Hosted by the Centre for Communication, Politics and Culture, the 2016 International Conference on Indian cinema making in Australia and a festival of Indian films will be held at RMIT University.
The main theme of both the conference and the film festival is ‘Indian Stories, Australian Screen’. This rather wide scholarship domain will enable multifarious discovery and debate and provide an engaging range of film and media.
The production of Indian cinema in other nations is expanding. This is beneficial for both the producer country and India. For Indians it means there is an opportunity to learn cinematically about other societies, and for these nations’ film and program makers it provides insights into a rich and vibrant culture and opportunities to engage with a rising Indian middle class market eager to experience other cultures in the context of their own popular filmic format. For the Indian diaspora in Australia it can be a way to connect with both.
The ‘Indian Stories, Australian Screen’ conference will delve into aspects of making Indian content in Australia, including co-productions and collaborations.
What do you do if you have an idea for an Indian film? How does one get into production? Where does funding come from? What about getting work screened?
Australia provides a case-study for the phenomenon of making Indian films in other lands with a steady growth of Australian-made Indian content since 2010.