The three-day Australian Film Festival (AFF) got off to a magnificent start at the Silver City multiplex here on Monday with enthusiasts queuing up to view the films.

Dehra Dun is the only non-metro city where the screening of the Australian movies will take place apart from New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai, Anupam Sharma, a Dehra Dun born filmmaker who now lives in Australia, said. This also happens to be the first international film festival in the city.

“Uttarakhand has stunning locations and a potential to attract film-makers from across the world. But the hill State lacks infrastructure and trained manpower,” said Mr. Sharma, adding that he would work towards development of necessary infrastructure and human resources in the State.

The Australia-India Council (AIC) and Australian filmmakers have shown interest in making films in the picturesque locales of Uttarakhand, said Satish Sharma another film enthusiast.

“Yes, Madam Sir” is the most anticipated film of the festival. This award-winning documentary on the first woman IPS officer Kiran Bedi has been directed by Megan Doneman.

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