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 eighth and most recent edition of FirstCut was held in March 2022.
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How To Get There
How to reach Patna
1. By Air: The city has its own International Airport named Lok Nayak Jayaprakash International Airport, roughly 7 Km from the main city. The airport is well connected to major cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Vishakhapatnam via Air India, Go Air, Jet Airways, Indigo and JetLite. You can take flights from Patna to Bangalore, Delhi and other major metro cities.
2. By Rail: The town has its own Railway Station named Patna Railway Station. It is well connected to major cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune, Moradabad and Lucknow via Sanghamitra Express, Bagmati Express, Dbrt Rajdhani, Rajendra Nagar Express and Cstm Asansol Express.
3. By Road: Patna is 11 Km from Simra, 18 Km from Hajipur, 62 Km from Turki, 69 Km from Bheldi, 72 Km from Musahri, 79 Km from Chapra, 113 Km from Barhiya,128 Km from Darbhanga, 247 Km from Bagaha and 282 Km from Gorakhpur and is well connected via Bihar State Road Transport Corporation (BSRTC) and some private travel services. You can take a bus from Patna to Ranchi, Gaya, Siliguri, Kolkata and other nearby cities.
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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