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World Film Festivals

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This page will list some of the most important film festivals around the world, categorized by region and country.

Africa[edit]

Asia[edit]

China[edit]

Chen Hao at 2007 Shanghai International Film Festival by Roger Wo

June

Founded in 1993,The Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF), is China’s only A-category international film festival accredited by the FIAPF. It is a must-see event for filmmakers and has established its reputation for its influence in presenting a multicultural film fair.



Posters for HKIFF by Pedist

March

The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) is one of Asia’s most reputable platforms for filmmakers, film professionals and filmgoers from all over the world to launch new works and experience outstanding films. Screening over 280 titles from more than 50 countries in 11 major cultural venues across the territory, the Festival is Hong Kong’s largest cultural event that reaches an audience of over 600,000.


India[edit]

Freida Pinto at International Film Festival of India, Goa by Capitalg

November

Since its beginnings in 1952 the IFFI has been the biggest event of its type in India. Subsequent IFFI’s were held in New Delhi. From the 3rd edition in January 1965, IFFI’s became competitive. In 1975 the Filmotsav, non-competitive and to be held in other filmmaking cities in alternate years, was introduced. Later, Filmotsavs were merged in IFFI’s. In 2004 the IFFI was moved to Goa. Since then the IFFI has been an annual event and competitive.


Japan[edit]

French actress Myriam Tekaïa at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2011 by Yasu

October

TIFF became the first international film festival to be held in Japan, filling a significant gap in the world cinema calendar. The festival opened with Akira Kurosawa's Ran, one of 140 films screened during the festival's duration. Messages to the festival sent by prominent film industry members from around the world demonstrated the level of expectation that people held for this event.


South Korea[edit]

Opening ceremony of 15th pusan international film festival by Injeongwon

October

Held annually in Busan, the focus of the BIFF is introducing new films and first-time directors, especially those from Asian countries. A notable feature is the appeal of the festival to young people, both in terms of the large youthful audience it attracts and the festival's efforts to develop and promote young filmmaking talent.


Europe[edit]

Denmark[edit]

August 26th – 31st

A festival for short films. The competition programme, fantastic film atmosphere and all the many exciting events, experiences and workshops attracts a wonderful audience each year. And all this for free!


England[edit]

Naomi Watts at the London Film Festival by Caroline Bonarde Ucci

October

The UK's largest public film event, screening more than 300 features, documentaries and shorts from almost 50 countries. The Festival showcases the best of world cinema to champion creativity, originality, vision and imagination, and presents the finest contemporary international cinema from both established and emerging film-makers.


France[edit]

Cannes Red Carpet, by Gobbler

May

Cannes dominates the European festival circuit. With a massively prestigious competition list, the Un Certain Regard sidebar and the separately programmed Director's Fortnight and Critics' Week, it really can hoover up the best of international cinema. The worlds biggest celebrities are on hand to walk the red carpet, and thousands of films are screened in the festival and the Marché du Film, the world's biggest film market.


Germany[edit]

Eingangsbereich des Berlinale Palastes by Times

June

The city's largest cultural event and an important fixture in the global film industry's calendar (up there with Cannes). 250,000 tickets sold, 400 different films screened and a host of associated parties and events every year. In contrast to e.g. Cannes, all screenings at the Berlinale are open to the public. Tickets are inexpensive and relatively easy to get for the "International Forum of Young Film" screenings and the "Berlinale Panorama" (movies which are not in the competition).


Italy[edit]

Sabina Guzzanti at the Venice Film Festival by Marzia

August- September

Founded by Count Giuseppe Volpi di Misurata in 1932, the Venice Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world. The festival takes place every year in late August or early September in Venice, Italy with screenings at the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi.


Poland[edit]

June

This is the one of most prominent festivals for documentary movies in Poland. It usually last less than one week and you can buy a festival pass that is valid for all festival screenings and events. The price for the pass is around 35 PLN (10 USD), but you can also buy ticket for one day which would be around 12 PLN ( 4 USD).


