2012-12-13 11:13:42 - This festive season we will witness The Second Australian Film Festival of India being held in Delhi from 14th Dec to 16th Dec ’12. It is being organized by An Australian Film Initiative (AAFI) that was launched last year to market, promote, and distribute Australian films and screen culture in emerging and non-traditional markets. Starting with India, AAFI is dedicated to deepening cinematic ties between two diverse film cultures and creating a unifying platform for the sharing of stories, ideas and possibilities.
Founding directors of the initiative and festival, Anupam Sharma and Peter Castaldi stated that they were overwhelmed by the unprecedented support the festival received across the board. “From the generous backing of Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin and Bazmark to universities, film bodies, and filmmakers, everyone has been extremely generous with their support in taking Australian screen culture to one of the most film loving nations in the world – India.”
Some of the important films to be shown at the festival
• Black and White and sex: John Winter
• Yes Madam Sir: Megan Doneman
• Missing in the land of Gods- Davor Dirlic
• The Curse of the Gothic Symphony-Randall Wood
• Strictly Ballroom
• Moulin Rouge
• Romeo & Juliet
The festival is also the first to be held in state of Uttarakhand, fulfilling the initiative objective of taking Australian cinema beyond the metro cities of India. After launching in Dehradun, AFFI will tour the cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai among others. The highlights this year include the first ever Baz Luhrmann retrospective who is known for his love of India and Indian cinema.
The opening film of the festival, YES MADAM, SIR by award winning Australian film maker Megan Doneman is an intriguing portrait of one of the India’s most controversial ‘revolutionaries’- India’s first woman police officer- Kiran Bedi. Filmed in India over 6 years and narrated by Academy Award winning actor Helen Mirren, the film looks at how the very qualities that propel Kiran Bedi to triumph could ultimately spell her downfall. Given its rave reviews during its run on the worldwide festival circuit, YES MADAM, SIR is the most anticipated film of the festival; Dr. Kiran Bedi will present the documentary personally at the screenings.
AFFI is also fully utilizing the power of the web in India where half the population of 1.2 billion is under the age of 25. It is using online registration, as well as social media platforms Facebook and Twitter to increase awareness and interest in the festival.
Destination NSW as a Strategic Partner along with the Australia India Council, UNSW, Screen NSW and Screen Australia supports the festival. Various Indian industry partners including UFO, FICCI and Garhwal Post have also granted generous support.
For further information and festival details including background, session times, online registration and interviews with leading Australians talking about Australia India Film links, can be seen on www.aafilminitiative.org