Indian Film Festival of Melbourne rescheduled to October

Culture Desk | Published: 23:11, Jun 29,2020


The 2020 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) has been rescheduled from August to October due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, reports hindustantimes.com.

According to the report, IFFM 2020’s programme will be devised in line with public health guidance, with plans for a compact schedule taking place over a week from October 30 to November 7.

‘The festival is retaining the Short Film Competition and the popular dance competition (to be held on October 31, pending easing of restrictions) but the much anticipated IFFM Awards Gala will be postponed till 2021,’ the organisers said in a statement. This month, the festival is starting a new event, the IFFM Film Club, featuring some of the leading filmmakers in India discussing their work.

Functioning like a book club, the festival will ask participants to watch a classic film, and then have an opportunity to discuss the film at the virtual film club with the filmmaker. IFFM Festival Director Mitu Bhowmick Lange said this is an attempt for film lovers to stay ‘engaged, entertained and educated’ while at home in these unprecedented times. ‘We already have a strong lineup of filmmakers from various parts of India. Well-known film journalist Rajeev Masand will moderate the session as he opens the film and its maker to a world of questions from curious fans,’ he said, the report adds.

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