With MAMI (Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image) or the Mumbai Film Festival just around the corner, we couldn’t help but give you guys a little gyaan about Indian film festivals. It’s all about celebrating cinema. The festivals help the thriving Indian film scene to develop further and reach its potential. For the established filmmakers it’s mostly about networking and appreciating work done by others. For the amateurs, it is an opportunity to get their work noticed. Now, of course there are many festivals but if you’re a true cinema buff, we’ve listed the top 5 festivals you need to attend. If this is your first time, we have a short list of things to do at a film festival.
MUMBAI FILM FESTIVAL | 29th OCTOBER to 5th NOVEMBER
MAMI is the kingpin among the film festivals of India. Based in Mumbai, it sees a host of celebrities and known names from the Bollywood film industry. The chairperson is the acclaimed director, Kiran Rao and the festival director is film critic, Anupama Chopra. Farhan Akhtar, Karan Johar, Deepika Padukone and many others are associated with the festival. You’ll get to attend workshops, watch a host of different films and learn a lot about cinema.
DHARAMSHALA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL | 5th to 8th NOVEMBER
A film festival in the Himalayas. It doesn’t get better than this. That’s what we thought. But it apparently does. This not for profit initiative takes place in a town where there isn’t a single film theater. The festival features work across genres be it fiction, documentaries and short films those give you a taste of some of the most contemporary and independent cinema from the country.
KOLKATA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL | 14th to 21st NOVEMBER
The festival is the second oldest film festival in the country. It boasts of the strong lineage of legendary filmmakers from India and abroad who’ve created some spectacular cinema. It is accredited by FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Association) Paris and the 21st edition will be held at Nandan – West Bengal Film Centre in Kolkata.
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA | 20th to 30th NOVEMBER
Another important film festival is hosted by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. This is the IFFI, which happens in Goa. In its 46th year, the festival boasts of a wide variety of movies across genres and languages. This is definitely the place to be to discover hidden gems.
BRING YOUR OWN FILM FESTIVAL | FEBRUARY 2016
BYOFF is held in the month of February. If you’re into independent cinema, this is where you should be headed. The festival takes place in Puri, Orissa by the sea. You can showcase your artistic work including paintings, photos, sculptures, and talent performances are also encouraged. This festival is all about stretching your artistic horizons.
What You Should Do At a Film Festival:
1. If you’re a budding filmmaker: Use this platform as the best PR opportunity to showcase your work. Talk to other filmmakers and learn from the best.
2. If you’re a film lover: Mingle with some of the best minds in cinema and learn about the movies they make.
3. Meaningful conversations: Get to know other film lovers and discuss movies in great depth.
4. Movies to go for: Discover new genres and push your cinematic understanding to its limits.
5. Choose well: If you aren’t a person driven by impulses, read in advance about the moviesso you can choose the right ones to watch at a festival.
6. Look beyond the films: Look for what more the festival can offer. There are parties, panel discussions, workshops, Q&As. Be a part of these.
7. Star gazing: And if you get your kicks spotting stars, this is where you should be.
8. Follow the rules: Be on time. Get your tickets and make sure you register for the festival.
Having said that; MAMI registrations are now open and you can follow the link below to register. See, what we did there?