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2nd edition of Australian Film Festival to be held in India in
DecMumbai | Tuesday, Oct 30 2012 IST
 
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The second edition of the annual Australian Film Festival will be held in India in December, with the first-ever retrospective on noted filmmaker Baz Luhrmann who is known for his love of India and Indian cinema.

Making the announcement in a special ceremony and news conference in the home of popular Indian cinema here today, Barry O'Farrell, Premier of New South Wales and MP, said 'India is a passionate film making nation and the 2012 Australian Film Festival of India is a tremendous opportunity to highlight our State's outstanding film industry and what it has to offer. The festival provides the perfect forum to show off our film-making credentials.' The festival has received unprecedented support from the personalities like Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin and Bazmark, a production house, to filmmakers, film bodies and universities, said Anupam Sharma and Peter Castaldi, founding directors of the Australian Film Initiative, the organisers of the Festival.

The festival boasts of a widespread support from strategic partner- destination NSW along with Australia India Council (DFAT), Screen NSW, Screen Australia and University of NSW.

From private multiplexes, to government venues and leading film schools -- the rich spectrum of support from India also signifies the interest for Australian films here and possible growth of this market as a revenue generator for Australian cinema, Sharma said speaking at the conference here with the NSW Premier where the promo of the festival prepared by Castaldi was also screened.

The Festival is also the first to be held in state of Uttarakhand, fulfilling the Initiative's objective of taking Australian cinema beyond the metro cities of India.

After launching in Dehradun, AFFI will tour the cities of Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai among others, he said. The highlight of the Festival this year include the first-ever retrospective on Baz Luhrmann, Sharma said. More UNI JM SSS VKG1736 NNNN

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