Spain[edit]

Matt Dillon at the San Sebastian Film Festival by Oneras

September

Conceived as an International Film Week for the purpose of screening and marketing films, The Festival was granted "A" status by the IFFPA and the Shell awarded in the main categories in 1957. Since then the festival symbols became increasingly recognisable, liberalisation, shying away from the corseted censorship of the past,and to serve as a showcase for each year's most disquieting and innovative films.


North America[edit]

Canada[edit]

Yvonne Strahovski at the Toronto Film Festival 2011 by GabboT

September

The TIFF ranks among the most prestigious international film festivals in the world. Between 300-400 films are screened each year, many of them either North American or World premieres. Held early in September, the attendance at the festival exceeds 300,000 from both the general public and industry audiences. Many studios use the Toronto Film Festival to begin their Oscar campaigns for high profile films.


USA[edit]

Alabama[edit]

Alaska[edit]

Arizona[edit]

Arkansas[edit]

California[edit]

Colorado[edit]

August- September

Tucked up in the Colorado mountains, Telluride's clique of über-cinephiles is drawn by its tendency to soft-launch an Oscar-grabbing goodie (eg, The King's Speech, The Crying Game) before the competition (Toronto, which starts a few days later) gets a sniff.


Connecticut[edit]

Delaware[edit]

Florida[edit]

Georgia[edit]

Hawaii[edit]

Idaho[edit]

Illinois[edit]

Indiana[edit]

Iowa[edit]

Kansas[edit]

Kentucky[edit]

Louisiana[edit]

Maine[edit]

Maryland[edit]

Massachusetts[edit]

Michigan[edit]

Midway Islands[edit]

Mississippi[edit]

Missouri[edit]

Montana[edit]

Nebraska[edit]

Nevada[edit]

New Hampshire[edit]

New Jersey[edit]

New Mexico[edit]

New York[edit]

Eliza Dushku at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival by David Shankbone

April

Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff founded the Tribeca Film Festival in 2001 following the attacks on the World Trade Center to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan through an annual celebration of film, music and culture. The Festival’s mission focuses on assisting filmmakers to reach the broadest possible audience and promoting New York City as a major filmmaking center.


August- September

This is a festival that will feature fantasy, horror and science fiction movies. You can expect celebrity appearances at the four-week series, which includes showings of Alien, Evil Dead 2, Ghostbusters, Starship Troopers, Plan 9 from Outer Space!, a 3-D presentation of The Creature from the Black Lagoon and many more wide-ranging titles. $12.50, seniors (Mon–Fri before 5pm) and members $7 per screening.


North Carolina[edit]

North Dakota[edit]

Ohio[edit]

Oklahoma[edit]

Oregon[edit]

Pennsylvania[edit]

Rhode Island[edit]

South Carolina[edit]

South Dakota[edit]

Tennessee[edit]

Texas[edit]

Rainn Wilson, James Gunn and Ellen Page at SXSW by Andre Manoel

March

In 1994, SXSW added a film and interactive component to accommodate these growth industries. SXSW Film and SXSW Interactive events together attract approximately 32,000 registrants to Austin every March. "Keep Austin weird" say the T-shirts, and SXSW skews towards the off-kilter, with fanboy and genre flicks finding an especially welcome berth, while choice picks from Sundance (from two months before) ensure indie cred.


Utah[edit]

Kate Mara at Sundance Film Festival by Aaron Mentele

January

Founded in 1978 by Robert Redford, The Sundance Film Festival is the world's largest showcase for independent film. The Festival brings the most original storytellers together with the most adventurous audiences for its annual program of dramatic and documentary films, shorts, New Frontier films, installations, performances, panel discussions, and dynamic music events.


Vermont[edit]

Virginia[edit]

Washington[edit]

Washington, D.C.[edit]

West Virginia[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

Wyoming[edit]

South America[edit]

Oceania[edit]

Australia[edit]

John Safran at the Melbourne International Film Festival 2009 Opening Night Red Carpet by burntfilm

July

Established in 1952, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is one of the oldest film festivals in the world and the most significant screen event in Australia. An iconic Melbourne event, the festival takes place annually in the heart of the city, presenting an acclaimed screening program alongside industry and celebratory events.


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