"We are proud to celebrate India’s 75th Independence Day." Statements from IFFM2022 Premises
Melbourne [IFFM] premises, July 09: Mitu Bhowmick Lange, the festival director of IFFM 2022 says that she is excited to hoist our Indian flag up high in the beautiful lands of Australia. The Lord Mayor, Sally Capp, and The Honorable Premier of Victoria, The Hon Daniel Andrews also sent their messages for Indian Filmmakers.
The Communiqué from Honorable Premier of Victoria, The Hon Daniel Andrews
"Welcome to the 13th annual Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.
This year’s festival program showcases the very best of the world’s largest film industry.
And events like these, and the creative industries they support, form a big part of what makes Victoria the cultural capital of Australia.
Victoria is the home of Australia’s biggest Indian community, and our strong relationship with India is enriched by the cultural connections forged by festivals like these.
The IFFM plays an important role in promoting Victoria as a leading destination for screen production, tourism and education.
And our Government is proud to be a longstanding supporter and partner of the festival.
I extend a warm welcome to our international guests who will join the activities this year, and I congratulate the IFFM team on another excellent program.
Enjoy the festival."
The Communiqué from The Minister for Creative Industries,
Steve Dimopoulos MP
Welcome to the 2022 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne – the biggest celebration of Indian cinema outside of the sub-continent.
After a couple of years online, it’s fantastic to see the festival back in Melbourne’s tremendous theatres so we can experience the vibrancy of Indian cinema where it belongs – on the big screen.
In keeping with this return, the festival’s theme is ‘Revival’ and the 2022 program is absolutely packed.
Alongside the extensive program of films, the IFFM offers deeper cultural insights through a line-up of talks, Q&As, dance and masterclasses.
We are proud to support IFFM through our VICSCREEN strategy, which is all about strengthening our screen industry and culture here in Victoria.
Congratulations to the IFFM team for bringing another exciting, diverse suite of Indian cinema to Melbourne and developing a blockbuster program of supporting events.
See you there!
The Communiqué from The Lord Mayor, Sally Capp
"The City of Melbourne is thrilled to roll out the red carpet for the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2022.
For 13 years, this much-loved festival has lit up local cinemas – and virtual screens across the country – with the best in Indian film.
Victoria is proudly home to almost 40 per cent of all Indian-born Australians, so it’s fitting that Melbourne hosts the biggest annual celebration of Indian cinema in Australia.
This year’s festival coincides with the 75th celebration of Indian independence. I look forward to seeing the ways this important milestone, and the festival’s theme of revival, inform the diverse selection of films on offer.
Melbourne enjoys a long-standing trade and cultural relationship with India.
We have been the backdrop for the first Indian movie filmed entirely in Australia, cementing Melbourne as both the arts capital of Australia, and one of the most culturally diverse and welcoming cities in the world.
The City of Melbourne has proudly supported the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne from its inception. We applaud its organisers, artists and volunteers for bringing people together and uniting us in the name of cultural diversity and the arts.
We cannot wait to celebrate with our vibrant Indian community and see you in the city soon."
The Communiqué from The Festival Director, Mitu Bhowmick Lange
"Namastey and welcome to the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2022!
After two years of the pandemic-driven online festival, we are finally back in the world to revive the magic of cinema with you in physical form. That is why this year’s theme for our festival is REVIVAL. We are very excited to present over a hundred films from the nooks and crannies of India and the Subcontinent, engaging new talent, diverse stories, and brilliant storytelling. Through these films we take a microscopic lens into Indian culture, stories about identity, disability, sustainability in the contexts of the subcontinent. We have carefully curated a selection of films that will make you laugh, cry and shudder with pride. As ecstatic as we are to screen these cinematic gems in person, we also have developed our IFFM app to allow our viewers to have an optimal online cinematic experience anywhere in Australia!
This year is huge for us! We are proud to celebrate India’s 75th Independence Day. It is an honour to hoist our Indian flag up high in the beautiful lands of Australia. We are over the moon to invite some of India’s most prolific writers, directors, producers, and actors to grace our festival and answer all your burning film questions through a series of panel discussions. Over the course of the festival, we plan to bring the community together through the most heart-pumping, foot-tapping events, especially the Indian Dance Competition and the glamourous Awards Night. We are also extremely proud to showcase a curation of talented works from independent filmmakers for The IFFM Short Film Competition.
This is the 13th year of our celebrated festival, and it only grows bigger, stronger and better every year. We cannot thank you and our partners enough for believing in us, helping us push the boundaries of cinema and give a platform to new, exciting voices. To our participants, volunteers, staff, guests, and our wonderful audience, I have nothing but immense love and gratitude for you.
We look forward to you joining us at IFFM 2022 for a jampacked season of fabulous films, festivities, and lots and lots of fun!"