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The First Look Film Festival is a film festival held in Denver, Colorado which screens short films from college students. It was started in 2001 by Wade Gardner and Joshua Weinberg, two film students at the University of Colorado Denver. The festival grew from only screening local Colorado films into an international festival which has screened films from over 20 countries. In 2008 the festival was merged with the Starz Denver Film Festival which is held in October.
As of 2008 the First Look Student Film Festival is the First Look Student Film Section of the Starz Denver Film Festival.
The 2007 First Look Film Festival was held April 19-22, 2008, at the Starz FilmCenter in Denver, Colorado.
The festival website is: www.firstlookfest.com.
The Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) is an Academy Award qualifying, international film festival held in Atlanta, Georgia. Started in 1976 and occurring every April, the festival shows a diverse range of independent films, including genre films such as horror and sci-fi. Since 2008, the festival has presented the Pink Peach, which is awarded to the best LGBTQ film as chosen by the Pink Peach jury. The Accountant won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 2002 after qualifying at the 2001 Atlanta Film Festival.
As of 2007, the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, in Atlanta's Midtown, serves as the official venue of the festival. The Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 16 Theater and The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State have served as official opening night venues in recent years.
In 2007, the festival partnered with the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema to centrally locate the festival to Midtown, dubbed the Heart of Atlanta’s Arts and home to a wide array of restaurants, bars and shops. Making the change allowed attending filmmakers and audience members more opportunities to interact and to attend the myriad of panels, screenplay readings, film discussions and parties that
Cinema City is international film festival held annually in Novi Sad, Serbia. Cinema City presents one of the most interesting events in domain of film and culture in the region. The new edition of Cinema City International Film Festival will be held from June 16 to June 23, 2012 in Novi Sad. During those eight days, Novi Sad will once again become cinema city with rich film, music and academic programmes.
Cinema City Festival, held from 18 to 25 June 2011, was marked with great ambience of open-air cinemas, sold out screenings for national premieres, as well as special interest of the young for CineYouth, Festival academic programme.Visitors of the Festival had a chance to talk with world’s major authors like Béla Tarr, Šarūnas Bartas, and Dorota Kędzierzawska, and to attend retrospectives honoring famous directors and the legendary Serbian actor, Velimir Bata Živojinović.
Previous edition of the festival, which lasted from 5 to 12 June 2010, was marked with guest appearance of famous American actress and singer Juliette Lewis who opened festival’s film programme on June 5 and later performed at music opening of the festival at Petrovaradin fortress.
The programme concept of the
The Sitges Film Festival (Catalan: Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya) is a Spanish film festival that is one of the most recognizable ones held in Europe, considered the world's foremost international festival specializing in fantasy and horror movies. Established in 1967, the festival normally takes place every year in early October in the Catalonian coastal town of Sitges, located about 34 kilometers West-southwest from Barcelona.
Since 1971 the festival has given awards to the best films, actors, and filmmakers.
The "Maria" award winners are the main awards of the festival and are chosen by an international jury. Currently, they are:
The festival also presents:
Among the most relevant attendees of recent Festival de Sitges are
Some of the most notable films shown at Sitges include:
International Rome Film Festival is a film festival that takes place in Rome, Italy, during the month of October. The last edition was held in 2011. The actual complete name in Italian is Festival Internazionale del Film di Roma.
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 Festival among the most important film festivals in the world, with huge media coverage and world-famous artists on attendance.
Besides, along with the festival, a film market called the Business Street is set up in the Via Veneto, well-known due to the classic La Dolce Vita (1960).
The Rome Film Festival official program is divided into several sections:
A non-competitive section focused on glamour and film stars, with several big productions being presented.
This section, which features more art house-oriented and independent works, is composed by over 20 movies, including the ones taking part in the Rome Film Fest Competition.
A non-competitive section that concentrates on alternative productions, from documentaries to feature films, from animated to short movies. It also includes several tributes to remarkable
The Boulder Adventure Film Festival is an international film festival in Boulder, Colorado. Started by local climber Jonathan Copp in 2005, the festival predominantly screens films on adventure and the outdoors. Themes include climbing, conservation, and ocean sports.
Individual festivals:2008 Edmonton International Film Festival
The Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF) is a nine-day film festival in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, hosted at Empire Theatres at Edmonton City Centre.
It began in 1986 as ‘Local Heroes’ a smaller 3-day film festival in March. Over time the festival grew in size and scope. In 2003 the festival was moved to September, expanded to 9-days, and renamed the Edmonton International Film Festival. Their schedule usually has about 50 feature-length dramas and documentaries, and more than 100 short films programmed into packages that include Sobeys Lunchbox Shorts.
For the 2010 festival, organizers are planning on 55 feature-length and 100 short films. They will all be shown at the Empire Theatres in the Edmonton City Centre.
Individual festivals:2012 Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival
Ebertfest: Roger Ebert's Film Festival, originally known as Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival but commonly referred to as simply Ebertfest, is an annual film festival held every April in Champaign, Illinois, United States, organized by the College of Media at the University of Illinois. Roger Ebert is a native of the adjoining town of Urbana, Illinois and is an alumnus of the University.
Unlike typical film festivals, Ebertfest does not accept submissions. Roger Ebert, the TV and Chicago Sun-Times film critic selects films for the festival which in his opinion are excellent, but have been overlooked by the public or by film distribution companies. All films are selected from those that Ebert sees in the course of his normal reviewing work.
The original purpose of the Overlooked Film Festival, as reflected in the name, was to showcase films that had not been given enough attention by the public, film critics, or even distributors. Ebert has cheerfully admitted that he can bend the definition of "overlooked" to accommodate any film that he would like to include, since entire genres and formats can be overlooked as well as individual films. The selection philosophy is expected to
Visions du Réel (Visions of Reality) is an international documentary film festival held in April each year in Nyon, Switzerland. Established in 1969 as the Nyon International Documentary Film Festival, the event adopted its current name in 1995.
At its inception, the festival promoted Swiss films and films that were otherwise inaccessible — that is, those created in the Eastern Bloc countries behind the Iron Curtain. Now open to worldwide entries, the week-long festival has been directed by film critic Jean Perret since 1995.
The festival was founded by Moritz de Hadeln (who later headed the Locarno International Film Festival, the Berlin International Film Festival, the Venice International Film Festival and the short-lived New Montreal FilmFest of 2005) and his wife Erika von dem Hagen:
Moritz de Hadeln directed the festival until 1979, and he assisted Erika when she took over as head of the festival from 1980 to 1993.
During the early years of the Nyon International Documentary Film Festival, Erika de Hadeln negotiated with the film authorities in East Europe and Russia — and worked with documentary film-makers including Joris Ivens, Roman Karmen, Georges Rouquier, Basil
Individual festivals:2008 Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival
The Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival is an annual film festival scheduled over one weekend in late September in Birmingham, Alabama, since 1999. The festival takes place at seven venues located within Birmingham's historic Theatre District, featuring the newly-restored Alabama Theatre, a 2,200 seat movie palace built by Paramount in 1927, and the Carver Theatre.
In 2006, the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival recognized writer/director John Sayles and producer Maggie Renzi for their more than two decades of collaboration in independent film, which includes such acclaimed indie classics as The Brother From Another Planet, Passion Fish, Lone Star, and the Sidewalk 2004 Opening Night Film, Silver City.
In 2005, Sidewalk honored acclaimed film actor John C. Reilly with the inaugural Spirit of Sidewalk award.
13th Annual Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival: August 26–28, 2011
Jury Awards, 2011
Audience Choice Awards, 2011
Other Awards, 2011
The Helsinki International Film Festival - Love & Anarchy is a non-competitive film festival held since 1988 in Helsinki, Finland, yearly in September. The festival promotes the artistry of filmmaking, the inventive, visually stunning and controversial new films, revealing the promising talents of tomorrow.
The Jacksonville Film Festival is an annual film festival held in Jacksonville, Florida. Founded in 2002, the festival screens dozens of the hundreds of films submitted for its consideration. According to the Daily Record, the festival is "an anticipated event among the international independent film community and an economic development driver for North Florida."
The festival debuted May 15-May 18 in 2003. In addition to screening films, the festival hosts panels, workshops and parties.
The Jacksonville Film Festival was conceived by Joan Monsky and Karen Sadler in the spring of 2002. They assembled a small advisory group of community leaders and arts advocates to create a mission and a template for the event which was ambitiously scheduled for May, 2003. In that same year Jacksonville Film Events d/b/a The Jacksonville Film Festival became a non-profit organization.
The Robin Shepherd Group designed the turtle logo and creative graphics, the city and the Times-Union declared their support, Preston Haskell contributed wisdom and encouragement (and more), and Erik Hart offered space and services at the Florida Theatre. Sponsors also took a leap of faith, and volunteers were
Berlin & Beyond Film Festival is an annual film festival based in San Francisco, California featuring new cinema from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Founded in 1996, the festival is a program of San Francisco's branch of the Goethe-Institut and has become one of the largest and most significant German-speaking film festivals outside of Europe. For 16 years, over 500 films have been presented with over 110,000 attendees. Notable guests have included Doris Dörrie, Bruno Ganz, Michael Verhoeven, Florian David Fitz, Wim Wenders and recently Mario Adorf. Annually, the festival welcomes over 10,000 people, and celebrates seasoned masters, up-and-coming new talents, dynamic new films and momentous classics.
Through 2009, the festival took place each January at the Castro Theater. In November 2009, it was announced that, starting in 2010, Berlin & Beyond would be moved to the fall to coincide with German Currents - a similar festival of the Goethe-Institut in Los Angeles. German Currents is a smaller festival, held at theaters in Los Angeles. The cooperation between the two festivals was prompted by the retirement of Ingrid Eggers, former festival director of Berlin & Beyond, who was
The SAFILM - San Antonio Film Festival was founded in 1994 by Adam Rocha as a video festival, which sported a logo of a naughty-looking angel. It was later renamed the San Antonio Underground Film Festival and then finally the SAFILM – San Antonio Film Festival. The non-profit festival is held annually in June at the Instituto Cultural de Mexico en San Antonio in Hemisfair Park. The festival showcases independent narrative, animated, documentary, and experimental shorts or features.
The mission of the film festival is to serve as an accessible and inclusive platform for artists in the category of cinema and to provide cinematic culture to a diverse audience. The SAFILM - San Antonio Film Festival showcases films from around the world in its role of nurturing, fostering, and developing filmmakers of all ages.
The 16th annual SAFILM – San Antonio Film Festival was held June 23 – 27, 2010 with over 130 films and included film workshops and discussions with filmmakers and actors.
The San Antonio Film Festival has been a cultural support for the San Antonio community since 1994. SAFILM has worked with the director of the Instituto Cultural de México to provide the San Antonio community
Individual festivals:2009 Berlin International Film Festival
The Berlin International Film Festival (German: Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin), also called the Berlinale, is one of the world's leading film festivals and most reputable media events. It is held in Berlin, Germany. Founded in West Berlin in 1951 at the initiative of U.S. Film officer Oscar Martay, the festival has been celebrated annually in February since 1978. With 274,000 tickets sold and 487,000 admissions it is considered the largest publicly attended film festival worldwide. Up to 400 films are shown in several sections, representing a comprehensive array of the cinematic world. Around twenty films compete for the awards called the Golden and Silver Bears. Since 2001 the director of the festival has been Dieter Kosslick.
The European Film Market (EFM), a film trade fair held simultaneously to the Berlinale, is a major industry meeting for the international film circuit once a year. The trade fair serves distributors, filmbuyers, producers, financiers and co-production agents. The Berlinale Talent Campus, a week long series of lectures and workshops, gathers young filmmakers from around the globe. It partners with the festival itself and is considered to be a forum for
«Side by Side» Lesbian and Gay International Film Festival («Bok o Bok», Russian: Международный ЛГБТ-Кинофестиваль «Бок о Бок») is an international film festival that seeks to explore the issues of homosexuality, bisexuality and transgender (LGBT) through art cinema. Since 2008 it has taken place every autumn in St. Petersburg. Furthermore, various special events are held almost every month, and since 2009 screenings have been conducted also in other regions in Russia.
The film festival aims to establish an open cultural space in which Russian society and the LGBT community can enter into a broad discussion, and generate a positive dialogue, thus contributing to the struggle against discrimination based on sex, gender identity and sexual orientation. In addition, the festival offers a space where homosexual and transgendered persons can feel comfortable with themselves and affirm, question and extend their identities. The slogan of the film forum is “Different love, equal rights”.
The film festival was founded by Manny de Guerre. Gulya Sultanova works is the festival director and Tanya Shmankevich is the project manager of the festival.
Having begun in the late 1980s, the Russian
Individual festivals:2006 Newport International Film Festival
Newport International Film Festival was an annual film festival in Newport, Rhode Island, established in 1998 .
The Newport Film Festival was generally held the first week in June and featured various international films at several local cinemas. In 1998 Christine Schomer, Nancy Donahoe and Pami Shamir co-founded the festival.
The last festival scheduled was June 3 to 7, 2009.
The last festival's executive director was Jennifer Maizel.
SF, the Sefton Short Film Festival is an independent film festival based in Sefton, Merseyside to the North of Liverpool. The festival first began in 2005.
This annual event runs for 2 days in October and exhibits a number of short films, spread over 12 hours of screenings. The 2007 Sefton Short Film Festival exhibited 65 films and attracted submissions and guests from across the world.
The festival was originally established in 2005 by Ann Monks. It is intended not only to be a place where new filmmakers can have a chance to have their work seen by a larger audience, but also as a way to get more people interested in short films as a medium.
The festival has also funded local filmmakers by organising film production courses. These course cover all aspects of film making, from initial visualisation and script writing, through planning and shooting including camera work and sound recording, down to final editing and post production techniques.
The festival has been supported by Frank Cottrell Boyce, writer of Millions and 24 Hour Party People, Sally Bankes from Little Britain and Opiate Of The People Films.
Submissions for the SF short film festival are welcomed from around the
Febiofest is the largest film festival in the Czech Republic and the second most prestigious festival in the country (after Karlovy Vary). The festival presents a wide spectrum of contemporary and retrospective examples of high-quality film including alternative, film-school and amateur works to a diverse viewing public.
The festival was founded in December 1993 in Prague by movie and television company Febiofest. The main personalities of the foundation were Fero Fenič and Pavel Melounek. Originally taking place in one city (Prague) in two small theaters, the event gradually grew (in just ten years) into more than 140,000 viewers in two countries, 12 cities and nearly 43 theaters. In 2005 the festival presented 336 films from 65 countries.
The annual award is the Kristián (Czech critic's prizes). It focus attention not only on Czech feature films, but on animated and documentary works. The prize was made by famous sculptor Olbram Zoubek.
Kristián Award for Contribution to the World Cinema was formerly given to personalities such as Roman Polanski, Claudia Carinale, Carlos Saura, Nikita Michalkov, Tsai Ming-liang, Daniel Olbrychski, Otar Ioseliani, Wim Wenders, Mike Leigh.
The Tombstone Western Film Festival and Symposium founded in 2001 is held in July in Tombstone, Arizona, a historic western mining town (and later ghost town) in the USA celebrated in western films as the site of the legendary Gunfight at the O.K. Corral between Wyatt Earp and the Clantons and McLaurys.
The program in the first year was devoted to retellings of tales from Tombstone, the second year to classic TV Western.
The City University Film Festival, or CUFF, is the official film festival of CUNY's four-year colleges. The festival promotes creative collaboration between filmmakers from CUNY's four-year schools, offering students a chance to promote their own work, review the work of their peers, and engage with industry professionals. The festival is held annually in the spring and is open to the public. CUFF also offers free career development workshops throughout the year.
CUFF 2012 will take place from March 14-18 with opening night workshops, camera demos, and a resource fair at the Skylight Room at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York NY on Wednesday 3/14. A special "Kickstarter Panel" with past CUFF filmmakers and a representative from Kicstarter.com will convene on Friday 3/16 at 6pm at Macaulay Honors College, 35 West 67th St, New York NY. Closing night festivities, including the premieres of new student shorts, will take place Sunday 3/18 at Macaulay Honors College.
The Artistic Director for the 2012 City University Film Festival is Nick Shimkin (Brooklyn College '08) The Assistant Director is Thomas Flynn (Hunter College '13)
CUFF was founded by Hunter College film
The Biberach Independent Film Festival (B.I.F.F.) was a film festival that was held for the last time in 2008, in the southwestern German town of Biberach an der Riß, situated just south of Ulm. It premiered in November 2004. The festival was intended for a German audience and presents recent German and international shorts and documentaries. B.I.F.F. ran parallel to a local festival of German movies - the "Filmfest Biberach" - which focuses mainly on feature films.
Upon its inception, the festival was originally limited to German entries only. When contributions for the first festival came from various countries, it was decided to open the festival for international entries. The main focus was, however, on German films. Visiting directors, actors, producers, etc. will have a chance to also attend the Filmfest Biberach - an entirely separate festival - that takes place at the same time.
The last edition of the festival, in 2008, included an award ceremony of the website Indie-stars.de, an online showcase for independent German language films. Three Indie Stars were awarded for the most popular films of 2007.
In 2008 the B.I.F.F. competition accepted entries in the following
The Denver Underground Film Festival premiered in 1997 at The Bug Theater in Denver, Colorado. Since then, the visions of hundreds of independent filmmakers from around the world have been showcased, including films by classic Experimental and Avant-Garde filmmakers like Stan Brakhage, Luis Buñuel, Fassbinder and Man Ray.
The Golden Beggar (Slovak: Zlatý žobrák) is the first and the oldest international festival of local TV broadcasters, which takes place every year in June in Košice, Slovakia.
The festival was established in 1995 to celebrate, popularize and support European local TV broadcasters production.
The Golden Beggar is a huge database of local programmes and a place of high quality workshops, lectures, presentations, round tables and discussion forums. It is also a market place for programmes and a place for co-production opportunities.
The official language of the festival is English. Simultaneous interpretation with translation from and into Slovak, French, German, Spanish and Russian is available.
