These are the top 10 international film festivals of India you should not miss.

Here are the names of Top Film festivals of India, As you know the Indian landscape of cinema festivals has organically sprouted since the past couple of years before which, India had only a meagre presence on international festivals. Though India has had a fair share of its own festivals since a long time, a large number of festivals which are privately, or independently run Indian international film festivals have emerged to make space for the unconventional, experimental and alternative cinema.

Find out 10 most widely acclaimed International film festivals of India to attend, to watch new cinema, send entries for competitions and explore this global celebration of cinema.

Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival

The most affluent Indian Film festival, Jio MAMI sees hundreds of art house productions which make it to the celebrated Indian audience with much appreciation. So look out for this year’s releases from the corners of India as well as the film hubs of the world in MAMI. In its 19th edition, the 7-day Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image festival is a global platform that offers the best Indian cinema. The jury will be headed this year by Miguel Gomes, eminent film critic and director. Watch the premiere of Anurag Kashyap’s Mukkabaaz, Naseeruddin Shah starrer The Hungry, and 200+ other screenings this year. While the submission deadline is now over, you can register for the event on their official website.

Venue: Mumbai, Festival Date: 12th-18th October, 2017

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From Master classes with Oscar winning Cinematographers and Editors and workshop with Subhash Ghai to open air screenings and curated conversations with Sujit Sircar or Prakash Jha, the festival is packaged with finesse. The festival has an eclectic list of film entry categories like Cinema of the World, Elements of Cinema, Documenting the Legends and Memories of Fear under International Cinema and Feature and Non-feature films under Indian Panorama, which are screened at Kala Academy, INOX screens and Miramar Beach. Organized by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the festival is celebrating its 48th year. Over the years, subsequent IFFI editions were held in Delhi, Mumbai, Madras, Calcutta and presently in Goa since 2004.

Venue: Goa, Festiva Date: 20-28 November, 2017

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Kolkata International Film Festival

The festival is inspired from the Bengali masters of cinema and supported by the Government of West Bengal. It inculcates a great deal of categories including films of Country Focus, Regional focus, Women Directors, Literature and Cinema, Documentary, Biopic, Short films and the recently added Innovations in Moving Images. Started in the year 1995, the festival provides a democratic and and inclusive platform to cinephiles. Besides screenings and seminars, the festival also offers Exhibitions, Film Book Bazaar and Film Market.

Venue: Kolkata, Submission Deadline: August-September

Festival Date: 10-17 November, 2017

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Dharamshala International Film Festival

Dharmashala International Film festivalDIFF is the newest addition to the Indian catalogue of film festivals. The festival started in 2012 and is the largest independently-run film festival. The festival is a crusade of independent art and cinema in the HImalayas to nurture contemporary forms of creative expression. The festival delves in the vibe of travel, alternative art and interaction amidst the multicultural city of Dharamshala, a home to local Indian, Tibetan and international cultures. The festival hosts DIFF Film Fellows Programme to a selected filmmaker who participate in the festival to encourage filmmaking in the Himalayan region.

Venue: Dharamshala, HImachal Pradesh, Submission Deadline: August

Festival Date: 2-5 November, 2017

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Woodpecker International Film Festival

Highlighting a miscellany of Indian short films and documentaries, WIFF is globally acclaimed of its focus on issue-based cinema. It was launched in 2013 and has held four international editions till now. The causes that the festival pertains to include environment and wildlife, livelihoods, health, gender, children, art and culture. It organises workshops, seminars, and conferences to guide filmmakers on how to approach contemporary issues. The 5th edition of the festival in 2017 will showcase films including Outsider by Mohit Bhasin, Mazhabi Laddu by Sauarbh Tyagi and Cab Elvis by Andrew Franks among others.

Venue: Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi, Submission Deadline:June 30, 2017 (Regular), Extended (July 15, 2017)

Festival Date: 9-12 November, 2017

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International Film Festival of Kerala

Conducted by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, a Kerala government institute to promote cinema, IFFK was initiated in 1998 to elevate the cultural landscape of Kerala in the field of cinema, and honour the rich tradition of Malayalam cinema. With categories of World Cinema, Indian Cinema, Malayalam Cinema and Country Focus, the highlight of the festival is its competition section for the films from Asian, African and Latin American countries. The festival has a recited curated section of Night Classica, Migration Films, Malayalam Retro, and Restored Classics.

Venue: Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, Submission Deadline: August

Festival Date: 8-15 December, 2017

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Jaipur International Film Festival

In its 10th year of existence, JIFF has a record of receiving entries from more than 100 countries. The festival has opened new categories of submission including Honorary Asia,Web Series and Mobile Film Making on Social Issues from its 2018 edition. Be a part of their ‘Co-production Meet’ which provides a platform to collaborate with global partners for your film project.

Venue: Jaipur, Submission Deadline: 15th September 2017 (regular deadline) and 15th October 2017 (Late deadline)

Festival Date: 6th-10th January, 2018

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Mumbai International Film Festival

A coming together of Documentary, Animation, and Short Films, MIFF first took place in 1990. The biennial festival is a collaboration of the Government of India and Indian Documentary Producers’ Association. With screenings, workshops, panel discussions, seminars and master classes, the festival was last held in January-February 2016. The date for its 14th edition in 2018 isn’t out yet.

Venue: Mumbai, Festival Date: January/February 2018

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Jagran Film Festival

JFF is flourishing across 7 cities as separate city chapters. The festival has a competition section for Indian Feature Films, Indian Debut Directors, Indian Advertising Films and International Short Films. The 84-day run festival has become this year the world’s largest film festival geographically by starting in Delhi, travelling through Kanpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Agra, Meerut, Dehradun, Hisar, Ludhiana, Patna, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Raipur, Indore, Bhopal, and culminating in Mumbai.

Venue: 16 towns, Submission Deadline: Delhi- May,

Festival Date: July 1, 2017 (Delhi) to 18-24 September, 2017 (Mumbai)

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ViBGYOR International Film Festival, Kerela

ViBGYOR is an international documentary and short film competition, themed on Celebrating Identities and Diversities. It explores the broad spectrum of the politics of identities through cinema expressing solidarity. Organized by a collective of the coalition of various institutes and curators, this five-day festival is also known as the largest alternate film festival in South Asia.

Venue: Thissur, Kerala, Submission Deadline: July 27, 2017

Festival Date: 23-26 August, 2017

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