Serving as Madhya Pradesh's Premier Film Festival, the Lakecity International Film Festival (LCIFF) held in Gwalior was founded to showcase MP as a leader in contemporary film making, and aims to exhibit the most captivating and innovative content. The Biggest Event in city of Forts in the Heart of Incredible India (Yes! Hindustan ke Dil mein), the next three day LCIFF 2018 festival is slated to happen in July 2018.

Festival Mission:
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. These films will be organized thematically, in hopes of representing the full range of the human experience as reflected by our chosen filmmakers. LCIFF will also be a vital showcase for indie short film makers as the festival has a PSA Films Category in addition to its competitive sections. The PSA films should be of 5 minutes duration revolving around a theme and have a strong social message.

Festival Objectives:
Though film festivals have became 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 intends to organize a festival that connects the film fans & movies goers with the world, especially the serious filmmaker & their associates so as to bring about greater understanding of the art of film making.

The three day festival will see people of various communities thronging the venue to enjoy films from countries including Germany, Italy, UK, USA, Russia, Bangladesh, Iran, Poland in English and the country's own languages. Indian regional language films like Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Bhojpuri, and in south Indian language including Malayalam, Tamil, Telegu and Kanada will be showcased.

Should you need more details, please feel free to get back to us:
Mohan Das
Festival Director,
Email: lakecity.mp@gmail.com
Cell: 0091-9987754342

Ankit Tandon
Festival Co-ordinator
Cell: 0091-9004925704
Email: lciff.mp@gmail.com

FEATURE FILM CATEGORY

BEST INDIAN FILM
BEST FOREIGN FILM
BEST CHILDREN FILM
BEST FILM (LOCAL TALENT)
BEST FILM ON NATIONAL ISSUES
P N DAS MEMORIAL AWARD FOR BEST STORY
RENUKA DAS MEMORIAL AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR
BEST DEBUTANTE DIRECTOR
BEST ACTRESS FOREIGN / INDIAN
MEENAKSHI MAHENDRU MEMORIAL AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR FOREIGN / INDIAN
BEST CHILD ARTISTE
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
BEST DIRECTOR OF CINEMATOGRAPHY FOREIGN / INDIAN
BEST MUSIC DIRECTOR
BEST SOUND
BEST EDITOR
CRITICS AWARD
SPECIAL JURY MENTION

SHORT FILMS / DOCUMENTARIES CATEGORY

BEST INDIAN FILM
BEST FOREIGN FILM
BEST CHILDREN FILM
BEST ANIMATION FILM
LAKSHMI TANDON AWARD FOR BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM
BEST ENVIRONMENTAL FILM
BEST FILM (LOCAL TALENT)
BEST DIRECTOR
BEST DEBUTANTE DIRECTOR
BEST ACTOR
BEST ACTRESS
BEST CHILD ARTISTE
BEST DIRECTOR OF CINEMATOGRAPHY
BEST MUSIC DIRECTOR
BEST EDITOR
CRITICS AWARD
SPECIAL JURY MENTION

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

FESTIVAL REGULATIONS

FEATURE FILMS:

The Festival is being organized under the aegis of Lake City International Film Festival by Eon Films, O.M. Filmz, Plus Publications and FilmCafe and with support from Indian Film Industry and film makers from around the world.

FILM ENTRY SUBMISSION LAST DATE & ENTRY FEES

Early Bird deadline: Rs. 1,800/- US $ 50 March 15th, 2018
Regular deadline: Rs. 2,500/- US $ 75 April 30th, 2018
Late deadline: Rs. 3,500/- US $ 95 May 31st, 2018
Extended deadline: Rs. 4,500/- US $ 115 June 30th, 2018

The entry form / application will be considered only on receipt of Administrative film submission entry fee as mentioned above by Cash / DD / Cheque, or Money Transfer..