The festival jury is headed by journalist Ed J. Baumeister (France/U.S.A.).
The patron of the festival is Maroš Šefčovič, vice-president of the European Commission responsible for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration.
Individual festivals:2009 Hawaii International Film Festival
The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) is a film festival held in the United States state of Hawaii. It was started in 1981 by Jeannette Paulson Hereniko and has been held annually in the fall for two weeks. It also features two smaller festivals, a one week festival in the Spring known as the "Spring Showcase" or the "Spring Fling" and a three day Korean Film Festival in August called "K-Fest." HIFF is the premier international film event in the Pacific and has won the praise of governments, filmmakers, scholars, educators, programmers and film industry leaders throughout the world. For the discovery and exhibition of Asian and Pacific features, documentaries and short films in the nation, it is a primary source. The festival has premiered such movies as Once Were Warriors, The Piano, Shine, Shall We Dance, Y Tu Mama Tambien and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The Hawaii International Film Festival is the only film festival that screens films across an entire state, with screenings in Honolulu, Waikiki, and Kaneohe. The festival also has encore screenings of films on the islands of Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island.
The HIFF states that it "is dedicated to the advancement of
The American Indian Film Festival is an annual non-profit film festival in San Francisco. It is the world's oldest venue dedicated to Native American films and prepared the way for the 1979 formation of the American Indian Film Institute.
According to the Institute, the Festival was first presented Seattle in 1975 and moved in 1977 to San Francisco, where it remains today. In 1979, the Festival was incorporated.
This festival is not to be confused by the Native American Film and Video Festival, which was founded in 1979.
Recent festival winners include:
Founded in 1995 by author Laurence McKeown, in its early stages of development the West Belfast Film Festival was part of Féile an Phobail. In its third and fourth year, it was autonomous and under the stewardship of Michele Devlin and Laurence McKeown, the Film Festival ran as a citywide event and became the Belfast Film Festival in the year 2000. 2011 will see the eleventh festival roll out across the city. The Festival’s activities are entertaining and provocative, and in many instances provide an important platform for debate across the religious, social and cultural divides in Northern Ireland. The presentation of innovative ways to screen film is one of the festival’s specialities; films can be viewed on a boat in the River Lagan, with live piano accompaniment in St Anne's Cathedral, collaborating with local talent such as Duke Special and David Holmes on audio visual performances and profiling unique architectural sites such as a screening of an episode of the TV series The Prisoner in Church of Christ Scientist, Church in Belfast. The Festival promotes film education and practical filmmaking skills and has attracted film industry guests such as Seamus Mc Garvey, Brendan
The Cartagena Film Festival, or Festival Internacional de Cine y T.V. de Cartagena de Indias. is a Colombian film festival which focuses on the promotion of Colombian television programs, Latin American films, and videos. The Cartagena Film Festival, which is held every March, is the oldest film festival in Latin America.
The Cartagena Film Festival was founded 1960 in Cartagena, Colombia by Victor Nieto. Nieto remained the director of the film festival for 48 years, his last being in 2008. Nieto died at the age of 92 in November 2008. Lina Paola Rodriguez was appointed manager by Nieto in 2007 and 2008, and will remain acting director following Nieto's death.
The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of non-fiction cinema. Each spring Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina for a four-day, morning to midnight array of over 100 films as well as discussions, panels, and southern hospitality. Set within a four-block radius, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation between filmmakers, film professionals and the public.
The festival is a program of the Center for Documentary Studies (a non-profit, 501 c 3), and receives support from corporate sponsors, private foundations and individual donors whose generosity provides the foundation that makes the event possible. The Presenting Sponsor of the Festival is Duke University. Additional sponsors include: A&E IndieFilms, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, National Endowment for the Arts, Merge Records, Whole Foods,and the City of Durham.
The festival began in 1998 with no more than a few hundred patrons and has grown tremendously since then. Full Frame is now considered to be one of the premier documentary film festivals
The Hamilton Underground Film Festival is an annual film festival held in Hamilton, New Zealand. The festival is open to all and has no admission fee for film entries. Each entrant receives a DVD which contains all the entered films.
There is a yearly section for experimental fone films, Super 8 mm film and subverts. Since 2009 the festival has featured a collaborative digital film section in which participants operate under the same name: Karen Karnak. There is also a special remix section where films can be entered under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported creative commons license. This will allow other contributors to remix selected works and create collaborative works.
The Hamilton Underground Film Festival is a yearly event showcasing national and international underground film presented in Hamilton, New Zealand. It was founded in 2006 by the Otatoe Collective under the guidance of Emit Snake-Beings. and has since been gathering momentum with over 100 filmmakers featured and linked events in Cataluna, Spain, Kingston upon Hull, and London.
The 2010 featured a talk and presentation by Jed Town from Fetus products. The 2009 event: local films plus a director's
The Houston Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (HGLFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the media arts as a powerful tool for communication and cooperation among diverse communities by presenting films, videos, and programs by, about, or of interest to the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) community.
Organizations closely associated with movies helped garnish the first HGLFF in 1997. The HGLFF does not use a curator; instead, each venue books its own films from submissions and projects they pursue independently. An advisory board facilitates organization of the films and events – an undertaking that begins almost a year in advance. Striving to make the Festival accessible to the entire population of the greater Houston area, the two-week festival has screenings at Landmark Theatres, Angelika Film Center, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Rice Cinema (at Rice University), DiverseWorks Art Space, and Aurora Picture Show.
The Festival was co-founded by Loris Bradley (formerly of DiverseWorks), Sarah Gish (formerly of Landmark Theatres) and Marian Luntz (still with the Museum of Fine Arts).
In addition to showing feature films, documentaries, and short videos,
The Korea Studies in Media Arts (KIMA) hosts the Korean American Film Festival in San Francisco.
The festival, previously called the KIMA Film Festival, have been held annually since 2001 to showcase Korean and Korean American works in the media arts.
Phoenix Film Festival is a festival that celebrates feature films and their creators. The celebration takes place annually in the city of Phoenix, Arizona. The festival began as a showcase for feature films made for less than $1 million and short films made for less than $50,000.
Sponsored by the Sundance Channel, Golan Ramras and Chris LaMont started the festival in 2001 with the help of Program Director Greg Hall. The Phoenix Film Festival is now the largest attended festival in Arizona. In 2005 it had 15,000 attendees and featured tributes to such guests as Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, and Tom Ortenberg from Lionsgate Films. Celebrity guests included Tom Arnold and Danny Trejo, as well as filmmakers Don Roos and Ken Kwapis, and featured Arizona premieres of Happy Endings, Mad Hot Ballroom and Loverboy.
Individual festivals:2008 Ottawa International Animation Festival
The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is an animation film festival in Ottawa, established in 1976. Its current festival director is Chris Robinson.
In 1976, the Canadian Film Institute founded the biennial Ottawa International Animation Festival. First held August 10 to 15, 1976, the OIAF created a gathering place for North American animation professionals and enthusiasts to ponder the craft and business of animation. It also provided their international colleagues with a unique opportunity to gain an appreciation for and access to the North American scene.
Canada's capital was a natural choice for an international animation festival. Home to animation innovator Norman McLaren, some of Canada's first private animation studios, and the former headquarters of the National Film Board, Ottawa's animation community provided a nurturing atmosphere for the fledgling festival.
In 1997, the OIAF launched the International Student Animation Festival of Ottawa (SAFO). Held in alternate years to the OIAF, the SAFO was created to provide a venue for student and emerging animators to draw extra attention to their work. Children, high school, undergraduate, graduate and first-time
The Sacramento French Film Festival is an annual event held in July at the Crest Theatre. It celebrates the present as well as the rich history of French cinema featuring new releases and rarely seen classics. It is the only festival dedicated to French cinema in Northern California and one of only two on the West coast. It was described in the Sacramento Bee in July 2003, as “the Cinematic Highlight of Sacramento's Summer”.
The SFFF opens each year on a Friday night with a catered reception followed by the opening film. Films continue all day long Saturday and Sunday for two consecutive weekends. Midnight movies are presented on Saturdays for mature audiences. The Festival ends on a Sunday night with an informal champagne cocktail following the closing film. All films are presented in French with English subtitles. Each film is shown either once or twice.
The Festival also has a short film program of French and locally made films. The festival posters are created by local Sacramento photographer, Kent Lacin.
Individual festivals:2008 Ashland Independent Film Festival
The Ashland Independent Film Festival is a film festival in Ashland, Oregon, United States that has been presented by the non-profit Southern Oregon Film Society since 2001. Founded by D.W. and Steve Wood, the festival is held each spring over five days at the Varsity Theatre in downtown Ashland and the Historic Ashland Armory in the Railroad District. The festival presents international and domestic shorts and features in almost every genre, including drama, comedy, documentary, and animation.
Most of the numerous high quality independent films show on the five screens at the art-deco Varsity Theatre located in the heart of historic downtown Ashland, a city that was referred to in the Washington Post as “a dream [...] and wish you'd never have to leave." Special events and large screenings (Calvin Marshall, The River Why, Tattoo the World) are held at the Historic Ashland Armory nearby, a venue that will seat 500 people. In addition to the screenings scheduled from 9:30am to 9:00pm daily during the festival, the Ashland Independent Film Festival hosts several parties including an Opening Night Gala (an event held at the Ashland Springs Hotel that features “Savor the Rogue,” a
Individual festivals:2008 Cairo International Film Festival
The Cairo International Film Festival (Arabic: مهرجان القاهرة السينمائي الدولي) is an annual film festival held in Cairo, Egypt. It was established in 1976 and was the first international film festival held in the Arab world. It is also 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.
In 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 1976 festival featured around 100 films from 33 countries, with 14 movies from 14 different countries in competition. In an effort to celebrate the best international cinema, the Cairo International Film Festival has proven its daring 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
The Jordan Short Film Festival (JSFF) (مهرجان الأردن للفيلم القصير) (Arabic) was established as an art film festival to provide a platform for indie filmmakers in Jordan and Arab world to showcase their films while keeping in touch with the latest development in the indie filmmkaing movement world-wide. The JSFF is managed by the Amman Filmmakers Cooperative (AFC) a film collective based in Amman, Jordan.
Founded in 2004 by Palestinian diaspora filmmaker Hazim M. Bitar, The Jordan Short Film Festival (JSFF) started as a short film cinema week to provide film aficionados in Jordan with an opportunity to screen Jordanian short films produced by the Amman Filmmakers Cooperative (AFC) and other Jordanian and Palestinian indie filmmakers. Later, the JSFF launched two main competitions: the International short film competition and the Arab short film competition. There are other competitions that take place parallel to the festival, such as the Mobile Phone Film Competition and All.Films.Look.Alike amateur filmmakers competition. The JSFF holds periodic screenings year-round in various areas of Jordan and in conjunction with other international festivals. The JSFF regularly partners
Individual festivals:2009 London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
The London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (LLGFF) takes place every spring in London, England. It began as a season of gay and lesbian films at the National Film Theatre in 1986 and 1987 under the title "Gay's Own Pictures", curated by Peter Packer of the Tyneside Cinema, and was renamed the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival in 1988. Having been a two week festival for many years, the festival was shortened to a week in 2011, then 10 days in 2012.
Organised and run by the British Film Institute, all LLGFF screenings take place in the BFI Southbank. Every summer, a selection of feature films and short films shown at the Festival goes on tour around the UK.
Founded in 1994 by filmmakers Todd Phillips (Road Trip, Old School) and Andrew Gurland, the New York Underground Film Festival was an annual event that occurred each March at Anthology Film Archives in New York City from 1994 through 2008. After Phillips and Gurland turned the festival over to programmer Ed Halter (now an author and occasional critic for the Village Voice), it became noted for documentary and experimental film programming, and occasionally courted controversy, particularly in its early years.
Some of these have included: premiering the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) documentary, Chicken Hawk: Men Who Love Boys, in 1994; premiering a film in 1995 that accused Quentin Tarantino of plagiarism; being protested by Reverend Fred Phelps in 2002 (apparently for not choosing to show a film about Phelps); and premiering a theatrical version of Brad Neely's Harry Potter parody Wizard People, Dear Reader, which eventually led to action by Warner Brothers to suppress future theatrical performances of the work.
Nevertheless, though the festival has remained a small affair, and has little value as a market, its programming has attained a certain prestige,
The Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by TLA Entertainment Group in 1995. The event is the third largest of its kind in the US, and the largest on the East Coast.
It takes place every year for two weeks in July and shows as many as 200 films.
There is a juried competition for best features and shorts (gay male and lesbian) as well as audience awards, selected by the viewers.
As of 2009, the Festival is now called QFest.
TLA had previously hosted an annual lesbian and gay film festival in the 1980s at the two cinemas the company ran in Philadelphia at that time: the TLA on South Street and the Roxy Screening Room on Sansom Street. However, it lacked the visibility, influence and longevity of the more recent festival.
The Spectre Film Festival is an annual film festival which was created by the French association Les Films du Spectre
The festival is devoted to science fiction, fantasy and horror and takes place every September in Strasbourg
In 2006, members of the association organized the Hammer Festival devoted to films from Hammer Film Productions.
Otherwise, regularly, 'Spectre Film Festival' organizes events named Horror it's Friday with a cult. film of horror showed into film theatres Star and Star Saint Exupery in Strasbourg.
Individual festivals:2008 Tokyo International Film Festival
Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is a film festival established in 1985. The event was held biannually from 1985 to 1991 and annually thereafter. Along with the Shanghai International Film Festival, it is one of Asia's competitive film festivals, and the only Japanese festival accredited by the FIAPF.
The awards handed out during the festival have changed throughout its existence, but the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix, handed to the best film, has stayed as the top award. Other awards that have been given regularly include the Special Jury Award and awards for best actor, best actress and best director.
In recent years, the festival's main events have been held over one week in late October, at the Roppongi Hills development. Events include open-air screenings, voice-over screenings, and appearances by actors, as well as seminars and symposiums related to the film market.
The Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival (MIFFF), is a three day international genre film festival held annually in Seattle, Washington. MIFFF is the premiere Pacific northwest event devoted to action, animation, fantasy, horror, and science fiction cinema from across the globe. The SIFF Cinema at McCaw Hall hosts MIFFF which resides on the campus of Seattle Center.
The "Founding Fathers" of MIFFF are Eric Morgret, Isaac Alexander, Rick Tillman, Gabe de los Angeles & Dan Doody. The festival was first conceived at a gathering in June 2008, which led to the first event taking place in September 2009. The event was created to offer exposure to films that traditionally are overlooked by the mainstream festival circuit from genres including action, animation, fantasy, horror, and science fiction. The vision drew inspiration from other genre film festivals across the globe such as Fantasia Festival in Montreal, Fantastic Fest in Austin, and the first genre film festival, the Sitges Film Festival in Catalonia. MIFFF was registered shortly thereafter as a Washington State non-profit and acts as the parent organization of the Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival. The
The Bring Your Own Film Festival (BYOFF) is a film festival that began in 2004 on the beaches of the temple town Puri, in the Indian state of Orissa.
Its uniqueness lies in the fact that there is no formal screening or qualifying process, but rather it is a forum for independent filmmakers. Anyone can just walk-in, register, and exhibit his work. The festival has proven to be popular and has generated considerable interest in the Indian film-making community. In this Film Festival, Any film maker can bring their film to the festival and screen it. Not only filmmakers, but also artists from other fields like music, theatre, painting, sculpture, dance, literature and photography are encouraged to participate and show their work.DearCinema
The Créteil International Women's Film Festival is an annual event in Créteil, Paris, France founded by Jackie Buet in 1978 to showcase the directing talents of female filmmakers who, at the time, had difficulty getting their films adequately distributed. The first festival was held in 1979 in Sceaux. It transferred to Créteil in 1985.
Located southeast of the center of the city of Paris, today the festival is 10 non-stop days premiering 50 or more new films directed by one or more women. The festival also offers film classes, thematic forums and debates. The competition is open to women from around the world who have made a feature-length documentary, a short length fiction and a documentary film. Their work is judged by a jury of 6 cinema professionals.
The festival offers a number of prizes including several Audience awards and the "Grand Jury Prize." There is a festival archive containing more than 10,000 films by women.
In 2005, recent directors featured include works from Hong Kong, Butterfly by MAK Yan Yan, Ho Yuk by YAU Ching and Lim Poh Huat by Lee Wong from Singapore.
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The Beverly Hills Film Festival (BHFF) is a film festival in the United States founded in 2001 by independent filmmaker Nino Simone. The festival is an international competition dedicated to showcasing the art and talent of emerging filmmakers from around the world. Each year, the BHFF spans five days with reportedly over twenty thousand attendees.
The Heartland Film Festival is a film festival held each October in Indianapolis, Indiana. First held in 1992, its goal is to "recognize and honor filmmakers whose work explores the human journey by artistically expressing hope and respect for the positive values of life."
In May 2007, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures was created as the parent company for the Heartland Film Festival. The Heartland Film Festival is one of three programs sponsored by Heartland Truly Moving Pictures. The other two are the Truly Moving Picture Award program and the Heartland Institute which encourages young filmmakers and film as an education tool.
Its awards include the Crystal Heart Award, for independent filmmakers, and the James Stewart Memorial Crystal Heart Award, for student filmmakers. Films winning either award (several of each are awarded each year) are screened during the festival, in addition to other films. The festival began awarding a Grand Prize for Best Dramatic Feature in 1999. In 2005, the festival instituted Audience Choice Awards: one each for dramatic feature, documentary feature, and short. Heartland also introduced the Vision Award for best short film that year. In 2006, the
Seattle’s True Independent Film Festival (STIFF) was started in 2005 by a group of filmmakers whose feature film Swamper was rejected by the Seattle International Film Festival. STIFF was modeled after the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City UT as a way to champion local and true independent films that they felt were being left out of the local film program. The Stranger film critic, Andrew Wright described it as “like a belch in church (in the best possible way)” All films that screen at STIFF receive a one-of a kind award called a “STIFFY”. Past STIFFIES run the gamut from “Best Buddy Movie”, to “Hottest Zombie”. On average, STIFF receives close to 500 submissions per year and screens over 125 films as part of the ten day event.
