FirstCut is a prominent international platform dedicated to showcasing student films, meticulously organised by Flame University, Pune, India. This festival nurtures emerging filmmakers globally while propelling the medium of film towards societal growth and transformation. In its 2023 edition, FirstCut proudly welcomed over 380 short film submissions from students representing 40+ countries. Marking its illustrious 10th year since its inception in 2014, this milestone celebration reflects the festival’s enduring commitment to fostering talent and innovation.
During the final event handpicked works undergo screening before a live audience and an eminent jury from the Indian film industry. This grand showcase is enriched with insightful panel discussions and interactions featuring distinguished film personalities, elevating the experience for both participants and attendees.
Participants enjoy complete autonomy in selecting themes and stylistic approaches across genres like fiction, animation, and documentary filmmaking. Additionally, the unique “Nano” film category challenges students to craft remarkably concise films, pushing the boundaries of their creativity.
Notably, FirstCut encourages submissions sans any processing fees, ensuring an inclusive and accessible platform for all film enthusiasts.
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How To Reach Pune
1. By Air: Pune is well connected through domestic airlines with the entire country. Lohegaon Airport or Pune Airport is an international airport, located 15 km away from Pune city centre. Visitors can avail of taxi and local bus services from outside the airport to reach their destination.
2. By Rail: Pune Junction Railway Station connects the city with all the prime Indian destinations. There are several mail/express trains and superfast trains linking the city to various Indian destinations in the south, north and west. Some of the prominent trains operating to and from Mumbai are the Deccan Queen and Shatabdi Express, which take around three-and-a-half hours to reach Pune.
3. By Road: Pune enjoys excellent connectivity with neighbouring cities and towns through a well-maintained network of roads. Mumbai (140 km), Ahmadnagar (121 km), Aurangabad (215 km) and Bijapur (275 km) all are well linked to Pune by a number of states and roadways buses. Those driving from Mumbai need to take Mumbai-Pune Expressway route, which takes barely two to three hours to cover a distance of about 150 km.
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1. Carry summer clothes to beat the humidity.
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