The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) – one of Australia’s most significant foreign language film events – has been locked in until 2018 with support from the Andrews Labor Government.
The 2017 and 2018 festivals will be delivered by Mind Blowing Films, a Melbourne-based film production and distribution company which specialises in Indian films.
The annual festival showcases the best cinema from India and the sub-continent, and provides opportunities for filmmakers, dancers and performers to showcase their work.
In its five year history, IFFM has brought some of the world’s biggest screen stars to Victoria and grown to become a major event in our cultural calendar.
This year’s festival included more than 50 films in 17 languages and saw around 26,000 people attend a range of free live events in Melbourne and Dandenong that aimed to strengthen the bond and understanding between the communities of Australia and India.
The announcement will support IFFM to plan and build in the years ahead. It also comes on the back of the festival winning the City of Melbourne’s 2016 Melbourne Award for Contribution to Multiculturalism last week.
For more information about IFFM visit www.iffm.com.au
Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley
“For the last two years, we’ve delivered on the things that matter most to people – great cultural events that support our economy and Victorian jobs, but most importantly celebrate our diversity.”
“We’re putting people first by providing cultural events for all to enjoy – we’re proud to support IFFM, an event that champions cross-cultural exchange and demonstrates the role creativity plays in bringing people together.”
Quote attributable to Film Victoria CEO Jenni Tosi
“Film Victoria is delighted to continue its support of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne in bringing its unique energy to the people of Melbourne, and strengthening ties with the Indian community.”