STIFF takes place at multiple venues throughout Seattle and strives to screen movies at unique theaters that serve food, beer, wine and alcohol during the screening. The Jewel Box at The Rendezvous’ has been a STIFF venue since 2005, Central Cinema has been an annual venue since 2006 and other venues have included the Seattle Art Museum, Northwest Film Forum, The Showbox and Nuemos.
The festival has grown in the past several years to include music and
ZagrebDox is an international documentary film festival established in 2005 and held annually in Zagreb, Croatia.
It is the biggest festival of its kind in South East Europe and its goals are to showcase documentary films from the region as well as to provide a meeting place for authors from all over the world, to offer quality documentary features to local audiences and to help promote documentary film as one of the basic film genres. Apart from screenings, the festival usually organizes workshops, presentations and pitching forums designed to help aspiring film authors in developing their projects. In addition to the official competition program (which is divided into a regional and an international category), the festival often features retrospectives of well-known authors and various national cinemas.
The festival is organized by a Zagreb-based film production company called Factum, and is usually held in February . The 2008 edition featured 140 films from 30 countries and attracted an audience of around 20,000 people.
Prizes are awarded in the following categories:
Apart from the regular categories, the festival sometimes awards special prizes, often related to themes of a
Individual festivals:2002 Norwegian International Film Festival
The Norwegian International Film Festival (Norwegian: Den norske filmfestivalen) is a film festival held annually in Haugesund, Norway. The festival goes back to 1973.
In 1985, the Amanda award was instituted. The Amanda is awarded every year at the festival in different movie categories. The award is a sculpture by the Norwegian sculptor Kristian Kvakland, measuring 30 cm (12") and weighing 2.5 kg (5.5 lb).
List of Amanda Award winners
The Cardiff Film Festival (Gŵyl Ffilm Caerdydd in Welsh) was an annual film festival that took place in Cardiff, Wales. It had previously been called the Cardiff Screen Festival.
Commencing in 1989, it was originally held annually in Aberystwyth as the National film festival for Wales, before being moved to Cardiff due to popularity. The festival offered the chance to meet the directors of many of the films in a more approachable fashion, as the customers and the movie-makers could mingle in a relaxed atmosphere.
The 2005 film festival was held from November 9 to November 19, and was based in Chapter Arts Centre, with extra films being shown in a nearby Cineworld cinema complex. As well as offering films, 2005 saw the festival offer workshops and question and answer sessions with film directors and film producers, as well as talks about how to get into the movie business.
The 2006 festival took place between the 8th and 18 November and would be the last.
The Film Agency for Wales subsequently decided that the festival would be replaced by a new International Film Event for Wales.
Individual festivals:2009 Deauville American Film Festival
The Deauville American Film Festival is a yearly film festival devoted to American cinema, taking place since 1975 in Deauville, France.
It was established by Lionel Chouchan and André Halimi. Although not competitive at its origin, the festival began to award prizes in 1995, for feature films, and 1998 for short films.
This award was named Grand Prix spécial Deauville from 1995 to 2007 and Grand Prix du cinéma indépendant américain in 1998 and 1999.
The award was called Prix du jury spécial Deauville (Special Deauville Jury Award) from 1995 through 1997 and Prix spécial du jury du cinéma indépendant américain (Special Jury Award of American Independent Film) in 1998 and 1999.
The Fajr Film Festival or Fajr International Film Festival (Persian: جشنواره بین المللی فیلم فجر or simply Persian: جشنواره فیلم فجر) is Iran's annual film festival, held every February in Tehran.
The festival, started in 1982, is under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture in Iran. It takes place every year on the anniversary of the Iranian revolution. There were 90 feature films submitted for the 29th edition of the festival in 2011.
Filmörnen (the Golden Eagle) is a Swedish short films festival held annually in September by Värmlands Filmförbund. The festival was founded in 1978 by Erik Fasth and Kjell Bergström. Since 1998 it has been held in the Film i Värmland regional film center in Sweden.
The purpose of the festival is to give local filmmakers in the Provinces of Värmland a public forum for their work.
The highest honor awarded is the Filmörnen or in English Golden Eagle-Award.
Filmörnen (the Golden Eagle-Award) is the 1st prize, awarded in many categories.
Individual festivals:2009 New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Film Festival
Location:New York City
NewFest: The New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Film Festival put on by The New Festival, Inc., was one of the most comprehensive forums of international LGBT film/video in the world.
Founded in 1988, The New Festival, Inc was a non-profit media arts organization dedicated to showcasing the newest and best LGBT media for the greater New York metropolitan area. Programming included the annual NewFest: The New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Film Festival; and NewFest@BAM an annual "Best of NewFest" showcase at the landmark Brooklyn Academy of Music's Rose Cinemas.
Due to ongoing problems related to mismanagement and poor ticket sales, NewFest is now wholly owned, programmed and operated by Outfest, The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
Individual festivals:2008 Palm Springs International Film Festival
Palm Springs International Film Festival is a film festival held in Palm Springs, California. Originally promoted by Mayor Sonny Bono and then sponsored by Nortel Networks Corporation, it started in 1989 and is held annually in January. It is run by the Palm Springs International Film Society, which also runs the Palm Springs International ShortFest, a festival of short films and film market in June.
Michael Barker, co-president of Sony Pictures Classics, described the festival as a good place to show foreign-language movies and heralded this festival's ability to spread good word-of-mouth for movies. The event is noted for screening most foreign Oscar nominees. It is also noted for its Award Ceremonies where such actors as Brad Pitt, Clint Eastwood, Sean Penn, Dustin Hoffman, Anne Hathaway and Leonardo DiCaprio have appeared. In January 2011, the festival's honorees included Ben Affleck and Danny Boyle. The current director of the festival is Darryl Macdonald, long time festival director for the Seattle Film Festival.
Planet in Focus is an International Environmental Film and Video festival based in Toronto, Canada.
Planet in Focus is an incorporated not-for-profit environmental film organization founded in 1999 by Festival Director Mark Haslam. They are affiliated with the Planet in Focus Foundation, a registered charitable organization. They are currently run by a volunteer Board of Directors and a small permanent staff. Planet in Focus operates year-round to produce the annual Environmental Film Festival every October as well as national and international film touring programs and a summer youth video production camp.
Their Honorary Patrons are the scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster, Dr. David Suzuki and philosopher, environmental activist and eco-feminist Vandana Shiva.
Vienna Independent Shorts (VIS) is an international short film festival held annually in May in Vienna. It is the largest short film festival in Austria.
Vienna Independent Shorts was held in 2004 for the first time. Several Viennese institutions active in the promotion of short films arranged one day of the one-week event. The festival program consisted of 125 short films. Among the venues that have been used continuously since the first festival edition are the Top Kino and the Reformed Church.
Since 2005, the festival is hosted the Independent Cinema Association which was founded by the organizers of the first festival edition. For the first time an international competition with 64 films was held. Annually recurring festival events, which were introduced in 2005, are a retrospective of the University of Applied Arts Vienna and a Kino Kabaret.
The festival edition of 2006 included 83 films in international competition. A retrospective was dedicated to Austrian director Mara Mattuschka and short films from Southeast Europe were given a special focus. The film reel of the 26 single films of The Mozart-Minute, which was produced on the occasion of the 250th birthday of Mozart,
ACEFEST (American Cinematic Experience Film Festival - formerly known as the ACE Film Festival) is a film festival first held in 2007 in New York City. The festival focuses purely on showcasing domestic films "in an effort to strengthen and promote pride in American independent cinema".
The festival screens premieres of American video art, animation, short films, student films, documentaries and feature films. Band performances, interactive media showcases, games, contests and giveaways are also held.
The 2009 ACEFEST took place July 10-11 2009, at Tribeca Cinemas in Manhattan's Financial District. While the event was a scaled down iteration of the typically three-to-four day event, it was the fest's most successful to date.
The 2008 ACE Film Festival took place from September 4th to the 7th 2008, at New World Stages, 343 West 49th Street, down the street from world-famous Times Square. ACEFest's longtime supporter, New York Foundation for the Arts, held the honor of being the official presenter of that year's event. NYFA, a non-for-profit organization, has supported emerging filmmakers since 1976 and offers a wide variety of programs, including Fiscal Sponsorship, Artists'
The CounterCorp International Anti-Corporate Film Festival is a three-day series of anti-corporate films, panel discussions, and related events held every year since 2006 in the Mission District of San Francisco. The 4th Annual CounterCorp Festival ran May 28-30, 2009, at the Victoria Theatre.
Among the topics of films shown at the CounterCorp Festivals are the environmental and social impacts of resource-extraction corporations, privatization of publicly owned human necessities such as water and power, consumer rights, corporate culture, democracy, industrial agriculture and food quality, the impact of copyright and "intellectual property" on media and culture, and worker-run cooperatives.
The CounterCorp Festival is open to U.S. and international feature-length and short, documentary and narrative (fictional) films, including animated and experimental works. The organizers also accept suggestions for potential films and speakers, and offer free tickets to those who suggest films that end up being shown at the Festival.
The deadline for submitting films is generally three months before the Festival, and the final program is announced approximately one month before the opening
The Feminale in Cologne is Germany's oldest feminist film festival. It is held annually since 1984.
The Feminale was founded by students of film theory from the University of Cologne. Participating films must be made by females. They cover a broad spectrum of film genres, including experimental films and short films.
The festival aims to voice the concerns of women in the film industry. It provides female film makers with a platform for presenting their work to the public, and encourages presentation and discussion of changes in film aesthetics from a female point of view.
La.Meko Filmfestival Landau is a film festival now held annually during November in the German town of Landau since 2001.
The idea for the festival originally came from the students of the department of Media Studies and Communications Psychology at the Koblenz-Landau University and the festival took its original name (FaMeKo) from an acronym of the title of this group (Fachschaft Medienpädagogik/Kommunikationspsychologie in German). The aim was that all amateur filmmakers would be eligible to take part in a short film competition, giving them the chance to present their work in public. Since 2010 the Festival has a more international orientation and changed its name to International Filmfestival Landau - La.Meko
The first festival was held on July 13, 2001 on the university campus. The second festival was a greater success than the first and took place on November 22 and November 23, 2002. Entries from film schools were now also accepted. The Festival competition has several categories (jury award, animation, regional, international, audience award).
2011 was be the 10th festival.
Individual festivals:2010 Louisville LGBT Film Festival
The Louisville LGBT Film Festival is seeking international, national, regional, and local film submissions that either promote the awareness, acceptance, and appreciation of diversity within the LGBT community, or that showcase the talents of LGBT writers, producers, directors, and/or actors
Individual festivals:2008 Mar del Plata Film Festival
Location:Mar del Plata
The Mar del Plata International Film Festival (Spanish: Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar del Plata) is an international film festival that takes place every November in the city of Mar del Plata, Argentina. It is the only competitive feature festival recognized by the FIAPF in Latin America and the oldest in this category in the Americas.
Created in 1954 by Jesus Miller, it was not considered to be a competitive festival, it was just an exhibition of selected international movies; during this stage the event was named Festival Cinematográfico Internacional (International Cinematographic Festival).
In the early years famous international guests such as Mary Pickford, Gina Lollobrigida, Edward G. Robinson and Errol Flynn attended the event.
The festival continued in this way until 1959, when the Asociación de Cronistas Cinematográficos de la Argentina took charge of running it; during this time the festival was approved and recognized by FIAPF.
In 1964 the festival moved temporarily to Buenos Aires, and the name was changed to Festival Cinematográfico Internacional de la República Argentina (International Cinematographic Festival of the Argentine Republic). In 1966 there was a
The Gdynia Film Festival (until 2011: Polish Film Festival, Polish: Festiwal Polskich Filmów Fabularnych w Gdyni) is an annual film festival first held in Gdańsk, now held in Gdynia, Poland.
It has taken place every year since 1974, except in 1982 and 1983 when Poland was under the martial law.
The Polish Film Festival awards the Golden Lion, which is different from the Golden Eagle, awarded at the Polish Film Awards and the Seattle Polish Film Festival (Seattle is the sister city of Gdynia). The jury for the 2008 competition was headed by Robert Gliński, a director who had previously won at the festival.
The Vienna International Film Festival, or Viennale, is a film festival taking place every October since 1960 in Vienna, Austria. The average number of visitors is about 75,000. Traditional cinema venues are Gartenbaukino, Urania, Metro-Kino, Filmmuseum and Stadtkino. At the end of the festival, the Vienna Film Prize is awarded.
The festival features a collection of new films from all over the world, as well as national and international premieres.
Apart from new feature films in various film genres the festival focuses on documentary films, short films, experimental films and crossover productions.
Together with the Austrian Film Museum a historical retrospective is organized every year, as well as special programs, tributes and homages to international institutions and individuals.
During the festival the Fipresci Prize is awarded by international film critics, and another prize is awarded by the readers of the Austrian newspaper Der Standard.
The program of the festival includes galas, special events and celebrations, as well as discussions and meetings between international guests and local visitors.
Individual festivals:2009 Dubai International Film Festival
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) (Arabic: مهرجان دبي السينمائي الدولي) is an annual film festival held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Each year DIFF presents new and exciting cinema from the Arab world, Asia, Africa and beyond. The ninth edition will be held from December 9 to 16, 2012.
Launched in 2004, the Dubai International Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the Gulf region. It is guided by the credo "Bridging Cultures. Meeting Minds." by showcasing short films and features in fiction and non-fiction narratives from around the world. In 2011, the DIFF presented 171 films from 56 countries including 45 world premieres. The festival's prestigious Muhr Emirati, Arab and AsiaAfrica Awards recognise outstanding talent from the region.
The DIFF has also pioneered several industry initiatives within its Dubai Film Market designed to support and develop the Arab cinema industry. The Market runs concurrently with the festival and is attended annually by over 1,500 delegates from more than 80 countries.
The DIFF is held under the Honorary Chairmanship of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. It is a not-for-profit cultural event, presented and organised
Individual festivals:1977 Festival de Cine Iberoamericano de Huelva
The Festival de Cine Iberoamericano de Huelva is a film festival, celebrated since 1974 in Huelva, Spain) dedicated to promoting Latin American cinema in Europe. The festival is chiefly publicly funded. The grand prize is the Colón de Oro for best feature. Other awards include: best director, best male lead, best female lead, best script, best photography and best short film.
Individual festivals:2009 Istanbul International Film Festival
The Istanbul International Film Festival (Turkish: Uluslararası İstanbul Film Festivali) is the first and oldest international film festival in Turkey, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), a non-profit organisation. It is held every year in April in movie theaters in Istanbul, Turkey. As mentioned in its regulations, the festival aims to encourage the development of cinema in Turkey and to promote films of quality in the Turkish cinema market.
The Istanbul International Film Festival was first organized in 1982, within the frame of the International Istanbul Festival as a "Film Week" consisting of six films. The theme of the films participating in the Festival was limited to "Arts and Cinema", to keep the event within the context of the International Istanbul Festival. In 1983 the event was realized under the title of "Istanbul Filmdays", taking place throughout the Festival within a span of a month.
Beginning from 1984, the event gained an identity as a separate activity; it was shifted to the month of April. In 1985, two competitive sections, one being national and the other international, were included in the festival program. From 1987 on, "Cinema
The B-Movie Film Festival is an annual film festival held in Syracuse, United States.
The festival was founded in 1999 by local filmmaker Ron Bonk to promote the art of B-movie making. It was canceled in its third year due to the effects of September 11 attacks. It then existed primarily online or as a much smaller event for several years (during which it was profiled by the Wall Street Journal,) and only restarted as a live event at the Palace Theatre in 2005.
Many of the films entered are made on minimal budgets. Screenings can feature full-length films, documentaries, and shorts. Various genres are included, and selected films are usually reviewed for possible distribution. The festival defines a B-movie as "a production whose entertainment and artistic value exceeds the limitations of its budget." The festival's "Killer B" or "Tor" awards are sought after and prominently displayed by the winners. One film maker described being nominated for a B-Movie Film Festival award "like heaven to the world of independent filmmaking". It averages a B in reviews.
"Killer B" awards are given out in Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Foreign Film and other categories.
Individual festivals:2009 International Film Festival Rotterdam
The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) is an annual film festival held in various cinemas in Rotterdam, Netherlands held at the end of January. It is approximately comparable in size to other major European festivals such as Cannes, Venice, Berlin, and Locarno. The IFFR also hosts CineMart, for film producers to seek funding.
The International Film Festival Rotterdam management emphasizes diversity in its film programming and on building relationships with and between film-makers and audiences. Rather than red-carpet events, the festival's design is to encourage film makers to mingle with attendees. As a result, the festival claims having "a unique atmosphere" and a "fiercely loyal following" locally and internationally - around 90% of tickets are sold to regular supporters.
The festival is described as having "a serious commitment to film lovers and film making - screenings are shown without 'popcorn breaks', trailers or other commercials. This sense of purpose plays a crucial role in attracting the best directors to the event, allowing it to forge a reputation for diversity, discovery and innovation."
The first festival — then called 'Film International' — was organized
Mellow Manor Productions, Inc. was founded by Craig ‘Spike’ Decker and Mike Gribble, popularly known as “Spike & Mike.” Mellow Manor is named after the famed Victorian house in Riverside where Spike, Mike and many others lived in a communal setting. Although Mike Gribble died from cancer in August 1994, Spike continues to produce touring theatrical festivals of animated short film collections.
