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 none the less 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 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, the festival got support from the industry which resulted in the huge success of this festival, and that is the reason why it is celebrated every year ever since in the presence of the who's who of Bollywood.
Lonavala International Film Festival originated in the year 2016. Several acclaimed names like Shyam Benegal, Naseeruddin Shah, Ketan Mehta, Govind Nihalani, Sudhir Mishra were seen attending the festival. Some of the Indian Cinema’s cult films were showcased too, such as Tamas, Pyaasa, Ardh Satya, Drohkaal. 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 sessions gave it a Happy ending like typical Bollywood movies.
Lonavala International Film Festival 2017 was again a huge hit. In this, more than 30 films were showcased under the theme of “An Entertaining Family Weekend” wherein 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 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.
LIFFI 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', 'Madhumati' enlightened the audience with their 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 with influencers like Ms Shabana Azmi, Mr Prakash Oak, Mr Ananth Mahadevan. The deliberate workshops and Q & A were also conducted by film experts like Mr Joy Sengupta, Mr Anant Mahadevan, and Mr Tushar Bhatia.
LIFF 2019 was held this year between 13 and 15 September at Scenic Triose Plaza in Lonavala which is famously known as Green Valley of Mumbai. This time, the legendary Director, Subhash Ghai was honoured with a grand tribute wherein 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!
Chief Guest Speech. The Chief Guest of the festival delivers speech related to their progressive journey and perception from the industry.
Film Screening. Several parallel and commercial cinema are chosen every year to be screened annually and are recognized for their work at such a big platform
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 in their legendary way.
Lonavala is a beautiful hill station surrounded by hills, lakes, waterfalls. A perfect getaway for those who look for serenity amidst nature. The nearby cities of the hill station are Pune and Mumbai. Here, people mostly speak Marathi. The city is 26 h (1,488.9 km) via NH 48, 1 h 41 min (88.2 km) via Bengaluru - Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai - Pandharpur Rd/Mumbai - Pune Hwy, 41 h (2,134.8 km) via NH16, 15 h 23 min (900.8 km) via AH47 away from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bangaluru respectively.
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 enjoys 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 Lonavala. Apart from this, local train from Dadar to Lonavala will be the easiest option which will take around more than 2 hours.
By Road. When it comes to road connectivity, Lonavala has got smooth links with other 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.
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 your 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, Indrayani Express.
13 December 2019 - 15 December 2019
Triose Plaza, Lonavla
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