• Indian Participants can send payments through Cheque / Demand Draft in favour of “SUDEEP DAS” payable at Mumbai
Bank A/c. No.: 000310100405547
Account Holder Name: Sudeep Das
IFSC Code BCBM0000004
SWIFT Code: BCMLINBB
Bank Name: The Bharat Co-Operative Bank (Mumbai) Ltd.
Bank Address: Shivgiri, Ground Floor, Samant Estate, Goregaon (East), Mumbai 400063

or PAYTM to 9987754342 / Mohan Das

• International Participants have to make payments through Paypal to pplusmag@gmail.com

All entries must be sent to the LCIFF prepaid and insured for your own protection. Entry form, DVD, Synopsis, Posters, Publicity stills and other material should reach Festival office on or before i.e. May 31st, 2018 except in the case of Extended Deadline entries.

1. DATE & PLACE
The Festival will be held in Gwalior in July 2018.

2. REGULATIONS
The programme of the Festival will be divided into the following categories:
a) World Premier / Asian Premier / Indian Premier
b) Feature Film - Released & Unreleased
c) Documentary / Short Fiction / Animation Film / Public Service Film
d) Classics / Homage / Retrospective

3. COMPETITION (Open to all Directors across the Globe)
Films entered in the Competition Section must fulfill the following conditions:

3.1 To be categorized as Feature films, the running length of the movie should be more than 70 mins.
3.2 They must have been made / released between 1st April 2014 and 15th January 2018. Eligibility period will be determined by the Censorship visa / certificate of the country where the film has been produced.
3.3 In the case of co-productions, at least one of the producers/production companies must have the right to sanction the participation of the film in competition in the Festival and authority to receive award, if any, is won.
3.4 Entries will be subject to preview by a committee constituted by this Festival Director. A film which is not accepted for the Competition Section can be shown in the World Premier and / or Non Competition Section
3.5 The competition will be held subject to the acceptance of a minimum of seven eligible films from different Continent.
3.6 The decisions of the jury will be taken by a simple majority of the members present and voting. The jury can evolve its own rules for assessment of the entries. The Director of the Festival, the Festival Programmer for LCIFF and the Chairperson of the jury can attend the deliberations of the jury but shall neither participate nor vote.
3.7 No person in any way connected with the production or commercial exploitation of a competitive entry will be a member of the jury.
3.8 The Festival Director reserves the right to exclude films which are not in conformity with aims of the Festival

4. AWARDS
The following Awards are constituted:

BEST FILM FOREIGN / INDIAN
BEST CHILDREN FILM
BEST FILM ON NATIONAL ISSUES
BEST DIRECTOR
BEST DEBUTANTE DIRECTOR
BEST ACTRESS FOREIGN / INDIAN
BEST ACTOR Award FOREIGN / INDIAN
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
BEST DIRECTOR OF CINEMATOGRAPHY
BEST MUSIC DIRECTOR
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
BEST SOUND
BEST EDITOR
SPECIAL JURY MENTION

5. ENTERING FILMS IN THE FESTIVAL

5.1. Film Producers, Distributors their duly authorised representatives or duly authorised government organization / agency of the participating countries may enter their films for the Competition/World Premier in the enclosed Entry Form.
5.2 The film should be a Feature Film and should have been released after 1st April, 2014 or awaiting a release (Not necessary for unreleased film or those to be shown in the World / Asian / Indian Premiere sections
5.3. Films should be in 35mm/70mm/16 mm and/or Digital format with optical soundtrack
5.4 Films are now also accepted on a BluRay / DVD.
5.5 The Festival Director may also invite films it considers of interest.
5.6 The Form, duly filled in, separately for each film proposed to be entered should reach the Festival Director by May 31st, 2018.

6. NOTICE OF PARTICIPATION
Entrants should inform the Festival Director by May 31st, 2018 about their participation, including the titles of films and the names and addresses of the directors, producers, production companies and world sales companies against each film titles.

7. PRINTS / BLU RAY DISC / DVD’S FOR SELECTION

7.1 Prints / Blu Ray Discs / DVD’s of films may be sent for purposes of selection so as to reach the Festival Director not later than May 31st, 2018. DVD’s may also be sent through diplomatic channels.
7.2 Prints of film if needed will be intimated to the directors/production co. well in advance so as to facilitate them to send across the same.