Decker and Gribble began by founding Mellow Manor Productions, Inc. in Riverside, California in the 1970s as a means of promoting rock bands and special screenings of horror films as well as movie classics. After spending the summer of 1977 giving out flyers for the Fantastic Animation Festival, they decided to focus on presenting packages of animated films themselves, known as the Festival of Animation (now called "Classic Festival of Animation") in venues across the country. The International Tournée of Animation was another annual touring "festival" existing at this time that packaged the best of international animation. However whereas the Tournee mainly screened 16mm films in museums and colleges, Spike and Mike copied the successful plan of the the Fantastic Animation Festival by
Each year, Nevisians celebrate their heritage during Culturama. It is Nevis' answer to the diverse range of carnivals enjoyed on other Caribbean islands. Held annually in late July/early August, it celebrates Nevisians who have moved away and returned to party with their friends and family. It is a commemoration and festival enjoying the cultural traditions. There's music every night, parties, food festivals, and concerts, culminating in the early march through downtown Charlestown.
The festival started in 1974.
The Festival de Nouveau Cinema et Nouveaux Media de Montrￃﾩal (FCMM) ￢ﾀﾔ the Montreal Festival of New Cinema and New Media ￢ﾀﾔ was renamed the Festival du Nouveau Cinￃﾩma (FNC) in 2004. Founded in 1971, it is an annual independent film festival held in Montreal and features independent films from around the world.
In 2004 Daniel Langlois, longtime director of FCMM (since 1999), left the organization to begin the New Montreal FilmFest, which was initiated and created with the support of SODEC (Sociￃﾩtￃﾩ de dￃﾩveloppement des entreprises culturelles) and Telefilm Canada after a dispute between these Canadian government sponsors and the Montreal World Film Festival.
Langlois initially programmed the New Montreal FilmFest to coincide with the Montreal Festival of New Cinema and New Media (FCMM). According to press reports pertaining to the controversy between the Montreal World Film Festival and the New Montreal FilmFest, Langlois planned to merge the two festivals, but failed to do so when the FCMM refused any such merger. The dates for the inaugural New Montreal FilmFest were ultimately changed to avoid conflicting with the dates of the FCMM.
In 2005 both the FNC and the New
The Festróia Festival Internacional de Cinema de Tróia is an annual film festival that takes place in Setúbal, Portugal since 1985.
The festival's competitive section is open to films from countries producing less than 30 features per year. The festival produces an award ceremony every year in the first week of June. The main award is the Golfinho de Ouro (Gold Dolphin).
Founded in 2004, the Indianapolis International Film Festival seeks to create a shared experience by championing films that entertain, challenge and expand perspectives in Indianapolis and beyond. Combining premieres of international hits and American independents, the Indianapolis International Film Festival (Indy Film Fest) presents the largest variety of films in the city of Indianapolis.
Individual festivals:1991 Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou
The Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (Festival panafricain du cinéma et de la télévision de Ouagadougou or FESPACO) is the largest African film festival, held biennially in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The festival is the biggest regular cultural event on the African continent and it mostly focuses on the African film and African filmmakers. FESPACO starts two weeks after the last Saturday of February with the opening night in the Stade du 4-Août, which is the national stadium. It is hugely successful.
The festival is for African film industry professionals offering them the chance to establish working relationships, exchange ideas and to promote their work. FESPACO's stated aim is to "contribute to the expansion and development of African cinema as means of expression, education and awareness-raising". Since FESPACO's founding, the festival has attracted visitors from across the continent and beyond.
Created in 1969, the Pan-African film and television festival of Ouagadougou has evolved into an internationally recognized and respected event in not only the African continent but in the world at large. Alimata Salambere, the cultural minister of Burkina Faso
The Pyongyang International Film Festival is a 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.
The event originated in 1987 as the Pyongyang Film Festival of the Non-aligned and Other Developing Countries. As the name precisely delineated, the festival was a cultural exchange between countries of the Non-Aligned Movement. The maiden event, held from September 1 through September 10, showed short films, features, and documentaries that were judged for competitive awards.
The film festival returned in 1990 and would be regularly held every other year. Recurrent subject matter included domestic cinema that commonly praised the high leadership such as a film shown at the 1992 film festival, verbosely translated, Glory of Our People in Holding the Great Leader in High Esteem, and foreign films about revolutionary resistance. In 2000, officials widened the acceptable breadth of film watching, by screening Japanese films for the first time. Six films by director Yoji Yamada, including two installments of Otoko wa tsurai yo, a long running
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.
It has introduced (to Spain) directors and cinematographers who were previously unknown there. Spanish audiences became acquainted with names such as Ingmar Bergman, Luis Buñuel, François Truffaut, Andrzej Wajda, Federico Fellini, Ermanno Olmi and Yilmaz Güney from the launch pad offered by Valladolid. The works of film-makers of the standing of Roberto Rossellini, Stanley Donen, Max Ophüls, Ken Loach, Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu and Aardman Animations could be enjoyed and studied in the sections dedicated to their major works, many on view for the first time in Spain. Valladolid, through various loopholes in state censorship, was able to present films that would otherwise have been impossible to see in Spain. An award or an enthusiastic reception from the audience and the critics meant, on numerous occasions, that the official state bodies gave the go-ahead to certain films which Francisco Franco's regime considered out of line with their ideology.
Much the same occurred with distribution on the arts
The Sydney Film Festival is an annual film festival held in the Australian city of Sydney and is held 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. The festival's director is Nashen Moodley, who commenced in early 2012, replacing Clare Stewart.
Influenced by the experience of Australian film makers with the Edinburgh Film Festival since 1947 and the festival connected with the annual meeting of the Australian Council of Film Societies held at Olinda in the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria in 1952, a committee sprang from the Film Users Association of New South Wales to establish a film festival in Sydney. The committee included Alan Stout, Professor of Philosophy at The University of Sydney, filmmakers John Heyer and John Kingsford Smith, and Federation of Film Societies secretary David Donaldson. Under the direction of Donaldson, the inaugural festival opened on 11 June 1954 and was held over four days, with screenings at Sydney University. Attendance was at full capacity
The Chicago Outdoor Film Festival has been showing classic films in Chicago's Grant Park for 10 years. For seven consecutive evenings in the summer people gather around a gigantic screen and enjoy classic American films. 2009 marked the 10th Anniversary of the film festival which begins on July 14th. The festival was not run in 2010 because of budgetary reasons.
The line up for the 2009 Chicago Outdoor Film Festival:
Films began at sunset in Grant Park at Butler Field and admission was free every night.
Individual festivals:2009 Cleveland International Film Festival
The Cleveland International Film Festival is the largest film festival in Ohio. It was first held in 1977, showing eight films over a period of eight weeks at the Cedar Lee Theatre. The festival has since grown, consisting of more than 150 features and 130 short films from approximately 60 countries, as of 2012.
In 1991, the festival relocated to Tower City Cinemas in downtown Cleveland.
Fantasia International Film Festival (also known as Fantasia-fest, FanTasia, Fant-Asia) is a genre film festival that has been based mainly in Montreal since its founding in 1996. Regularly held in July of each year, it is valued by both hardcore genre film fans, and distributors, who take advantage of the eclectic line up to select foreign and domestic films for release across North America. By virtue of the reputation developed over the last 15 years, this festival has been described as perhaps the "most outstanding and largest genre film festival in North America".
The history of the Fantasia Festival has roots in the Asian Film scene in Montreal. Beginning in 1996 where it screened Asian films from Hong Kong and Anime from Japan, the festival later expanded its international repertoire and screened genre films from all across the world. Since this time many world and international premieres have featured at Fantasia fest, including Shaun of the Dead, Perfect Blue, Millenium Actress, Midnight Meat Train, Dread, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Uzumaki.
Among the many North American premieres have included Ringu, Inglourious Basterds, Thirst, We Are What We Are, Visitor Q and Night
Film Collection is an annual screening event in New York City and around the world; a showcase for new independent films by emerging filmmakers; and a significant initiative to raise awareness and funds for non-profit organizations.
Founded by filmmaker Topaz Adizes in March 2006, the events take place at the IFC Center. According to Adizes, "our mission is to build a worldwide audience that empowers themselves to impact their communities. We believe that by telling stories, we are creating greater understanding of the world we live in and reminding ourselves of our shared humanity."
The first Film Collection raised funds and awareness for the Daniel Pearl Foundation, . , created in memory of journalist Daniel Pearl to further the ideals that inspired Daniel's life and work. The foundation's mission is to promote cross-cultural understanding through journalism, music, and innovative communications. The event was preceded by a talk by Daniel's widow, Mariane. The 2007 Film Collection raised money for Seeds of Peace, whose stated aim is "to empower young leaders from regions of conflict with the leadership skills required to advance reconciliation and coexistence".
Individual festivals:2008 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czech: Mezinárodní filmový festival Karlovy Vary) is a film festival held annually in July in Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad), Czech Republic. The Karlovy Vary Festival gained worldwide recognition over the past years and has become one of Europe's major film events.
The Karlovy Vary film festival is one of the oldest in the world. The pre-war dream of many enthusiastic filmmakers materialized in 1946 when a non-competition festival of films from seven countries took place in Mariánské Lázně and Karlovy Vary. Above all it was intended to screen the results of the recently nationalized Czechoslovak film industry. After the first two years the festival moved permanently to Karlovy Vary.
For several decades after the Communist takeover in February 1948 the festival was entirely under the control of the political establishment. Periods in which the selection of films, the conferral of awards, and the invitation of guests were dominated by Communist propaganda alternated with less restrictive periods, such as the sixties, in which the festival program was able to offer the latest artistic trends in both Czechoslovak and world cinema, including the
The Downtown Film Festival - Los Angeles (DFFLA) is a planned international film festival in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, which will debut Wednesday, August 13th through Sunday, August 17th, 2008. The festival is being organized by Greg Ptacek and Kate Marciniak, the festival directors of Los Angeles' Silver Lake Film Festival, and their new co-director Henry K. Priest, founder of the Nosotros Latino Film Festival. Paying homage to the recent resurgence of Los Angeles' Downtown and its historic origins in the film industry, the Downtown Film Festival - Los Angeles will be held in various theatrical venues throughout Downtown's neighborhoods -- Bunker Hill, the Historic Core, Little Tokyo, the Arts District and Chinatown -- and including one or more of its historic movie palaces on Broadway. Additional venues may include outdoor parks such as California Plaza for night-time screenings, and such landmark theaters as The ImaginAsian Center and Japanese American National Museum, with panel discussions, video & art installations, and receptions among the ancillary events. The intention is to ￢ﾀﾜtour and showcase￢ﾀﾝ the diversity of Los Angeles' Downtown neighborhoods through a
Individual festivals:2009 Thessaloniki International Film Festival
The Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF; Greek: Διεθνές Φεστιβάλ Κινηματογράφου Θεσσαλονίκης, Diethnes Festival Kinimatografou Thessalonikis) has become one of the Balkans' primary showcases for the work of new and emerging filmmakers. The event features the International Section, a panorama of Greek films, the New Horizons program, the Balkan Survey, and numerous retrospectives and tributes to leading figures in the world of film. The Festival is competitive with the International Section jury awarding several prizes each year, most notably the "Golden Alexander" for Best Feature-Length Film.
Since 1992, the International Thessaloniki Film Festival has striven to present the most innovative independent films from around the world. Components of the Festival include:
Today, president of the Thessaloniki Film Festival is the Paris-born Greek actor Georges Corraface.
Retrospectives and tributes look at both historic masters, and emerging artists. Since 1993, numerous directors have been represented in the retrospective/tribute programs, including:
In addition to the rich film offerings, the Festival hosts panels, exhibitions, and other artistic events such as:
The Utah/US Film Festival was started in 1978 and eventually developed into the Sundance Film Festival. Started by Robert Redford and co-chair Charles Gary Allison, the goal of the festival was to showcase what the potential of independent film could be. The original event took place in Salt Lake City, Utah in the summer of 1978. Later it was moved to January and its name was changed to the Sundance Film Festival, which has become the largest independent film festival in the world and launched the careers of literally hundreds of filmmakers.
The jury of the 1978 festival was headed by Gary Allison, and included Verna Fields, Linwood Gale Dunn, Katherine Ross, Charles E. Sellier, Jr., Mark Rydell, and Anthea Sylbert.
A scan of the program from the inaugural festival can be found at .
Sundance Film Festival
Individual festivals:2003 Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema
The Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema (Festival international des cinémas d'Asie) is an annual special-interest film festival focusing on the cinemas of Asia. The festival is held annually in Vesoul, France. It was created in 1995 by Martine and Jean-Marc Thérouanne who have been codirecting the festival since then.
First started in 2003, the Vietnamese International Film Festival (also known as ViFF) is a biennial film festival organized by the non-profits Vietnamese-American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) and UCLAs VietNamese Language and Culture (VNLC). ViFF takes place at the University of California, Irvine, the University of California, Los Angeles, and other locations in and near the Little Saigon area of Orange County, California.
Part film festival and part community-service event, to date ViFF is the only film festival reserved for filmmakers of Vietnamese heritage in the world outside of Vietnam.
ViFF 2003 and ViFF 2005 showcased 45 and 38 films (both shorts and features), respectively, directed/produced by filmmakers of Vietnamese descent from the U.S., France, Canada, Australia, Germany, and Vietnam. As a result, many films by Vietnamese-heritage filmmakers, both new and previously released, have gathered here. Films by Academy Award nominated director Tran Anh Hung have been shown at ViFF. Notable premieres at ViFF include the world premiere of Victor Vu's First Morning (Buổi Sáng Đàu Năm), The Rebel, directed by Charlie Nguyen, and the North American premiere of Pham Nhue
The Midwest Ski Film Festival (MWSFF) is a Film Festival takes place annually in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Held in October, the festival is the premier showcase for ski films from both independent and professional ski film companies. The festival shows mainly newschool skiing films.
The Midwest Ski Film Festival is organized by Brian Landrigan, and annually held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was created to fill a void of Freeskiing film festivals, and is now known as the Premier Skiing Event in the Midwestern United States. It is also known for having the best ski movies of the year, large product tosses/ raffles, athlete signings, and more. The MWSFF is attended by people from all over the country, including top industry professionals and some of the best professional skiers in the business.
In 2008 the event was held on Saturday, October 4, at the Helene Zelazo center on the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee campus.
It featured the movies Turbo by Level 1 Productions, The Massive by Tanner Hall and Redbull, Slamina by 4bi9 productions, Reasons by Poorboyz Productions, Such is Life by Rage Productions, Head for the Hills by Meathead Productions, and Thinking
11th Student and Short Film Festival Sleepwalkers will take place from 20 to 24 November 2010 in Tallinn, Estonia.
Sleepwalkers is the only professional student and short film festival in Estonia. From spring 2008 the festival is organized in cooperation with the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and the Baltic Film and Media School.
The goal of the festival is to promote and popularize the culture of short films and to bring to the audience some of the best films in the world.
Festival does not mean only sitting in the cinema and watching films, it is also a meeting place for young film makers.
Festival webpage is www.poff.ee/sleepwalkers.
Altın Koza International Film Festival (English: The Golden Boll) is a film festival of Adana, that was held 17 times since 1969 and took place every year since 2005. The event is organized by the Greater Adana Municipality and takes place in June. Beginning from 2006, the scope of the festival is broadened to an international dimension within the framework of the cinema in Mediterranean basin countries.
The festival, taking its name from cotton boll, the traditional crop grown in the region, includes national feature films along with international short subjects (since 2006) and student films of young Mediterranean filmmakers (from 2008 on). The 15th edition of the festival will be held between June 2 - 8 2008.
The Altın Koza Film Festival was organized for the first time in 1969 jointly by the Adana Cinema Club, Adana Municipality and the State Films Archives under the simple name "Film Festival". The event recurred until 1973 uninterrupted. However, in 1974 it came to an end, discontinuing 18 years long. In 1992, the festival was revived with its 6th edition and was held until 1997 under the name "Altın Koza Culture, Arts and Film Festival". Due to earthquakes occurred in 1998
Individual festivals:2010 Brooklyn International Film Festival
The Brooklyn Film Festival (BFF), prior to 2011 called the Brooklyn International Film Festival (BiFF) is an independent film festival held every June in Brooklyn, New York. Started by Marco Ursino, Susan Mackell, Abe Schrager, and Mario Pegoraro in 1998, its mission is to “discover, expose, and promote independent filmmakers while drawing worldwide attention to Brooklyn as a center for cinema." Its base is South 4th Street, Williamsburg.
The festival is a 501 (C)(3) not-for-profit also known as Brooklyn Film Society. Since its inception the festival has grown exponentially, exceeding the boundaries of its Brooklyn base.
BFF also oversees the annual KidsFilmFest, a program that reaches out to children and families. The New Museum in Manhattan has incorporated our kids programs in their First Saturdays for Families.
In 2009, the festival took place at the Brooklyn Heights Cinema on Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights where two screening rooms operated side-by-side featuring 81 two-hour film programs. Nightly networking after-parties took place at various locations in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Previously, the festival has been held at Brooklyn Lyceum, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Brooklyn
Individual festivals:2008 Hong Kong International Film Festival
The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF, Chinese: 香港國際電影節) is a platform for filmmakers, film professionals and filmgoers from all over the world to launch and experience new film work. There are seminars, conferences, exhibitions, and parties celebrating the festival community. The festival is committed to discovering talent, and it is also a major platform to launch films to the Greater China region and Asian market.
Previously operated by Urban Council and Leisure and Cultural Services Department from 1977 to 2001, and Hong Kong Arts Development Council from 2002 to 2004, HKIFF is officially corporatized as an independent, charitable organization – Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited, after completing its 28th edition. The Hong Kong Government has continued to subsidize the festival through venue provision and funding for up to 7 million Hong Kong dollars.
Screening over 300 titles from 50 countries in 11 theatres across Hong Kong, the 33rd HKIFF reached an audience of 580,000 people, including 4,500 business executives who attended the Hong Kong Film and Television Market (FILMART). The 34th HKIFF was held from March 21 to April 6, 2010, the last film
Midnight Sun Film Festival (Finnish: Sodankylän elokuvajuhlat) is an annual five-day film festival in Sodankylä, Finland. The festival usually takes place in the second week of June. One of the main themes of the festival is to show films without a break all day and night long, while the sun keeps on shining.
