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72nd FESTIVAL DE CANNES | CANNES FILM FESTIVAL - Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, 1 Boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes, France: May 14-25.

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"People come to Cannes just to advertise their films, not with a particular message. But the advantage is that if you go to the festival, you get so much press coverage in three days that it advertises the film for the rest of the year." - Jean-Luc Godard.

A FILM FESTIVALS is an organised, extended presentation of films in one or more cinemas or screening venues, usually in a single city or region. Increasingly, film festivals show some films outdoors. Films may be of recent date and, depending upon the festival's focus, can include international and domestic releases. Some festivals focus on a specific film-maker or genre (e.g., film noir) or subject matter (e.g., horror film festivals). A number of film festivals specialise in short films of a defined maximum length. Film festivals are typically annual events.

The most well-known film festivals are the Venice Film Festival, the Cannes Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival, the latter being the largest film festival worldwide, based on attendance. Venice's festival is the oldest major festival, and the longest continually running one. A 2013 study found 3,000 active films festivals worldwide—active defined as having held an event in the previous 24 months.

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  • 74th Cannes Film Festival 2021 - from July 6-17. Official site. Annual film festival held in Cannes, France since 1946, which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries, from around the world. Founded in 1946, it is one of the most prestigious and publicised film festivals in the world. The invitation-only festival is held annually (usually in May) at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès (1 Boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes, France).
  • ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES - since 1929. The Oscar statuette is officially named the Academy Award of Merit and is one of nine types of Academy Awards. Organized and overseen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the awards are given each year at a formal ceremony.
  • Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival - film festival, held annually since 1963 in Antalya, and is the second most important film festival in Turkey.
  • ASPEN FILMFEST - since 1979. "The festival will showcase top filmmaking from across the globe from September 21-26, 2021, taking place at Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House and Metropolitan’s Isis Theatre and the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale."
  • Austin Film Festival | AFF - since 1994. The first organization of its kind to focus on writers’ creative contributions to film.
  • BERGMAN WEEK - annual event organized by the Bergmancenter on the small island Fårö in Sweden. Ingmar Bergman moved to the island in the 1960s and the Bergman Week is a celebration of his artistry, with films, lectures and conversations.
  • BERLINALE | INTERNATIONALE FILMFESTSPIELE BERLIN - founded in 1951. Berlin Film Festival. One of the world's leading film festivals and most reputable media events.
  • BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL - since 1956. UK's largest public film event, screening more than 300 features, documentaries and shorts from almost 50 countries.
  • Braunschweig International Film festival - since 1986.
  • Busan International Film Festival - since 1996. 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 main focus of the BIFF is to introduce new films and first-time directors, especially those from Asian countries.
  • Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) - annual internationally accredited film festival held in Cairo Opera House. It was established in 1976 and has taken place every year since its inception, except for 2011 and 2013, when it was cancelled due to budget limitations and political instability. It is the only international competitive feature film festival recognized by the FIAPF in the Arab world and Africa, as well as the oldest in this category.
  • CANNES FILM FESTIVAL | FESTIVAL DE CANNES - since 1946. Among the world's most prestigious and publicized film festivals. The invitation-only festival is held annually (usually in May) at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès (1 Boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes, France).
  • Copenhagen International Film Festival (CIFF) - was a film festival held annually in Copenhagen, Denmark from 2003 to 2008. The main prize, the Golden Swan, was awarded for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Script and Best Cinematography. In 2009, CIFF merged with the NatFilm Festival to become the CPH:PIX film festival.
  • Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival - since 1998. Takes place every two years at the Danish Film Institute Cinemateque in Gothersgade, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Cork Film Festival - since 1956. Internationally recognised festival, particularly in the area of short films.
  • CPH:DOX | COPENHAGEN INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL - since 2003. International documentary film festival established in 2003 and held annually in Copenhagen, Denmark. CPH:DOX has grown steadily ever since to become one of the largest documentary film festivals in Europe with 70.100 admissions in 2013.
