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Indian Film Festival of Melbourne: cinema classes by Onir

Anirban Das, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, April 27, 2013
First Published: 18:57 IST(27/4/2013) | Last Updated: 01:23 IST(28/4/2013)
The Master classes of Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) will be addressed by filmmakers Kabir Khan and Onir, actor-turned-TV host Simi Garewal and documentary director Penny Voznaik.

The classes, which will host talks from women in cinema to fundraising through social media, will be held from May 5 to May 8 at Hoyts Melbourne Central in Melbourne. “The Indian film industry is of great interest to Australian audiences. There is a curiosity about its functioning and what better than to have masters from different fields in Indian filmmaking talk about their area of expertise. Each session will give an opportunity to interact with the masters and learn about their craft,” says Neetu Bhaumik, director, IFFM.

National Award-winning director Onir, who raised funds to produce his film I Am (2010) through social media, will talk about crowd-funding and the scope for independent cinema in India. Kabir, who started out as a documentary filmmaker and then went on to make bigbudget Bollywood films like Ek Tha Tiger (2012), will speak about his ‘fact to fiction’ journey.

Documentary filmmaker Penny Voznaik will talk about the trials and tribulations of shooting in India, while Simi Garewal will provide an insight into the representation of women in Indian cinema.

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