Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2022 announces its nominations; Badhaai Do, Gangubai Kathiwadi, Jai Bhim, The Rapist, Minal Murali and Mumbai Diaries bag the top nominations this year!

The Indian Film Festival Of Melbourne, one of the biggest international Indian film festivals outside of the country, has just announced its nominations for its annual awards ceremony. The festival, which is presented by the Victorian Government, is an annual festival that takes place in Melbourne, Australia, and showcases  the best of films from India and the subcontinent. In its 13th edition to be held this month, the IFFM 2022 is making its comeback for its physical version of the festival, after the festival having been solely virtual for the last two years. This year the festival starts 12-20 August in lesson and will also have a specially virtual programming between 13-30 August for Australian audiences. This year there are over 100 films across 23 languages being screened at the festival.

The Awards night is all set to take place on  14th of August in Melbourne. The awards will recognise best in cinematic talent from across the Indian subcontinent across the formats of feature films and will also honour acclaimed OTT series. This year's nominations will see films and content which were released between August 2021 to April 2022. 

The IFFM has had the privilege of some of the biggest Australian film talents on the jury panel. This year’s festival jury boasts of jury members that will include names like global award-winning film editor Jill Bilcock, one of Australia’s renowned actors Vince Colosimo, multi award winning director Geoffrey Wright and multi award winning filmmaker Nadia Tass.

BEST FILM - 83 / Hindi, Badhaai Do / Hindi, Gangubai Kathiawadi / Hindi, Jai Bhim / Tamil, Minnal Murali / Malayalam, Paka (River of Blood) / Malayalam, Sardar Udham / Hindi, The Rapist / English, Hindi

BEST INDIE FILM - Boomba Ride / Mishing, Dug Dug / Hindi, Jaggi / Punjabi, Once Upon a Time in Calcutta / Bengali, Pedro / Kannada, Shankar’s Fairies / Hindi, Shoebox / Hindi, Fairy Folk / Hindi, English

BEST ACTOR (MALE) - Gopal Hegde, Pedro / Kannada, Rajkummar Rao, Badhaai Do / Hindi, Ramnish Chaudhary, Jaggi / Punjabi, Ranveer Singh, 83 / Hindi, Suriya, Jai Bhim / Tamil, Tovino Thomas, Minnal Murali / Malayalam, Vicky Kaushal, Sardar Udham / Hindi, Abhishek Bachchan - Dasvi / Hindi

BEST ACTOR (FEMALE)- Alia Bhatt, Gangubai Kathiawadi / Hindi, Bhumi Pednekar, Badhaai Do / Hindi, Deepika Padukone, Gehraiyaan / Hindi, Konkona Sen Sharma, The Rapist / English, Hindi, Lijomol Jose, Jai Bhim / Tamil, Shefali Shah, Jalsa / Hindi, Sreelekha Mitra, Once Upon A Time In Calcutta / Bengali, Vidya Balan, Jalsa / Hindi  

BEST DIRECTOR - Anmol Sidhu, Jaggi / Punjabi, Aparna Sen, The Rapist / Hindi, Kabir Khan, 83 / Hindi, Pan Nalin, Chhello Show (Last Film Show) / Gujarati, Sanjay Leela Bhansali Gangubai Kathiawadi / Hindi, Shoojit Sircar, Sardar Udham / Hindi, Suresh Triveni, Jalsa / Hindi, T.J. Gnanavel, Jai Bhim / Tamil

BEST DOCUMENTARY - A Night of Knowing Nothing, Ayena (Mirror), Kicking Balls, Ladies Only, Urf (A.K.A)

BEST FILM FROM SUBCONTINENT - Joyland / Pakistan, Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom / Bhutan, No Land’s Man / Bangladesh, Rehana Maryam Noor / Bangladesh, The Newspaper / Sri Lanka

BEST ACTOR IN A SERIES - Mohit Raina - Mumbai Diaries 26/11, Parambrata Chatterjee - Aranyak, Varun Mitra - Guilty Minds, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein, Dhruv Sehgal - Little Things Final Season

BEST ACTRESS IN A SERIES- Konkona Sensharma - Mumbai Diaries 26/11, Sakshi Tanwar - Mai, Madhuri Dixit - Fame Game, Mithila Palkar - Little Things Final Season, Raveena Tandon - Aranyak, Shriya Pilgaonkar / Guilty Minds 

BEST SERIES - Aranyak, Mumbai Diaries 26/11, Fame Game, Mai, Little Things Final Season, Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein

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