IFEFA launched in NSW Parliament

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International Film and Entertainment Festival Australia (IFEFA), co-founded by Amarinder Bajwa and Maxine Salma announced the upcoming inaugural film festival from 7th November to 16th November 2014 at NSW Parliament house, Sydney on 18th Sept 2014. It will be first of its kind of events in Sydney, NSW.

IFEFA is an independent initiative to celebrate world cinema in the southern hemisphere. It provides an opportunity to showcase movies from around the world that are high on art and content and may or may not be shown in cinemas.

The mission for IFEFA is to support bold, visionary filmmakers, advance the art form of film and new media, and engage communities with remarkable cinematic experiences.

While informing about the film festival Amarinder Bajwa and Maxine Salma, co-founders of IFEFA said, “Experience the incredible cinematic art and events during the 10 days”.

“With the most impressive line-up of actors, directors and producers inaugural IFEFA would bring so many stars together that it has never happened before in southern hemisphere ,” quipped  Bajwa.

In his opening remarks the Geoff Lee MP Parramatta applauded the efforts of the group to celebrate and showcase the cinematic art from South Asia in Sydney, “I admire the efforts of Amarinder Bajwa and Maxine Salma who have put together this event after long planning and efforts,” he said.

Hon Laurie Fergusson MP, member for Werriwa recollected his days of going to movies and wished a great success to the event.

Arun Jagatramka, advisor IFEFA excitedly opened the festival with his account of Bollywood cinema, its development and delved into the brief history.

IFEFA is providing an opportunity to the aspiring local talent that have aspirations in script writing, acting, directing, camera and all other components of film making in their hands on 15 day workshop in the ‘Screen Lab’

Conducted by the Bollywood trainer, director and actor Vipin Sharma of ‘Tare Zameen Par’ fame, and Sandeep Malani of Malani Talkies; ‘Screen Lab’ will provide an opportunity to create a short film or a feature film depending upon the script developed in the screen lab by the participants. ‘It will be complete hands on experience for making a film,” said Maxine Salma.

IFEFA 2014 is dedicated to 100 years of Indian cinema. There is a large musical drama being staged with 100 years history highlighted by number of musical hits with audio videos. The ‘100 years of Indian cinema’ is a grand musical choreographed, directed and produced by Sandeep Malani and coordinated by Maxine Salma. This is a brilliant and nostalgic compilation of the history of Indian cinema.

IFEFA also brings Shahid Rafi, son of the singing legend Mohammad Rafi who will direct a musical night dedicated to Mohammad Rafi along with the local Rafi singers.

IFEFA is also holding its first ‘Dance Competition’ and a male/female ‘Pageant’ during the show. The event is full on with the auditions and final being judged by the Bollywood stars.

The closing night on 16th November will be the grand finale of the festival with over 12 stars attending the event with the red carpet, heaps of entertainment, awards and crowing of the winners of dance competition and the pageant.

Stars attending the 10 day event from includes Bipasha Basu, Gulshan Grover, Sunil Shetty, Zarine Khan, Eisha Gupta, Neha Sharma, Aftab Shivdasani, new face and highly talented Rekha Rana, Asha Sachdev, Vipin Sharma, Sandeep Malani, Jasmine Panjwani, Harvinder Mankkar,Rekha  Rana, Prakash Raj and many more.

Festival announced a call for submissions for short, feature and documentary film entries by 30th September. Submissions rules and regulations and complete information regarding eligibility for the 2014 IFEFA Film Festival are now available athttp://www.ifefa.com/film-submissions.

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