International Film Festival Rotterdam
24th January – 4th February
Rotterdam Film Festival is one of the most important film festivals in the world focusing predominantly on world and international premieres with a large art-house and experimental focus. This normally sleepy town offers massive support to the festival, which in 2010 welcomed over 335,000 visitors far outshining its mainstream rivals. The festival also runs one of the most interesting grant programs the Hubert Bals Fund.
Art House, Experimental, Grants
Palm Springs International Film Festival
2nd – 15th January
The Palm Springs Film Society organises two festivals every year, the well-known ShortFest and the Feature edition in January. Well followed in North America, the festival regroups mostly the best festival circuit films of the previous year, with a programme of films that generally lean towards the end of their travel, and reaching out to Oscar nominees.
LA Film Festival
All Year Long
The LA Film Festival is an annual film festival held in September in Los Angeles, California. It showcases independent, international, feature, documentary and short films, as well as web series, music videos, episodic television and panel conversations.
Tribeca Film Festival
Apr 15th- Apr 26th
The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) is a prominent film festival held in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan, showcasing a diverse selection of independent films. Since its inaugural year in 2002, it has become a recognized outlet for independent filmmakers in all genres to release their work to a broad audience.
The Festival's program line-up includes a variety of independent films including documentaries, narrative features and shorts, as well as a program of family-friendly films. The Festival also features panel discussions with personalities in the entertainment world and a music lounge produced with ASCAP to showcase artists. One of the more distinctive components of the Festival is its Artists Awards program in which emerging and renowned artists celebrate filmmakers by providing original works of art that are given to the filmmakers' competition winners.
The festival now draws an estimated three million people—including often-elusive celebrities from the worlds of art, film, and music—and generates $600 million annually.
Indie Movies(All Genres)
Florida Film Festival
Apr 17th- Apr 26th
Now in its 29th year, the Florida Film Festival is an Oscar®-qualifying festival, premiering the best in current, independent, and international cinema. Through ten days of 180+ films and first-class events, film lovers mingle with filmmakers and celebrities over hand-crafted cocktails and a delicious menu at Eden Bar and inside the theater.
Atlanta Film Festival
Apr 30th- May 13th
Now in its fourth decade, the Atlanta Film Festival—one of only two-dozen Academy Award® qualifying festivals in the U.S.—is the area’s preeminent celebration of cinema. The Atlanta Film Festival is one of the largest and longest-running festival in the country, welcoming an audience of over 28,000 to discover hundreds of new independent, international, animated, documentary, and short films, selected from 8000+ submissions from all over the world.
Montreal World Film Festival
Aug 23rd- Sep 3rd
The goal of the Montreal World Film Festival (Montreal International Film Festival) is to encourage cultural diversity and understanding between nations, to foster the cinema of all continents by stimulating the development of quality cinema, to promote filmmakers and innovative works, to discover and encourage new talents, and to promote meetings between cinema professionals from around the world.
The Montreal World Film Festival (MWFF) is the only competitive Film Festival in North America accredited by the FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations)
Venice Film Festival
Aug 28th- Sep 7th
The Festival is officially recognised by the FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Association).
The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote international cinema in all its forms as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue. In addition to the sections mentioned in the following paragraphs, the Festival also organises retrospectives and tributes to major figures as a contribution towards a better understanding of the history of cinema.
Aug 5th- Aug 15th
The Locarno Film Festival is an annual film festival held every August in Locarno, Switzerland. Founded in 1946, it is one of the longest-running film festivals, and is also known for being a prestigious platform for art house films.
The festival screens films in various competitive and non-competitive sections, including feature-length narrative and documentary, short, avant-garde, and retrospective programs. The Piazza Grande section is held in one of the world's largest open-air screening venues, seating 8,000 spectators.
The top prize of the Festival is the Golden Leopard, awarded to the best film in the International Competition. Other awards include the Leopard of Honour for career achievement, and the Prix du Public UBS, the public choice award.
