Australia-India Council (AIC)

Australia-India Council Annual Report 1999-2000

Contents

Letter to Minister >> Introduction >> Chairman’s message >> Board members >> Mission statement, aims and objectives

Activities
Funding Application Process >> Australian studies >> Commerce >> Education >> Indian studies >> Institutional and professional links >> Performing and visual arts >> Print and electronic media and film >> Public awareness >> Science and technology >> Sport

Administrative overview >> Appendix: Australia–India Trust Account Financial Statements 1999–2000

John Carroll, Ms Maree Delofski, Sumitra Gate and Mohan Agashe

Council funding enabled Associate Professor John Carroll, Lecturer in Communication at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst (right) and Ms Maree Delofski of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (second from left) to visit the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune to advise on the Institute’s new film and television curriculum. Also in the photograph are Ms Sumitra Gate, Secretary of the FTII, and Dr Mohan Agashe, the FTII Director. (Natascha Stellmach © whiteroom productions 2000)

Print and electronic media and film

The objectives of the Council’s print and electronic media and film program are to increase understanding of Australia in India, and of India in Australia, through the print media and radio, television and film.

The major Council film initiative during 1999–2000 was the Journey Festival of Australian Films in New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Calcutta from 10 January to 19 February 2000. The first part of a planned bilateral exchange of film festivals managed by Cinemedia Victoria and curated by the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), Journey included six Australian feature films (Amy, Doing Time for Patsy Cline, Head On, In a Savage Land, Radiance and The Interview) and four short films (Harry’s War, Tulip, Slim Pickings and The Calling), which showcased challenging and sophisticated work created between 1997 and 1999 by both prominent and emerging Australian film-makers.

Journey was a joint project between the three Australian project partners and, in India, the Directorate of Film Festivals and the International Film Festival of India. Following a visit to India in January 1999 by Ms Amree Hewitt of Cinemedia for preliminary discussions on the proposed film exchange, the Council provided funding for Journey as the first stage of the exchange.

The Australian films were accompanied to New Delhi for the opening of the Festival by leading participants in the films including Nadia Tass, director and producer of Amy, her son John Parker-Tass who acts in the film, and Hugo Weaving, the principal actor in The Interview.

Another 1999–2000 initiative was the Council’s decision to provide funding for the Medialink news media exchange program, conducted by the Asialink Centre. The Medialink program, to commence in 2000–2001, involves three- to nine-month exchanges in each direction between a wide range of news media personnel from Australia and India. The aim of the program is to strengthen country-to-country relations by promoting dialogue and cooperation in the region, directly and through enhanced public understanding.

The Council provided funding to the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) to enable Associate Professor John Carroll, Lecturer in Communication at Charles Sturt University, to visit the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune in February 2000 to advise on the introduction of the Institute’s new film and television curriculum. Professor Carroll had substantially contributed to the new FTII curriculum during a previous Council-funded visit. The project also included a visit to the FTII by Ms Maree Delofski of AFTRS to conduct a course on screen studies. These visits have strengthened the relationship between the key film and television schools in Australia and India.

The Council also provided funding to Sydney-based film maker Ms Kay Rasool to enable her to participate in the screening of her film My Journey, My Islam in the Mumbai International Film Festival during February 2000.

 

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