Literature, Illusion, Film, Frame, Television and Theatre India LIFFT INDIA®, LIFFT INDIA FILMOTSAV-World Cine Fest, Lonavla and LIFFT INDIA AWARDS popularly known as Lifft India Filmotsav {not for profit} established in 2017 by its Founder Mr. Riju Bajaj and Co-Founder Dr.Anamika Sharma under the aegis of "M/s Riju Bajaj Media & Entertainment" RBME® to promote and bring best of the films, television and new media content by independent, student and professional film makers from across the globe to be showcased in Lonavla and around the world.

LIFFT INDIA® is a Global Touring festival of literature, illusion, information, film, frame, television and theatre awards to be originating from and held annually in Lonavla, a tourist destination of India near Mumbai & Pune.

Lifft India Filmotsav also hosts Q&A, Conversation Session and Master Class Session with participant and eminent film makers and actors to help in growing the knowledge of film making amongst the new and budding film enthusiasts. Lifft India extensively explores marketing possibilities to help independent, student and professional film makers to market their films and future projects.

Lifft India is amongst the very few festivals in the world which has integrated the mix of all the possible genre, mode, style, format of film making meant for theatrical release, television, VOD service, Online Player etc. under one roof to boost the exchange of ideas and possibilities between the various film makers who attend the festival.
The first edition of Lifft India Filmotsav-World Cine Fest that opened on 1st sept 2017 at Fariyas Resort, Lonavla was dedicated in memory of Late Mr. Om Puri. Lifft India Filmotsav 2017 allowed entry to children to view films for only the children’s film category. All other film categories were screened for only adults {18+ age group}. This made Lifft India the only film festival that encourages children to participate in an international film festival along with professional film makers in a competition category. The attempt here is to create a platform for young and new budding film makers and actors. The cine fest concluded with Lifft India Awards 2017 on the 5th sept 2017. About 87 films from over 20 countries were screened at the first edition of Lifft India Filmotsav which was attended by Govind Nihalani, Manoj Bajpayee, Rajit Kapoor, Vipin Sharma, Pia Benegal, Mangesh Joshi, Chitranjan Giri, Meeta Vashishth, Leslie Lewis, Vidya Shah, Kunicka Sadanand, Shekhar Sen, Tripurari Sharma, Danish Hussain, Vani Tripathy Tikoo, Leena Yadav, Omkar Kapoor and Avinash das to name a few.

Many Lifft India Awards are named in memory of some legendary film personalities of their times such as Ismail Merchant Award for best producer, Khemchand Prakash Award for best music, V.K.Murthy Award for best cinematography, Sameer Chanda Award for best production design, Renu Saluja Award for best editing and Om Puri Award in conjunction with Om Puri Founadation for best actor.

Lifft India also has a Film Club and traveling/ Sattellite film festival known as Lifft India Kaarvaan to achieve the best outreach and promotions for the films that are part of Lifft India. It will benefit filmmakers with enhanced exposure to diverse audience. The officially selected films will be screened at professionally equipped banquet halls at the luxury hotel to provide and achieve best world class experience. Lifft India Filmotsav-World Cine Fest, Lonavla is a travelling boutique film festival that will be hosted in commercial theatres and Luxury Hotels only.

Lifft India also strives to promote theatre and stage actors, painters, still photographers, authors, script writers, singers, and dancers. The international theatre festival known as LIFFT INDIA NATYOTSAV integrated with the FILMOTSAV {film festival}. SAHITYOTSAV & CHITROTSAV will also be organised in due course of time.

Lifft India promotes the concept of Green Film Festival by adopting to be fully digital, paperless, zero waste, recycling and all other possible means of being eco friendly to achieve Green Film Festival status.

Lifft India also plans to uplift the art & cultural activities by incorporating them as part of the festival and by also establishing training institutes that will impart knowledge of over all global arts & culture along with training in film, media folk forms and theatre.