Art House Films & All Genres
Berlin International Film Festival
Feb 20th- Mar 1st
The Berlinale is a unique place of artistic exploration and entertainment. It is one of the largest public film festivals in the world, attracting tens of thousands of visitors from around the globe each year. For the film industry and the media, the eleven days in February are also one of the most important events in the annual calendar and an indispensable trading forum.
The Berlin International Film Festival enjoys an eventful history. The festival was created for the Berlin public in 1951, at the beginning of the Cold War, as a “showcase of the free world”. Shaped by the turbulent post-war period and the unique situation of a divided city, the Berlinale has developed into a place of intercultural exchange and a platform for the critical cinematic exploration of social issues. To this day it is considered the most political of all the major film festivals.
The Berlinale brings the big stars of international cinema to Berlin and discovers new talents. It accompanies filmmakers of all disciplines on their paths into the spotlight and supports careers, projects, dreams and visions.
Thanks to its numerous industry initiatives, the Berlinale is a significant driver of innovation and an important economic factor internationally as well as for companies in Germany and Berlin.
Sundance Film Festival
Jan 23rd- Feb 2nd
Every winter in Utah, the Sundance Film Festival becomes the ultimate gathering of original storytellers and audiences seeking new voices and fresh perspectives. Our annual program includes dramatic and documentary features and short films; series and episodic content; and New Frontier, showcasing emerging media in the form of multimedia installations, performances, and films. We also host daily filmmaker conversations, panel discussions, and live music events. Since 1985, hundreds of films that have launched at the Festival have gained critical recognition and acclaim, reaching new audiences worldwide.
Slamdance Film Festival
Jan 24th- Jan 30th
The Slamdance Film Festival is a showcase for raw and innovative filmmaking that lives and bleeds by its mantra: By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers. Slamdance has created a track record for showcasing breakthrough artists that is beyond dispute. Filmmakers who first showed their work at the festival are now amongst the biggest names in the entertainment industry. Alumni who have shown their early short films and debut features at Slamdance include Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Ari Aster (Midsommar), Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love and Basketball), The Russo Brothers (Avengers: Endgame), Lena Dunham (Girls), Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians), and Lynn Shelton (Sword of Trust).
New Zealand International Film Festival
Jul 23rd- Aug 16th
The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) is a film festival held annually across New Zealand throughout the latter half of the year, starting in Auckland in July.
The Festival has grown significantly since the merger in 1984 of the Auckland International Film Festival (founded in 1969) and the Wellington Film Festival (founded 1972). The Festival is operated by the New Zealand Film Festival Trust, a charitable trust established in 1996, and based in Wellington. In 2009, for the first time, the Festival did away with its various regional names and united the various festivals under the banner of the New Zealand International Film Festival. Until then, each region had been promoted with the region’s name despite their having shared a common programme and artwork since 2002. The festival has a long tradition of supporting New Zealand filmmakers and New Zealand cinema.
Durban International Film Festival
Jul 18th- Jul 28th
South Africa’s longest-running film festival, the Durban International Film Festival generally runs across 12 days towards the end of July, presenting over 180 screenings of current films from around the world, with strong focus on South African and African cinema. Screenings take place throughout Durban including township areas where cinemas are non-existent. The festival also runs extensive seminar and workshop programmes to stimulate industry capacity. This includes the participation of 20 filmmakers from all over Africa in Talents Durban, in partnership with the Berlin Film Festival, and the Durban FilmMart, a film financing and co-production initiative organized in partnership with Durban Film Office.
All Genres(mostly African)
Encounters Festival South Africa
Jun 4th- Jun 14th
Encounters South African International Documentary Festival (Encounters) is the premier documentary festival in Africa and one of the oldest film festivals on the continent. It remains one of only a few on the continent that is solely dedicated to the genre. Since its inception, the festival has advanced the currency of documentaries in the country and region, supporting new productions and giving an African platform to international documentaries.
