Everyone knows about the Cannes Film Festival but what are the other major festivals for Independent filmmakers?
The Best Film Festivals for International and Independent films:
1. The Cannes Film Festival:
It happens in mid-May each year. Cannes is one of the most important marketplaces for European films who compete for the Palme d’or award. It’s also a showcase for Hollywood films that screen out of competition.
2. The Berlin Film Festival
It happens in February. Up to 400 films are shown each year and films compete for the Golden and Silver Bear award.
3. The New York Film Festival:
It takes place in October. The newest and most important cinematic works by directors from around the world are shown at this festival. Its highly competitive only 28 feature films and 12 short films are selected each year.
4. The Venice Film Festival
The festival takes place every year in late August or early September in Venice, Italy. Each year, the Venice Film Festival awards the Golden Lion to the best film screened at the festival, and the Volpi Cup to the best actor and actress.
5. The Sundance Film Festival
It takes place in January. The festival is considered to be the premier showcase for new work from independent filmmakers. The festival comprises competitive sections for American and international dramatic and documentary films, both feature-length films and short films.
6. The Tribeca Film Festival
The Festival’s mission is to help filmmakers reach the broadest audience, enabling the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promoting New York City as a major film making center.
7. The Toronto Film Festival
It takes place in early September. 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. Many studios use the Toronto Film Festival to begin their Oscar campaigns for high profile films.
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