The first edition of the Nitte International Film Festival saw an estimated 10,000 people patronise good cinema over a span of four days. Held between April 24th and 27th 2017, the inaugural generated favourable media coverage and immense goodwill among the cinegoers of Mangaluru. More than 50 films were screened including multiple national and state award winners. It was inaugurated by award winning Marathi film director Sunil Sukthankar, whose film Kaasav (National Award for Best Film, 2017) was also the opening film. The four day event closed with Lijo Jose Pelisserry's Malayalam hit, Angamaly Diaries.
|Sunil Sukthankar||P N Ramachandra||Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury||Bijaya Jena||Mansore|
|Nikhil Manjoo||Mikhil Musale||Chetan Mundadi||Sajin Babu||B M Giriraj|
|Mr. Shekhar Kulkarni||Mr. Sheshadri P||Mr. Manjunatha S||Dr. Biju Kumar||Mr. Prakash bare|
|D Satyaprakash||Prithvi Konanur||Arvind Sastry||Lijo Jose Pellissery||Giridev Hassan|
|Mangesh Joshi||Niranjan Kumar Kujur||Medini Kelamane||Raveendra Parameshwarappa|