8. FREIGHT AND OTHER CHARGES

8.1 The DVD’s (two DVD’s) for selection (selection committee of LCIFF 2018) should be sent “freight pre-paid” i.e. at senders cost.
8.2 Festival Director will not pay any charges including air-freight charges. It may also please be noted that the Festival Director cannot reimburse any freight or other charges in foreign currency, unless previously agreed to in writing.
8.3 The Festival Director will not bear freight or any other charges for unsolicited films, Videos, DVD sent to it, if these are not selected for screening in the Festival.
8.4 The special arrangements made by the Festival Director for clearance through Indian Customs in Mumbai are applicable only in the case of consignments directly air-freighted on request and addressed to this Festival Director. In the case of publicity material, etc. sent pre-paid by Courier Services or through agents in India, the concerned Courier Service/agent should be instructed to deliver the material directly to the office of the Festival Directorate in Mumbai. The Festival Director shall not be responsible for any material that is diverted to some other city in India.

9. SUBTITLING

9.1 Subtitling is necessary and compulsory for films that are not in English language or in Hindi (Indian Language)
9.2 Films will normally be screened in their original language/version. Films in language other than English / Hindi (Indian Language) must have subtitles in English. Films without subtitles, or with subtitles other than in English, shall not be screened in the Festival.

10. SCREENING

10.1 Entries under the World Premiere / Asian Premiere & Indian Premiere shall be of films certified by Information and Broadcasting Ministry or Central Board of Film Certification, India. The Festival Directors discretion in this respects whether to screen a film without the CBFC Certificate or not shall be final and binding.
10.2 No accepted film will be shown outside the Festival city by the Festival Director.
10.3 The Festival proposes to have a maximum of 3 screenings per film and shall not exceed these at any times.

11. EXCERPTS / PROMOS FOR TELEVISION / CHANNELS

For promotion of films entered in the Festival on television and satellite channels, producers/ authorised entrants are requested to supply four excerpts of the film(s) entered, each of a maximum duration of three minutes, to the Festival Director. These should be supplied preferably on DVC Pro format or Beta (PAL system) format.

12. GENERAL

12.1 Films not presenting sufficient technical qualities for good public screening can be refused after checking of the Blu Ray Discs / DVDs / Prints by the Print Checking Unit of the Festival Director.
12.2 The participants must ensure that they have the right to participate in the Lake City International Film Festival, Mumbai, India with regard to parties connected with the production / distribution of the participating film and / or other right holders/licenses.
12.3 Participation in the Festival implies acceptance of these and all Regulations as specified.
12.4 The Festival Director will decide all matters not expressly provided for in these regulations but in conformity with the provisions of the International Regulations for film festivals and its decisions shall be final and binding on all parties.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR SUBMISSION & PARTICIPATION OF
SHORT FILMS / FICTION FILMS / DOCUMENTARIES / ANIMATION FILMS:

To be eligible for inclusion, the films should have been made not before April 2014 and the duration of the films should be 30 minutes or less. For PSA films, the duration should not be more than 5 minutes.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS:

Early Bird deadline: Rs. 1,800/- US $ 50 March 15th, 2018
Regular deadline: Rs. 2,500/- US $ 75 April 30th, 2018
Late deadline: Rs. 3,500/- US $ 95 May 31st, 2018
Extended deadline: Rs. 4,500/- US $ 115 June 30th, 2018

AWARDS
Awards for shorts fiction / documentaries are constituted as follows:

BEST FILM FOREIGN / INDIAN
BEST DIRECTOR FOREIGN / INDIAN
BEST ACTRESS FOREIGN / INDIAN
BEST ACTOR FOREIGN / INDIAN
BEST CHILDREN FILM
BEST ANIMATION FILM
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
BEST DOCUMENTARY
BEST FILM ON SOCIAL ISSUES
BEST FILM - LOCAL TALENT
BEST DEBUTANTE DIRECTOR
BEST CHILD ARTISTE
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER
BEST MUSIC DIRECTOR
BEST EDITOR
CRITICS AWARD
SPECIAL JURY MENTION
BEST MUSIC VIDEO

If any category does not receive a minimum of THREE Films will not be considered for evaluation of Awards. However, the maker of such a categorized film will be honored with a Special Stand Alone Certificate.

