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Film Festivals of India

A film festival is an organised, extended presentation of films in one or more cinemas or screening venues, usually in a single city or region. With the onset of the Cannes Film Festival, which is one of the most popular, let's have a look at a list of Film Festivals of India...

Beta Movement : International Students Short Film Festival

The annual students short film festival, organised by inmotion, the film society at SPA Delhi, in association with NCA Lahore, UAP Dhaka & CSA Colombo.

MWIFF (Mumbai Women's International Film Festival)

MWIFF is an annual film festival in Mumbai featuring films made by women directors and women technicians. It is organized by Oculus Creations which is run by a group of young media professionals and entrepreneurs,it also organized the Mumbai International Short Film Festival (MISFF) 2012.

Bangalore Queer Film Festival

BQFF is an annual event that carefully selects queer films from all over the world and brings them to an ever-growing Bangalore audience. The festival serves as a space for LGBT concerns to be voiced through the medium of moving images as well as an important platform for screening new Indian and South Indian movies. More than just a film festival, it is a hub of queer arts and culture with an art exhibitions, photo exhibitions and performances.

Suchitra Short Film Festival

All the major filmmakers in the world started with a Short Film. There is no greater joy for a filmmaker to have his movie screened for an audience and screening at a festival is a sure-fire way to start creating a buzz around the film. Suchitra provides a platform to those young filmmakers to show-off their creativity and discuss their ideas.

Kolkata International Film Festval

The city of Kolkata, once being the prime hub of film industry in India and in Asia, has always been full of passion and appreciation for quality cinema since motion picture has been around. Recognized as a major film event in the country and abroad, the Kolkata International Film Festival will once again showcase a host of quality movies from around the world in the presence of prominent guests and the cine enthusiasts.

International Film Festival of India

The IFFI aims at providing a common platform for the cinemas of the world to project the excellence of the film art; contributing to the understanding and appreciation of film cultures of different nations in the context of their social and cultural ethos; and promoting friendship and cooperation among people of the world.

(BYOFF) Bring Your Own Film Festival

Bring Your Own Film Festival (BYOFF) is an annual event held during February 21st to 25th every year on Puri beach. It’s a festival without hierarchy, competition, juries and awards, where not only filmmakers but also artists from other disciplines like music, theatre, painting, sculpture, dance, literature and photography are encouraged to participate and show their work. In short, BYOFF can be best described as an informal and intimate gathering of artists with films in the backdrop where screenings go on early into the morning hours- first, inside make-shift tents and then in the open air after sun down.

(CIFF) Chennai International Film Festival

Striving to be in par with the best International Film Festivals across the globe, CIFF is dedicated to presenting the best of international and Indian Panorama films to the cinema loving city of Chennai, just as it showcases the best of Tamil films to the world.

Development Film Festival

The Development Film Festival is organised by Centre for Development Communication of DHAN Foundation, a development organization based at Madurai, India. This festival provides a creative platform for those who wish to bring a positive change in the world by focusing on development issues and themes through short films. The target audiences for the festivals are professionals in the field, development workers and students.

(IFFK) International Film Festival of Kerala

The International Film Festival of Kerala is a yearly event organised by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy on behalf of the Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala. IFFK boast’s of an exclusive and extremely popular Competition section restricted to films produced or co produced in ASIA, AFRICA & LATIN AMERICA within the last year of the festival cycle. The usual sections include world cinema, documentaries (in film formats), short fiction (in film formats), retrospectives, homage’s and tributes.

Kashish - Mumbai International Queer Film Festival

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is an attempt to encourage greater visibility of Indian and International queer cinema among both queer and mainstream audiences as a means to foster better understanding of queer thoughts, desires and expressions.

Mumbai Film Festival

The Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival is an inclusive movie feast, showcasing the latest cutting-edge, independent cinema – art house fare alongside genre movies from Bollywood and Hollywood and cult international movies. The festival is run by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image popularly known as MAMI. Jio MAMI is a space where Aamir Khan, Quentin Tarantino, Zhang Yimou and Rajinikanth would all feel equally at home.

ViBGYOR - International Short and Documentary Festival

ViBGYOR International Film Festival is an alternative film movement built around the annual film festival and associated activities throughout the year. 'Celebrating identities and diversity' being its central theme, ViBGYOR explores the broad spectrum of the politics of identities through the creative medium of cinema, expressing solidarity with the struggles led by various individuals and peoples' movements for basic rights and a sustainable model of development.