FirstCut is Pune-based FLAME University’s annual student-run international film festival that was started in 2015. The three-day festival provides a platform for young filmmakers worldwide and encourages them to explore the medium of film as an agent of change.
Among the highlights of FirstCut are the screenings of the top-ten shortlisted films across four categories: nano (duration of 30 seconds to five minutes), short fiction (five to 20 minutes), short non-fiction (five to 20 minutes) and animation (five to 15 minutes). The events include panel discussions, masterclasses and training sessions.
Sriram Raghavan, Hansal Mehta, Pankaj Rishi Kumar and Farida Pacha are among the filmmakers that have been part of the festival over the years. The ninth and most recent edition of FirstCut was held between 3 and 5 March, 2023.
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How To Get There
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.
Items to Carry
1. Carry summer clothes to beat the humidity.
2. Sandals, flip flops, sneakers (perfect option if it’s not likely to rain) or boots (but make sure they are worn in). You need to keep those feet tappin’. On that note, carry a bandana or a scrunchie to avoid tressy accidents with your fellow festival-goers.
3. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations.
4. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
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