Melbourne, June 29 — The Melbourne Indian Film Festival (IFFM) will take place between October 30 and November 7 this year, instead of August, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The IFFM 2020 programme will be developed in accordance with public health guidelines, with plans for a compact one-week timetable.
The festival will retain the Short Film Competition and the popular dance competition, but the iffm awards gala will be rescheduled for 2021.
A new addition to this year’s festival, in response to current challenges and opportunities, is the IFFM Film Club where fans of Indian films can sign up for a virtual masterclass with leading filmmakers discussing their work in detail.
Operating as a book club, the festival asks participants to watch a classic film, and they then have the opportunity to discuss the film at the virtual film club with the filmmaker.
Previously, the festival hosted masterclasses with filmmakers such as Rajkumar Hirani, Karan Johar, Rima Das, Zoya Akhtar, Onir and Kabir Khan.
“It’s a unique intimate way for moviegoers to stay engaged, entertained and educated at home in these unprecedented times. We already have a strong range of filmmakers from different parts of India,” said IFFM Festival Director Mitu Bhowmick Lange.