  • CPH:PIX - since 2009. Annual, international feature film festival in Copenhagen focusing on emerging talents and artistic courage. CPH PIX is the result of the merging of the Copenhagen International Film Festival and the NatFilm Festival in 2008, which created the organisation Copenhagen Film Festivals. Copenhagen Film Festivals also manages the documentary festival CPH:DOX. The festival was founded by Jacob Neiiendam who administered the festival until the end of its 10th edition in 2018.
  • Dam Short Film Festival - since 2005. Film festival held annually in Boulder City, Nevada, typically in early February.
  • DEAUVILLE AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL - yearly film festival devoted to American cinema, which has taken place since 1975 in Deauville, France.
  • Dubai International Film Festival | DIFF - leading film festival in the region. Since its inception in 2004, the festival has served as an influential platform for Arab filmmakers and talent at an international level, by spearheading the cinema movement in the region.
  • Durban International Film Festival - since 1979. The largest film festival in Southern Africa.
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival - established in 1947, it is the world's oldest continually running film festival.
  • Eurasia International Film Festival - since 1998. International film festival held in Kazakhstan. With the exception of the 5th edition, which was held in Astana, all the other editions were held in Almaty.
  • EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL - "The European Film Festival is an annual event that showcases a selection of European films, giving local audiences a taste of Europe’s diversity and creativity. Films screened are recent and have encountered success in their country of origin. The films showcased in this festival may belong to a specific country, but they are all representative of Europe’s common cultural heritage. This film festival, now in its 30th year, is a window into the intriguing world of European cinema but also offers a platform to showcase films by young Singaporean film-makers."
  • FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - genre film festival that has been based mainly in Montreal since its founding in 1996.
  • Fantasporto - international film festival, annually organized since 1981 in Porto, Portugal. Giving screen space to fantasy/science fiction/horror-oriented commercial feature films, auteur films and experimental projects from all over the world.
  • Fantastic Fest - since 2005. Annual film festival in Austin, Texas, U.S.A.
  • FESTIVAL DE CANNES - since 1946. The Cannes Festival (French: Festival de Cannes), until 2003 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.
  • FILMFEST MUNICH - Munich International Film festival (German: Filmfest München) is the largest summer film festival in Germany and second only in size and importance to the Berlinale. It has been held annually since 1983 and takes place in late-June/early-July.
  • GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL - since 1971. The largest children’s film festival in Europe, and possibly the world.
  • Global Nonviolent Film Festival - since 2012. The most important and renowned international film festival of NONVIOLENT films. Global Nonviolent Film Festival showcases films that do NOT show gratuitous violence that lacks literary, artistic, or scientific value. Since 2012, over 500 films have been selected and 200 have been awarded.
  • Golden Horse Film Festival & Awards - since 1962. Film festival and awards ceremony held annually in Taiwan.
  • Golden Knight Malta International Film Festival - "One of the longest running film festivals of its kind worldwide. It is a short film festival open to non-professional productions, film school students as well as commercial productions. It is held annually during the last week of November."
  • Guadalajara International Film Festival - 1986. The festival is considered the most prestigious film festival in Latin America and among the most important Spanish language film festivals in the world.
  • Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) - international film festival founded in 1992, by Joyce Robinson. The festival has since taken place every year in East Hampton, New York. It is usually an annual five-day event in mid-October and is held in theatre venues located in the Long Island area of New York, United States. Approximately 18,000 visitors attend each festival and close to a hundred films are featured each year.
  • HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL - since 1997. Annual film festival which takes place in Los Angeles. The Hollywood Film Festival was created to make a connection between independent filmmakers and the global creative community.
  • HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL | HKIFF - one of Asia’s oldest international film festivals. Founded in 1976, the festival features different movies, filmmakers from different countries in Hong Kong. HKIFF screens around 230 films from more than 60 countries in different major cultural venues across the territory every year. New films are featured as gala premieres, with the directors and cast presenting on the red carpet and meet-and-greet sessions in theatres.
