Mitu Bhowmick Lange becomes the first Indian to receive the Jill Robb Screen Leadership Award

Mitu Bhowmick Lange is one of the most renowned names contributing to the global outreach of Indian cinema in the past decade. She is the Founder of Mind Blowing Films, a Melbourne based film company specialising in the distribution of Indian films throughout Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Festival Director of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne( IFFM), Mitu was recognised with 2017 Jill Robb Award from Film Victoria on behalf of the government. This award recognises Victorian female screen practitioners who have shown leadership through their achievements and involvement in the industry, including the mentoring of other women from the field. Under Mitu’s leadership, the festival has fostered and encouraged cultural collaboration and understanding between Victoria’s multicultural community and also enriched screen industry and Melbourne’s annual event calendar.

IFFM is one of the biggest and most successful Indian film festivals held outside of the Indian soil and has over the years had a close association with megastars like Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor with Vidya Balan who is the effervescent ambassador of IFFM. The past recipients of the prestigious Jill Robb Award include Film, TV and drama producer Fiona Eagger (Ms. Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) Oscar-nominated editor and Golden Globe Winner Jill Bilcock (Moulin Rouge, Elizabeth), renowned producer Sue Maslin ( The Dressmaker) amongst many other successful names in the industry.

IFFM wins the title of Most Popular Indian Film Festival Abroad In 2016, IFFM was honoured with Melbourne Award for its contribution in Multiculturalism and recognised the popularity and diversity of the Indian cinema and its celebration in Australia by the Australian government. This year, the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne has won the “Most Popular Indian Film Festival Abroad” award at International Film Business Awards (IFBA) 2017. This award acknowledges and celebrates the best in the film trade business across various film industry related platforms and is supported by the Government of Telangana.

Speaking of these landmark achievements, an elated Mitu said, “I feel very humbled and honoured at receiving this amazing recognitions… cinema and art are the biggest cultural bridges between countries, communities and people, we feel very blessed to be able to contribute in a small way and are very encouraged to do more” Mitu Bhowmick Lange is today indisputably one of the significant names in the international entertainment business, taking Indian film industry to a global platform.