Australian film festival of India

Australian Film Festival of India begins in Mumbai

Saturday, March 26, 2011 7:05:58 PM (IST) | Bollywood Trade Editorial

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[PETER CASTALDI, DEBORAH LEE, HUGH JACKMAN & AUSTRALIAN FILM FESTIVAL IN INDIA DIRECTOR ANUPAM SHARMA]

PETER CASTALDI, DEBORAH LEE, HUGH JACKMAN & AUSTRALIAN FILM FESTIVAL IN INDIA DIRECTOR ANUPAM SHARMA
The first Australian Film Festival kick started today at Cinemax, Versova Mumbai. The screenings will showcase the artwork by Australian director Bill Bennett and some of the best movies made by the Australian film fraternity.

The initiative is a brainchild of Sydney based film maker Mr. Anupam Sharma (Festival Director), Mr. Peter Castaldi (Renowned Film Critic & Festival Director), Mr. Shahnaab Alam (Film Industry Advisor) & Mr. Bill Bennett (Ace international Australian Director) and is a prequel to be followed by major announcements in the coming week between the two nations. The project is actively supported by the Media House Viacom 18. Cinemax is the screening partner.

Australian Film Festival of India is a two-day festival organized by ‘An Australian Film Initiative’, a recognized body, it will feature 20 films including Paperback Hero starring Hugh Jackman & Bennett’s cult KISS OR KILL among others. AAFI (An Australian Film Initiative) is coming to India with a vision to promote Australian and Indian film collaborations. It will also promote highly acclaimed Australian films in India directly through its various initiatives, and is also geared up to promote Indian film content in Australia. This initiative is to strengthen the ties between the two countries and make the markets more accessible in the future.

Mr. Anupam Sharma, Festival Director, AAFI said, “The initiative started with a single idea of Cinema Sharing Responsibilities between countries and India is our first Initiative solely due to its ever-growing popularity, wide reach and common emotional ties towards Cinema. The festival will give the Indian audience a glimpse of our cinematic sensibilities and we are proud to have this in India, a land where Cinema plays a pivotal role.”

Mr. Shahnaab Alam, Film Advisor (India) AAFI, says, “The market in India is ready for this association between the two countries and it only makes us proud to pioneer this association. The films showcased in the festival have been chosen keeping in mind the audience of India who are open to fresh ideas and novel concepts.”

Peter Castaldi, Festival Co-Director said, “This annual platform will provide Indian and Australian film industries to benefit from each other particularly on the cinematic front to initiate a mutual participation between the two nations.”

Director Bill Bennett had to say, “I am excited that the films that my cre and I has made will be viewed by the Indian audiences. India is a diverse nation even on the Cinematic front with choices varying from person to person but yet the audiences of India are matured with cinematic sensibilities. Therefore I am excited about the festival which will later lead into a full-fledged partnership between the two nations.”

Entry to the festival is free on a first come first serve basis. The schedule to the festival in as follows.





SCREEN 3 SCREEN 4
Start Saturday 26th Start Saturday 26th
10.30 A Street to Die 11.00 Storage
12.30 Malpractise 13.00 Kings Of Mykonos
14.30 Mortgage 15.00 Restraint
16.30 Spider & Rose 17.00 Samson & Delilah
18.30 Two if by Sea 19.00 Bran Nue Dae
20.30 Uninhabited 21.00 Bran Nue Dae
22.30 Tempted 23.00 Red Hill




SCREEN 3 SCREEN 4
Start Sunday 27th Start Sunday 27th
10.30 In a Savage Land 11.00 AFTRS Program
12.30 Kiss or Kill 13.00 VCA Program
14.30 Bennet Workshop 15.00 Bran Nue Dae
18.30 Nugget 17.00 Paperback Hero
19.00 Blame 21.00 The Loved Ones
20.30 Backlash 23.00 The Horseman
22.30 Unihabited





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Tags : Australian Film Festival, Anupam Sharma, PETER CASTALDI, DEBORAH LEE, HUGH JACKMAN


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