The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne is a Victorian Government initiative that aims to strengthen ties between the Indian film industry and Victoria.

Festival Director

Adil Hussain

Mitu Bhowmick Lange

Mitu Bhowmick Lange is currently the director of Mind Blowing Films, a film production/distribution company which specialises in Indian cinema.

Mitu worked in Bombay for 6 years directing several TV shows including entertainment, news and fashion magazine programs and a daily breakfast show for most of the leading channels including BBC World, Star Plus, Zee TV and Sony TV. Mitu wrote and directed the multi award-winning documentary, Watch without Prejudice, on the impact of violence on the children of Kashmir.

Since living in Australia, Mitu has brought in and produced several Indian productions to Australia, including producing 13 episodes shot in Australia of India’s number 1 daily television serial Kahani Ghar Ghar Kii (similar to Neighbours), Bollywood film Koi Aap Saa and blockbusters like Salaam Namaste , Chak De India , Bachna Aye Haseeno , Main Aurr Mrs Khanna , Thoda Pyar Thoda Magic , Love Aaj kal and several leading television commercials with international cricketers made for the Indian market.

Mitu is the Festival Director of the Indian Film Festival - Bollywood and Beyond - ANZ , and the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne presented by the Victorian Government .She is presently working on the 4 part series - New India. The first part 'Spice Girls of India' has been the official selection at the Feminist Film Festival of London. Mitu also represents the prestigious International Film Festival of India held annually in Goa as their curator for films from Australia and New Zealand.

Festival Co Directors

Adil Hussain

John Molloy

John Molloy is Head of Production at Mushroom Pictures, part of the Mushroom Group. John has most recently produced  Boys in the Trees the debut feature film of Nicholas Verso, which had its World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival and  has been programmed at Toronto, Busan, Austin, Rio and Stockholm Festivals. The film won Best Narrative Feature at Austin. John previously produced for Nicholas the short film The Last Time I Saw Richard, which won the AACTA for Best Short Film 2014. John is an Executive Producer on the upcoming Australian film Killing Ground and was Co Producer of Boytown. John’s other film work includes CrackerjackBad Eggs and Macbeth.

In television John is Producer of the smash hit two part miniseries Molly and was an Executive Producer of documentary Molly: The Real Thing, both broadcast on the Seven Network. Molly is now arguably the highest rating drama in Australian television history. He has previously produced The Nation for the Nine Network, was Series Producer on John Safran’s Race Relations for Princess Pictures and the ABC, and was Executive Producer and Producer of the ABC documentary series Head First: Series 1 & 2.

John is a partner at Mind Blowing Films where he has consulted to the Indian feature films Mein Aur Mrs Khanna and Love Aaj Kaal and been Co Director of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne throughout its lifetime. John is also a partner at Mind Blowing World where he is currently developing the feature film Fearless Nadia with Mitu Bhowmick Lange and writer Andrew Anastasios. At Mind Blowing World John has worked on the release of Australian films Pawno and The Menkoff Method.

Alankrita Sirivastava

Bidyut Dumra

His career in media started in 1995 in India while auditioning as a contestant for a TV quiz-show and ending up as a question writer instead. He hesitantly resolved himself to the fact that his place in the industry seemingly belonged behind the camera rather than in front of it. From TV Production he eventually made the leap to full-feature films in 2005, since then working on productions, such as, 'Salaam Namaste', 'Chak De India', 'Bachna Eh Haseeno'. With corporate experience in multinational media companies, such as, Fremantle Productions and Village Roadshow, he is now a Director at Mind Blowing Films and is based in Hong Kong. He is still waiting for a breakthrough character & script to propel his acting ambitions.

Festival Curator

Adil Hussain

Uma da Cunha

One of a tiny band of people in Indian cinema, spans vital fields of the art and industry, combining several faculties.: She networks, facilitates, promotes, communicates and does so domestically and internationally. She works in three specific areas related to film: programming, writing and casting. Her film career began in 1974 when she started organizing film events for the Indian government. She then went on to programme and represent festivals in India and abroad. She is the India representative for programming for the Toronto film festival and is the Founder-Advisor of Indian film festivals held in London, Los Angeles, Stuttgart, Florence and Houston.She programmes for the Mumbai International Film Festival and the Kerala Film Festival. Her work as casting director includes films such as Monsoon Wedding, Holy Smoke, Lagaan and Water, among others.

She is also the Founder Editor of a film-based quarterly magazine Film India Worldwide, published out of Mumbai which is available on subscription basis and comes out in time at major film festivals, viz Cannes, Toronto, IFFI Goa and Berlin. The magazine looks ahead to fill the overlap between Indian cinema and world cinema, in terms of their needs and resources. She covers international festivals for Mumbai Mirror (The Times of India daily journal). She has been contributing the India chapter for the International Film Guide (London) for many years. Uma has contributed research and chapters on Indian cinema for leading publishing houses in Italy, Japan and Korea. Her next objective is to start mini film festivals in the name of Film India Worldwide, starting with Mumbai, her city of residence. At the 2009 Cannes International Film Festival, da Cunha was a member of the Un Certain Regard international jury and FIPRESCI jury member at the 2011 Busan International Film Festival.

Festival Publicist

Miranda Brown | Hardly Anonymous

Festival Team

Divya Thaper | Natascha Charak | Wendy Yue Xue | Aditi Gupta | Jia Wei Low | Geetika Bindra | Andrew Raphael | Julie Carette | Leanne Tonkes | | Keerat deep Kaur | Benu Bindra | Lisa Farinosi | Nisha Sethi | Vishishta Nair | Karenvir Malhotra | Aishu Sudarshan | Jake Ryan | Alexis Agostino | Zareen Akbany | Georgia Payne | | Ashwni Prabhu | Riddhi Makkar | Victoria Biggs

IFFM Program Text

Andy Roberts

Festival Website

Vishakha Bhuwania

Festival Trailer

Mitesh Soni