The Midnight Sun Film Festival is non-competitive. The program consists mostly from the films of the main guests, 20–30 modern movies from all parts of the world, contemporary Finnish films and cinema classics, some of which are usually presented as "master classes" by various film theory experts. Typically the festival introduces 4–5 directors from younger generations who are also guests at the festival. In recent years, the yearly attendance has been between 15,000 and 25,000.
The festival was first arranged in 1986 and the first international director guests were Samuel Fuller, Jonathan Demme, Bertrand Tavernier and Jean-Pierre Gorin. Later on it has hosted some of the biggest names in cinema, such as Jim Jarmusch, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Roger Corman, Terry Gilliam, Francis Ford Coppola, Abbas Kiarostami and Milos Forman.
Here follows the list of guests who have attended
Individual festivals:2003 Rhode Island Film Festival
Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) takes place every year in Providence and Newport, Rhode Island as well as satellite locations throughout the state. Started in 1997, the Festival is produced by Flickers, the Newport Film/Video Society & Arts Collaborative, a 501(c)(3) non-profit created in 1981. The Festival was created by George T. Marshall, the founder of the Flickers Arts Collaborative. He has been the Executive Director/CEO of the Festival since its creation. Joanne Arnold is the Administrative Director. J.Scott Oberacker, Ph.D. is the Educational Outreach Director. Dr. Kevin Esch is the Special Programs & Policy Director. Shawn Quirk is the Program Director. Timothy Haggerty is the Technical Director. Keith Brown and Jessica Wong are the Educational Program Directors. Lawrence J. Andrade serves as the Executive Advisor and Human Resource Director. Michael Drywa, Esq. is the Board President.
RIIFF has been a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards since 2002. In 1998, it hosted the world premiere of the Farrelly brothers film, There's Something About Mary. The Festival draws over 29,000 people annually along with a strong filmmaker presence
The Sacramento Film and Music Festival (SF&MF) is a large, multi-day, all-genre international film festival held in Sacramento, California in the United States. It has been in operation under consistent direction and ownership since 2000. The festival's mission is to celebrate and showcase filmmaking from around the world and sponsor the art of film in California's Capital region.
For the 2011 season, the Festival's 12th, the event has been divided into two parts with the WinterFEST January 15–17 and the SummerFEST August 18–21. The WinterFEST dates coincide with the Martin Luther King holiday weekend and in addition to the usual diverse range of film programming, the program includes a lineup of documentaries with themes of politics, peace, and social justice including "Sowing the Seeds of Justice" about the life and legal career of Cruz Reynoso.
The 2010 Festival dates are July 23 - August 1, opening with the feature documentary "Official Rejection" about the difficulties of getting films into film festivals. In a special program on July 29, the 2010 Festival included the world premiere of "Walking Dreams" a documentary about the work of artist David Garibaldi, followed by a live
The Slamdance Film Festival is a yearly film festival reserved for independent films, created in 1995.
As a year-round organization, Slamdance serves as a showcase for the discovery of new and emerging talent in the film industry; it is also the only major film festival fully programmed by filmmakers. Slamdance counts among its alumni many notable writers and directors who first gained notice at the festival, including Christopher Nolan, Marc Forster, Jared Hess and Oren Peli. The festival takes place each year in Utah at the same time as the Sundance Film Festival, competing to provide what its supporters consider a truer representation of independent filmmaking. Slamdance is especially unique because their feature competition is limited to films made with budgets under $1 million dollars and made by first time directors.
The festival was founded in 1995 by Dan Mirvish, Jon Fitzgerald, Shane Kuhn and Peter Baxter and has since become a year-round organization championing emerging filmmaking talent and their new work.
Slamdance adamantly supports self-governance amongst independents, and claims to deliver what filmmakers go to festivals for: a chance to show their work and a
Individual festivals:2008 Sonoma Valley Film Festival
The Sonoma Valley Film Festival traditionally takes place in April in Sonoma, California and is hosted by the Sonoma Valley Film Society. The 10th anniversary of the film festival in 2007 honored two-time Academy Award winning director John Lasseter of Pixar and Disney Animation studios.
The 11th annual Sonoma Valley Film Festival (held April 9–13, 2008) showcased more than 75 new independent films, with paired tastings before every film screening of regional cuisine and wine from over 30 Sonoma Valley wineries.
The 12th annual Sonoma International Film Festival (held April 1–5, 2009) estimated a total attendance of 18,700 at the 2009 Festival.
In 2009 the Sonoma Valley Film Festival expanded its festival brand to include more international films. The name then changed to the Sonoma International Film Festival as it is currently known today.
Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (AFFR) is a biannual film festival screening films, shorts, animations and documentaries about architecture, urban development and city culture. The architecture friendly city of Rotterdam is the natural host if the film festival. The initiative was formed in 2000, in preparation of the European Capital of Culture. The festival is characterized as a small, open minded and informal film festival for both architects and laymen. Next to classic feature films as The Fountainhead and Blade Runner or documentaries about architects as Louis Kahn or Frank Gehry, films are screened about the influence of media on the city, the depiction of cities in film and outstanding set design such as in Silent Running.
In 2009 the fifth film festival took place from October 29 to November 1, the 2011 edition took place from October 06 – 09 at LantarenVenster.
CINEMANIA is a French-language film festival that takes place in Montreal.
The CINEMANIA French Film Festival in Montreal was established in 1995 and has continued annually ever since. The Festival is dedicated solely to quality French-language feature films emanating from France, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec, Algeria, Morocco, Senegal, and other French-speaking regions. All films screened must be North American, Canadian, or Quebec premieres, and all are subtitled in English. The Festival takes place every November during a period of 11 days opening on the first Thursday of the month. All films are screened in the Imperial Cinema, in downtown Montreal.
The Festival website is http://festivalcinemania.com/. CINEMANIA publishes a catalogue each year that includes detailed synopses of each film screened.
The Festival was founded by Mme Maidy Teitelbaum who is the ongoing operational President. The Festival's first 10 years were at Le Musee des Beaux Arts de Montreal --- in 2004 the Festival moved to the greater capacity Imperial Cinema. Mme Teitelbaum was awarded the Chevalier dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government in 2006 for her work in fostering French
The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) is an annual film festival held in Los Angeles, California. Established by Christina Marouda in 2003, as a nonprofit organization devoted to paving the way for a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and diverse culture by providing the public with a selection of films from and about the Indian diaspora by Indian and international filmmakers.
It features features, documentaries and shorts and presents Grand Jury and Audience Choice awards in the following categories: Best Feature, Best Documentary, and Best Short. The IFFLA's Cinematic Scoring Achievement Award is given to composers, honouring film scores.
Marouda, a film lover of Greek descent established the festival to garner greater appreciation amongst Western audiences to all forms of Cinema in India. Growing up in Crete, she watched several Indian films, growing up with the films of Satyajit Ray and Nargis, and watched several mainstream Bollywood films, Bengali films and Tamil films during a trip to India in 1999. Whilst enjoying the "ride from laughter to crying" that Hindi films can take audiences on, the festival was not looking to promote Bollywood cinema as much for
Individual festivals:1997 Mill Valley Film Festival
The Mill Valley Film Festival is an annual, non-competitive film festival presented by the California Film Institute. Known as a filmmakers’ festival, the annual festival, based in Mill Valley, California, offers a non-competitive environment for exhibiting independent and world cinema.
Founded in 1978 by MVFF Director Mark Fishkin, the Festival has established an impressive track record for launching new films and the careers of new filmmakers and is well known for the quality of its programming.
As the only prominent fall film festival in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Mill Valley Film Festival is also an important industry resource — both for its emphasis on films that have not yet secured US distribution and for fall launches and northern California Academy Awards campaigns.
The San Francisco Bay Area continues to be a significant market for independent and international film, and MVFF provides a forum for introducing new films to West coast audiences. The festival has attracted international movie stars like Gael García Bernal and Helen Mirren, as well as Hollywood actors like Forest Whitaker, Tim Robbins and Billy Bob Thornton.
Each year, the 11-day festival sells over
The New York Korean Film Festival was created by Korean Film Forum and Subway Cinema in 2001. In 2002, the Korean Film Forum took over full responsibility for the New York Korean Film Festival, while Subway Cinema focused on the creation of the New York Asian Film Festival.
The Korean Film Forum was constructed by seven Korean students, five from New York University and two from Columbia University. The original members were KWON Jae-Hyun, SHIM Bo-Seon, OK Hye-Ryung, CHOI Jee-Won, CHUNG Jae-Yup, JEONG Min-Ah, and NOH Kwang-Woo.
As members left to further their studies and careers, newcomers of various backgrounds filled their positions. From 2002 to 2004, the following people joined the organization: CHOE BoYun, YANG Ji-Hyun, PARK Sueyoung, CHO Yoon-Jeong, SONG Ki-Won, Albert Lee, Mike Cho, CHOI Sung-Oh, LEE Su-Kil, KIM Min-Hyang, KIM Hye-Won, and CHOI JEONG-Hee.
From 2004 to 2005, the New York Korean Film Festival was run by Media Bank, a group that evolved out of the Korean Film Forum.
Beginning in 2006, Korea Society took over responsibility for the festival.
The festival screens about 15 movies, chosen both for their box office success, and for their appropriateness to each
The Sheffield Doc/Fest, short for Sheffield International Documentary Festival (SIDF), is a documentary and digital media festival. It is held annually in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England at the Showroom Workstation and other venues around Sheffield. The festival is one of the biggest events in the international documentary calendar.
First held in 1994, Sheffield Doc/Fest has grown to become the United Kingdom's leading event for the non-fiction film and television industry. Each year the festival is a forum for producers, distributors, commissioners, filmmakers and emerging talent. It offers a wealth of inspirational documentary films from across the globe, pitching opportunities, controversial discussion panels, in-depth filmmaker masterclasses and unique parties and provides opportunities to build the creative and business relationships that drive the factual genre.
The first Sheffield Doc/Fest (formally Sheffield International Documentary Festival) was held in 1994. The festival was launched as both an international film festival and a conference for all professionals working in documentary production. The first Doc/Fest consisted of all the observational American
Individual festivals:2007 Yerevan International Film Festival
Yerevan International Film Festival "Golden Apricot" (Armenian: «Ոսկե ծիրան» միջազգային կինոփառատոն) is n annual film festival held in Yerevan, Armenia. The objectives of the festival are "to present new works by the film directors and producers in Armenia and foreign cinematographers of Armenian descent and to promote creativity and originality in the area of cinema and video art". The 5th Golden Apricot Film Festival took place in July, 2008.
The "Golden Apricot" Annual Film Festival was established in 2004 in Yerevan, by the “Golden Apricot” Fund for Cinema Development, the Armenian Association of Film Critics and Cinema Journalists, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Armenia and Benevolent Fund for Cultural Development. Canadian-Armenian director Atom Egoyan was named President of the festival since 2005.
The Festival is dedicated to the theme of Crossroads of Cultures and Civilizations, and features a multitude of films representing various nations and religions, collectively depicting the richness of the human experience.
In 2005 the establishment of a network of filmmakers of the region entitled
Individual festivals:2010 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF) presented every March is the nation’s largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian films, annually presenting approximately 130 works in San Francisco, Berkeley and San Jose, USA. Since 1982, the SFIAAFF has been a launching point for Asian American independent filmmakers as well as a source for new Asian cinema.
While the majority of the films at the festival screen at the Sundance Kabuki in Japantown and the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, many films are also screened at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley and at the Camera 12 Downtown Cinemas in San Jose.
To underscore its commitment to supporting Asian American filmmakers and recognizing their achievements, the SFIAAFF inaugurated in 2005 a juried competition in two categories as well as audience awards. In 2010 Emmy-nominated documentary Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy made its world premiere at the SFIAAFF and went on to win Best Documentary at the festival.
The Sundance Film Festival is an American film festival that takes place annually in Utah. It is the largest independent cinema festival in the United States. Held in January in Park City, Salt Lake City, and Ogden, as well as at the Sundance Resort, the festival is a showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers. The festival comprises competitive sections for American and international dramatic and documentary films, both feature-length films and short films, and a group of out-of-competition sections, including NEXT, New Frontier, Spotlight, and Park City At Midnight.
Sundance began in Salt Lake City in August 1978, as the Utah/US Film Festival in an effort to attract more filmmakers to Utah. It was founded by Sterling Van Wagenen (then head of Wildwood, Robert Redford's company), John Earle, and Cirina Hampton Catania (both serving on the Utah Film Commission at the time). The 1978 festival featured films such as Deliverance, A Streetcar Named Desire, Midnight Cowboy, Mean Streets, and The Sweet Smell of Success. With Chairperson Robert Redford, and the help of Utah Governor Scott M. Matheson, the goal of the festival was to showcase strictly
Individual festivals:2008 Toronto International Film Festival
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is a publicly attended film festival held each September in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In 2010, 339 films from 59 countries were screened at 32 screens in downtown Toronto venues. In the last few years, total attendance at TIFF has exceeded 260,000, with 287,000 public and industry admissions in 2009, and a further 239,000 from the free programming scheduled at Yonge-Dundas Square. The festival begins the Thursday night after Labour Day (the first Monday in September in Canada), lasting for eleven days.
Founded in 1976, the TIFF is now one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. In 1998, Variety magazine acknowledged that "the Festival is second only to Cannes in terms of high-profile pics, stars and market activity." In 2007, Time noted that the festival had "grown from its place as the most influential fall film festival to the most influential film festival, period." This is partially the result of the festival's reputation and ability to generate "Oscar-buzz".
Notable films to have had their world or North American premiere at TIFF include Chariots of Fire, The Big Chill, Husbands and Wives, Thirty Two Short Films About
The Traverse City Film Festival is an annual film festival held every late July through early August in Traverse City, Michigan. The festival was created as an annual event in 2005 to help “save one of America's few indigenous art forms—the cinema." The event was co-founded by Michael Moore, the Oscar-winning film director, well known for his anti-establishment films and documentaries such as Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine, and Roger & Me, along with author Doug Stanton and photographer John Robert Williams.
The mission of the Festival is to show movies representing excellence in filmmaking, particularly those rare independent films and documentaries by both noted and new filmmakers, that do not receive mainstream distribution. The Traverse City Film Festival is a non-profit organization, and is funded by businesses, community groups and individuals, plus ticket sales for various events. The Festival is headed by a committee of Michigan area filmmakers, writers, and creative professionals. Deb Lake has been the executive director of the Traverse City Film Festival since 2006, and is one of only two paid employees who work year round. All other work is done by the nearly
The Unabhängige FilmFest Osnabrück (Osnabrück Independent Film Festival) is one of the eldest and most traditional film festivals in Lower Saxony, Germany. Every year it takes place on five days in October in Osnabrück. It is hosted by the non-profit association Osnabrücker FilmForum e.V. under the direction of Birgit Mueller and Holger Tepe. Patron of the 26. FilmFest was David McAllister, Minister-President of the state of Lower Saxony. The 27. Unabhängige FilmFest Osnabrück will take place from October, 10. - 14. 2012.
Since its very beginning in 1986 the festival has felt obliged to support committed and innovative filmmaking. Societies and media are changing all the time and so does the FilmFest, taking all of those changes into account. But the core of its activities stays basically the same, as has been rephrased in their 2004 statement: "The basic idea of the FilmFest is to forward tolerance within the society and between nations.
Such tolerance can only be developed by knowing, understanding and dealing with one's own as well as "foreign" points of views and ways of life. In order to promote this process the FilmFest is continually employing the film media with its
The Asian Lesbian Film and Video Festival (ALFF) is a film festival held for the first time in Taiwan from August 5 to August 10, 2005, before touring Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Beijing. It is scheduled to be held annually across different Asian countries.
Its goals are:
The festival showcases films and videos primarily made by girls and women in Asia about their lesbian (lazi / lala / tongzhi / t / po) lives and desires. It discusses visibility, media representation, gender and sexuality, relationships among women, family and community, violence and social justice, and the lesbian social movement. The selected works come from countries including Malaysia, Philippines, India, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Israel, and Canada, and include works from overseas Chinese and Taiwanese).
The festival is organized by Gender / Sexuality Rights Association Taiwan with programming support from the Institute for Tongzhi Studies, City University of New York, and Spectra Studio for Asian Queer Media.
Bollywood Film Festival is a film festival held annually in Prague, Czech Republic. It was first launched in 2004 and its mission is to present India´s Bollywood films to a Czech audience. The song/dance and dramatic storylines which are typical of many Indian films are finding popularity in European culture.
Individual festivals:2010 Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film
The Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFFF), previously named Brussels International Festival of Fantastic Film (French: Festival international du film fantastique de Bruxelles, Dutch: Internationaal Festival van de Fantastische Film van Brussel) was created in 1983 as a venue for horror, thriller and science fiction films. It takes place in Brussels, every year in March. Initially organized by Annie Bozzo, Gigi Etienne, Freddy Bozzo, Georges Delmote and Guy Delmote, it now has prizes in both feature length and short films, and also hosts an international body-painting competition.
Winners of the grand prize, the Golden Raven statuette, include Army of Darkness, Radioactive Dreams, and Dog Soldiers.
Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival, also known as Cinéfest is an annual film festival in Sudbury, Ontario. It is the fourth largest film festival in Canada.
First held in 1989, Cinéfest quickly became a popular destination for Canadian filmmakers. Unlike the larger film festivals in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, Cinéfest offered filmmakers a chance to gain exposure among more typical film audiences in a city with no major venues for screening independent and non-mainstream films. Cinéfest presents an annual programme of over 100 films for both English and French language audiences.
Cinéfest also operates a film circuit which brings non-mainstream films to smaller Northern Ontario communities, and acts as a liaison office for local film industry development.
The New Zealand Human Rights Film Festival was a film festival held in 2005 and 2006. It was an initiative of the New Zealand Human Rights Network, an independent, non-partisan, non-government organisation formed in 2000. Held during the month of May, the festival was the first human rights-themed film festival held in New Zealand, and ran a series of screenings in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
The festival also runs screenings for registered local schools, providing information packs for students and answering questions with question-and-answer sessions after the screenings.