REALTIME INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
June 9 - 15
The Festival boasts of being the first Film Festival where film makers and enthusiasts alike can participate remotely from their individual countries; without physically attending the Festival in Lagos - Nigeria.
We employ the use of current Technology to achieve the Real-Time attribute of the Festival, whereby both the participants in Lagos and those from across the world can interact and share ideas and experiences via Tele-Presence, Video Conferencing, Live Streaming and Skype.
During the Festival, we offer Master classes (Training) in Cinematography, Photography, Lighting Design, Acting and Directing. These master classes will be handled by industry professionals from Nigeria and the USA.
Amakula International Film Festival
What makes an Amakula film festival? Amakula International Film Festival is a curatorial driven international film festival determined to seek out world cinema from every corner of the world, including less prominent cultures, while maintaining a special focus on African and local cinema and making special efforts to seek out the best productions in the Eastern African region.
It seeks both to expand horizons for audiences as well as of filmmakers, both in terms of strong thematic content as well as cinematic techniques including a wide range of genres, from fiction to documentary, animation, experimental film, video art, both short and long. The festival strives to be accessible to a wide group of people by presenting itself in various localities.
To stimulate film industry development, the festival seeks to set a clear artistic and independent standard, while trying to be inclusive, and supports upcoming local filmmakers to reach this standard offering workshops and seminars to develop the industry further. The festival furthermore seeks to encourage collaborations within the arts, encouraging multi-disciplinary projects and productions with a view to further stimulate creativity and innovation.
Cannes Film Festival
May 12th- May 23rd
The Cannes Festival until 2002 called the International Film Festival (Festival international du film) and known in English as the Cannes Film Festival, is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France, which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries from all around the world. Founded in 1946, the invitation-only festival is held annually (usually in May) at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès.
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
Nov 15th- Dec 1st
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, or PÖFFis an annual film festival held since 1997 in Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia. PÖFF is the only festival in Northern Europe or the Baltic region with a FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Association) accreditation for holding an International Competitive Feature Film Program, which places it alongside 14 other non-specialised competitive world festivals including Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Karlovy Vary, Warsaw, and San Sebastian. With over 250 feature-length and over 250 short films and animations from 80 different countries (2018) screened, and an attendance of over 80,000 (2018), PÖFF is the one of the largest film festivals in Northern Europe.
International Film Festival of India
Nov 20th- Nov 28th
Asia’s First Film Festival – IFFI over the years.
Started way back in 1952, the first ever IFFI was organized by the Films Division, Government of India, with the patronage of the first Prime Minister of India – Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) aims at providing a common platform to the cinemas across the world to project the excellence of the art of film making. This India’s most prestigious festival is also the first International Film Festival held anywhere in Asia.
Cairo International Film Festival
Nov 20th- Nov 29th
THE CAIRO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (CIFF) IS ONE OF ONLY 15 FESTIVALS ACCORDED AS A CATEGORY “A” STATUS BY THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF FILM PRODUCERS ASSOCIATIONS FIAPF. IT IS THE OLDEST AND ONLY INTERNATIONALLY ACCREDITED ANNUALLY RUNNING FILM FESTIVAL IN THE ARAB WORLD, AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST.
THE HISTORY OF CIFF GOES BACK TO 1975, AFTER A VISIT TO THE BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL THE LATE WRITER-CRITIC KAMAL EL MALLAKH AND A GROUP OF LIKE-MINDED CINEMA CRITICS WONDERED WHY SUCH A WORLD-CLASS FESTIVAL COULDN’T TAKE PLACE IN EGYPT. THE COUNTRY WAS STILL RIDING THE CREST OF EGYPTIAN CINEMA’S GOLDEN AGE AND CONTAINED A FORMIDABLE FILM INDUSTRY, STILL THE BIGGEST IN THE ARAB WORLD. THE CAIRO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WAS LAUNCHED IN 1976, TO ENHANCE THE ROLE OF EGYPT IN THE WORLD OF FILMMAKING AND CINEMA AND TO SERVE AS A BRIDGE BETWEEN CULTURES.
