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Indian Film Festival of Melbourne

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Time Out says

Get ready for Australia's biggest annual celebration of films from India and the subcontinent

The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) is returning to spice the city up with red-hot live performances, talks and workshops, an awards ceremony and film screenings. 

From August 11 until August 20, IFFM will present over 120 films in more than 20 languages, including 100 Australian Premieres, braiding together South Asian stories from across the globe.

Throughout August, IFFM will take over several key venues in Melbourne's CBD and suburbs, including the NGV, Arts Centre Melbourne, and the Hoyts venues across Melbourne. This year's program features international festival prize-winners and hard-hitting documentaries within the usual program streams: Beyond Bollywood, Hurrah Bollywood, Documentaries, Short Films, Film India World, Films from the Subcontinent and Made in Melbourne. 

To mark its anniversary, the 2023 IFFM Awards will be marked with a red-carpet gala event on 11 August at Hamer Hall. Hosted by the charismatic Rithvik Dhanjani, the IFFM Awards will feature a star-studded night of film, music and entertainment. You can expect to rub shoulders with some of India's biggest acclaimed filmmakers and local and international celebrities like Bhumi Pednekar, Karan Johar, Rani Mukji and more. You can get tickets to attend the Awards here.

This year's IFFM program highlights include the Opening Night of IFFM at Hoyts cinema on August 12, which will screen the world premiere of the hotly anticipated Hindi film Ghoomer, starring Indian cinema icon Shabana Azmi.  

Other program highlights include the award-winning Indian filmmaker Rima Das' drama Tora's Husband, which depicts the unravelling of a man's life in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic; fresh from the Berlin International Film Festival, Aatmapamphlet is a fast-paced comedy that charts the momentous social change in 1990s India; making its Australian premiere, While We Watched will chronicle the days of broadcast journalist Ravish Kumar as he navigates a world of truth and disinformation; and director Prithvi Konaur's feature film Hadinelentu delves into the irreparable damage on the lives of two teenagers when their sex tape is leaked. 

For complete information on the line-up, screening times, locations and events, visit the festival’s website.

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Saffron Swire
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Saffron Swire


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