The International Sahara Film Festival was first held in 2004. It is now an annual event which takes place in the Sahrawi refugee camps in the South West Corner of Algeria, near the border with Western Sahara. The Festival is backed by the Polisario Front. This Festival is an initiative to bring film as an entertainment and cultural form to the thousands of Sahrawis whose community has lived for more than thirty years in relative isolation in the Algerian desert. The first festival was in large part organised by Peruvian film director Javier Corcuera. The sixth Festival is to take place between May 5 and May 11, 2009. The 2009 Festival takes place in Dakhla (Refugee Camp). Typically, Spanish movies dominate the Festival. The director of the top film will be awarded a white camel.
The festival has the two-fold aim of providing cultural entertainment and educational opportunities to refugees, and of raising awareness of the plight of the Sahrawi people, who have been exiled from their native western Sahara for more than three decades. Western Sahara, “Africa’s last colony,” was sold to Morocco and Mauritania by the Spanish when they withdrew in 1976. The Moroccans subsequently
Individual festivals:2009 Warsaw International Film Festival
Warsaw International Film Festival (Polish: Warszawski Międzynarodowy Festiwal Filmowy), also known as the Warsaw FilmFest, is a major film festival held every October in Warsaw, Poland. The festival has been held every year since 1985.
The festival is host to the International Federation of Film Critics awards for enterprising filmmaking in Central and Eastern Europe. The 27th edition is scheduled to take place between 12 October to 21 October 2012.
The programme consists of the following sections:
All the films presented, regardless of the section (competitive or non-competitive), are eligible for the Audience Award.
Anima Mundi is a competitive Brazilian video and film festival devoted exclusively to animation, held every July in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil.
It started in 1993 as an initiative of four Brazilian animators (Aida Queiroz, Cesar Coelho, Lea Zagury and Marcos Magalhães) and they are still in charge of the festival. Initially it received a lot of attention from the general public, since it had special sessions devoted to computer animations which was a new field.
Initially the festival was held only at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB) in Rio de Janeiro, but as it grew it is now divided between São Paulo (in the Latin American Memorial) and Rio de Janeiro in the CCBB, Casa França Brasil, Cine ODEON and other venues around the city.
Since its beginning, the festival has been judged by the public, each patron that watches a competitive session receives a ballot with a grading system from 1 to 5. Now there are also professional judges that grade several aspects of the animations, and must watch a large number of the movies.
The main competition is for the popular vote. This is appreciated by independent producers, since their films often have little
Individual festivals:2009 Edinburgh International Film Festival
The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) is an annual fortnight of cinema screenings and related events taking place each June. Established in 1947, it is the world's oldest continually running film festival. The EIFF aims to present both UK and international movie premieres and to exhibit the work of film-makers.
The first EIFF, a programme of documentaries, was presented by the Edinburgh Film Guild alongside the 1947 Edinburgh International Festival (EIF), which continues to take place in August each year. At the time, Cannes and Venice were the most significant annual film festivals. Over the subsequent years, the programme expanded to include fiction films and experimental work in addition to documentary. From 2008, the film festival moved from its traditional August slot to June.
The EIFF shows a range of feature-length films and documentaries as well as short films, animations and music videos. A jury awards The Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film while the audience can vote for the Standard Life Audience Award and a panel of judges adjudicates the Skillset New Directors Award. There are also several awards given for short films. UK domestic films
onedotzero is a contemporary, digital arts organisation with a remit to promote innovation across all forms of moving image and motion arts.
Its activities encompass public events, artist + content development, publishing projects, education, production, creative direction, and related consultancy services.
It is perhaps best known for its international network of events, including the onedotzero festival which has been running for 12 years.
onedotzero was created in 1996 by writer and former film critic Matt Hanson as a film festival designed to showcase the vibrant new media collectives and digital arts scene then burgeoning in London. The festival tapped into the new desktop digital filmmaking tools becoming available, and foresaw the desktop digital revolution - what Hanson termed 'the film studio in your flat.' It established a platform to explore moving image across single screen, interactive and live audio-visual work. onedotzero was the first festival to present and commission audio visual performances, computer gaming visuals, music videos, and commercials in a film and arts context.
The first festival in 1997 was produced with short-lived new media arts collective,
Queersicht is a gay and lesbian film festival held in Bern, Switzerland. Founded in 1997, it is the oldest film festival for LGBT and queer movies in Switzerland. It is linked to radical left-wing and alternative structures and has a non-profit structure. The festival attracts around 3,500 spectators each year.
The name is a pun on the words queer (colloquial for 'homosexual') and quer, which means cross in German. The name could thus be loosely translated as "crossview".
Silver Lake Film Festival ran from 2000 to 2007. It was a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization established to provide a showcase for cutting-edge independent film, music, digital, and other arts in Los Angeles, California. The Festival was held annually at various venues throughout Los Angeles’ Eastside, showcasing well over 200 narrative features, documentaries and short films. In 2005, in addition to its annual event, SLFF launched a very successful monthly series of short films with curated programs from an international array of filmmakers that is consistently SRO. The 7th annual edition will ran ten days, May 3-12, 2007, and included such varied programming as MP4Fest and MusicFest (two festivals-within-the-festival), along with curated film programs on architecture and design, urban sustainability, and an ASCAP Music Lounge along the lines of those at Tribeca and Sundance Film Festivals.
Silver Lake Film Festival was created specifically to address the lack of opportunity for truly independent films to be seen by audiences in movie theaters. Its mission has been to reflect a personal vision of the filmmaker, rather than a commercial imperative. Ironically, there had been a
The Telluride Film Festival was started in 1974 by Bill and Stella Pence, Tom Luddy, and James Card and the Telluride Council for the Arts and Humanities in the town of Telluride, Colorado, United States. It is operated by the National Film Preserve.
The bulk of the program is made up of new films, and there is an informal tradition that new films must be shown for the first time in North America to be eligible for the festival. Telluride is well-situated on the international film festival calendar for this: shortly after the Cannes Film Festival, but just before the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival. This insistence on premieres has led to Telluride's being associated with the discovery of a number of important new films and filmmakers. This is especially true of Michael Moore (whose first film Roger and Me showed there for the first time in 1989) and Robert Rodriguez (whose first feature El Mariachi got its first festival screening there in 1992). The festival has also had the American premiere of films such as My Dinner With Andre (Louis Malle, 1981), Stranger than Paradise (Jim Jarmusch, 1984), Blue Velvet (David Lynch, 1986), The Civil War (Ken
The Z Film Festival is a microcinema media-showcase that was created by filmmaker Usama Alshaibi and launched on December 1, 2000 at the Heaven Gallery in Chicago. The following year, Kristie Alshaibi teamed up with Usama as director and programmer for the Z Film Festival. In 2001 the Z Film Festival began to solicit short movies internationally, and screened at the Gene Siskel Film Center in downtown Chicago. The festival had its final event in 2006.
Some of the filmmakers that were featured in the Z Film Festival: Miranda July, Richard Kern, James Fotopoulos, Tom Palazzolo, Mark Hejnar, Shawn Durr, Carey Burtt, Meg McCarville, John Goras, Piotr Tokarski, Steve Hall, and Cathee Wilkins.
The festival is known for playing controversial and sometimes shocking movies. From the website mission statement:
"Our commitment to true independent cinema holds strong. It is our primary mission to present the works of artists who have complete creative control over all aspects of the film or video making process. Often those works are unsettling, terrifying, beautiful, experimental, insightful, political, strange, perverse, or even just plain obscene."
Zagreb Film Festival is an annual film festival established in 2003 and held in Zagreb, Croatia.
The festival features three separate international competition programs (feature film, short film, documentary film), and one competition program for short films made by Croatian authors. Apart from these, the festival usually organizes additional non-competitive programs, such as children's film program or a selection of debut works made by well-known film directors.
The festival was established by the Zagreb-based Propeler film production company, but for the 2008 edition the festival will be organized by its own newly registered Zagreb Film Festival company. The festival's main award is known as Zlatna kolica (Golden Pram). Until 2005 the award was called Golden Bib, representing a nod towards the festival's past because it grew out of what was initially a competition for debut short works by young Croatian authors.
The 2007 edition featured around 80 films from 30 countries and attracted an audience of around 30,000 people.
Prizes are awarded in the following categories:
The International Thessaloniki Film Festival is the Balkans primary showcase for the work of new and emerging filmmakers and leading film artists in the region and beyond. The event features the International Section, the panorama of Greek films, the New Horizons program, the Balkan Survey, and numerous tributes to leading figures in the world of film.
Since 1993, numerous directors have been represented at the events such as: Pedro Almodovar, Theo Angelopoulos, Bernardo Bertolucci, John Boorman, Michael Cacoyannis, John Cassavetes, David Cronenberg, Jules Dassin, Atom Egoyan, Takis Kanellopoulos, Abbas Kiarostami, Krzysztof Kieￅﾛlowski, Nikos Koundouros, Ken Loach, Nanni Moretti, Nagisa Oshima, Lucian Pintilie, Jean-Daniel Pollet, Arturo Ripstein and Jerzy Skolimowski.
The Big Dam Film Festival is an annual event organized by Young Professionals of the Quincy Area, a Non-Profit Networking and Community Development organization in Quincy, Illinois. The festival features independent films from around the world in a showcase format usually held on a Saturday evening during the spring.
The proceeds from the event are used to organize and support events and endeavors throughout the community of Quincy, Illinois.
The Big Dam Film Festival was established by Clinton Begley and Christopher Mackenzie, who are both natives of Quincy, Illinois and members of the Young Professionals of Quincy board.
The festival is named after Lock and dam, #21 on the Mississippi river which is an icon local to Quincy, and a source of revenue for the city.
The inaugural event occurred in February 2006, featuring 23 films selected from over 80 total films that were submitted for selection. A short video introduction by Ed Begley, Jr. began the event.
Since its inception, each event has sold out well in advance. It has been subject to rave reviews and praise.
Clinton Begley and Christopher Mackenzie actively participated in the planning and coordination of the events
Individual festivals:2008 Donostia-San Sebastián International Film Festival
Location:Donostia / San Sebastián
The San Sebastián International Film Festival (Spanish: Festival de San Sebastián; Basque: Donostia Zinemaldia) is an annual FIAPF A category film festival held in the Spanish city of Donostia-San Sebastián in September, in the Basque Country.
Since its creation in 1953 it has established itself as one of the most important cinema festivals in the world, being one of the 14 "A" category competitive festivals acredited by the FIAPF. It has hosted several important events of the history of cinema, such as the international premiers of Vertigo, by Alfred Hitchcock (who attended the Festival) or Melinda & Melinda by Woody Allen and the European premier of Star Wars. Actors and directors such as Bette Davis, Gregory Peck, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Richard Gere, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mel Gibson, Demi Moore, Naomi Watts or Brad Pitt have attended the festival since its inception. It was the first festival attended by Roman Polanski and it was a key element to advance the professional careers of Francis Ford Coppola or Pedro Almodóvar, for instance.
In the current competitive context of international festivals, San Sebastian, which has
Individual festivals:2009 Jeonju International Film Festival
The Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF, Korean: 전주국제영화제, Hanja: 全州國際映畵祭) has been held annually since 2000 in Jeonju, South Korea, focusing on digital, independent and art films.
Each year, the Jeonju International Film Festival commissions three filmmakers to produce digital short films to be shown at the festival. Each filmmaker gets 50,000,000KRW to make their film. In past years, the Digital Short Films have included:
The KaraFilm Festival - Karachi International Film Festival is an internationally recognized film festival of Pakistan annually held in Karachi.
It is organized under the aegis of the KaraFilm Society, a grouping of filmmakers from Karachi. The KaraFilm Society is a not-for-profit, non-political and non-governmental body, headed by Hasan Zaidi. The society organizes the annual KaraFilm Festival, screenings, talks and workshops.
KaraFilm Festival was first held, in 2001, since then it has been held regularly in December in Karachi. The success of the Festival within a short span of time has caught the attention of world film makers and renowned film critics and now it is ranked amongst some of the most prestigious film festivals of the region.
Individual festivals:2009 Screamfest Horror Film Festival
Screamfest Horror Film Festival is the largest and longest running horror film festival in the United States. Paranormal Activity was discovered and premiered at the festival in 2007. Some of the largest horror online publications have called it the "Sundance of Horror".
Previously held at Grauman's Mann Chinese 6 in Hollywood, the festival is now held annually at the prestigious Regal Cinemas L.A. Live Stadium 14 in Los Angeles.
Screamfest premieres and showcases new work from American and international independent horror filmmakers. Many of the filmmakers have garnered distribution and representation as a result of the festival. Screamfest launches careers.
Film entries are accepted in the categories of Best Feature, Directing, Cinematography, Editing, Special Effects and Musical Score. In addition, there are special categories for Best Animation, Best Short, Best Documentary and Best Student Film.
Rachel Belofsky (Festival Director/Founder)
Prior to creating Screamfest, Rachel Belofsky formed her production company Candy Heart Productions, LLC in the Fall of 1999. In the Spring of 2000, Rachel produced the multiple award winning women in racing documentary Fast Women. It aired
Festival Stozhary is the international actors film festival which takes place in Kiev, Ukraine. The name of the festival is an Old Slavonic counterpart for the asterism of Pleiades. In the mythology of ancient Greece Pleiads were the 7 beautiful daughters of the Titan Atlas and the sea-nymph Pleione. Turned into 7 birds by Zeus they later became 7 bright stars, which formed beautiful constellation.
The mysterious 7 became the code structure of the festival “Stozhary” – 7 days the festival lasts, 7 prizes the winners receive, 7 members of jury, 7 colors of rainbow which along with the winged Pleaiad-maid became the symbol of the festival.
Through the history of the festival - 1995, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005, cinematographers from Russia, Belarus, Georgia, Latvia, Estonia, Moldavia, Poland, Serbia, Austria, Italy, Germany, USA and Ukraine were the guests and participants of the festival contest. The festival was covered by the media of Ukraine, Russia, Belarus and Poland.
The festival contributes to strengthening and intensification of the brotherhood of actors and provides for non-official, non-formal atmosphere in which cinematographers can resolve issues, gain new experiences, teach
The Barcelona International Erotic Film Festival, or FICEB (Festival Internacional de Cinema Eròtic de Barcelona in Catalan) is an annual Spanish pornographic film festival and awards ceremony.
The event dates from 1992. Since 1997 it has been held in the La Farga convention center in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, a town outside Barcelona. In 2005, the event was recognized by the regional government of Catalonia, but in 2006, the L'Hospitalet municipal government controversially voted not to renew the festival's contract, requiring it to seek a new location (Madrid) for 2008.
Compared to the analogous Hot D'Or film festival in Cannes, the Barcelona festival has been called less exclusive and more comprehensive. Besides film awards and star appearances, the five days of FICEB include hundreds of strip-tease and live sex shows, as well as a lingerie show and a sex product fair. About 50,000 people attended the festival in 2005 and 2006.
The FICEB has three awards for different categories of pornographic films, the Ninfa (Nymph) for heterosexual pornography, the HeatGay for gay pornography films and the Tacón de Aguja (High heel or Stiletto heel) for BDSM and sexual fetish films.
The Canadian Filmmakers Festival is an annual film festival in Toronto, Ontario, showcasing Canadian films since 2004.
It is held in March of each year and usually runs for five days.
The festival was formed in association with the Toronto International Film Festival Group.
The Carthage Film Festival is a biannual October film festival hosted by the government of Tunisia. It alternates with the Damascus International Film Festival.
On a conception of the filmmaker Tahar Cheriaa, the festival was created in 1966 by the Tunisian Minister of Culture to showcase films from the Maghreb, Africa, and the Middle East. In order to be eligible for competition, a film must have a director of African or Middle Eastern nationality, and have been produced at least two years before entry.
Its grand prize is the Tanit d'or, or "Golden Tanit," named for the lunar goddess of ancient Carthage; the award is in the shape of her symbol, a trapezium sumrounted by a horizontal line and a circle.
Previous winners of the Tanit d'or Award include:
Previous winners of the Tanitd'bronze Award include:
Chechnya Film Festival took place in Washington DC 15-18 September 2003, in New York 23-25 September 2003, and was at first planned to take place in Moscow 1-4 October 2003.
It has presented a list of documentaries about Chechnya, and as the result of that was disallowed in Russia by Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia.
List of documentaries:
Individual festivals:2008 Expresión en Corto International Film Festival
The Expresión en Corto International Film Festival is now known as the Guanajuato International Film Festival, or GIFF by its initials, and is an annual international film festival, held since 1998 during the final week of July in the cities of San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico.
As a non-profit organization that is a state-sponsored, cultural event that does not charge admission to its viewing audience, GIFF estimates an attendance of more than 90,000 total audience members and receives more than 3,000 submissions from 109 participating countries in its international competition. It presents a variety of films, conferences, workshops, tributes and activities at no cost to the visiting public.
More than 400 films are screened from 10am until 4am each day in 20 venues, which include such unusual locations as: the Jardín Principal (main square) of San Miguel de Allende; the classical open-air staircase of the University of Guanajuato; the subterranean streets and tunnels beneath the city of Guanajuato where underground films are screened; as well as horror films in the infamous Museum of the Mummies of Guanajuato and both municipal graveyards (panteónes). There
Individual festivals:2009 Göteborg International Film Festival
Göteborg International Film Festival is an annual film festival in Gothenburg, Sweden and one of the largest film events in Scandinavia. When it was launched in 1979 it showed 17 films on 3 screens and had 3,000 visitors. Today, the film festival takes place over 10 days each year at the end of January and beginning of February. In later years around 450 films from 60 countries are screened for 115,000 visitors. The film festival is also an important market place for the contractors in the movie industry.