In July 2018, Lifft India Filmotsav presented a short feature 'The Re-Bell' starring Vivaan Shah, Shruti Bhardawaj and Jenifer John. The film marked establishment of Lifft India Repertory to continue presenting new films and series etc. to be produced under RBME. Fallen In Love is the first film presented by Lifft India Repertory.

Lifft India is proud to be associated with Vista India {Netflix preferred VOD aggregator} to help film makers market their films on digital platform. Mango Dreams is the first feature film to have been premiered in March 2018 by Netflix due to this association.

GREEN FILM FESTIVAL :-
MISSION

Being a Green Festival, Lifft India uses the strength and outreach of films to bring public into global awareness about importance of ‘Zero Waste’ and ‘Go Green’ concepts to restore and retain the environment from being destroyed. Lifft India is amongst the first film festival to introduce the concept, category and culture of Green Film/Environment Film in the Indian film festival circuit which includes films on nature, natural resources, environment and wild life.

Being a major tourist destination, Lonavla requires to be protected from letting its environment and forest life from being hampered and save its green belt and water bodies. Film, Art and discussions with relevant and compelling action steps provide a catalyst to inspire all to change attitudes and habits.

International filmmakers are given the much needed opportunity to screen their new works in Lonavla and other parts of the world to increase awareness about their view points and films to encourage young people to participate by creating content and events to inspire the next generation of filmmakers., environmental leaders and green advocates.

GOALS

Spread awareness about the menace of Dengue and Malaria along with other airborne disease that result from poor waste management and lack of basic cleanliness in the parts of Lonavla town that needs immediate attention

We keep our use of paper materials to a bare minimum and that too by using recycled paper and no glue or staples. Materials such as guest passes, signage, banners and décor are reusable from one year to the next.

We encourage sponsors & supporters to spread their messages through our electronic materials and on-screen at the events to reduce the need for paper promotional materials eliminating the need for paper handouts.

Lifft India supports filmmakers to increase the impact of their stories. Lifft India provides a participatory space for this network of documentary film professionals to thrive.

On Annual basis, Lifft India shall honor films and filmmakers for their Green Films, which gives winners additional industry recognition for their work.

LIFFT INDIA promises to put best efforts & arrangements to screen the selected films in best and professionally equipped and of commercial quality Banquet Halls at the venue.
Lifft India Filmotsav is a travelling boutique film festival that will be hosted in Luxury Hotels only.

LIFFT INDIA FILMOTSAV also provides a platform to young and experienced painters, still photographers to put up their works on exhibition in our gallery during the festival dates.

Authors can also send their books and screenplays to be considered for book launches and reading of extracts from their works by our guest artistes.

Stage actors ignite the stage with their performance of short solo plays.

Dancers and Singers perform during the opening and closing ceremony on Voluntary basis.

LIFFT INDIA FILMOTSAV in a unique festival of cultural carnival iced with a film festival where films are awarded on merit by the specially appointed Lifft India Jury.

The second edition of Lifft India Filmotsav is scheduled to be held at Fariyas Resort, Lonavla from 6th December to 10 december 2018. The films are carefully selected and judged by the panelists such as Ram Gopal Bajaj, Dolly Thakore, Pia Benegal, Gyan Sahay, Atul Tiwary, Shefali Bhushan, Parag Chhapekar, Suhail Tatari and Riju Bajaj. The honoray advisory board includes eminent film and theatre personalities like Leena Yadav, Aseem Bajaj, Anand Vardhan, Jayant Deshmukh, Feroz Zahid Khan, Sidhharth Anand Kumar, Mukesh Chhabra and Chokkas Bhardwaj.