THE 1976 FESTIVAL FEATURED AROUND 100 FILMS FROM 33 COUNTRIES, WITH 14 FILMS FROM 14 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES IN COMPETITION. IN AN EFFORT TO CELEBRATE THE BEST OF INTERNATIONAL CINEMA, THE CAIRO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL HAS PROVEN ITS INFLUENCE AND VERSATILITY YEAR AFTER YEAR AND CONTINUES TO ACT AS A MEETING POINT NOT ONLY FOR FILMMAKERS AND CRITICS BUT ALSO FOR WRITERS, INTELLECTUALS AND OTHER ARTISTS.
THE EGYPTIAN ASSOCIATION OF FILM WRITERS AND CRITICS ORGANISED THE FESTIVAL FOR THE FIRST SEVEN YEARS UNTIL 1983. IN THE FOLLOWING YEAR, THE UNION OF ARTIST’S SYNDICATES SUPERVISED THE FESTIVAL, AND AFTER THAT POINT, SEVERAL ASSOCIATIONS MUSTERED THEIR RESOURCES TO RUN THE FESTIVAL. THE EGYPTIAN ASSOCIATION OF FILM WRITERS AND CRITICS JOINED WITH THE MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND THE UNION OF ARTIST’S SYNDICATES TO FORM A JOINT COMMITTEE IN 1985 TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY AND FINANCIAL STATE OF THE FESTIVAL.
THROUGHOUT IT’S HISTORY, THE FESTIVAL WAS PRESIDED BY NINE DIFFERENT PRESIDENTS, INCLUDING THE CURRENT PRESIDENT OF THE FORTIETH EDITION.
Alexandria Film Festival
Nov 7th- Nov 10th
The Alexandria Film Festival brings high-quality short and feature length films, documentaries, filmmaker panels, and arts presentations to the historic port city of Alexandria, Virginia.
The festival is an intimate four-day celebration of film in Old Town Alexandria, located a few miles from Washington, DC. The Festival highlights the talents of local, national, and international filmmakers. Alexandria is home to a diverse group of film producers and enthusiasts, arts patrons, members of Congress and their staff, corporate executives, and a large number of culturally-minded individuals. The city attracts many visitors and residents of the Washington metropolitan area who value its arts and history community.
The Alexandria Film Festival proudly promotes and supports the artistry of filmmakers to provide an engaging viewer experience.
Chicago International Film Festival
Oct 16th- Oct 27th
Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, is a year-round non-profit cultural and educational organization dedicated to fostering better communication between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the moving image. We serve Chicago’s diverse and under-served citizenry by providing access to world-class cinema. We aim to enrich Chicago’s cultural environment by presenting film in contexts that encourage discussion and debate.
Through the Film Festival, our Education Program, and our year-round programming and membership program, we enhance the cultural assets of the city of Chicago by exhibiting film from around the world. We also strive to promote a deeper understanding of a diverse body of cultures, thus contributing to Chicago’s identity and orientation as an international city.
In 2010, the 46th Chicago International Film Festival presented 150 films from more than 50 countries. The Festival's program is composed of many different sections, including the International Competition, New Directors Competition, Docufest, Black Perspectives, Cinema of the Americas, and Reel Women.
Its main venue is the AMC River East 21 Theatre in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago.
Animation is Film Festival
Oct 18th- Oct 20th
ANIMATION IS FILM is a major animation festival produced by GKIDS in collaboration with Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Variety, and ASIFA Hollywood. The inaugural event took place October 20-22, 2017 at the historic Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood (TCL Chinese 6 Theater) and featured a highly selective showcase of the best animated films from around the world, plus red carpet, filmmaker Q&As, special events, receptions, short film programs, and both juried and audience awards.
ANIMATION IS FILM fills a gap in the market by launching a world class animation festival in the US, with its home in the world capital of filmmaking. The Festival embraces the highest aspirations of animation as a cinematic art form on par with live action, and will be vocal advocate for filmmakers who push the boundaries of their work to the fullest range of expression that the medium is capable of.
