Pune, the burgeoning metropolis on the West coast of India has many avatars that make it the city that it is. Popularly known as the cultural capital of the state of Maharashtra, Pune boasts of a varied mix of citizens; from the traditional Puneris proud of their Maratha heritage to the young college going adolescents ready to ape all things West, to the expats enjoying the balance of the cosmopolitan as well as the traditional mix that the city has to offer.
Once a retirement paradise replete with cycle rickshaws, tree-lined boulevards and quaint alleys, Pune today boasts of being one of the major IT destinations of India, an automobile hub, as well as the mecca for education in the country, with its tumultuous schools, colleges and universities, winning it the sobriquet, the Oxford of the East.
With the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) the premier film school of the country, as well as the National Film Archive of India (NFAI) being a part of the city, makes Pune a celluloid lover’s paradise. Both a stone’s throw away from each other hold an important role in the cinematic journey of the country, one with its ability to churn out the industry’s most talented filmmakers, actors and technicians and the other a museum of sorts, housing rare and critical artefacts tracing the history and birth of cinema in India.
With all these factors in mind, the Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) was born in 2002. The aim was to attract the best in celluloid to the city, a task that it has achieved and how, over the last 14 years. Today PIFF is an important date on the calendar for film buffs, filmmakers and all from the film fraternity not only across Pune or India, but the globe.
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