LIFFT INDIA LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
LIFFT INDIA JURY AWARD
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE FILM
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST POPULAR FILM
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST PRODUCER - ISMAIL MERCHANT AWARD
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY {filmed}
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST NEW SCREENPLAY SCRIPT {written & unfilmed}
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR - OM PURI AWARD
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST CHILD ACTOR
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST ENSEMBLE CAST
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR IN SHORT FILM
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS IN SHORT FILM
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER - V.K. MURTHY AWARD
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST ART DIRECTOR -SAMIR CHANDA AWARD
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST EDITOR - RENU SALUJA AWARD
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST SOUND DESIGNER
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST MUSIC – KHEMCHAND PRAKASH AWARD
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST COSTUME
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS-VFX
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST MICRO SHORT FILM
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST STUDENT FILM
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST GREEN FILM
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST ANIMATION FILM
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST CHILDREN’S FILM
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST SCI-FI FEATURE FILM
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST BIOPIC FILM
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST LGBTQ FILM
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST TELE SERIAL
LIFFT INDIA AWARD FOR BEST TV REALITY SHOW
LIFFT INDIA HONOUR FOR FINE ARTS
LIFFT INDIA HONOUR FOR LITERATURE
LIFFT INDIA HONOUR FOR THEATRE
LIFFT INDIA HONOUR FOR PERFORMING ARTS {Dance & Music}
LIFFT INDIA HONOUR FOR STILL PHOTOGRAPHY
LIFFT INDIA HONOUR FOR JOURNALISM

Note: There is no cash prize.

Special prize: Lifft India is also in tie up with iPitch.tv to help participants of Officially selected films and Lifft India Awardees to pitch their projects to Film and Tv studios around the world. Please collect the special code from Lifft India to register with iPitch.tv

PLEASE VISIT https://lifftindia.com/terms-conditions/ FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.

1] THE JURY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO ADD, CREATE OR DELETE ANY OF THE AWARDS CATEGORY DEPENDING UPON THE NUMBER AND NATURE OF THE FILM ENTRIES RECEIVED BY LIFFT INDIA 2018.

2] Decision of the selection panel and jury shall be deemed final and cannot be challenged under any circumstances.

Note: Terms used for selection as mentioned below :-

a] OFFICIAL SELECTION [qualifies to be considered for competition/award without live screening at the festival]

b] SCREENING  [qualifies and further shortlisted to be considered for complimentary live screening at the festival]

c] NON-COMPETITION  [qualifies to be additional selection with/without live screening at the festival]

d] RETROSPECT  [specially selected for live screening at the festival to mark tribute]

3] DECLARATION
By Entering/Submitting film/serial/series/tv reality show/screenplay script under any category to LIFFT INDIA FILMOTSAV-WORLD CINE FEST, LONAVLA. The filmmaker/producer/submitter/entrant accepts & takes the complete responsibility of copyright issues of music, script and all other creative and technical aspects of the film and for the accuracy of the information provided above and authorise LIFFT INDIA to reproduce it & use personal/company’s contact information in its publications as supplied. The submitter/applicant/sender confirms to have the requisite authority or has obtained the requisite authority from the producer / copyright holder / Tv network channel / VOD service / online player / product’s company / music company / film institute and all concerned authorities to enter, screen and publicise the film in LIFFT INDIA and LIFFT INDIA Awards and permits complimentary use of DvD/Soft Copy of the film & trailer submitted for multiple public screening purposes by LIFFT INDIA during the festival dates of LIFFT INDIA through the year at any and all primary and satellite venues of LIFFT INDIA. LIFFT INDIA shall not be liable to pay any exhibition fees or royalty to any person/copyright holder or whomsoever for the film submitted/entered under any category. LIFFT INDIA is not responsible / answerable to any copyright / legal issues regarding the submitted/entered films screened/publicised under any category at LIFFT INDIA.

