Since aeons, India has been known as a country for its rich diversity and of course, for its festivals. However, so much has been said and written about these festivals, that it’s “over clichéd”. Yeah, you read that right!!! So, are we going to discuss the same old oh-I’ve-read-about-this-so-many-times-and-i-am-so-bored kind of a topic, yet again? No sir, indeed not. So, for all you religious worshippers of Movies, here we list the top Film Festivals that will take place in the second half of 2015.
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1. MUMBAI FILM FESTIVAL | 29th October to 5th November
source : mumbaifilmfestival.com
Website : http://www.mumbaifilmfest.org
Organized by MAMI (Mumbai Academy of Movie Imaging), the Mumbai Film Festival aims to promote the best of films the world has to offer. The elite list of trustees of MAMI includes Amol Palekar, Amit Khanna, Ashutosh Gowarikar, Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Farhan Akhtar, Karan Johar, and the chairman Shyam Benegal.
2. INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA | 20th to 30th NOVEMBER | GOA
source : www.iffi.nic.in
Website : http://www.iffi.nic.in/
This event has been happening in India since 1925. Yeah, more than 6 decades in the running, the IFFI provides a platform for film makers from all over the world to showcase their art. Initially, the event was held in Delhi, and since 2004 it has been held in Goa.
3. Mumbai Women's International Film Festival
Website : http://mwiff.com
A one of a kind event that promotes movies only made by woman directors and woman technicians. This is one of the most significant film festivals of Asia. The first edition of the festival was held in the year 2013, from 8th to 14th of October in Mumbai. The dates of the 3rd edition are yet to be announced as of yet.
4. Dharamshala International Film Festival | 5th to 8th November 2015
Website : diff.co.in
The pristine beauty of the east when combined with the magic of film making gives an enchanting experience!!! That’s what DIFF has been giving for the past 3 years. The Dharamshala International Film Festival was conceptualized by 2 long-term residents of Dharamshala, Tenzing Sonam(White Crane Films) and Ritu Sarin (White Crane Films). Their aim was to bring contemporary cinema to Dharamshala, the culturally diverse region of the east, and how have they succeeded in doing that!!! The first edition of the festival was held from 1st to 4th of November 2012 and featured 26 films from film-makers across India, and from countries around the world. (Palestine, USA, Chile, Germany, Denmark, South Korea).
The 4th edition of the festival is scheduled to be held from the 5th to 8th November. For further details do check out their website. We must say, kudos to the organizers for putting up such a magnificent event – Dharamshala does not have a single movie theatre!!!
5. CHENNAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Website : www.chennaifilmfest.com
From the enchanting east to the exuberating southern side of India, we now go to Chennai. The Chennai International Film Festival has completed 12 successful years. The festival debuted in 2003, and has gradually picked up popularity among film-makers from all over the world. Last year, the festival was held from the 18th to 25th December. The dates and schedule of next edition are yet to be announced as of yet.
6. KOLKATA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL | 14th to 21st NOVEMBER
Website : http://www.kff.in/
We now move on to the land of the rasgulla, Kolkata. The Kolkata International Film Festival has been held since the past 2 decades. It’s the 2nd oldest film festival held in India organized by the West Bengal Film Center. The 21st edition of the fest is scheduled from the 14th to 21st of November.
There are a total of 39 film festivals held in India!!! Yeah, a film crazy country we are. Unfortunately, we cannot list them all here. So we cherry-picked few of them just for you guys. However, there’s one peculiar film festival that had to be mentioned in the list, the Bring Your Own Film Festival.
7. BRING YOUR OWN FILM FESTIVAL
As the name says, yes, bring your film and that should be enough. If you’ve made a film or have been a part of it, just bring your work along with you. The registration is done on the spot. Now that’s neat!!! It’s a perfect platform for not just budding film-makers but artists can also showcase their pictures, scriptures, sculptures, theatre, music, songs, dance, etc. Basically, you can showcase any form of art. The festival was held in the month of February this year, from the 21st to 25th. However, be sure to mark your calendar for the next edition of this festival.