The festival to be held from June 11-22, 2012 was launched by actor and festival ambassador Vidya Balan.
Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi in master class ‘Thinking through Laughter’ will talk about successful script writing collaborations (3 Idiots, Lage Raho Munna Bhai) with a special focus on the comedy genre.
Rituparno Ghosh will discuss Art house cinema in India as an alternative to the mainstream commercial Bollywood cinema in his master class ‘Realism in Indian cinema’.
Sabyasachi Mukherjee will conduct ‘Talking through Fabric’, a unique master class looking at the role of costume and fabric design in creating a powerful narrative in film.
Jugal Hansraj will conduct ‘Animation: The hotspot for co–production’, a master class discussing India’s booming animation industry and the possibility of Australian/Indian animation co-productions.