The Australian film industry is seeking an audience for local films in a major marketplace: India.
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15 Mar 2011 - 12:00 AM  UPDATED 26 Feb 2014 - 4:09 PM

With the Indian Film Festival currently underway in Australia, the local industry has announced plans for a reciprocal event that will take Australian films to Indian audiences.

The first annual Australian Film Festival in India will take place in Mumbai from March 23 - 28. The 5 day event will headline with screenings of Samson and Delilah, Red Hill, Mary and Max, Kings Of Mykonos, Blame, Bran Nue Dae, Uninhabited, The Loved Ones and The Horseman.

In addition to the program of contemporary films, the Australian Film festival in India will feature a retrospective of Australian director Bill Bennett's work, including a special presentation of Paperback Hero.

Organisers and festival directors, Peter Castaldi and Anupam Sharma , said the lineup was carefully chosen as a sampling of Australian culture to the Mumbai audience.

“In spite of sporadic bilateral industry activities, film shoots etc. I have believed that Australia is yet to properly benefit from its relationship with the world's biggest film industry –India and other non-traditional markets,” Sharma said.

The full program lineup is as follows:

Bill Bennett Films
- A Street to Die
- Backlash
- Malpractice
- Mortgage
- Spider and Rose
- Two if By Sea
- Kiss or Kill
- In a Savage Land
- Nugget
- Tempted

Current Titles
- Samson and Delilah
- Blame
- Bran Nue Dae
- Red Hill
- Kings of Mykonos

- Mary and Max
- The Loved Ones
- Uninhhabited
- Restraint
- The Horseman

Special Presentation
- Paperback Hero