Kabir Khan, Imtiaz Ali, Rima Das and Onir team up for a film for Indian Film Festival of Melbourne
The four filmmakers will work with selected Victorian filmmaking teams to mentor and shoot short films on the themes of race, disability, sexuality, and gender
The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) announced today that four Indian filmmakers will work with selected Victorian filmmaking teams to mentor and shoot short films on the themes of race, disability, sexuality, and gender. The shorts will be compiled into one film, titled My Melbourne, which will premiere at IFFM 2021 before travelling on the international film circuit. The four filmmakers are Kabir Khan, Rima Das, Onir, and Imtiaz Ali.
IFFM Festival Director Mitu Bhowmick Lange said, “This exciting initiative gives Victorian screen practitioners a once in a lifetime opportunity to work with some of the world’s best filmmakers and also develop relationships with them. I am delighted and thrilled that IFFM has secured four of India’s most diverse voices of independent cinema for these workshops and the creation of four short films on the core values of IFFM – diversity and inclusivity.”
Each of the four selected teams will be assigned a budget to create an original script, striving for ‘creativity, originality and pure storytelling’. Onir will workshop and develop the selected stories and oversee pre-production with the teams via zoom. Once travel restrictions are lifted, the four filmmakers will travel to Melbourne to shoot the films.
Kabir Khan shared, “Celebration of our diversity is a dialogue that should be fostered in current times. In the post-pandemic world, being one with each other in a community should be the single most important takeaway. The virus has shown us the futility of everything else. I am excited at the opportunity presented by IFFM and looking forward to the experience.”
Rima Das said, “It’s an honour to receive this invitation. It’s essential for filmmakers to examine the world around them from the prism of its socio-political context. The short film will allow us to bring in authentic lived-in stories that often get lost in popular culture.”
Imtiaz Ali added, “The last few months have been full of life lessons for all of us. Viewing stories of identity in the context of the diverse society that we are all a part of is quintessential for us to chart our path ahead. I am looking forward to meeting a new set of people and understanding their life stories for the screen.”
Onir said, “The role of a filmmaker I believe is to trigger a dialogue. The world we are living in calls for fresh discussions on inclusivity and diversity to reiterate strong value systems for our audiences. I am glad for the opportunity and hope it’s a step in the right direction.”