Come March 31st and all roads will lead to the Heart of India into the City of Forts Gwalior where the ITM University Gwalior 2nd Lake City International Film Festival (LCIFF) 2017 is being held. To be held over two days (March 31st & 1st April) at the sprawling ITM University Gwalior campus and ITM Global School, LCIFF 2017 will be bringing in quality films from across the globe to the people of Gwalior for the first time.
Serving as Madhya Pradesh’s premier and upcoming International level Film Festival, the Lakecity International Film Festival (LCIFF) 2017 was founded to showcase Madhya Pradesh as a shooting destination in film making, and aims to exhibit the most captivating and innovative content. Though film festivals have become a regular affair in most countries yet most of them cater only to selected audience as well as entertain the commercially successful film makers and related personalities. However, LCIFF aims to connect the film fans and movies goers with the world, so as to bring about greater understanding of the art of film making.
Supported by ITM University Gwalior and ITM Global School, Hon’ble minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomarji has graciously consented to inaugurate the festival. Breaking all stereotypes, LCIFF's mission is to present quality films from around the world as well as support, recognize and honor indie film makers. With more than 180 films making it to the festival, the best of these films will be showcased here. BAFTA awarded Best Director Film Mantostaan that has travelled to various International Film Festivals across the globe will open the film alongside Ab To Pati Khol Do - A film on Swatch Bharat theme.
Some of the other notable films selected by the selection committee for screening include Indo Australia Sudama The Half Man, A Daughters Dream by Manto Pashupatinath, Rebellious Flower - An Award Winning film on Osho (Acharya Rajneesh) by Krishan Hooda, Rajeev Bhatia's National Award Winning Film Pagdi - The Honour, Murari - The Mad Gentleman, Beyond Blue (Cannes entry) by Zanane Rajsingh, Yaaron Samjha Karo by Dharmesh Pandit and others. In the international category, we have films like Final Project (China), The Third Eye (Mongolia / Thai), Capturing Happiness (Europe), The Eve (Italy), Alastair Tembylton (USA), Imphal 1944 (UK / Japan), September Sketch Book (USA), etc.
In the short film category, we have The Sunflower starring Surendra Rajan, The Magic of Giving starring Vaquar Shaikh (Sarbjit fame) & Shweta Gulati, Sandhya an Awakening starring Anurag Tomar (Prince), Mr. Clown, Ehsaas, Oneker Moddhe Ekjon, Café Irani Chai (Documentary), The Dinner (French), Ramadan in Bhopal by Troy Khan, Washakie (Italy), Selfish and Goodbye, Mayfly (Kashmiri) by Siddhartha Gigoo amongst others.
A celebrity event, it will be not only be attended by directors and film makers from across the globe but also known names from Bollywood including Sonal Sehgal (Radio / Damadamm) and Gauhar Khan (Rocket Singh / Badrinath Ki Dulhania / Ishaqzaade / Begum Jaan as well as the winner of Bigg Boss 7), and Actors like Nirbhay Wadhwa (Hanuman Serial playing the title role), Surendra Rajan (Jadoo ki Jhappi wala sweeper of Munnabhai MBBS), Vaquar Shaikh (Sarabjit), Saurabbh Roy (Luv Phir Kabhie), Rishi Bhutani (Bolo Raam / Gandhigiri), RJ Mantra (Comedy Circus fame), Rahul Bhuchar and others. Renowned actress Moushumi Chatterjee will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Renowned Novelist Siddhartha Gigoo who was awarded the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2015 for Asia will also attend the event.
The festival will also organise workshop in the field of acting, direction and personality grooming by renowned director Manto Pashupatinath, International Fashion Stylist and Celebrity Designer Mumtaz Khan, Creative Director Jaya Bhargava, Actor Saurabh Roy, as well as Independent film producer Jenif Matthew Joseph amongst others. These workshops will be entirely Free for youths and aspiring film makers, models and actors to attend. There will be No Registration Charges. However, you have to pre-register as Seats are Limited.
While Hotel Royal Inn, City Centre, Gwalior is Hospitality Partner to the event, Gwalior Abhi Tak News with Films & TV World is Media Partner to the event. The festival has also tied up with Giiffa - Global Impact International Film Festival & Awards as well as Darbhanga International Film Festival as Festival Partner to the event.