Film festivals are events that display a range of movies of different genres, countries, cultures and languages. They provide a huge platform for a movie to reach the audience and also give the makers a chance to get noticed by the bigger players of cinema. Here’s a list of some immensely popular film festivals in India that independent filmmakers should look forward to in 2017. This list includes Short Film Festivals, Feature Film Festivals and Documentary Film Festivals in India. Some of the listed film festivals allow film submission at free of cost while other festival charges a nominal fee for the film submission.
Deadlines of top 13 Indian film festivals 2017-18
1. 6th Delhi International Film Festival, 2017, New Delhi-
What was started in 2012, to celebrate a hundred years of Delhi and Indian Cinema, has today completed 5 editions. The film festival which strived hard to bring the film industry to Delhi has been working tirelessly to involve noted personalities, filmmakers and other achievers from all fields in the film festival, to promote Indian Cinema, Art and Culture all over the world.
Important Dates of Delhi International Film Festival
Opening date- 1st January 2017
Deadline- 31st August 2017
2. International Film Festival of India (IIFI)
This is the official film Festival of India, organized by the Ministry Of broadcasting, GovtOf India. Annually, the festival is held in November in Goa, India. IFFI accepts the films in the Short, Documentary and feature film genres.
International Film Festival of India
First Announcement: Second week of july
Early Deadline: 1st week of June (Contact rep)
Submission Fee: Rs 1500/-
Submission Link: Visit website> http://dff.nic.in
External Link: International Film Festival Of India
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3. Gujarat International Film Festival- Info & Deadlines,
The Gujarat International Film festival is sponsored by Academy of Cultural Activities & Arts Institute, a non-profit organization based in Gujarat purposed to give opportunities to suffering talents in the areas of filmmaking, art , literature and music. The festival held on every year July at Surat, Gujarat. Submissions can only made through offline, visit their website for more details.
Important Dates of Gujarat International Film Festival
Deadline for entries is 31st May 2017
THE ENTRY FEES: FOR STUDENT FILM MAKERS – RS 1000
For Amateur-RS. 1500/- Non Indian (USD) $ 22.44
For Professional Film Maker-RS.2000/-
Non-Indian (USD) $ 29.931 F
4. Jaipur International Film Festival-
The purpose of this film festival is to promote new movie makers, exchange of knowledge, information, ideas & culture between India & other nations in context of their social and cultural ethos. JIFF also promotes friendship and co-operation among people of the world through the medium of films & documentaries
Important Dates of Jaipur International Film Festival
SUBMIT YOUR FILM:
Regular deadline: 15 March, 2017
Late deadline: 10 April, 2017
Extended deadline: 25 April, 2017
Feature Fiction, Documentary Feature, Animation Feature, Short Fiction, Short Documentary, Animation Short & Ad Film
ENTRY FEES:-For Short (Under 45 Minutes) – Rs. 500/- Indian Rupees OR US $10 and For Feature (More than 45 minutes) – Rs. 1000/- Indian Rupees OR US $20
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5. Mumbai Film Festival- Deadline 2017
The Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star is an inclusive movie feast. We showcase the latest cutting-edge, independent cinema – art house fare alongside genre movies from Bollywood and Hollywood and cult international movies. We offer the best of world cinema to the people of Mumbai and we offer the best of Indian cinema to the world.
First announcement: On 20th day August Every Year
Film Submission Link; http://miff.in/online-film-submissions-open-click-here/
Early Deadline: October 15, (Current Year)
Submission Fee: Rs 1000/-
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6. Banjaara Film Festival, Navi Mumbai- Important dates 2017-18
Banjara Cinema Private Limited is a premier organisation based in Mumbai, run by a team of energetic and experienced professionals who believe in new ideas and creativity.They deal with organising and establishing film festivals, film production and film promotions.
Early bird: Till 31st May 2017
Regular: 1st June – 30th September 2017
Late Deadline: 1st October – 30th November 2017
For details, log on to- http://www.banjaracinema.com/biff/
7. Jagran Film Festival- Mumbai Deadlines
Jagran Film Festival (JFF) is an initiative by the Jagran Group towards creating a culture of cinema appreciation. It is an honest and sincere attempt by Jagran to spread this culture, and create a platform that connects great content with audiences across the country.
• Delhi Chapter – 31 May 2017
• Mumbai Chapter – 31 August 2017
For details, log on to- http://jagranfilmfestival.co.in/
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8.Golden Triangle Charitable Trust- Film Fest Deadlines
The golden triangle charitable trust is created with the purpose of organising an international film festival in the name of golden triangle international film festival with a global standards and repute, to attract the best in celluloid to the culturally rich city of Bhubaneshwar, Odisha. It also holds the responsibility of promoting the exhibition of unique national and international films, facilitating the running of programs related to films, granting film awards and celebrating documentaries.
Deadline- 31st January 2017
For details, log on to- http://www.gtiff.in/
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9.Pune International Film Festival- Deadlines 2017
The Pune Film Foundation was created with the purpose of organizing an International Film Festival of global standards and repute, to attract the best in celluloid to the culturally rich city of Pune. It also holds the responsibility of promoting the exhibition of unique national and international films, facilitating the running of programs related to films, granting film awards and celebrating documentaries.
The 16th Pune International Film Festival is going to occur from 11th to 18th January 2018.
For details, logon to- http://www.piffindia.com/index.html
10.Woodpecker International Film Festival- Dealines 2017
Woodpecker International Film Festival (WIFF) aims to showcase this rich mélange of visual creativity to promote films and filmmakers focusing on socially pertinent themes. WIFF aims to showcase the rich mélange of visual creativity and cinematic diversity across the globe, as well as to promote films, documentaries and advertisements focusing on socially pertinent themes like environment & wildlife, livelihoods, health, gender, children, art & culture, etc.
For details, log on to- http://www.woodpeckerfilmfestival.in/callforentry2017.php
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11. Vibgyor Film Festival- Kerala Deadlines 2017
Held in Kerala and known as an alternative film festival, Vibgyor focuses on documentaries and shorts. Current issues facing communities worldwide are addressed– from the environment to fundamentalism. They use the medium of film to tackle social issues and promote certain movements. This festival takes a different stance from others, often taking the equipment to the homes of ordinary people making it accessible to all members of the community.
Submission – English subtitles required: Submission charge $10: Submission deadline 30th November
For details, log on to-http://www.vibgyorfilm.org/
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12. Kolkata International Film Festival (KFF) –
Festival Date: 10– 17th November 2013
Held in Kolkata/ Calcutta
Already preparing for the 19th year, the Kolkata film festival is the second oldest in India. Recognised on the international stage by the film association authority (FIAPF), the Kolkata festival showcases films from all over the world and in varying venues across the city. Although already established, this festival is continuously expanding and has already hosted numerous legendary filmmakers.
For details, log on to- http://kff.in/
13. Bring Your Own Film Festival (BYOFF), Puri-
Held on the beach, BYOFF is a highly unique and artistic festival. Its set up is unlike others in that it has no formal process of qualifying or submission. Rather it is wholly independent and run by the filmmakers themselves, anyone can enter their film. Shown in tents along the beach, this really is an informal carnival style setting, yet this festival is gaining much precedence amongst the creative communities.
For details, log on to- https://www.facebook.com/groups/152917701409807/
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