5 unusual film festivals around the world

From puppets to tasty dishes, some of the best film celebrations lie off the beaten path.

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A celebration of cinema

Beyond Sundance, Cannes or other major film festivals around the world exist the specialized, more intimate celebrations of the art forms that contribute to the world of cinema.

These film festivals may not have the glamorous red carpets or garner the same attention, but their impact is indelible; recognizing the talent, creative visionaries and lesser-known artists that give filmmaking such depth of mind and spirit.

From festivals focused on drawing attention to inspiring stories to those offering a taste of the edibles flashed on screen, here's a sampling of unique, cherished and celebrated events from around the world focused on film.

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