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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The San Francisco Silent Film Festival The San Francisco Silent Film Festival (Photo: The San Francisco Silent Film Festival /Facebook)

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San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Over the last 20 years, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival has screened more than 230 rare and classic silent productions set to live musical accompaniment.

In addition to drawing major talent, including internationally renowned British silent film accompanist Stephen Horne, the festival also actively promotes and funds preservation efforts and fellowships for emerging artists.

This year's event, June 2-5, features screenings of "Beggars of Life" (1928), "A Woman of the World" (1925) and German director Paul Leni’s 1929 mystery "The Last Warning."

"The San Francisco Silent Film Festival is in a class by itself," praised American film critic Leonard Martin. "A feast for lovers of classic film and live music that is as elaborate, ambitious and masterfully mounted as any I've seen."

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