The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne has announced the details for their much-anticipated program, which will be held from August 10 to August 22, 2018, under the unifying theme of inclusion.

Rajkumar Hirani Heads to The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne to Screen Sanju For Australian Students

Rajkumar Hirani Heads to The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne to Screen Sanju For Australian Students

The festival this year will see over 60 films in 22 languages. The line-up of this year’s festival boasts of a diverse and distinct range of films, many of which will premiere for the first time in Australia. Some of these films achieved critical success in the biggest festivals of the world. Over the scheduled 13 days of the program, audience will get to watch stories about sex trafficking, a bangle seller and his wife, about an old lady reminiscing about her past.

Viewers will also devour the diversity of India with films like Bhasmasur which talks about debt and a father-son relationship, Ahare Mon which discusses the types of people who are allowed to fall in love, and Juze that talks about the misuse of power and emotional harassment. They’ll get a taste of mind games with films like In the Shadows and Paddayi, a whiff of Bollywood grandeur with films like Padmavat and will fall in love with movies like Hichki and Chumbak. The festival truly has something for everyone.

This year’s competition section also portrays the diversity of Indian cinema proudly. The jury members will choose between 6 categories —Best Film, Best Indie Film, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Supporting Role and Best Director.

Check the list of nominees here:

BEST FILM: Padman, Hichki, Padmaavat, Sanju, Secret Superstar, Raazi, Mahanati, Rangasthalam        

BEST INDIE FILM: In the shadows, Village Rockstars, Balekempa, Up, Down and Sideways (Documentary), Mayurakshi, Garbage, Sir, Love Sonia

BEST ACTOR: Ranbir Kapoor for Sanju, Varun Dhawan for October, Ranveer Singh for Padmaavat, Akshay Kumar for Padman, Manoj Bajpayee for In the Shadows, Fahadh Faasil for The Exhibit and the Eyewitness, Soumitra Chaterjee for Mayurakshi, Shahid Kapoor for Padmaavat 

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE: Vicky Kaushal for Sanju, Ranvir Shorey – In the Shadows, Samantha Akkineni – Mahanati, Richa Chadha – Love Sonia, Freida Pinto – Love Sonia, Trimala Adhikari – Garbage, Meher Vij- Secret Superstar

BEST DIRECTOR: Rajkumar Hirani for Sanju, Shoojit Sircar for October, R. Balki for Padman, Siddharth P Malhotra for Hichki, Advait Chandan for Secret Superstar, Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Padmaavat, Rima Das for Village Rockstars, Dipesh Jain for In the Shadows, Ere Gowda for Balekempa, Suresh Triveni For Tumhari Sulu, Meghna Gulzar For Raazi, Tabrez Noorani – Love Sonia, Rohena Gera for Sir 

BEST ACTRESS:  Rani Mukherjee for Hichki, Vidya Balan for Tumhari Sulu, Deepika Padukone for Padmaavat, Alia Bhatt for Raazi, Bhanita Das for Village Rockstars, Keerthy Suresh for Mahanati, Tillotama Shome for Sir, Zaira Wasim for Secret Superstar

Films like Konkona Sharma’s Death in the Gunj, Alankrita Shrivastava’s Lipstick under my Burkha, Shakun Batra’s Kapoor and Sons, Vikramaditya Motwane’s Trapped, Nitesh Tiwari’s Dangal, M Manikandan’s Kaaka Muttai, Vishal Bharadwaj’s Haider and Rahul Bose’s Poorna have all been winners at the IFFM Awards.

Mitu Bhowmick Lange, the director says, “ Our competition section is as diverse as the films and people who come for the festival. It has some mainstream, indie and regional films but the one thing they share no matter what the language or theme is that it is a fantastic eye-catching cinema. That’s always been the goal of the festival to appreciate and applaud those who create films for their audiences. The directors who think about what the fans will like and bring to the screen so many real stories, the actors and actresses who deliver on that to make it most believable and the supporting actors who carry the film and actor on their shoulders. We’ve had an array of brilliant films even in the past, whether they were edgy, quirky, hard-hitting or plain beautiful. Our jury is a mix of Australian and Indian directors, producers and actors who together make for the perfect jury with experiences in two different industries but share a common thread, the love for cinema. I cannot wait to see what they choose, especially what our Australian Filmmakers select.”

The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne also proudly presents its jury members which consist of notable directors, writers, actors and editors from India and Australia, namely Simi Garewal, Sue Maslin, Jill Bilcock, Andrew Anastaisos, Nikhil Advani and Geoffrey Wright.