The 6th Lonavala International Film Festival, which ran over 3 weekends, honored Ace filmmaker Shakti Samanta with nine of his memorable films. Like an evening in Paris, Aradhana, Barsat Ki Ek Raat, Kashmir Ki Kali, Kati Patang, Amar Prem.
The director of the festival was Madhav Todi and the festival curator was Viveck Vaswani. Prior to the screenings, pre-screening discussions were held that shed light on the reasons why these films have become classics. The speakers in the panel included Ashim Samanta, Sandip Soparrkar, Pooja Desai, Jyotin Goel, Tushar Bhatia, Divya Solgama and Ananth Mahadevan. One film was streamed each day and a total of 9 feature films were shown throughout the festival. The opening and closing films of the festival were “An Evening in Paris” & “Anand Ashram”
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Last year the 5th edition of the festival, which also took place online due to a pandemic, had an overwhelming response and was visited and viewed by several thousand people across the country. Films maxde by NN Sippy were shown last year. The previous 4 editions of the festival took place live every year at the picturesque Triose Plaza, Ryewoods, INS Shivaji Road, Lonavala, which was attended by many film personalities
Madhav Todi, Festival Director of LIFFI, said: “We didn’t let the pandemic break us last year and ran the festival online. The overwhelming participation confirmed our decision to hold the festival online again this year. We want to continue our endeavors to entertain and educate the people in India with interesting films and interactive panel discussions with experts. Due to the pandemic, we cannot organize a physical edition this year either, although we have put together an interesting selection that everyone with their family can enjoy from the comfort of their own home. “
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Previously, he was personally honored by several well-known artists and filmmakers from the Indian film industry such as Shyam Benegal, Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Ketan Mehta, Govind Nihalani, Sudhir Mishra, Deepa Sahi, Rajit Kapoor, Mukesh Khanna, Kanwaljit Singh and others. Several media school students (including from Mumbai and Pune) and film enthusiasts have benefited from meeting film personalities and from master classes and workshops with eminent figures such as Rinki Bhattacharya, Mayank Shekhar, Joy Sengupta, Tushar Bhatia, Sandeep Soparkar and Ananth Mahadevan. to visit, & Viveck Vaswani to name a few.
Mr. Sushil Kumar Agrawal, CEO, Ultra Media & Entertainment Group, is the patron of LIFFI 2021. The festival’s valued partners this year were Triose Boutique Hotel, Ultra Media & Entertainment Group, Pearl Academy School of Contemporary Media, Red FM & PLEXIGO .