The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) runs from August 10th to 22nd across five Melbourne HOYTS locations (Melbourne Central, Highpoint, Chadstone, Broadmeadows, Forest Hill) and at Federation Square and Melbourne Recital Centre.
This year, with diversity being the theme, the festival features 60 films in 20 different languages, spanning Bollywood hits to documentaries and art-house films, from India and the sub-continent. Ticket sales open on July 10th, with $5 discounts for early bird purchases between July 10-21st, available online through IFFM or Hoyts Cinemas.
Special guests in attendance include Alankrita Shrivastava, director of Lipstick Under My Burkha; Konkona Sen Sharma, star and director of A Death in the Gunj; Onir, director of Shab; Karan Johar, world renowned director of box-office hits including My Name is Khan; Shobu Yarlagadda producer of the Baahubali series; Rajeev Masand, leading entertainment journalist; and actresses Tannishtha Chatterjee and Vidya Balan.
IFFM presents Lipstick Under My Burkha
August 10th: opening night at Hoyts Melbourne Central, features Lipstick Under My Burkha. Banned in India, the acclaimed drama explores social taboos and personal struggles of four Indian women from diverse backgrounds.
August 11th: A red carpet gala event held at the Melbourne Recital Centre, the Westpac IFFM Awards Night will reveal winners in five categories: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Film, and Best Indie Film, as judged by a panel of leading Indian and Australian film industry figures. Tickets from $54, are available now.
August 12th: IFFM will join in the celebrations for Indian Independence Day at Federation Square, throug a ceremony, dance and the recognition of excellence in India's film culture. Open to all, register to participate in the Telstra Bollywood Dance Competition held on the main stage from 12pm. Applications close July 20th.
August 13th: From 11:00am to 8:00pm, masterclasses at Deakin Edge will feature a lineup of acclaimed megastars in the Bollywood industry to share insight on career transitions, financial impact, high-risk ventures, film adaptation, working with actors and actresses and direction. A unique opportunity to learn from the best.
August 22nd: closing night, features Shab. A story of how destiny and the city shapes the lives of people from different walks of life, some in search for love and others towards the realisation of their dreams. The star-studded audience line up will include Raveena Tandon, Ashish Bisht, Onir and Vidya Balan.
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