4] SUBMITTING ENTRY OF FILM :-
A) All Feature Films & Short Films can be submitted/entered on pen drive Or by uploading complete film online in full HD MP4 {codec H.264}, MoV File {codec H.264} Format in cinemascope aspect ratio 2.35:1 OR 16:9 [with burnt in subtitles] on Vimeo & youtube like platforms and sending us Link URL and password if protected along with Submission Form - LIFFT INDIA 2018 & Press Kit via email to rijubajaj@lifftindia.com.
B) Once the film is shortlisted for festival screening/competition, the selected participant will be requested to:-
i) Send the publicity material, as & when required.
ii) Send the screening copy. LIFFT INDIA shall share the detailed instructions regarding screening format.
C) Applicants can send multiple entries. However, a separate Entry Form and Entry Fee will be required for each film/category.
D) Films without Indian CBFC, censor certificate/waiver, will not be screened, but shall only be considered for competition section for LIFFT INDIA Award 2018.
E) Officiall Selection of Music video film, Ad film, Promo Film, Film Trailer will be screened only if they also have Indian censor certificate.
F) Webisode of the submitted Web Series will not be screened, but shall only be considered for competition section for LIFFT INDIA Award 2018.

5] Once submitted, films under all categories cannot be withdrawn or cancelled from participation at LIFFT INDIA FILMOTSAV 2018 under any circumstances by the participant. Lifft India reserves the right to cancel/disqualify the film from being considered/screened if any false information about the film is provided by the filmmaker/entrant/submitter and the entry/submission fee shall be forfeited and will not be refunded. The film also will be disqualified from competition category and will not be screened during the festival dates.

6] Entry/Submission Fee is Non-Refundable. Any other payment once made to LIFFT INDIA FILMOTSAV, will not be refunded under any circumstances.

7] SCREENING FORMAT ACCEPTED :-
i) Full HD MP4 {codec H.264} on Downloadable link, Pen- drive/hard-drive, Bluray, Format with 5.1 dolby mix for Feature Films in cinemascope aspect ratio 2.35:1 OR 16:9 [with burnt in subtitles]
ii) Soft Copy to be submitted on pen drive or hard drive
iii) Full HD MP4 {codec H.264}, Downloadable link, Pen-drive/hard-drive, Bluray Format for short Films etc. in cinemascope aspect ratio 2.35:1 OR 16:9 [with burnt in subtitles]
**Post pendrive/harddrive along with the print/hard copy of the Submission Form LIFFT INDIA-2018.
***Pendrive/Harddrive of the films once submitted shall not be returned to prevent any misuse/piracy.

**Note: Tv serial/series/reality show including film trailers/promo films shall not be screened at the fest, but will only be considered for Lifft India Award nominations etc.

8] MAILING/POSTAL ADDRESS OF HEAD OFFICE:-
LIFFT INDIA FILMOTSAV 2018
C/o Mr. RIJU BAJAJ
Founder, MD & Festival Director
Bungalow no. 10/2,
Neel Sagar Residency,
Ekvira Devi Road,
New Lonavla,
Malavli,
Pune – 410405
Maharashtra
India
Tel: 9823871196
E.mail : rijubajaj@lifftindia.com

9] PRESS KIT :-
All under mentioned Press Kit items must be E-mailed to rijubajaj@lifftindia.com in order to complete the Entry/Submission:-
i) Submission Form-LIFFT INDIA 2018
ii) Synopsis of the film (not exceeding 150 words)
iii) Crew & Cast List.
iv) Director’s Filmography.
v) One Photograph of Director.
vi) Four still photographs of film in JPEG format (300 dpi, preferably 600 x 900 pixel size, max dimension 1200 pixels)
vii) One Poster of film in JPEG format (300 dpi, preferably 600 x 900 pixel size, max dimension 1200 pixels)
viii) Film’s trailer on pendrive and youtube link of not more than 2 minute in duration (Usable for promotion & publicity purpose if selected)

10] ANNOUNCEMENT OF OFFICIAL SELECTION :-
Official Selection LIFFT INDIA FILMOTSAV 2018 – selected films for competition and films selected for screenings for all categories will be announced on LIFFT INDIA website and other social media platforms such as official pages of LIFFT INDIA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LIFFT INDIA You Tube Channel and via Email on 1st October 2018. However, LIFFT INDIA reserves the right to change/cancel the scheduled dates, accept or refuse any film without assigning any reason whatsoever. Films selected for competition need not be screened if it fails to comply other formal requirements or on request of the Entrant/Submitter.

