The southern hemisphere's largest annual celebration of Indian cinema, the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM), is delighted to announce details of its exciting 2018 program. Taking place from 10-22 August with ‘Inclusion’ as its unifying theme, this year’s festival explores the richness of contemporary cinema from India and the sub-continent, from Bollywood extravaganzas, to studio and non-studio dramas exploring the new face of modern Indian society, documentaries, and for the first time, a program of films for children.
60 films in 22 different languages will screen over 12 days.
The opening week coincides with the Indian Independence Day celebrations and the festival is thrilled to commemorate this event through ceremony, dance and the recognition of excellence in India’s film culture. Celebrations will include the raising of the Indian flag at Federation Square, hosted by Rani Mukherjee, followed by the Telstra Bollywood Dance Competition and the star-studded Westpac Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Awards at The Palais Theatre.
The Festival opens with the Australian premiere of Love Sonia, with stars Freida Pinto, Richa Chadha and Mrunal Thakur on the Red Carpet.
IFFM closes with the Australian premiere of Sir, a Rohena Gera film arriving directly from Cannes 2018 Critics Week.