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Lonavala International Film Festival is nothing short of a cinematic affair that keeps everyone hooked on it whenever it is held. While the media is the fourth pillar of democracy, cinema is also considered nonetheless, these days. Celebrating the efforts of writers, poets, cinematographers, directors, to name a few, Lonavala International Film Festival ensures that every year the film fraternity is lauded for the kind of effort it puts in, in making films. 

Cinema undeniably reflects the situation of our society. Although there are a lot of film festivals that take place throughout the year, the origin of Lonavala International Film Festival was solely to celebrate Indian cinema in its full glory. Within the first year itself, the festival got support from the Indian film industry which resulted in the huge success of this festival. And since then, Lonavala International Film Festival is celebrated every year in the presence of the who's who of Bollywood. 

History of Lonavala International Film Festival

Lonavala International Film Festival originated in the year 2016. Several acclaimed names like Shyam Benegal, Naseeruddin Shah, Ketan Mehta, Govind Nihalani, and Sudhir Mishra were seen attending the festival. Some of the Indian Cinema’s cult films were showcased too, such as Tamas, Pyaasa, Ardh Satya, and Drohkaal.

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Besides this, to bring out the true and real essence of life, few documentaries were also projected that were highly applauded. The award ceremony, along with the Q/A session gave it a happy ending like typical Bollywood movies. 

Lonavala International Film Festival 2017 was a huge hit. This time, more than 30 films were showcased under the theme of An Entertaining Family Weekend where movies like - I am Kalam, Andaz Apna Apna, Jalpari-The Desert Mermaid, Hum Aapke Hain Koun and more were screened.

Do you remember the first superhero on Indian TV? Yes, it is Mukesh Khanna aka Shaktimaan. The favourite of every child of the '90s also appeared as the Chief Guest of the event.

Lonavala International Film Festival 2018 was another great success for the film fraternity. This time the organizers paid tribute to filmmaker Bimal Roy. The screening of his films like Sujata, Bandini, and Madhumati enlightened the audience with his unique perspective.

Also, some treasures of Mr. Bimal Roy were exhibited that were taken from his daughter’s personal collection. In the audience, the same were graced by influencers like Ms Shabana Azmi, Mr Prakash Oak, and Mr Ananth Mahadevan. Workshops and QnA were also conducted by film experts like Mr Joy Sengupta, Mr Anant Mahadevan, and Mr Tushar Bhatia.

Lonavala International Film Festival 2019 was held at Scenic Triose Plaza in Lonavala which is famously known as Green Valley of Mumbai. This time, legendary Director Subhash Ghai was honoured with a grand tribute where his iconic movies such as Karz, Khalnayak, Saudagar, etc. were screened. Also, students from the film and media schools were invited to attend the grand celebrations of our Cinema! 

Major Attractions of Lonavala International Film Festival 2020

1. Chief Guest Speech. The Chief Guest of the festival delivers speech related to their progressive journey and perception from the industry.

2. Film Screening. Several parallel and commercial cinemas are chosen every year to be screened annually and are recognized for their work at such a big platform.

3. Q/A Sessions. To keep the audience engaged, the interactive sessions are taken that are quite fun for the budding cinema enthusiasts who get to hear from the legends themselves.  

How to Reach

Lonavala is a beautiful hill station surrounded by hills, lakes, waterfalls and more. It is a perfect getaway for those who look for serenity amidst nature. Lonavala is located at an approximate distance of 1,484, 627, 1,998, 899 km from Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Follow the below-mentioned routes to travel here by public means of transportation.

By Air. The closest airport is Pune International Airport which is situated at Lohegaon, Pune. The distance between Lonavala and airport is just 71 kilometres. The airport serves both domestic and international flights from renowned airline services such as Air Asia, Air India, Air India Express, GoAir, IndiGo etc. Once you land at the airport, you can easily get local transport options like bus, cab, taxi or auto to reach Lonavala. Another nearest airport is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (Mumbai Airport) which is approximately 100 kilometres away from Lonavala. This airport also receives national and international flights served by renowned airline services. Once you land the airport, you can easily get a bus, cab or auto to reach there. Apart from this, local train from Dadar to Lonavala will be the easiest option which will take around 2 hours. 

By Train. Lonavala Railway Station is the nearest railway station that is just 1 kilometre away from Triose Plaza in Lonavala. Once you reach the station, you can take a cab or taxi to reach there. If you are travelling from any other state of India, then there are also direct trains for a convenient journey. For example, if you want to travel from Delhi to Lonavala, there are direct trains that run from Delhi to Lonavala such as Pune Duronto Express, and Darshan Express. Also, it will be easier to travel from Mumbai to Lonavala via local express trains. The direct trains from Mumbai to Lonavala are Pragati Express, Deccan Queen, Bsl Pune Express, and Indrayani Express.

By Road. When it comes to road connectivity, Lonavala has got smooth links with neighbouring regions. While the city is served by Maharashtra State Transport, the convenient roads accompanied by beautiful nature, is a delight to eyes. One would love to have a road journey to Lonavala. 

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    13 September 2020 - 15 September 2020

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    Triose Plaza, Lonavala

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