  • IDFA | INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL AMSTERDAM - since 1988. "With a program of some 300 films, an audience of more than 200,000 and over 2,500 documentary professionals in attendance, IDFA is the largest celebration of the documentary genre in the world."
  • INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ROTTERDAM | IFFR - held at the end of January since 1972. Approximately comparable in size to other major European festivals such as Cannes, Venice, Berlin, and Locarno.
  • International Istanbul Film Festival - since 1982.
  • KARLOVY VARY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - since 1946. Flm festival held annually in July in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. The Karlovy Vary Festival is one of the oldest in the world and has become Central and Eastern Europe's leading film event.
  • KrakÓw Film Festival - since 1961. One of Europe's oldest events dedicated to documentary, animation and other short film forms.
  • LAS VEGAS FILM FESTIVAL - "The Las Vegas Film Festival is a community of filmmakers and film-lovers drawn to the unique, curious and cultivating environment that is Las Vegas."
  • Locarno International Film Festival - since 1946.
  • LOS ANGELES JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL - "Celebrating the Jewish Experience Through Film."
  • LumiÈre Film Festival - held in Lyon, France annually since October 2009.
  • Mar del Plata International Film Festival - since 1954.
  • Marrakech International Film Festival - since 2001. Africa's biggest film festival.
  • Milwaukee FILM FESTIVAL - since 2009. Public film festival held each September and October in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Film Festival is the fifth largest film festival in the United States in terms of attendance, the number of films screened and festival length.
  • MONTE-CARLO TELEVISION FESTIVAL - since 1961. Held every year in June in the Principality of Monaco at the Grimaldi Forum, under the Honorary Presidency of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.
  • Montreal World Film Festival - since 1977. One of Canada's oldest international film festivals and the only competitive film festival in North America accredited by the FIAPF.
  • Moscow International Film Festival | MIFF - held annually since 1995. The festival's top prize is the statue of Saint George slaying the dragon, as represented on the Coat of Arms of Moscow.
  • MUMBAI International FILM FESTIVAL - "The Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films (MIFF) is a festival organized in the city of Mumbai (formerly Bombay) by the Films Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. It was started in 1990, and focuses on documentary, short fiction and animation films."
  • MUNICH FILMFEST - (German: Filmfest München) is the largest summer film festival in Germany and second only in size and importance to the Berlinale. It has been held annually since 1983 and takes place in late-June/early-July.
  • NeuchÂtel International Fantastic Film Festival | NIFFF - since 2000. Swiss film festival dedicated to fantastic movies.
  • New York Film Festival (NYFF) - since 1963. Film festival held every autumn in New York City, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center (FSLC). It is one of the longest-running and most prestigious film festivals in the United States.
  • One World Film Festival - since 1999. The largest human rights film festival in the world (125,947 spectators in 2018), held annually in Prague and other 36 cities of the Czech Republic, with a selection later shown in Brussels and other countries. The festival highlights quality documentary films on social, political, environmental, media and human rights issues. One World presents over a 100 documentary films from all around the globe and organizes numerous Q&As with filmmakers and experts.
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival - since 1989. Held annually in January in Palm Springs, CA, U.S.A.
  • Pordenone Silent Film Festival - since 1982. Annual festival of silent film held in October in Pordenone, northern Italy. It is the first, largest and most important international festival dedicated to silent film and also is present in the list of the top 50 unmissable film festivals in the world according to Variety.
  • PORTOBELLO FILM FESTIVAL - since 1996. Independent international film festival based in London, which annually premiers over 700 new films, including features, shorts, documentaries, music films, and animation.
  • Pyongyang International Film Festival - since 1987. Biennial cultural exhibition held in Pyongyang, North Korea. The film festival is an unusually cosmopolitan event for a state known to be reclusive to outside (particularly Western) contact.
  • RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL - independent film festival and film school that operates in major cities including London, Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Budapest, Berlin, and Brussels. The festival was established in 1992 by Elliot Grove to be the voice of British filmmaking, and it showcases features and shorts by filmmakers from around the world to an audience of film executives and buyers, journalists, film fans and filmmakers.
  • ReykjavÍk International Film Festival | RIFF - since 2004. International film festival held annually in Reykjavík, Iceland. The festival lasts 11 days each year and emphasizes young talents.
  • ROME FILM FESTIVAL - since 2006. Takes place in Rome, Italy, during the month of October. Even though it is quite a young festival, the importance of the hosting city as well as the strong economic investment has placed the Rome Film Fest among the most important film festivals in the world, with huge media coverage and world-famous artists in attendance.
  • San Francisco International Film Festival | SFIFF - since 1957. "The longest-running film festival in the Americas, the San Francisco International Film Festival is an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and a major cultural event in the Bay Area." Organized by the San Francisco Film Society, is held each spring for two weeks, presenting around 200 films from over 50 countries. The festival highlights current trends in international film and video production with an emphasis on work that has not yet secured U.S. distribution.
  • San Francisco Silent Film Festival - film festival first held in 1996 and presented annually every July at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, California, U.S.A. It is the largest silent film festival in the United States, although the largest silent film festival in the world remains the Giornate del cinema muto in Pordenone, northern Italy.
  • San Luis Obispo International film festival | SLOIFF - founded in 1993.
  • San SebastiÁn International Film Festival (SSIFF) - since its creation in 1953 it has established itself as one of the 14 "A" category competitive festivals accredited by the FIAPF, of which it has one of the lowest budgets. It has hosted several important events of the history of cinema, such as the international premieres of Vertigo, by Alfred Hitchcock (who attended the Festival) and the European premiere of Star Wars. It was the first festival attended by Roman Polanski and has helped advance the professional careers of filmmakers such as Francis Ford Coppola, Bong Joon-ho and Pedro Almodóvar.
  • SANTA BARBARA FILM FESTIVAL | SBIFF - established 1985. Showcases independent American and international films.
  • Shanghai International Film Festival - since 1993. One of the largest film festivals in East Asia. "China's biggest film festival" according to the Hollywood Reporter. Next to Tokyo International Film Festival, the SIFF is considered by many to be the second biggest film festival in Asia.
  • Sonoma International Film Festival - American film festival that began in 1997. It takes place each April in the Sonoma Valley of California and is hosted by the Sonoma International Film Society, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
  • South by Southwest | SXSW - since 1987. Set of film, interactive, and music festivals and conferences that take place every spring (usually in March) in Austin, Texas, United States.
  • SITGES FILM FESTIVAL - "The number one fantasy film festival in the world."
  • Stockholm International Film Festival - "Stockholm International Film Festival started in 1990 and is one of the leading film festivals in Europe. During twelve intense days in November the festival presents 150 film premieres from more than 60 countries. In 2020, 75 films were screened in cinemas and via the festival’s digital platform, due to the current pandemic. We also arrange exclusive screenings for our members throughout the year, Sommarbio in August, mobile film workshops for kids and teenagers, Stockholm Film Festival Junior in April and Secret Locations Screenings. The festival is visited by hundreds of filmmakers and since its inception celebrities like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Ken Loach, Francois Ozon, David Cronenberg, Uma Thurman, Ava DuVernay, Ethan and Joel Coen, Charlotte Rampling, Andrea Arnold, Pablo Larrain, Celine Sciamma, Claire Denis and Quentin Tarantino have visited the festival and met the audience at the cinemas."
  • SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL - since 1978. The Sundance Film Festival (formerly Utah/US Film Festival, then US Film and Video Festival) is an annual film festival organized by the Sundance Institute. It is the largest independent film festival in the United States, with more than 46,660 attending in 2016. It takes place each January in Park City, Utah, Salt Lake City, and at the Sundance Resort (a ski resort near Provo, Utah), and acts as a showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers. The festival consists of competitive sections for American and international dramatic and documentary films, both feature films and short films, and a group of out-of-competition sections, including NEXT, New Frontier, Spotlight, Midnight, Sundance Kids, From the Collection, Premieres, and Documentary Premieres.
  • Sydney Film Festival - since 1954. Annual film festival held in Sydney, usually over 12 days in June. The competitive film festival draws international and local attention, with films being showcased in several venues across the city centre and includes features, documentaries, short films, retrospectives, films for families and animations.
  • Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival | PÖFF - since 1997. 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 countries (2018) screened, and an attendance of over 80,000 (2018), PÖFF is the one of the largest film festivals in Northern Europe.
  • Taormina Film Fest (TFF) - historic film festival, and Italy's oldest began in 1955. The exhibition, which moved permanently to Taormina in 1971, has hosted over the years many stars of international cinema: Elizabeth Taylor, Marlene Dietrich, Sophia Loren, Cary Grant, Robert De Niro, Colin Firth, Marlon Brando, Charlton Heston, Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Tom Cruise, Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas, among others. The award is the Nastro d'Argento in Italian cinema (Silver Ribbon).
  • TCM CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL - in April 2010, Turner Classic Movies held the first TCM Classic Film Festival, an event - now held annually - at the Grauman's Chinese Theater and the Grauman's Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.
  • TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL - since 1974. "The Show is Telluride Film Festival. It happens every Labor Day Weekend in the Telluride mountains and has for almost 40 years and it usually sells out. With more than 50 programs screened during the festival weekend and the most popular repeating at different venues, Telluride Film offers an experience to be remembered. Choices exist to meet the budgets and interests of all." There is an informal tradition that new films must be shown for the first time in North America to be eligible for the festival. The insistence on premieres has led to Telluride's being associated with the discovery of a number of important new films and filmmakers.
  • THE OSCARS - since 1929. The Oscar statuette is officially named the Academy Award of Merit and is one of nine types of Academy Awards. Organized and overseen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the awards are given each year at a formal ceremony.
  • Tokyo International Film Festival - since 1985. Along with the Shanghai International Film Festival, it is one of Asia's competitive film festivals.
  • TORONTO INTERNATINAL FILM FESTIVAL | TIFF - since 1976. The leading public film festival in the world, screening more than 300 films from 60+ countries every September.
  • TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL - since 2002. Annual film festival organized by Tribeca Productions. It takes place each spring in New York City, showcasing a diverse selection of film, episodic, talks, music, games, art, and immersive programming. Tribeca was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in 2002 to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Each year the festival hosts over 600 screenings with approximately 150,000 attendees, and awards independent artists in 23 juried competitive categories.
  • Un Certain Regard - section of the Cannes Film Festival's official selection. It is run at the salle Debussy, parallel to the competition for the Palme d'Or. This section was introduced in 1978 by Gilles Jacob. The name literally means "a certain glance" but is understood by French speakers to mean "from another point of view." Here it means films with various types of visions and styles, which tell their stories in nontraditional ways. This section presents 20 "original and different" works which seek international recognition.
  • Valladolid International Film Festival - (also known as Seminci or Semana Internacional de Cine de Valladolid) is a film festival held annually in Valladolid, Spain since 1956.
  • VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL | LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA - (Italian: Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica della Biennale di Venezia). The oldest international film festival in the world, founded in 1932. Takes place once every two years (in odd years) in Venice at the Venice Cinema Palace on Lido Island, Italy.
  • Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) - annual film festival that has been held in Zürich, Switzerland, since 2005. The festival's main focus is to promote emerging filmmakers from all over the world. In three competition categories only first, second or third directoral works are admitted. There are three competition sections: International Feature Film, International Documentary Film and 'Focus: Switzerland, Germany and Austria' which focuses on these three production countries.
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