Tag: Indian Film Festival of Melbourne

The magic of cinema will never fade away: Shoojit Sircar & Ronnie Lahiri

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By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 18 June 2020: Director Shoojit Sarkar and Producer Ronnie Lahairi whose Amitabh Bachchan, Ayushmann Khurana starrer is making global waves on the streaming service Amazon Prime, remain committed to the magic of cinema which they feel will never fade away.

The two cinema icons were recently participating in the inaugural IFFM Film Club on Zoom organized by the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2020, and hosted by Rajeev Masand. Their film Gulabo Sitabo is one of the first mainstream Indian movies to release exclusively on a streaming service.

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Rajeev Masand, Mitu Bhowmick Lange, Shoojit Sircar & Ronnie Lahiri. Photos- MBF

Answering to a question by SAT Editor, Neeraj Nanda, Saoojit Sarkar said, “The magic of cinema will never fade away. When the lockdown opens up, it is normal human behavior to watch something at a stadium, a tennis match, cricket or a movie in a cinema. This because human behavior is to come together and cinema magic will remain.”

“And, of course, streaming services being a new evolution will co-exist with cinema, he said.

Ronnie Lahari said, “We are a community of people and enjoy when we are with a lot of people. That’s not happening when you are watching on a streaming service. These are unrepresented times and we took a decision to release Gulabo Sitabi on the basis of the current situation.”

“It’s not that all our films will be on streaming services. As soon as the lockout opens I will be happy to release my next film on the big screen where everyone can watch it together,” he said.

The IFFM Film Club interview and interaction with Saoojit Sarkar & Ronnie Lahari event on zoom on the eve of the release of Gulabo Sitabo attracted massive participation from across Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Host Rajeev Masand’s penetrating questions and interesting questions from participants added to the glory of the unusual but lively and informative interaction. Kudos to IFFM CEO Mitu Bhowmick Lange and the Mind Blowing Films team for this exceptional digital experience. SEE FULL VIDEO BELOW:

IFFM-2020: Make a short film with one of India’s top film maker

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 28 May 2020: The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne-2020 run by the Mind Blowing Films is this year coming up with many new concepts. Under one of them – Make A Film, people get a chance to create short films with India’s prolific filmmakers Kabir Khan, Onir, Rima Das, and Imtiaz Khan.

This concept of making a short film with a prominent filmmaker is unique and is likely to usher in a trailblazing path. Its potential is immense with a mix of cinematic experience with emerging talents.

You can mail your expression of interest at info@iffm.com.au, telling a bit about yourself and why you want to be a part of this team, along with any film making experience.

No scripts or concepts are to be sent now, says the Mind Blowing Films website.

King Khan chief guest at the IFFM- 2019

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By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 13 June: Indian movie superstar Shah Rukh Khan will be the chief guest at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne-2019 (IFFM-2019), 8 to 17 August 2019. This will be the coveted festival’s 10th year, showcasing the best of Indian cinema.

From a grassroots festival to a state government-backed festival and an awardee of several global awards, the IFFM is the biggest Indian film festival in the Southern Hemisphere.

This year the festival is set to celebrate the central theme of ‘courage’, which is engraved in the inclusivity and diversity of the Indian film business.

Commenting about the festival, the Victorian Premier Hon. Daniel Andrews says: “The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne is a much-loved event that celebrates the strong relationship between Victoria and India and our own vibrant Indian community. This event has grown significantly over the past decade and with the extraordinary Shah Rukh Khan here, this year’s festival is shaping up to be the biggest and most exciting yet.”

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley says: “A celebration of film, community and culture, the Indian Film Festival puts Melbourne in the spotlight and attracts more than 35,000 people each year. The Bollywood and Indian film industry is the biggest in the world and in addition to supporting this festival, we’ve announced a new Bollywood and Indian Cinema Attraction Fund to bring more film productions from India and the subcontinent to Victoria. Perhaps we’ll even lure Shah Rukh Khan back to our shores again!”

King Khan as he’s admirably referred to globally will be opening the festival officially on the 8th of August, 2019 along with the other festival guests and in the company of the ‘Premiere of Victoria’ Hon. Daniel Andrews and Mitu Bhowmick Lange, the director of the esteemed festival.

A Mind Blowing Films media release quotes, Shah Rukh Khan, saying, “I’m honoured and delighted to accept the invitation from the Victorian government and the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne to open their festival as their chief guest.
An industry of our magnitude and diversity deserves to be celebrated with great passion and fervor, which is what the festival embodies. I’m particularly pleased with the theme of the festival this year which is courage, an emotion that resonates with storytellers who really have the might to change the society and the world. I have had great memories of shooting for Chak De India in Melbourne and look forward to being back again, this time to celebrate Indian cinema”.

Director of the festival, Mitu Bhowmick Lange says, “We are so elated with the news of Mr. Khan joining us to be our chief guest. He’s truly an icon of Indian cinema internationally, a global icon, who millions and millions follow and look up to. The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne has always strived to bring the best Indian cinema here in Melbourne and bridge a gap between the fans and the actors whom people love and admire. We are looking forward to hosting Mr. Khan in Melbourne.”

The festival has films like Andhadhun (Hindi), Gully Boy (Hindi), Super Delux (Tamil), Chuskit (Ladakhi), Chippa (Hindi), Ahaa Re (Bengali) among others. A few films will be shown free at the Federation Square and the Telstra Bollywood Dance Competition will enthrall the audience.

Full details of the ten days’ festival’s movies, guests, opening, other and closing events and masterclasses, etc. will be announced soon. More information can be accessed at www.iffm.com.au.

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

Source: YouTube,Mind Blowing Films

IFFM one of the finalists for the Melbourne Awards

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By SAT News desk

Melbourne, 14 October : The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne(IFFM) has added another feather in its cap after getting the Hoyts 2015 award for the highest grossing foreign film in Australia for Aamir Khan’s ‘PK’. It has now been selected as one of the finalists for the Melbourne Awards along with Tennis Australia, GM Holden, Melbourne Convention Bureau, Melbourne festival and the Fringe festival.
The Melbourne Awards site says, “The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) is a unique celebration of Indian Cinema and Culture and creates bonds of greater understanding and experience between the communities of Australia and India while providing a unique, collaborative community event that celebrates the rich culture of India in Melbourne.”
“IFFM strengthens Victoria’s well-established cultural and economic relationship with India and has become a key event on Victoria’s cultural calendar. Since its inception in 2012, the festival has reached an ever-widening audience and delivered an extensive and colourful program, delighting festival goers and Indian film buffs” the site says.
In a face book post Mind Blowing Films CEO Mitu B. Lange said, “…very excited and thrilled that our beloved Film Festival is one of the finalists for the Melbourne Awards.”
The 2015 Melbourne Awards program will culminate in the presentation of awards at the prestigious Gala Awards Ceremony at Melbourne Town Hall on Saturday 14 November, where finalists will be acknowledged and winners celebrated.
- SAT News Service