The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne has announced that the 2020 edition has been postponed, with dates rescheduled from August to October because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. IFFM 2020’s program will be devised in line with public health guidance, with plans for a compact schedule taking place over a week from October 30 to November 7.
“The festival is retaining the Short Film Competition and the popular dance competition (to be held on October 31, pending easing of restrictions) but the much anticipated IFFM Awards Gala will be postponed till 2021,” the organisers said in a statement.
During its previous editions, the festival has hosted masterclasses with acclaimed filmmakers like Rajkumar Hirani, Karan Johar, Rima Das, Zoya Akhtar, Onir, Kabir Khan among others. Earlier this year, IFFM hosted an event where superstar Shah Rukh Khan awarded the four-year scholarship named after him to Gopika Kottantharayil Bhasi from Thrissur (Kerala), as a part of the festival’s long association with Melbourne’s La Trobe University.