PRESS RELEASE: LIFFT INDIA FILMOTSAV INTRO – OPENING CEREMONY:
Lonavla’s premiere film festival Lifft India Filmotsav-World Cine Fest is an annual initiatiative conceptualized and founded by Riju Bajaj to introduce global cinema to lonavla. Being a tourist destination and regular place to anchor writers for creative output by the producers, lonavla seemed to be the most promising destination to create yet another pad for international film festival in India.
Starting on the minimum budget available at individual level, Riju found business partners in Dr.Anamika Sharma stepping in as co-founder to put forward a small step in the direction of establishing a platform for the young and professional film makers. They have previously gifted away to lonavla its first ever international film festival in 2016. LIFFT INDIA FILMOTSAV-WORLD CINE FEST is their second gift with a punch of cultural carnival to Lonavla.
Fariyas Resort is a permanent venue for Lifft India Filmotsav-world cine fest which provides most of the facilities under one roof such as, film exhibition in banquet hall, function/ceremonies, filmy nukkad in banquet hall to host Q&A sessions get together of film financiers, distributors etc. Lifft India Filmotsav is striding towards providing helping hand to market films by acting as a bridge between the film makers and distributors etc. Lifft India Filmotsav shall cater to all genre of film crafts and universal audience without any prejudice for a particular type of cinema. Lifft India encapsulates films ranging from typical art house festival cinema to commercial cinema and short films, student films, children’s films and documentaries & green films. Lifft India Filmotsav has also extended its effort to compliment the film makers through establishing Lifft India Awards & Honour to commemorate individual film makers and technicians. Lifft India has established awards in the name and memory of Om Puri, Ismail Merchant, Khemchand Prakash, V.K. Murthy, Renu Saluja, Sameer Chanda. There are over 35 categories for Lifft India Awards & Honours.
Lifft India is obliged and privileged to receive positive support from its Jury members, selection panel and guest of honours who have come forward to help establish Lifft India Filmotsav on honorary basis without charging their professional fees. This generous support reflects the true potential of Lifft India Filmotsav’s establishment and reason to exist. Lifft India thanks these generous film professionals who have put their faith and trust in it to nurture a new platform for the growth of film fraternity in near future. Lifft India has also received voluntary support from Indo Asian News Service, Ask World Studios, Mukesh Chhabra Casting Company, Hotel Neat Space, Vyner Resort, Ipitch.Tv, Cinestaan.com and individuals to felicitate online promotions and smooth operation at ground level. Lifft India is over whelmed by such supports and volunteers. Lifft India also thanks the DFF and I&B ministry to help in issuing waiver for censor certificate to exhibit new films. Apart from utilizing small budget available with the Lifft India founder members, support from donors, courtesy sponsors and financial sponsors are welcome to help Lifft India Filmotsav become independent and self financing in the coming years.
What’s in a Name And To Be or not to Be That will always be a question. But the Show must go on, no matter what happens.
With LIFFT INDIA FILMOTSAV, Team Lifft India plans to host more elaborate and longer duration of the festival inclusive of television, theatre, paintings, music from across the globe and increase the number of days and screens in the subsequent years. Lifft India Filmotsav also intends to grow its reach in other cities as well by launching its ‘Sattellite Festival’. Lifft India intends to host master classes, contests, and film training short course classes, film appreciation course and help in raising funds for film writing and production etc. in the subsequent years depending upon the positive response received from the film fraternity and local people of Lonavla and especially Fariyas Resort without whose support Lifft India would be homeless.
We look forward to people’s support by donations and corporate sponsorships to throttle us ahead with Lifft India Filmotsav organized by Riju Bajaj Media & Entertainment.
Some other interesting details about Lift India Filmotsav 2017- World Cine Fest:-
86 films in all from 20 countries in over 30 languages will be screened at regal and Monarch banquet halls.
Lifft India Filmotsav is proud to have received films from Iran, USA, Canada, UK, Australia,Portugal, Argentina, Greece, Japan, China, Russia, Chille, Italy, France, Spain, Columbia, Germany, South Africa, Belgium, Hungary, Brazil, Israel, Turkey,
India – Mumbai, Pune, Assam, Punjab, Chennai, Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh, Bengal, Gujarat,
Over 300 entries were received from 37 countries for feature films, children’s films, short films, student films, Green films & Documentaries, web series and music videos.
120 films have been officially selected and which is further shortlisted to screen 86 films inclusive of feature films, children’s films, short films, student films, Green films & Documentaries under competition category between 1st – 5th sept 2017.
Lifft India Filmotsav will screen :-
30 Feature films including children’s films
17 Indian Short films
13 International Short Films
11 Student short films
8 Documentary films
5 Green films [docus]
There are 55 first time directors among the officially selected 120 films.
Press Release – : LIFFT INDIA FILMOTSAV 2017