InOnIt Guides: Film Festivals Across India

The experience of attending a film festival is not the same as catching a movie over the weekend. Regular movie goers and film lovers would know the thrill of being a part of such festivals with back to back movie screenings and intense film discussions. Our latest edition of InOnIt Guides is dedicated to those who live in the make-believe world of cinematic adventures. Be it world cinema, short films or a festival dedicated to the young audiences, read our guide this week to know where you will end up with the best movie hangovers.

Mumbai International Film Festival – Mumbai

An inevitable mention, Mumbai International Film Festival presented its 14th edition in 2012. Divided into 9 permanent sections that include International Competition for the First Films of Directors, World Cinema, Dimensions Mumbai Competition, India Gold Competition, Celebrate Age Competition, Retrospectives, Above the Cut, New Faces in Indian Cinema and The Real Reel, the festival adds dynamic and celebratory sections every year. The 2012 edition saw over 200 films with special segments dedicated to French and Italian cinema. And one of the highlights of the festival was the performance by a live orchestra during the screening of silent movies. A festival that attracts movie buffs in chunks, this one simply cannot be missed.

International Film Festival of India – Goa

IFFI started its voyage in 1952 with Mumbai as their destination and then travelled to Madras, Delhi and Calcutta before finally making Goa as their base in 2004. Hailed as one of the most significant film festivals in Asia, IFFI provides a common platform for world cinema to showcase their excellence and aims at providing a diverse selection of films. With stimulating discussions, the festival provides an opportunity for film makers and enthusiasts to share their ideas and thoughts.

NAYA Film Festival – Mumbai

Initiated by Enlighten Society, NAYA Cinema Festival entered its 3rd year in 2012 where it introduced audiences to a new language, a new idea and a new form. It screened 20 films from some of the most interesting filmmakers in cinema history and looked at the fresh aspects brought in style and innovation of various new and old films. This year the focus was on horror films and the festival also showcased three path breaking Inida films along with a tribute to experimental filmmaker Chris Marker.

KASHISH- Queer Film Festival, Mumbai

An annual LGBT event that was commenced in 2010, KASHISH or the Mumbai International Queer Film Festival screens gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer films from across the globe. Features, short films, experimental films and documentaries form a part of this festival to uncover the diverse realities and complexities. Since queer cinema does not receive commercial release in India, watch out for its next edition to get an opportunity to watch these movies.

Jaipur International Film Festival – Jaipur

Organised annually for a period of 5 days, JIFF was started in 2009 to celebrate world cinema in the pink city of India. In 2012, the film festival generated an overwhelming response by receiving 902 films from 70 countries. What started with 3,500 film lovers and filmmakers in the first edition, reached a milestone of 15,000 in 2011. Apart from screenings, tributes, regional cinema and special focus, the festival also had an exhibition displaying several film-related paraphernalia. The film festival is usually held from 27th to 31st January but will have its next 2013 edition from 30th January to 3rd February 2013 and will celebrate the completion of 100 years of India Cinema.

International Children’s Film Festival India – Hyderabad

Popularly also known as The Golden Elephant, ICFFI is a biennial festival that brings imaginative content in the form of films for the young audiences of India. With features, shorts, live action and animated films, the ICFFI begins every two years on 14th November and screens different movies for seven days. In order to inculcate an understanding of other cultures, lives and experiences, the film festival has several workshops and open forums dedicated to stimulating the interests of young minds. The festival also supports the talent showcased by the younger generation by rewarding the work of children filmmakers.

Pune International Film Festival – Pune

The Pune International Film Festival will enter its eleventh year in 2013, where it will screen movies from 10th to 17th January 2013. With movie screenings daily from morning to night, the festival also focuses on regional cinema by showcasing Marathi cinema. Entries for the eleventh edition is now being accepted on the website.

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