Lonavla International Film Festival India Starts From 24 September Virtually

The festival which will run over 3 weekends will pay a Special Tribute to Ace Filmmaker Shakti Samanta and will screen some of his memorable films


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Amid the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the 6th Lonavala International Film Festival India (LIFFI) 2021 will be held virtually from 24-26 September,1-3 and 8-10 October 2021. 

The festival which will run over 3 weekends will pay a special tribute to ace filmmaker Shakti Samanta and will screen some of his memorable films. 

The Director of the Festival is Madhav Todi, the Festival Curator is Viveck Vaswani   

Madhav Todi, Festival Director, LIFFI, said, “We did not let the pandemic break our spirit last year and conducted the festival online. The overwhelming participation strengthened our resolve and hence are conducting the festival online this year as well. We want to continue our endeavour of entertaining and educating the people of India with interesting films & interactive panel discussions with experts. Due to pandemic, we can’t organize a physical edition this year as well, though we have put together an interesting selection for everyone to enjoy with their family from the comfort of their homes."

The eminent film personalities will take part in the pre-screening discussions which will highlight the reasons why these films have become classics. The film personalities include Ashim Samanta, Sandip Soparrkar, Pooja Desai, Brahmanand Singh, Jyotin Goel, Tushar Bhatia, Divya Solgama amongst others. 

According to the official press release, "One film will be streamed each day and in total 9 feature films will be shown throughout the tenure of the festival. The Opening & Closing films of the festival are An Evening in Paris and Pancham Unplugged."

Viewers can watch the films and participate in panel discussions from the confines of their home on the PLEXIGO Application. 

"As part of the tribute to Shakti Samanta, the first weekend of the festival will be a Shammi Kapoor Special and his evergreen films: An Evening in Paris, Kashmir Ki Kali, and China Town will be shown. The 2nd Weekend will take you through Rajesh Khanna’s romantic journey & will screen some of his gems like Aradhana, Kati Patang & Amar Prem. The 3rd weekend will be a mix and will showcase:  Barsaat Ki Ek Raat, Amanush & Pancham Unplugged. Before each film starts,  there will be panel discussions on the film with the panelists," the official statement read.  

Sushil Kumar Agrawal, CEO, Ultra Media, and Entertainment Group is the Patron in Chief of LIFFI 2021. 

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