The 2008 festival included a 51-title retrospective tribute to Ingmar Bergman. The festival’s audience award was won by the film You, the Living, directed by Roy Andersson.
Other Awards at the Göteborg International Film Festival
The festival's main award is the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film, which can be won for feature film productions from the Nordic countries. The following films have received the award:
The festival is made up of several film sections. Films are chosen in each category with the advice of a committee of film experts. Categories have included:
Animation featuring short and long animated films.
Debuts where debutees can be
The Muskegon Film Festival was a film festival held every February in the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Muskegon, Michigan. Films were screened in both the Frauenthal Theater and the Beardsley Theater. It is now held at The Harbor Theater in Muskegon's Lakeside district, and the time has been moved to the end of May. (Starting May 30, 2009)
The first Muskegon Film Festival was held in May 2001 during Mother's Day weekend.
It returned in February 2004 with a new submission policy: they would only accept films which played at other film festivals, which was dropped in 2005.
Snowfest, sponsored by the Muskegon Jaycees, is held on West Western Ave. between the Frauenthal and Holiday Inn Muskegon Harbor. It takes place at the same time as the Muskegon Film Festival.
In 2009, the Muskegon Film Festival returned to May, primarily because of declining attendance during the past two Februarys. It also moved from the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts to the Harbor Theater, an art-and-independent movie house in the Lakeside business district of Muskegon, Michigan.
Muskegon Film Festival has high school and college film competitions. The high school competition
The New Orleans Worst Film Festival was a film festival in New Orleans, starting in 1990, and continuing to the early 2000s.
Volunteer run, all money raised beyond actual expenses benefited charity; most years Second Harvesters Food Bank. Participants were asked to bring non-perishable food items as well.
The festival showed campy movies "the worst movies ever made", for entertainment value.
The Nicktoons Animation Festival (also known as the Nicktoons Network Film Festival) is an annual event that was created by producer Fred Seibert and produced for its first three years by his Frederator Studios. Founded in 2004 to showcase the diversity of worldwide animation filmmaking, it is the largest multiplatform animation festival in North America. The festival features a selection of animated shorts (10 minutes and under) from around the globe. Shorts selected for the festival have the chance to be aired on Nicktoons Network, online and to be showcased at the live event in Los Angeles in October. Several prizes are awarded each year. Animators under 18 years old are eligible to enter the Greater Creator Contest. New to the festival in 2008 is the “I Got Game” Contest in partnership with AddictingGames, and a contest for Lego filmmakers, sponsored by Lego.
The 2006 Nicktoons Network Animation Festival aired on Nicktoons Saturday, August 26, 2006– Wednesday, August 30, 2006. Winners were announced on Thursday, August 31, 2006.
The WILDsound Film Festival is a publicly attended film festival held every month except September in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The festival is held at the National Film Board of Canada, world-renowned for animation including the Oscar-winning The Danish Poet (2006) and Oscar-nominated Madame Tulti-Putli (2007). WILDsound screens shorts selected from international submissions and hosts readings of new scripts.
Each WILDsound monthly festival is a two-day event.
Fridays feature the best new screenplays submitted from writers around the world. Depending on what is received, television pilots, feature film scripts, short screenplays, or spec scripts may be programmed.
On Saturdays, WILDsound screens a selection of international short films. There is no restriction on genre, although few films of more than 30 minutes are screened.
WILDsound bills itself as a "feedback film festival" and claims to be the most unique film festival in the world because it constantly turns a critical eye on the writers and filmmakers that participate. Each event is moderated by an industry professional who leads the audience in a feedback session after the screenings or reading. The artists are encouraged
The Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival is a documentary film festival held biennially in Yamagata, Japan.
It was first held in October 1989, which makes it one of the longest running documentary film festivals in the world and the most distinguished such festival in Asia. Its emphasis is on showcasing best achievements in documentary filmmaking, as well as promoting and popularizing the genre and documentary filmmaking in the region.
The festival was most recently held in October 2007. 1,633 films from 109 countries were submitted, with 238 films screened as part of the international and regional competitions. The festival attracted an audience of around 23,000 people. Since 2001, the competition includes films shot in DV. In 1991, a Young Asian Talents section was established.
A number of prizes are awarded at the festival, including:
The first festival edition was held 10–15 October 1989. Along with the competition screenings, the festival hosted a retrospective of films by Robert and Frances Flaherty and a comprehensive screening of Japanese documentaries from the first half of the 20th century. In total, 80 films were seen by an audience of around 12,000.
Individual festivals:2009 Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema
The Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente (BAFICI, English: Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival) is an international festival of independent films organized each year in the month of April, in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The festival is managed by the Ministerio de Cultura del Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, it is not officially affiliated with FIAPF, but it has become well known internationally.
The festival had its first edition in April 1999 and it was organized by the Secretaría de Cultura de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires. The festival used important movie theatres, some of them included Hoyts and other more traditional studios, usually non-commercial theatres.
In the first year the festival had 146 guests, among them Francis Ford Coppola, Todd Haynes, Paul Morrissey and others. The festival screened more than 150 national and international films. It had approximately 120,000 spectators.
The following year the event featured more films and other activities were added such as conferences and workshops. With a similar amount of spectators and guests, the festival was permanently added into the Buenos Aires list of cultural events.
The International Short Film Festival ContraVision is an annual film festival held in Berlin, Germany, devoted to short film, student film, animation, experimental film and documentary films. The screened films range from the no-budget scene and amateurs to commercial productions. The festival has no genre restrictions but a limitation of film length up to 30 minutes. The winners of the competition are selected by the audience. Established in 1993, the Film Festival ContraVision is organised by the German registered association Contra Medienwerkstatt. The festival takes place in the arthouse cinema "Blow Up" since 1995. The cinema is specialized in the film pool of the formerly state film monopoly in the German Democratic Republic DEFA.
Individual festivals:2007 Pusan International Film Festival
Busan International Film Festival (BIFF, previously Pusan International Film Festival, PIFF Korean: 부산국제영화제, Hanja: 釜山國際映畵祭), 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 September 13 to September 21, 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. The 16th BIFF in 2011 saw the festival move to a new permanent home, the Busan Cinema Center. The Busan Cinema Center is a USD140 million structure designed by Austria-based architecture collective Coop Himmelblau. The about 30,000 m² Cinema Center includes a 4,000-seat outdoor theatre; four indoor screens under an LED-covered roof; media centre; archive space; and conference rooms; allowing the
The Cinequest Film Festival is an annual independent film festival held in San Jose, California. The festival highlights the work of new film makers.
Cinequest, a nonprofit 501(c)3 institute, produces the Cinequest Film Festival, Cinequest Distribution Label, and Cinequest Mentoring & Education Programs. Cinequest serves Maverick film artists, movie lovers and students. Each year, the festival awards its "Maverick Spirit Award" to honorees selected by the festival's organizers.
The 22nd annual Cinequest film festival has been held from Feb 28, 2012 to March 11, 2012. Out of more than 2000 film submissions to Cinequest twenty two, 188 films from 44 countries were presented, which included 80 world and/or U.S. premiers.
Cinequest was founded in 1990 by filmmakers Halfdan Hussey and Kathleen Powell. The scheduled guest of honor that year was Jon Jost (director of All the Vermeers in New York), but he failed to appear. The festival occupied a single theater (the Camera 3 Theatre in San Jose) and showed 60 films during this debut event. In subsequent years, the festival has grown to an eleven-day event showing over 150 films and attracting over 80,000 attendees.
The Maverick Spirit
Film Crash was a New York City based film festival and screening series, programming independent, experimental, low-budget and underground films. The screenings were active from 1985 through 1993. The organization now functions primarily as a production company.
In 1985 film director Matthew Harrison launched a floating film screening series in the East Village, Manhattan, adopting the name Film Crash and its associated logo in early 1988. He was joined later that year by film directors Karl Nussbaum and Scott Saunders.
Film Crash grew, playing in venues such as 124 Ridge Street Gallery, Performance Space 122, R.A.P.P. Arts Center, Angelika Film Center, Shooting Gallery, São Paulo Museum of Image and Sound, Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C. and Heliotrope Theater in Los Angeles.
As a collective, Film Crash also collaborated with the experimental theater group Ridge Theater, producing and directing films for several theater productions including Jack Benny at La Mama in 1988 and The Manson Family opera at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in 1990.
Active programming of the festival ceased in 1993. The Film Crash name lives on in the form of a California-based production
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America's largest documentary film festival, conference, and market, held annually in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The 2012 edition of the Festival ran from April 26 to May 6, and had a record attendance of 165,000 featuring 189 films from 54 countries.
The Hot Docs festival was started in 1993 by the Canadian Independent Film Caucus, now the Documentary Organization of Canada, a national association of independent documentary filmmakers mainly composed of film scholars from York University in Toronto. Much of the festival's success can be credited to the logistical support rendered by scores of volunteers every year.
Each year the festival screens more than 170 documentaries from all around the world. Along with the Canadian and international competitive programs, the festival features The Doc Shop – an international documentary market and the Toronto Documentary Forum. The festival has been instrumental as the documentary industry’s meeting place with more than 2000 delegates attending it. These delegates include the commissioning editors, programers, filmmakers, buyers and distributors from all over the world. Hot Docs
Motovun Film Festival is an annual film festival established in 1999 and held in Motovun, Croatia. It usually takes place over 5–6 days in late July or early August. Motovun Film Festival is also the name of the company organizing the festival.
Motovun Film Festival is entirely dedicated to films made in small cinematographies and independent productions (on 10 August 1999, the day of opening of first Motovun Film Festival, there was not even one non-Hollywood film being shown in Croatian cinemas). In everything, except for the ambition and the quality, Motovun wants to be a small festival showing small films, small in the warmest sense of the word. Festival program consists of around 70 titles from all over the world, from documentaries to feature films, from short to long films, from guerilla made films to co-productions. The only criteria in their selection is that they fit in the open-minded atmosphere of the festival with their innovations.
In years since the festival first started it became widely popular among Croatian youth, especially students. Every year during the festival a camp for visitors is organized on the foothills of Motovun, where anybody can put up their tent
Also referred to as the Reel Dreams Film Competition. The festival is a competition for amateur filmmakers to create a film for the chance at a full-tuition scholarship to Regent University's School of Communication & the Arts. A current list of scholarships offered to competition winners. The festival entry requires filling out an application to Regent University in order to enter the competition. Additionally, the films are made in promotion of Regent University's Christian ideals; every film that is submitted must be a redemptive film. Traditionally, the festival offers each of the finalists an all-expense paid trip to Virginia Beach, Virginia to the film school for the final event. The 2010 competition's final event will be held on April 17, 2010 in the television studio at Regent University.
The festival was founded in 2008 by Regent University's School of Communications & the Arts. In the first two years of the festival, awards were given to the first place winner and the audience favorite. Awards have since been expanded to the top seven films. The event was created as an opportunity to create an American Idol type atmosphere to attract talented young filmmakers by showing
Individual festivals:2007 Vancouver Queer Film Festival
The Vancouver Queer Film Festival is Vancouver's second largest film festival and Western Canada's largest queer arts event that takes place annually in Vancouver, British Columbia.
2012 marks the 24th Annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival, August 16 to 26. The Vancouver Out On Screen Film Society (Out On Screen) began as a small, community-based film festival in anticipation of Vancouver hosting the Gay Games in 1990. Since then, Out On Screen has evolved to become a professional arts organization with three key program initiatives: the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Out in Schools and the Queer History Project.
Vancouver Out On Screen Film & Video Society promotes the production and exhibition of queer media art, creating opportunities for dialogue and education among diverse communities that cross class, age, ability, ethnicity, spirituality, gender and sexuality.
Launched in 2004, Out in Schools brings independent queer films into local high schools in British Columbia. In conjunction with gay–straight alliances, Out in Schools focuses on the serious issues that affect queer youth. The purpose of Out in Schools is to reduce isolation and increase the safety of the learning
Individual festivals:2009 The Times BFI London Film Festival
The BFI London Film Festival (also known as just the London Film Festival) is the UK's largest public film event, screening more than 300 features, documentaries and shorts from almost 50 countries. The festival, (the LFF), currently in its 55th year, is run every year in the second half of October under the umbrella of the British Film Institute. 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. Set in the Autumn, the festival hosts high profile awards contenders, screens recently restored archive films, champions new discoveries and combines curatorial strength with red carpet glamour. It also provides an extensive programme of industry events, public forums, education events, lectures, masterclasses and Q&As with film-makers and film talent.
In 1953 a group of film critics including Dilys Powell of the The Sunday Times, raised the notion of a film festival for London. They reasoned that with Cannes and Venice having their festivals, as did Edinburgh, so surely London should too. However their aim was to pitch the new
The Kraków Film Festival (Polish: Krakowski Festiwal Filmowy) is one of Europe's oldest events dedicated to documentary, animation and other short film forms. It has been organised year after year since 1961.
It was in Kraków that the Polish movie makers such as Krzysztof Kieślowski, Wojciech Wiszniewski, Bohdan Dziworski and Marcel Łoziński began their career. It was also here that the directors of animated films, including Ryszard Czekała, Jerzy Kucia, Julian Antoniszczak, Piotr Dumała and Zbigniew Rybczyński, winner of the Academy Award for the film Tango, made their debut.
Yet, such renowned documentary and animated film makers were not the only ones to participate and win prizes in Kraków, for the international festival laureates included also numerous artists who made their names as feature film directors: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Werner Herzog, Zoltán Huszárik, Jaromil Jireš, Claude Lelouch, Patrice Leconte, Mike Leigh and the recent Oscar laureate, Jan Svěrák.
Since 1998 the Festival grants an international life achievement award, called the Dragon of Dragons. Its first laureate was Bohdan Kosiński, Polish documentary maker, in 1999 the Prize was awarded to the classic of
The New York Filipino Film Festival is a week-long event that features an array of Filipino-oriented and Filipino-made movies in New York City's ImaginAsian Theatre. This event correlates with the celebration of Philippine Independence in the month of June.
It shows newly-released Filipino films and old classics from the Philippines, as well as documentaries, shorts, and original works by young Filipino American filmmakers. The festival was conceived to coincide with the Philippine Independence Day Parade celebration in June.
The film festival is once again celebrated in the month of October to correspond to the Filipino American History Month. This event is a combined effort of the Smithsonian Institution, The Cultural Center of the Philippines, and the Philippine Consulate of New York.
The San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) is an annual event organized by the San Diego Asian Film Foundation. The festival was first held in 2000 at the University of San Diego by the Asian American Journalists Association of San Diego.
The San Diego Asian Film Foundation (SDAFF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that was founded in 2002. Before becoming an official organization, the origins of the foundation began as a film festival put on by the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) to act as a fundraiser in August 2000. After receiving numerous film entries, both domestically and internationally, it has had sold out crowds at its inaugural festival. Lee Ann Kim, the festival director and news anchor and reporter from KGTV, the San Diego ABC television affiliate, saw the potential of making the film festival into a separate entity of its own. She teamed up with several journalists, writers, filmmakers, and community leaders who all contributed to make the film festival into the non-profit organization that it is today.
The mission of SDAFF has been to educate the surrounding community about the rich diversity of the Asian Pacific Islanders through the media arts.
Zlín International Film Festival for Children and Youth is a film festival for young audiences, and is one of the oldest festivals of its kind in the world. Due to the dramatic expansion of its scope over the last few years, it can also be counted among the largest film events of its kind worldwide. The last edition saw the record-breaking attendance of more than 100,000 visitors and the number of films reached 571 from 52 countries. The festival traditionally takes place in the Eastern part of the Czech Republic and is held every year at the turn of May and June. Since its 48th edition, which took place 1–8 June 2008, it has been extended to 8 days. The festival is a member of the CIFEJ and ECFA professional organizations.
Zlín, the city linked to the name of the Baťa family, has had a long tradition of organizing film festivals. There were festivals of Czech and Slovak films held in Zlín as early as 1941 and 1942, under the name of Film Harvest (also known as Zliennale). These seminal festivals are still considered the beginning of Czechoslovakia's film festival tradition. The history of the Film Festival in Zlín began in 1961 when the historical first edition of the Film
Festival International de Films de Montréal (FIFM), also known in English as the New Montreal FilmFest was a film festival held in Montreal in 2005 to focus on Francophone films. Originally intended as an annual event, the festival became mired in rivalry with two competing festivals — the Montreal World Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival — such that the New Montreal FilmFest was ultimately held only once.
The founding of the FIFM resulted from a year long dispute between the funding agencies SODEC and Telefilm Canada and the organizers of the Montreal World Film Festival (WFF) — Festival des Films du Monde - Montréal (FFM) — in 2004. These two former sponsors of the FFM/WFF called for proposals for a new film festival and ultimately shifted their funding to the New Montreal FilmFest, which was inaugurated in October 2005.
The New Montreal FilmFest, produced by Spectra Entertainment (owners of the Montreal Spectrum theater), was initially headed by Daniel Langlois, founder of SoftImage (subsequently sold to Microsoft) and Ex-Centris. Langlois had previously directed the Montreal Festival of New Cinema and New Media — Festival de Nouveau Cinema et Nouveaux
The Woodstock Film Festival is an American film festival that was launched in 2000 by filmmakers Meira Blaustein and Laurent Rejto with the goal to bring high quality independent film to the Hudson Valley region.
With offices located in Woodstock, NY, the first fiercely independent festival ran September 21–24, 2000. It included workshops, documentaries, concerts and films from all over the world. Speakers at the inaugural festival's workshops included actor Aidan Quinn, documentary filmmakers Albert Maysles, Barbara Kopple and D.A.Pennebaker, filmmaker Les Blank and Ron Nyswaner, who wrote the screenplay for Philadelphia.
The second annual event was held despite falling only nine days after the terrorists attacks of September 11, 2001, despite some initial concerns. The festival's co-founder, Meira Blaustein said of the decision not to postpone the festival, "This is such an incredible event, so many dreams are realized here – it must continue," and noted that the event was dedicated to "the men, women and children who lost their lives in the September 11 tragedies."
