If you’re a filmmaker into short films and especially a budding one, you would know the importance of Film Festivals. Not only they bring together the top shots, but also give you just the right platform for reaching out the audience. And that feeling of being in the aura filled with filmmaking, its heaven!
Here we have a list of amazing film festivals in the country; you should definitely try your films at. And thought deadlines for some have already closed, there’s always the next year! *wink*
(Our favorite is number five.)
1. DELHI INTERNATI0NAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 | 13-18 October 2018
A collaboration of Delhi with New Delhi and Information and Broadcasting Ministry since 2012, it’s a platform that joins hands with a number of major film festivals from around the world and hosts support to quite many of them. By tying up with Indian Embassies abroad and states in the country, it blooms innumerable opportunities for talented filmmakers and artists.
And by the way, the entries are open for DIFF 2018; you surely don’t want to miss out on the opportunity.
Last Date: 30 June 2018
Fee: Rs 1000
2. INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA (IFFI) | October/November
Organised by the Ministry of Broadcasting of India, with spreading across Delhi, Mumbai, the main venue of this festival happens to be, well yes, Goa. Cool, right? So while showing up for the festival, you might make plans for your ‘Someday to Goa trip’ and who knows it might inspire another film for you.
Last Date: 1st week June
Fee: Rs 1500
3. WOODPECKER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 | 19- 23 September 2018
One of the reputed film festivals of the country focusing on short films and documentaries, it encourages bringing out the creativity and passion for filming on the socially pertinent themes like wildlife, gender issues etc.
Venue: New Delhi
4. DHARAMSHALA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL | November
Started as an initiative to give the local public a vibrant and alternate cinema experience, it has become one of the most looked upon short and documentary international film festivals of the country. Besides, the place gives an unparallel edge to it.
Last Date: Yet to be out. You might want to glue your eyes there though, not something worth missing out.
5. BRING YOUR OWN FILM FESTIVAL 2018 | 21-25 February 2018
The coolest festival you would have ever heard about. Whatever it is you have to offer, just get it here. No deadlines. Get your film rolling as you roll on the beach. While they are kind to offer online registrations, on the spot facility is also there right on the first day of fest.
So get going, lads!
Fee: Rs 1000-Rs 2500 (Depends on duration)
Last Date: No deadlines
6. BANJARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 | 6-8 April 2018
Formerly known as Navi Mumbai Film Festival, this fest travels around hosting different cities. With the support of Indian government and filmmakers, this festival explores places as it travels bringing in wider audiences and more opportunities.
7. KOLKATA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018
It should not come as a surprise that the city that has inspired many films, hosts its own film festival too. A culmination of a film society movement turned into a prestigious festival, it is known globally and accessible to the masses as well.
Very reputed names like Mahesh Bhatt, Amitabh Bachchan etc. gracing it, it surely is a must try.
8. MUMBAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL |28 Jan- 3 Feb 2018
Claiming itself to be the oldest and the largest international film fest in Asia for nonfeature films, it is organized by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India.
With handsome prize money and awards, it’s a good stage to reach out to international audiences and top shots of filmmaking.
Last Date: Entries Closed
9. PUNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL | 11-18 January 2018
The only festival to give recognition to the Marathi cinema, this festival held every year in Pune, it gives a platform to filmmakers and actors. Pune is also home to Film and Television Institute of India, this place buzzes with emerging filmmakers. Give it a shot.