Indian Film Festival

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The 2021 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne

Showcasing more than 70 films from 12 to 30 August 2021

The largest festival of it’s kind in the southern hemisphere, the 2021 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) has adapted to provide audiences with in-cinema and online film screenings. The hybrid festival presents a diverse selection of movies that encapsulates the best of Indian cinema and films from the Indian sub-continent. Allowing audiences from across Australia to join in and celebrate the best of contemporary Indian cinema, in the 75th year of Indian independence.

The IFFM aims to break down cultural differences and create understanding by showcasing films made throughout the Indian subcontinent, including Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. This provides a valuable opportunity for Australians to experience the diversity of perspectives in the region, and for those from India to see films, they would not normally be able to see at home. The extended online season of the festival will run from 15 August to 30 August and allow audiences to watch films for free from the festival’s website,

Equally, La Trobe has a rich history in bringing together students from across the Indian subcontinent to undertake life-changing study or research at the University. More than 6,600 of our graduates were born in India. We are proud to be a founding partner of the film festival to further create a cultural bridge between the various communities of the region through films, music and dance. La Trobe's students actively participate as part of the film festival's workforce, learning how to execute events through to attending the premiers of major film screenings.

For close to 50 years La Trobe has been a strong advocate for Indian studies and research demonstrated by teaching the only Hindi language course at a Victorian university, alongside Indian cinema studies and our library contains the largest collection of Indian literature in Australia.

In the past ten years, La Trobe partnered with the IFFM to welcome the greatest film stars, writers and directors from Indian cinema to our campuses, including:

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