11] Entry to view screenings of Children’s film at LIFFT INDIA is for age group 8 and above only. Children below the age of 18 must be accompanied by Parents/guardians/teachers.

12] Entry to view all screenings at LIFFT INDIA FILMOTSAV is for age group 18 and above only except for the Children’s film.

13] Entry to view Retrospect category of films is free for all on first come first seat basis.

14] Entry to witness/view/attend daily Conversation/Q&A, Master Class session with filmmakers & Actors, is free for all film enthusiasts.

15] All Shipping and Insurance: All costs related to the shipment of the film, publicity, promotional and photographic material to and from the LIFFT INDIA FILMOTSAV will be borne by the participants only.

16] Discounts & Waiver of Submission Fee shall be offered only at the sole discretion of LIFFT INDIA.

17] The difference in Dollar to Rupee currency is not accountable and therefore near approximate value in round figure is charged on lump sum basis.

18] The revenue collected by way of delegate fee, sponsor fee, donor fee etc is utilised for meeting expenses of the festival and any surplus amount collected shall be used for subsequent festival dates only.

19] Authorised Representative (including director/producer/cast) of the selected films will be invited to attend LIFFT INDIA FILMOTSAV screenings/seminar/ceremonies as ‘Participants’. LIFFT INDIA will not arrange or reimburse for travel/stay, boarding/lodging/conveyance expenses etc. of the invited participants/delegates attending the festival. However, Lifft India shall provide assistance to all delegates in booking their hotel rooms at discounted rates with the selected hotels {Fariyas Resort & Hotel Neat Space}.

20] LIFFT INDIA FILMOTSAV - WORLD CINE FEST, LONAVLA and LIFFT INDIA Awards is established as not for profit event by its Founder Mr. Riju Bajaj under the registered banner of “Riju Bajaj Media & Entertainment” [RBME]. LIFFT INDIA and LIFFT INDIA AwardsI, LIFFT INDIA Filmotsav, WORLD CINE FEST LONAVLA, LIFFT INDIA Emblem, LIFFT INDIA logo, LIFFT INDIA Awards logo & LIFFT INDIA Awards Trophy, LIFFT INDIA Filmy Nukkad and LIFFT INDIA Film Club are registered and trademarks and property of LIFFT INDIA. Any use of these trademarks and intellectual property by any third party needs written permission from Mr. Riju Bajaj, the founder of LIFFT INDIA and proprietor of RBME.

21] ALL OTHER TERMS & CONDITIONS AVAILABLE ON LIFFT INDIA WEBSITE SHALL BE APPLICABLE. PLEASE VISIT https://lifftindia.com/terms-conditions/ FOR FURTHER DETAILS

*For any Emergency or assistance please write to rijubajaj@lifftindia.com or contact +919823871196.
*We prefer written communication to avoid telephonic misunderstandings.

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  • We are happy and honored to be selected in this event and Be a part of it. We couldn't go to Lonavla but we followed festival programs from live facebook channel of the festival, which was great and updated, everyday during the event and we felt honored to be a part of this prestigious event.
    Thank you LIFFT INDIA FILMOTSAV Film Festival

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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Kiarash for following the event live on facebook. We shall be happy to see you at our next edition.

  • Vikas Rajpopat

    All in all wonderful management and nice way to execute such a supreme event.

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Vikas

  • Irene Blei

    We enjoyed very much taking part in this edition of LIFFT INDIA FILMOSTAV and we feel very grateful as well. I cannot evaluate some items because of distance -and language, of course- but I could watch many moments that were shared by online transmission, which was unvaluable. My best regards and congratulations to Mr Riju Bajaj and all his team!

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Irene for following the event online. We shall be happy to see you at our next edition. Wish you best of luck for your next film.

  • Robert Misovic

    LIFFT had an inspiring festival. Our film 'The Hallway' saw its' South Asian premiere. Nothing but great things to say about the festival staff!

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Robert for participating in the fest. The hallway was well received by the audience during the screening here. We shall be happy to see you at our next edition.

  • Yaron Betan

    Great Festival, really good experience.

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Yaron