Message from the Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business
I’m delighted to invite Melbourne film fans to experience the vibrancy, energy and spectacle of Indian cinema and the best of Bollywood at the Victorian Government’s Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2012.

I also wish to congratulate the festival organizers, Mind Blowing Films, on presenting a wide range of films from Bollywood blockbusters, Bengali art house films and regional works in local dialects. Indian films have the power to charm audiences with their humour, engage them with their drama and captivate them with their passion.
The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne has been conceived to capture and deliver that depth and diversity.

The Victorian and Indian screen industries have a well-established and productive relationship, which the Victorian Government is committed to strengthening, not only by supporting the festival but also by increasing the opportunities for co-production or joint venture partnerships. In March this year, the Victorian Government, through Film Victoria, led an impressive delegation of producers, lawyers and post-production companies to the 2012 Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Frames Conference in Mumbai.

The connections between our two countries reveal the great potential for India and Victoria to create and share stories that the world can enjoy, and a festival such as this is an important and engaging step towards making this happen. Our local screen industry is thriving and Melbournians can sample the richness of screen experiences throughout the year. The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne joins our busy calendar of film events and activities, including the Melbourne International Film Festival which takes place in August.

I hope you enjoy the festival and the spectacle of Indian cinema.

The Hon. Louise Asher, MP
Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business
Minister for Tourism and Major Events
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