Cricketer-turned actor Brett Lee starrer UnIndian and Pankaj Kapur’s Toba Tek Singh are among over 45 films to be screened at the debut edition of the Lonavla International Film Festival next month.
The offerings at the gala will be a mix of short films by Indian and international directors as well as student filmmakers. There is also a wide selection of feature films, which include titles like Highway Ek Selfie Aarpar (Marathi), Assamese filmmaker Partha Borgohain’s 1962: My Country Land (which was screened at Cannes), Buddha In A Traffic Jam, Rough Book and Rang Rasiya.
“LIFFI is bringing about nine feature films that have not yet been released, under its premiere category. Most of these films are by first time directors looking for marketing avenues,” Riju Bajaj, the festival director, said. First ever Lonavla International Film Festival India LIFFI was established this year and is a major event for film enthusiasts, filmmakers, producers, buyers and distributors coming from around the world, according to the organizers.
The aim of LIFFI is to showcase and focus attention on works of quality in order to contribute to the evolution of cinema and encourage development of the film industry across the globe.
The picturesque hill station of Lonavla, 80 km from Mumbai, will play host to names like Govind Nihalani, Shyam Benegal, Tanishhtha Chatterjee, Ketan Mehta, Sudhir Mishra, Vivek Agnihotri, Pavan Malhotra and Rajit Kapur. – CINEWS