The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) 2021 peeks into the different genres of storytelling launching its program online in lockdown 5.0
The glimmer of hope seeps through the gloom and doom of this current lockdown; IFFM 2021 bringing the much-needed feel of festivities launching online on Thursday night the program of this year’s festival.
Festival director Mitu Bhowmick Lange’s speech echoes her passion of films that has translated to such an awesome lineup of films this year. Over 100 feature films, documentaries and short films in 26 languages. Categories from Beyond Bollywood to Film India world to documentaries to short films from the subcontinent; is like being transported to a new era of storytelling. Especially when the narrative is by 32 female directors, there is a full section for women talking about the misguided social stigmas. The festival also brings an array of regional films and a section dedicated to films Made in Melbourne. The festival kicks off in cinemas on the 12th August – 21st August and online on 15th August – 30th August. The opening night films bolts off at the cinemas with a Documentary film WOMB (Women of my Billion) followed by a short film Bittu.
The festival this year will pay honour to 100 years of Satyajit Ray with some of his iconic films and will also honours the late Mr Dilip Kumar and SP Balasubramaniyam.
Another power to the festival is how the IFFM app now can be connected to the TV via Apple service and while one watches these amazing films can now enjoy an IFFM biryani designed by Dosa Hut starting in August. A great initiative to support local business which is much needed this year.
One thing that stood out was the IFFM Heroes and how beautifully encompassing the community’s storytelling in the festival. We at G’day India and The Indian Weekly couldn’t be prouder to see how our stories make an impact in the community when it’s read. A great reflection on this was at last night’s program launch with #IIFMHero. Huge congratulations to everyone who made it to the list but a special mention to Alex Dekker, who we did a story last pandemic, to Daman Srivastav, Avanti Sinha, our junior Masterchef Dev, Ayushi Khillan, Samantha Gash and our community and columnist Karthik Arasu. Last but not least super impressed with Helly Raichura making to the panel discussion ‘Who gets to tell South Asian Stories on Australian Media’ sharing the platform with a diverse ensemble with the likes of Sharon Johal and Miss Universe Australia 2019 Priya Serrao.
As Melbourne holds her breath in dilemma of what is happening with the lockdown we in G’day India and The Indian Weekly eagerly wait for IFFM dance competition that is part of Melbourne’s cultural dosser. Crossing our fingers for Melbourne’s favourite festival we wish Mitu and her incredible team a huge congratulation. Kudos to the IFFM’s team for again pulling off a film festival in these unprecedented times. Looking forward to an awesome IFFM 2021.
For more info: www.iffm.com.au