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India has a very rich sense of cinema and culture. Films play a major role in shaping the identity of a nation and India being home to some of the most intellectual filmmakers in the world, always churn out cinemas that find adoration both in the home and in the world. We Indians are blessed with established regional film industries that actively produce heart- touching cinemas. On top of that, the various film festivals organised throughout the year not only act as a perfect platform to showcase the local talent, it also gives us the cinephiles opportunities to watch the best of other countries, both past and present. 

So without further ado, let’s check out the best film festivals in India that you must visit :

1. MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, Mumbai

MAMI has become India’s most famous film festival in recent years, thanks to its perfect location in Mumbai which is the home to Bollywood and Hindi cinemas’ biggest personalities. MAMI brings together the leading film personalities of the world and Indian film culture under one roof. It’s a grand celebration of movies, celebrities and life in general. If you are in Mumbai in October-November, do check out MFF. 

MAMI Mumbai Film Festival

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2. International Film Festival of India, Goa 

Date : 16th Jan – 24th Jan, 2021

One of the most famous Indian film festivals, IFFI is the oldest film festival in India. This high profile festival brings out the best of India to the world while also upholding the cultures of South-East Asia and other culturally diverse nations. Every year IFFI is blessed with famous celebrities and auteurs coming together and sharing their best works and talking about cinema. 

International Film Festival of India

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3. Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF)

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Dharamshala always maintains a picturesque garb and its film festival is as mesmerising as the location. A fairly new entrant to India’s film festival landscape, DIFF empowers rich Tibetan culture to mix with India’s multifaceted nature. DIFF acts as an important place for refugees and people of the hills to showcase their culture and lives through films. 

Dharamshala International Film Festival

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4. Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF)

Date : 8th Jan – 15th Jan, 2021

People of Kolkata have a great sense of films in general. The home to legends like Ray and Ghatak, Kolkata has always enjoyed a superior film festival. KIFF, mostly organised at Nandan, Rabindra Sadan is India’s third oldest film festival. If you are in Kolkata during KIFF, you will get to enjoy hundreds of path-breaking films, from different corners of the world and from Bengal’s own repertoire. 

Kolkata International Film Festival

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5. Bring Your Own Film Festival (BYOFF), Puri

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The biggest point that sets BYOFF apart from other film festivals is that it truly upholds the values and virtues of films and filmmaking. It’s one of a kind festival where you can bring your own film to showcase to the world. It breaks all the hierarchy and lets the talents flourish. There is no registration fee and you get to enjoy great films in their truest forms, under an open-air setting, which given the backdrop of Puri’s famous sea beach, is a dream combination.

Bring Your Own Film Festival

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