The purpose of the Festival is to:
Present a highly selective, annual showcase of the best new works of animation from around the world, with programs for both adults and families.
Champion and support filmmakers who use animation to pursue unique cinematic visions and who are unconstrained by conventional notions of what animation is capable of.
Champion and support women filmmakers.
Champion and support filmmakers from a wide range of cultural, economic, national and geographic backgrounds.
Have a positive impact on Los Angeles’ diverse communities by making the Festival programs available to the widest range of audiences.
Rwanda Film Festival
Oct 19th- Oct 26th
Rwanda Film Festival also known as Hillywood has established itself as the country’s most important cultural event, but also one of Africa’s most prestigious festivals. For 7 days, film lovers, filmmakers, industry professionals and media will watch the best in new cinema from established masters and new local and international talents. Our principal objective is to promote and encourage awareness, appreciation and understanding of the art of cinema in Rwanda. Our mandate is to present the most outstanding films produced in every part of the world. With the current ongoing development of film-making in Rwanda, we believe the time is right for such a festival that serves as a key platform for the promotion of Rwandan produced cinema, but also enables our local professionals to exchange with internationally established filmmakers.
Carthage Film Festival
Oct 26th- Nov 2nd
The Carthage Film Festival (CFF) is a film festival that takes place in Tunis. Created in 1966, it is to date the oldest event of its kind still active in Africa. Initially biennial alternating with the Carthage Theatre Festival, it became annual in 2014. A directing committee chaired by the Tunisian Ministry of Culture joined together with professionals of the cinema industry is in charge of the organization.
The Carthage Film Festival has been designed as a film festival engaged in the cause of African and Arab countries and enhancing the South cinema in general.
The main prize awarded is the Golden Tanit named after the Phoenician goddess Tanit. Opening and closing ceremonies are held in the Municipal Theater of Tunis.
BFI London Film Festival
Oct 2nd- Oct 13th
The BFI London Film Festival is an annual film festival founded in 1953 and held in the United Kingdom, running for two weeks in October with cooperation from the British Film Institute. It screens more than 300 films, documentaries and shorts from approximately 50 countries.While the programme still retains the 'festivals' feel, it also now shows new discoveries from "important and exciting talents" in world cinema. Whilst it continues to be first and foremost a public festival, it is also attended by large numbers of film professionals and journalists from all over the world. Importantly, it offers opportunities for people to see films that may not otherwise get a UK screening along with films which will get a release in the near future.
Busan International Film Festival
Oct 3rd- Oct 12th
The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF, previously Pusan International Film Festival, PIFF), held annually in Haeundae-gu, Busan (also Pusan), South Korea, is one of the most significant film festivals in Asia.
The first festival, held from 13 to 21 September 1996, was also the first international film festival in Korea. The focus of the BIFF is introducing new films and first-time directors, especially those from Asian countries. Another notable feature is the appeal of the festival to young people, both in terms of the large youthful audience it attracts and through its efforts to develop and promote young talent. In 1999, the Pusan Promotion Plan (renamed Asian Project Market in 2011) was established to connect new directors to funding sources.
