.”
The two winning films will be screened at the IFFM. The winning Indian filmmaker will travel to Melbourne as a guest of IFFM, where they will meet Australian and Indian filmmakers, and the Australian winner will travel to Mumbai, the home of Bollywood.
Jehan Ratnatunga the 2013 Australian winner is grateful for the opportunities the competition has given him. “Not only was my film watched by Indian film makers that are otherwise hard to reach – especially from Australia, but since winning the award I have secured development funding from Film Victoria and established a YouTube channel with 80,000 + subscribers and over 300,000 views a month.“
The 2014 IFFM takes place in April and May 2014, presenting a broad, curated program of films ranging from Bollywood to art house and the sub continent, along with a series of master classes presented by some of India’s finest filmmakers and industry leaders.
The Western Union Short Film Competition is open for entries from Indian and Australian filmmakers. To be eligible entrants must submit a film of no more than ten minutes duration which references the 2014 theme, ‘hope’.
Closing date for applications is February 28.
For more information or to download an application form, go to www.iffm.com.au

- SAT News Service