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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Rick Moranis with the Audrey II. Rick Moranis with the Audrey II. (Photo: Little Shop of Horrors)

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Puppets on Film Festival

Puppets in film, as evidenced by the latest "Star Wars" trilogy, are making a comeback over their CGI counterparts. Not too long ago, however, puppets were the standard go-to special effect for films like "The Dark Crystal," "E.T." and "Gremlins."

The annual Puppets on Film Festival in New York City, in collaboration with the Jim Henson Foundation, celebrates the artistry of puppetry.

Past events have included screenings of documentaries about puppets, short films and programs for kids and adults alike. Many classic films also make the rotation, with "The Thing," "Return of the Jedi" and "Muppets Most Wanted" the most recent examples. In 2013, Canadian actor Rick Moranis opened the festival by reprising his role as Seymour in "Little Shop of Horrors" and singing along with a massive Audrey II puppet.

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