FIRST Ladakh International Film Festival (LIFF) was concluded yesterday in Ladakh. The three-day festival was begun on June 15. This was the first time an international film festival conducted in Ladakh.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Friday inaugurated LIFF in Leh town.
Three Thrissurites were part of first Ladakh International Film Festival (LIFF). Film director Harihardaz, famous business man Sundar Menon and managing director of TAKYON System Solutions Pvt Ltd Jayesh Sebastian are the trio Thrissur who reached Ladakh for the festival. TAKYON was the IT partner of the festival.
Harihardaz and Sundar Menon were the delegates of the festival and the short film Thoramazhayath directed by Harihardaz and produced by Sundar Menon TA was screened in the short film (Indian Section) of LIFF. Jayesh represented City Journal in the festival.
Only three Malayalam films – Thoramazhayath, Adaminte Makan Abu and Beautiful, were screened in LIFF.
At 13,500ft above the sea level, LIFF team endeavor to delight the people around the world to come and get exposed to the best of the world cinema in the magical Land of Ladakh. Chaired by Shyam Benegal, the festival definitely made a mark around the world. The endeavor was to draw attention to Ladakh whose pristine beauty and spell bound magic equals to the splendour and grandeur of cinema. As Ladakh is growing as a world tourist destination the focus is on environment and ecological balance. Snow leopard was the mascot of LIFF.
Festival team left no stone unturned to ensure that content quality is nothing less than the best making Ladakh, a melting point for cross cultural cinematic experience to be cherished by all in years to come. This was the first ever completely green International film festival in India with a vision of ‘model state Ladakh.’
Ladakh lies in a very ecologically fragile region of the world. It requires to be protected from potential environmental damage and to be placed on the road to sustainability if it is to conserve its pristine and special place in the world’s ecology.
30 feature films, 16 documentaries and 23 short films were screened in LIFF in competition, Indian, International and Ladakh sections. The mission of LIFF was bringing world to Ladakh and showcasing Ladakh to the world.