Message from The Premier of Victoria
It gives me great pleasure to present to you, on behalf of the Victorian Government, the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.

The festival delivers on our government’s election pledge to develop an Indian film festival and bring the best of Indian cinema to Victorian audiences and screen practitioners.
The Victorian Government is committed to strengthening ties between Victoria and India and celebrating our cultural and artistic diversity, as well as developing a greater understanding of each other’s screen industry.

Films such as Salaam Namaste, Chak de! India and Orange were all filmed in Melbourne and went on to become worldwide box office hits.

Having visited India myself earlier this year, I am pleased that we are able to bring to Victorian audiences the vibrancy of Bollywood visual delights that I was able to experience firsthand.

With a 10 day festival program packed with more than 35 films and activities, this is a great opportunity for Victorians to enjoy a unique film experience showcasing the extraordinary depth and diversity of the Indian film industry. I am especially pleased that the festival will also screen several films featuring our very own Festival Ambassador, Vidya Balan – winner of India’s National Film Award for Best Actress in 2011.

India has one of the largest film industries in the world and offers immense opportunities, for Victorian audiences as well as for our screen industry. We look forward to forging stronger relationships through co-production projects that build on our State’s strengths in the creative arts.

I take this opportunity to welcome our Indian guests to Melbourne and I look forward to Victorian audiences enjoying the diversity and cultural breadth of Indian cinema during thefestival.

Hon. Ted Baillieu MLA
Premier of Victoria

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