All Genres For Asian Market
Africa International Film festival
October 29- November 4th
AFRIFF is a world class showcase that presents a complete immersion into the world of film making with participation from local and international filmmakers and professionals, celebrities, actors, directors, film critics, buyers, distributors, visual artists, film students, amateurs, equipment manufacturers, and international press. Maintaining its inaugural theme “Africa Unites”, the vision is to raise awareness in Africa about the vast potential the entertainment industry holds and the impact it can generate in the economy. To establish bridges for partnership with international counterparts to ensure quality, expertise and global standards access the local industry, accelerating its sustainable development. AFRIFF also aims to re-establish Africa’s significance as the original birth home of civilization and indeed the last frontier for unique film stories and content development. The weeklong event is set to become Africa’s new exciting annual destination for fantastic film experience and celebration every November, comprising a top class film programme; talent development and technical training series aimed at raising local industry standards; business sessions and networking opportunities, as well as a unique Film and Equipment market that will encourage and grow content trade out of Africa and global partnerships. Since its inaugural edition, hosted in Port Harcourt, Nigeria in 2010, the Festival has brought together: More than 2000 industry guests, More than 500 workshop participants. 500 + international entries from professional and amateur filmmakers around the world Guests celebrities such as Lynn Whitfield, Tchina Arnold, Rockmond Dunbar, Malcom Jamal-Warner, Giancarlo Esposito, Eriq Ebounaey, Hakeem Kae Kazeem, Agbani Darego, and Chris Aire. An international and domestic audience of 10,000 + guests
Toronto International Film Festival
Sep 10th- Sep 20th
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF, often stylized as tiff) is one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world, attracting over 480,000 people annually. Since its founding in 1976, TIFF has grown to become a permanent destination for film culture operating out of the TIFF Bell Lightbox, located in downtown Toronto. TIFF's mission is "to transform the way people see the world through film."
Year-round, the TIFF Bell Lightbox offers screenings, lectures, discussions, festivals, workshops, industry support, and the chance to meet filmmakers from Canada and around the world. TIFF Bell Lightbox is located on the north west corner of King Street and John Street in downtown Toronto.
Starting out in 1976 as a collection of films from other festivals — a "festival of festivals" — the Toronto International Film Festival has become one of the most beloved cinematic events in the world, universally regarded as an ideal platform for filmmakers to launch their careers and to premiere their new work. The Festival has been described as "the most important film festival in the world — the largest, the most influential, the most inclusive."
Raindance Film Festival
Sep 18th- Sep 29th
United Kingdom & United States
Raindance Film Festival
Discover. Be Discovered.
Raindance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in the UK. Holding the 27th festival in 2019, Raindance is based in the heart of London’s buzzing West End film district.
Raindance Film Festival is officially recognised by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences USA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the British Independent Film Awards. Selected shorts will qualify for Oscar® and BAFTA considerations.
El Gouna Film Festival
Sep 19th- Sep 27th
The mission of El Gouna Film Festival (GFF) is to showcase a lot of a wide variety of films for a passionate and knowledgeable audience; while fostering better communication between cultures through the art of filmmaking. Its goal is to connect filmmakers from the region with their international counterparts in the spirit of cooperation and cultural exchange.
The festival is committed to the discovery of new voices and strives to be a catalyst for the development of cinema in the Arab world, particularly through its industry segment, CineGouna Platform.
New York Film Festival
Sep 27th- Oct 13th
Film at Lincoln Center is devoted to supporting the art and elevating the craft of cinema. The only branch of the world-renowned arts complex Lincoln Center to shine a light on the everlasting yet evolving importance of the moving image, this nonprofit organization was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international film. Via year-round programming and discussions; its annual New York Film Festival; and its publications, including Film Comment, the U.S.’s premier magazine about films and film culture, Film at Lincoln Center endeavors to make the discussion and appreciation of cinema accessible to a broader audience, as well as to ensure that it will remain an essential art form for years to come.
As an independent constituent of the world’s foremost performing arts center, Film at Lincoln Center presents year-round programming that includes premieres of new films from an international roster of established and emerging directors, major retrospectives, in-depth filmmaker talks, and high profile events. Film at Lincoln Center is one of those rare institutions whose stature is matched by its popularity, each year welcoming an aggregate audience of more than 200,000 film aficionados, filmmakers, and industry leaders of every nationality, age, economic, and ethnic group. The organization has been a pioneer among film institutions and one of the film world’s most respected and influential arbiters of cinematic trends and discoveries. Martin Scorsese, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Agnès Varda, Wong Kar-Wai, Pedro Almodóvar, Spike Lee, Wes Anderson—over the last four decades there is scarcely a major director who has not been introduced to American audiences by Film at Lincoln Center.