Entry form should be completely filled in with all the applicable information. For added publicity and to promote your films on the web, with media and in the Festival program, you can send a press-kit of the film which includes film stills and director’s photograph on a separate CD / DVD as well as its hard copy.

All entries must be sent to the LCIFF prepaid and insured for your own protection. Entry form, DVD, Synopsis, Posters, Publicity stills and other material should reach Festival office on or before May 31st, 2018.

Participants can send as many entries as he/she likes. However, please submit a separate submission form for each film. For films other than in Hindi / English language, the film must have English subtitles.

To be considered for selection in the Opening Film category, the films should not have been presented in any Indian Festival or released on video / telecast / internet. Preference will be given to world premieres for films of high quality value and that carries a good social message.

Selection of Films for the LCIFF will be announced on or after July 4th, 2018. However, the festival committee reserves the right to accept or refuse any film without assigning any reason whatsoever..

PSA Films
PSA or Public Service Films are mainly done for a social cause as well as create a public awareness campaign to inform or educate the public on a multitude of issues - right from health and safety to AIDS to Cancer, from anti-smoking campaigns to energy saving issues or even on animal cruelty, protecting the environment, crime prevention and the like.

To qualify for eligibility in the PSA Films category,
o Films must be original and in the public interest giving a message to the society.
o Films may be on any theme but should not be anti-government or on a controversial issues and should be non-religious with a running time of max 5 mins.
o Films can be Silent or in any language. Films that are not in Hindi / English should carry English subtitles and can be animated or general.

ENTRY FEES
The entry form / application will be considered only on receipt of Administrative film submission entry fee as mentioned above by Cash / Demand Draft / Cheque, or Money Transfer..

• Indian Participants can send payments through Cheque / Demand Draft in favour of “SUDEEP DAS” payable at Mumbai
Bank A/c. No.: 000310100405547
Account Holder Name: Sudeep Das
IFSC Code BCBM0000004
SWIFT Code: BCMLINBB
Bank Name: The Bharat Co-Operative Bank (Mumbai) Ltd.
Bank Address: Shivgiri, Ground Floor, Samant Estate, Goregaon (East), Mumbai 400063
or PAYTM to 9987754342 / Mohan Das

• International Participants can send payments through Paypal to pplusmag@gmail.com

Once entered, films may not be withdrawn from participation at LCIFF under any circumstances. Also, DVDs and other materials submitted will not be returned and will be retained as part of Festival library

The festival will not arrange for Travel / Accommodation or will reimburse Travel / Stay Expenses of the participants attending the festival unless specified otherwise.

Festival archive and other uses
o All selected films will be kept at the LCIFF Library as part of the Festival archive.
o To promote the Festival, the films and cinema, the Festival is authorized, once it will be over, to screen Lake City International Film Festival packages in other festivals, film clubs, universities, etc.

Entry and participation of films at Lake City International Film Festival imply unconditional acceptance of the rules. In unspecified cases, the Festival will make a final decision.

CORRESPONDENCE & SHIPPING ADDRESS:

All correspondence, publicity materials, DVD’s and film prints should be addressed to:

Festival Director
LAKE CITY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
607 Hill View Gardens, 6th Floor
Vaishali Nagar, Dahisar (East)
Mumbai 400068, INDIA
Cell: 0-998 775 4342
Email: lakecity.mp@gmail.com
URL: www.lciff.in

The LCIFF 2018 Festival authorities will send the applicant online receipt / acknowledgement for the official entry of the film for festival.

NOTE: Festival Director, Programmer, Selection Panel and Jury shall determine selections and / or Award Winners at their sole discretion. LCIFF authorities at any time would not entertain any request pertaining to selection films and / or awards. Decision of the LCIFF festival authorities regarding all matters not expressly provided for in these rules and regulations or which require interpretation of the clauses mentioned above shall be final and binding to all parties.