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Indian Film Festival of Melbourne
Founded2012, Film Victoria
AwardsBest of Indian cinema

The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) was founded in 2012. It is a State Government of Victoria funded annual festival based in Melbourne. It is presented by Film Victoria, and the provider is chosen through a tender process. The current tender provider is Mind Blowing Films, run by Mitu Bhowmick Lange. The festival has currently been provided with State Government funding till 2018.


The festival was founded in 2012 by the State Government of Victoria. It was result of the Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division)’s policy "to strengthen Victoria's ties with the Indian film industries".[1] The policy was first released in October 2006, was funded in November 2010, and implemented in March 2012 through a tender process.

Mind Blowing Films, owned by Mitu Bhowmick Lange, won the tender in March 2012 for three years until 2014, and was given one year extensions by the Liberal National Coalition Government for 2015 and 2016. In May 2012, The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the company behind the Festival was recycling films already released, and so appeared to be using government money to rebadge a festival it had already been running as a commercial enterprise.[2] In August 2017, South Indian film actress/producer Khusbhu accused the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne of discriminating against non-Hindi films and film stars.[3] Mitu Bhowmick Lange responded with "I am very surprised to be honest because we have 60 films in 20 languages. The film festival has always always been about diversity," stating that some of the South Indian actors invited had not been able to attend due to busy schedules.[4]

Mind Blowing Films was again awarded the contract for 2017 and 2018 by the new State Government in November 2016.[5][6]

Telstra People's Choice Award

This award is given at the Festival for Outstanding Achievement of an Indian film in terms of box office revenue and critical appreciation for an Indian film released in that year. The award was instituted in 2014.


Year[a] Film Director Producer Ref.
2014 Dhoom 3 Vijay Krishna Acharya Aditya Chopra [7]
2015 PK Rajkumar Hirani Vidhu Vinod Chopra [8]
2016 Kapoor & Sons Shakun Batra Karan Johar [9]
2017 Baahubali 2: The Conclusion S. S. Rajamouli Shobu Yarlagadda [10]
Dangal Nitesh Tiwari Aamir Khan
2019 Simmba Rohit Shetty [11]


  1. ^ Refers to the year in which the ceremony was held.


  1. ^ Quinn, Karl; Hawker, Phillipa (12 May 2012). "Business spin to Bollywood extravaganza". The Age. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  2. ^ Quinn, Karl (11 June 2012). "Bollywood Festival Recycles Films". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  3. ^ Manish, Salvi (19 August 2017). "IFFM discriminating against non-Hindi Films". SBS. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  4. ^ "No discrimination; we have invited South Indian stars too: IFFM". SBS Your Language (in Turkish). 18 August 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  5. ^ "IFFM locked for two more years". Premier of Victoria. 23 November 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Can you deliver the next IFFM?". Creative Victoria. State Government of Victoria. 4 October 2016. Archived from the original on 1 July 2018. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Telstra People's Choice Award IFFM Awards: Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2014 Dhoom 3". Mind Blowing Films. 13 June 2014. Retrieved 23 July 2018 – via YouTube.
  8. ^ "IFFM Awards Night". Indian Film Festival Melbourne. Archived from the original on 26 October 2017. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2016". The AU Review. 17 August 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  10. ^ "Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2017 Awards". CNN-News18. 12 August 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  11. ^ "IFFM Awards 2019 winners". The Times of India. 9 August 2019. Retrieved 31 May 2020.