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IFFM 2021: Our 10 picks from this year's program

Year after year, the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne endeavours to bring the very best films made by the Indian diaspora from across the world to Australian shores.

For 2021, IFFM has decided to adopt a 'hybrid' approach - keeping the online component of last year's festival, given that the uncertainties around COVID-19 are still prevalent - while bringing back in-person events and films in cinemas where it's safe to do so.

Here are 10 things to look forward to at IFFM 2021:

Opening Night

Watch films online or in-person

Celebrating the Birth Centenary of Satyajit Ray

Honouring Dilip Kumar

Tribute to S.P. Balasubrahmanyam

Documentary focus

Unrepresented voices and regions

IFFM Short Film Competition

IFFM Dance Competition

IFFM Flag Hoisting

The Indian Independence Day flag hoisting ceremony every 15 August at Federation Square in Melbourne is a beloved event that brings the community together. This year, we don't know what the situation will be like because of the ongoing pandemic, but fingers crossed that the Indian community in Melbourne can celebrate the spirit of Indian Independence in one form or another.

The 12th edition of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne will be held from 12-21 August in cinemas and from 15-30 August online Australia-wide.

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