The Only Annual Australian film festival in India comes back in 2012 starting with Dehradun, Delhi, Mumbai…..with other cities to follow across India, through Federation of Film Socities of India and our Patron Mr. Kiran Shantaram.
After a dramatic debut in 2011 with support from the legendary Hugh Jackman, the Australian Film Festival of India is all set for a comeback.
AFFI returns to India in December 2012 with a spanking new line-up of films, sessions and, for the first time ever- an exclusive BAZ LUHRMANN retrospective!
The festival highlights include
The only documentary made by an Australian on Dr. Kiran Bedi with Dr. Bedi personally presenting her screening followed by Q & A
Screening at special events is thought provoking film Black & White & Sex with Producer/Director John Winter presenting the film followed by Q & A
Many other documentaries, TV Series, feature films and short films
Along with the screenings of the only documentary made by an Australian on Dr. Kiran Bedi with Dr. Bedi presenting her screening with Q & A. Australian thought provoking film Black & White & Sex with John Winter presenting the film followed by Q & A and lots lots more. (CLICK HERE FOR SESSIONS AND TIMINGS)
It gives me immense pleasure to welcome the second edition of the Australian Film Festival of India (AFFI) to Dehradun.
I extend a warm welcome to the delegates attending this festival. It is for the first time that Uttarakhand is hosting this event and this is a matter of great pride for this hill state .
I thank Anupam Sharma and Peter Castaldi, the founding directors of the Australian Film Initiative, who selected Dehradun as the venue for opening the film festival.'Garhwal Post, a popular English tabloid published from Dehradun, deserves special praise for its valuable contribution.
I am sure, this event will offer a great opportunity for the people of Uttarakhand to witness the magic of movies, thought- provoking documentaries and Television serials from Australia.
A “Retrospective” on the world renowned, legendary film maker, Baz Luhrmann, will be a treat to watch. Especially when, Luhrmann is making “The Great Gatsby”, which also stars Amitabh Bachchan.This will be the first-ever retrospective on Luhrmann who is known for his love for India and Indian cinema.
I am confident that success of this film festival will attract more such international projects to Uttarakhand. On this occassion, I assure full support and co-operation of my government to this path breaking event and wish this fest a thumping success.
"Our first visit to India was nearly twenty years ago to research a Hindi interpretation of Benjamin Britten's opera of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. During that trip, a light bulb went on when we experienced our first Bollywood grand entertainment.
The parallel between what Shakespeare did by taking song, music, drama and comedy and mixing all into one cinematic gesture, and the style that is alive in Bollywood (at that time almost unheard of outside of India), was a significant part of the force behind my own creative development and the subsequent evolution of the Red Curtain trilogy: Strictly Ballroom, William Shakespeare's Romeo+Juliet, and Moulin Rouge"
Chairman, V. Shantaram Motion Picture Foundation, Asian Film Foundation, Prabhat Chitra Mandal
President: Federation of Film Societies of India
Founder Trustee: Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI)
Patron (India) of Australian Film Festival of India 2012
"The Australian Film Festival of India is a wonderful platform for Indo-Australian cinematic exchanges. An initative of this scale showcasing contemporary Australian cinema and engaging with the Indian audience will go a long way in opening up collaborative opportunities for both countries. It's a pleasure to be associated with an annual event of this calibre growing in footprint each year. I'm definite that the Indian audiences are going to be treated to some wonderful cinema"