The festival has featured many high-powered members of the film community. These have included industry executives,
Individual festivals:2012 Bergen International Film Festival
The Bergen International Film Festival (BIFF) is a film festival held annually in October in Bergen, Norway since 2000, and is the largest film festival in the nation in number of films. The 11th edition of the festival in 2010 featured 150 films in the program, a new record. The festival leader is Tor Fosse, and BIFF is owned by Bergen Cinema.
The festivals main venue is Bergen Cinema's Magnus Barefoot Cinema Centre, with additional screenings taking place at the local art film theatre at Georgernes Verft and at the student cinema at Kvarteret.
In 2000, Bergen was a European Capital of Culture. Due to the occasion, Bergen Cinema arranged Bergen International Film Festival, with the most important films from the festival circuit of the year and many sneak previews of movies already picked up for Norwegian distribution. BIFF was one of the most successful events to take place during the celebration of the Cultural City with almost 20,000 visitors, and was arranged again the year after.
Over the years the festival has grown to be one of the biggest in Norway, with over 45,000 attending guests in 2010.
Bergen International Film Festival is organised in various sections:
Copenhagen International Film Festival is a film festival held in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was first held in 2003, and is held annually. The main award at the Copenhagen International Film Festival is the Golden Swan, which will be awarded for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Script and Best Cinematography.
From 2009, CIFF merged with the NatFilm Festival into a single event, CPH:PIX.
The Portable Film Festival is an online channel and film festival offering audiences the chance to download an entire curated international film and video program for free to a portable device, such as an iPod, Sony PSP, 3G capable mobile phone or laptop. The festival works to liberate the filmmaking and film viewing process, making story accessible to everyone regardless of their experience, location, or technical proficiency. As a cultural movement, the festival represents the growing democratization of filmmaking and viewing processes across the world.
In 2009 the festival has moved into a channel format, presenting new work as well as film and video culture on a daily basis. As of September 2009, the festival have tripled in size. It now has over 15,000 registered members and 50,000 unique visitors per month.
The festival channel features new work as well as film and video culture each day of the year. Each August, the Portable Film Festival hosts it annual competition, which features a curated selection of film and video culture. An international call for entries is open annually between March and June for both professional and amateur filmmakers.
Based in Melbourne,
Individual festivals:2001 Melbourne International Animation Festival
The Melbourne International Animation Festival or MIAF is an annual animation festival held in Melbourne. Supported by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the Australian Film Commission and the Melbourne City Council, it is Australia's largest animation event. Over the course of the festival more than 200 films from over 30 separate countries are shown. Highlights of the festival include many guest artists and visiting animators, from both local and abroad.
The New York Film Festival has been a major film festival since it began in 1963 in New York. The films are selected by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The non-competitive festival, sometimes abbreviated as NYFF, was established by Amos Vogel and Richard Roud.
Films at the first NYFF (1963):
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One World (Czech: Jeden Svět) is the biggest human rights film festival in the world, held annually in Prague and other cities of the Czech Republic. Established in 1999 by Igor Blaževič and the Czech NGO People in Need, the One World Festival presents over 100 documentary films during nine days in Spring from around the world. It is a founding member of the Human Rights Film Network, which brings together 33 festivals around the world.
In 2006, the festival received a Special Mention from UNESCO for its contribution to human rights and peace education. Three years later, in 2009, One World published a handbook entitled Setting Up a Human Rights Film Festival, which offers practical advice as well as case studies of prominent human rights events.
In 2011, the One World Festival was in its 13th year and took place from 8 – 17 March, presenting 104 documentaries from more than 40 countries around the world. The festival seeks to promote the best quality documentary films on social and political issues. Furthermore, it have been held in 33 other towns and cities throughout the Czech Republic. A selection of One World films is also presented in Brussels. One World is held under the
Individual festivals:2009 Reykjavík International Film Festival
Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF; Icelandic: Alþjóðleg kvikmyndahátíð í Reykjavík), is an international film festival held in Reykjavík, Iceland annually. The festival lasts 11 days each year and emphasizes young talents. One way of doing so is having a competitive category (named New Visions) exclusively limited to a director's first or second feature-length film. At each festival a number of awards are given out. The main award is the Discovery of the Year award, given by an international jury. The international federation of film critics FIPRESCI send a jury to RIFF from 2006. Also, the audience can vote for their favorite film from the whole programme. Lifetime achievement awards and creative excellency awards are given to well-known film directors who have achieved excellence in their work.
Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF) was founded in 2004 by a group of film enthusiasts and professionals with the goal of creating an annual international film festival in Reykjavik. The aim is to establish a major film event to enrich and enliven the local film culture, but moreover, to become an international attraction. We believe that by building up an innovative
Individual festivals:2003 RiverRun International Film Festival
The RiverRun International Film Festival is a regional film festival held annually each spring in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and presents a variety of feature-length and short films from all genres, and also presents special events, regional premieres of significant films, celebrity tributes, family events and classic retrospectives as well as panel discussions and parties.
Founded in 1998 by Gennaro and Beth D'Onofrio, the RiverRun International Film Festival got its name from the French Broad River near Brevard, North Carolina, where the festival was originally held. In 2003, Dale Pollock, a former film producer and then-Dean of the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, moved RiverRun to Winston-Salem, where it resides today as an independent arts organization dedicated to showcasing the best new films from independent, international and student filmmakers.
The Stony Brook Film Festival, produced by Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University, presents a program of new, independent films every summer since 1996. Features and short films from the U.S. and around the world are screened over ten days at Staller Center, which has been the venue since the Festival’s beginning. The festival is the brain child of the Staller Center's current Director Alan Inkles. The festival continues to gain momentum and has gathered a faithful following. The 2009 festival was expected to draw a crowd of over 15,000 people.
The 2009 Festival ran from July 23rd to Aug 1st, 2009 showing thirty-seven films in total. From fresh and inventive stories, intense character studies, impeccable direction and the highest production values in Independent Cinema, the Stony Brook Film Festival is a sought-after venue for filmmakers, sales agents, and distributors from around the world, who enjoy having their films shown on one of the region’s largest screens. Complementing the many U.S. indies, the 2009 Festival screened films from dozens of countries including Canada, Israel, China, Germany, Palestine, Spain and Japan.
The 2010 Festival, the 15th annual, was
The Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival (BHFF) is an annual event founded in 2003 and held in New York and since 2007 showcased at the Tribeca Cinemas Theatres. This Festival showcases the best of the Bosnian cinematography and also provides a platform for the international exposure for emerging Bosnian filmmakers. It showcases the best of the resurgent film production in Bosnia since the recent war, bringing the simplicity, soulfulness and the perennial dark humor of the Bosnian film to the American audiences. In addition to showcasing the Bosnian production films the festival also includes in their program films by other producers and directors that deal with historical, socio-political and cultural issues of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival is organized by not-for-profit organizations the Voice of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Inc. and the Academy of Bosnia and Herzegovina Inc.
On October 24, 2003, director Benjamin Filipović, a winner of the Grand Prix of Europe for Best Short Film and a former President of the Association of Filmmakers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, officially opened the first festival at the Two Boots Pioneer Theatre in East Village, one of
Cinemagic is an international children's film festival in Belfast, UK, and in Dublin, Ireland, founded in 1988 that bills itself as the World Screen Festival for young people. The organisation is a company Limited By Guarantee and a registered charity.
Cinemagic's patrons include Dermot O'Leary, Brian Cox and Julian Fellowes.
The East Lansing Film Festival is one of the large film festival in the state of Michigan. It screens over 100 films in five days, including several shorts programs. It is held yearly, usually in late March. The focus is to present a diverse selection of independent and foreign features, documentaries, shorts and student films.
The festival started in 1997 and continues with the help of the City of East Lansing and Michigan State University. The final day of the festival is devoted to Lake Michigan Film Competition which showcases films from Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.
An offshoot of the festival is the East Lansing Children's film Festival, usually held in late February or early March.
The festival is operated by the East Lansing Film Society. The ELFS screens films year-round on the MSU campus.
The International Freeski Film Festival (iF3) is a Film Festival dedicated to screening freeskiing movies. iF3 was created in 2007 by Pro Ski Photographer Felix Rioux, www.Newschoolers.com Publisher Doug Bishop and by Bite Size Entertainment's co-founder JF DuRocher. The film festival is held annually in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and in Annecy, France, concerning the Europe edition. As it premieres the world's best ski movies, iF3 is considered the Cannes film festival of Ski Movies. In addition to iF3 Montreal, the International Freeskiing Film Festival takes place in Annecy, France.
iF3’s mission grew from the need to unite all elements that compose freeski culture in one place, including cinematography, music and photography. iF3 is the biggest gathering of independent producers and directors in skiing, drawing event attendees from 20 countries. Participation has increased every year since the event's inception, proving that freeskiing is a growing sport.
"iF3 and its long list of powerhouse sponsors are reflections of a sport that is the fastest rising in skiing.” – Montreal Gazette
The rapidly growing freeski community joins together to share and exchange their passion for the
The Iranian Film Festival (IFF) is a film festival held annually in the Netherlands. Until now, the festival has taken place in Utrecht (2007), Rotterdam (2008), and in 2009 the festival will take place in filmtheatre De Fabriek in Zaandam.
The Iranian Film Festival focuses on the film culture of contemporary Iran. The festival mainly shows the work of young, independent Iranian filmmakers, who give their vision of Iran with special attention to political and social aspects of Iranian society. In 2006 the festival only lasted one day, but because of its success it was expanded to three days in 2007.
The Iranian Film Festival was set up by an independent organisation, that cooperates with independent filmmakers, distributors and production companies from Iran. In this manner, the organisation has the freedom to compose its own program. The director of the Iranian Film Festival is Parwin Roghyeh Mirrahimy.
The Iranian Film Festival has a diverse program consisting of films, documentaries, short films, video-clips, children's movies and animation. The festival also organizes discussions with the directors of the films, talk-shows, music performances and photo-exhibitions.
Individual festivals:2008 Locarno International Film Festival
The Film Festival Locarno is an international film festival held annually in August in the city of Locarno, Switzerland since 1946. After Cannes and Venice and together with Karlovy Vary, Locarno is the Film Festival with the longest history. The main feature of the festival is the open-air screening space in the astonishing Piazza Grande, with room for over 8,000 spectators, and with one of the largest open air screens in the world (26x14 metres).
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 outstanding career achievements, and the Prix du Public UBS, the public choice award.
The Locarno Film Festival is well known worldwide to be a festival of discovery. Throughout its history the festival has discovered new trends and launched the career of numerous directors and actors. Although the festival aims at the films, rather than at stars and glamour, several well-known personalities of the international film industry have been to the Locarno International Film Festival in recent years. To name just a few: Willem Dafoe, Terry Gilliam, Anthony Hopkins, Aki Kaurismäki, Abbas
Individual festivals:2008 Montreal World Film Festival
The Montreal World Film Festival (WFF) (French: le Festival des Films du Monde; alternative official name Montreal International Film Festival, not commonly used), founded in 1977, is one of Canada's oldest international film festivals and the only competitive film festival in North America accredited by the FIAPF (although the Toronto International Film Festival is North America's only accredited non-competitive festival). The public festival is held annually in late August in the city of Montreal in Quebec. Unlike the Toronto International Film Festival, its counterpart in (prominently) English-speaking Canada, the Montreal World Film Festival focuses on various kinds of films from all over the world, while the former features not just international films, but also more of a focus on Canadian films (including Quebec) and other North American films.
The World Film Festival is organised in various sections:
Prior to the beginning of each event, the Festival’s board of directors appoints the juries who hold sole responsibility for choosing which films will receive the blessing of a WFF award. Jurors are chosen from a wide range of international artists, based on their body of work
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amberFestival is running as an annual festival since 2007. It is the only event of its kind in Turkey since it's inception takes places in İstanbul, in the second week of November. Hosted more than 200 artists and researchers with their works in the last four years. www.amberplatform.org
Individual festivals:2005 Vancouver International Film Festival
The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) is an annual film festival held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for two weeks in late September and early October. The festival began in 1982 and is operated by the Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society, a provincially registered non-profit and federally registered charitable organization.
Both in terms of admissions and number of films screened (152,000 and 386 respectively in 2011) VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America. The festival annually screens films from approximately 80 countries on 10 screens. The international line-up includes the pick of the world’s top film fests and many undiscovered gems.
Three main programming platforms make VIFF unique: The Festival screens the largest selection of East Asian films outside of that region, the Festival is one of the biggest showcases of Canadian film in the world and VIFF has one of the a largest nonfiction program outside of a Documentary Film Festival.
Attracting a large, attentive and enthusiastic audience of film lovers, the festival remains accessible, friendly and culturally diverse. As the critics say, VIFF is very much a festival
The 'International Festival of Animated Films AniFest is an international festival of animated films held annually in the Czech Republic. It was established in 2002 and has attracted more than twenty-thousand guests per year.
It is a specialized competition festival of animated production for film professionals, artists and animation lovers that builds on the famous tradition of Czech animated film and offers a unique opportunity to become familiar with the best of contemporary world and Czech animation work. In addition to the competitive and non-competitive film events, the festival includes various theatre performances, exhibitions, concerts and discussions, parties and other cultural and social events.
In 2010, Anifest will be held in the North Bohemian city of Teplice. The 2010 fesitival will mark the 100th birthday of legendary film director Karel Zeman and will show almost 400 animated films. The AniFest 2010 juries will consist of personalities from the world of animation, including distinguished film directors, film artists, film historians and university professors from around the word.
River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival is an annual film festival in Florence, Italy that showcases independent and low-budget Indian films. It is under the patronage of the Embassy of India in Italy and is the first film festival in the world entirely devoted to films from and about India.
The festival, founded and run by Selvaggia Velo, is supported by Mediateca Regionale Toscana-Film Commission as part of the Cinquanta Giorni di Cinema Internazionale a Firenze. The 2010 festival took place from 3 to 9 December at Odeon, a 1920s-style theatre located in the heart of Florence.
The first edition of the River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival took place in October 2001 in Florence, Italy, as the first festival in the world totally devoted to Indian cinema and films about India, including Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Indian cinema had been recognized outside of its country of origin, but the Golden Lion won by Mira Nair with Monsoon Wedding at the Venice Film Festival in 2001 inspired new interest on an international level. Indian cinema has traditionally been best known for the mainstream masala films of Bollywood; the goal of the River to River. Florence
Terror Film Festival is an international and independent film festival that showcases films and screenplays in the horror genre of filmmaking. It is located in Philadephia, Pennsylvania. The awards are known as Claw Awards.
ViBGYOR Film Festival is an international short and documentary film festival held annually in Thrissur City in Kerala state of India. ViBGYOR Film Festival is organised by ViBGYOR Film collective, a coalition of Chetana Media Institute, Nottam Traveling Film Festival, Navachitra Film Society, Visual Search, Moving Republic, Cense, GAIA, with the support of Thrissur Municipal Corporation, Zilla Panchayath, Federation of Film Societies of India, Kerala Chalachitra Academy, Information & Public Relations, ActionAid India, ICCO-South Asia and other various Film Societies.
The ViBGYOR Film Festival is the largest alternate film festival in South Asia. It is a five-day long film festival held every year at the Sangeetha Nataka Akademy Campus in , Thrissur. Celebrating Identities and Diversities is the central theme of ViBGYOR. VIBGYOR have 3 type film packages as listed blow
Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Music Video and Short films.
Extremefilmmaker's 48 Hour Film Festival is a film festival in Los Angeles where filmmakers shoot and edit movies in 48 hours. (They are permitted to write the movies beforehand.)
What became the Extreme Filmmaker 48 Hour Film Festival began with a small group of friends who worked at a small visual effects company in Hollywood. They would sit around during their breaks and talk about making movies, but none of them actually got around to doing it. They challenged each other to a contest to see who could make the best movie in 48 hours... the goal being to get them to actually start doing what they had been talking about for years... making movies. Originally called simply "The 48 Hour Film Festival," the first showing in the upstairs office of the effects company contained only seven movies.
With the second festival, friends of the original filmmakers were also involved in making films and the screening was moved to a larger screening room at a post production facility. After that, Mark Kochinski, who had done much of the work of setting up the festivals joined with his long-time buddies Keith Matz and John Parenteau and took the project public, allowing filmmakers from around the
Individual festivals:2008 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival
The Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival (Turkish: Antalya Altın Portakal Film Festivali) is a film festival, held annually since 1963 in Antalya, is the most important national film festival in Turkey. Since 2009, the event, which takes place in the autumn months at the Antalya Cultural Center (Antalya Kültür Merkezi, AKM), has been organised solely by the Antalya Foundation for Culture and Arts (Antalya Kültür Sanat Vakfı, AKSAV) and has included an international section within the main body of the festival. The most recent edition of the festival was the 48th International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival (October 8–14, 2011).
The cultural activities like concerts and theater plays, which started to take place in the 1950s at the historical Aspendos Amphitheatre, formed headstone of the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival today. These events held in the summer months under the honorary patronage of Dr. Avni Tolunay, found ever increasing interest of people and became traditional until the beginning of 1960s. In 1963, the festivities turned into a film festival with the initiation Dr. Avni Tolunay, who became the mayor of Antalya that year. As the logo of the film festival was
CineVegas was a film festival held annually at the Palms Casino Resort in Paradise, Nevada that ran from 1999 to 2009, typically in early June. Robin Greenspun serves as the Festival president, and Trevor Groth serves as artistic director. Actor Dennis Hopper was the chairman of the Festival's creative advisory board from 2004 until his death in 2010.
Over the past decade, CineVegas has established itself as one of the fastest growing film festivals in the world, with profiles in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Time magazine. CineVegas was mentioned as one of the top 5 festivals to visit by Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper and was also named one of the top 5 gem festivals in the world by Variety, one of the top 12 film festivals in North America by San Francisco Magazine, and one of the top 7 events occurring in Las Vegas by LA Weekly. Combining world premiere films and independent cinema with celebrity honorees and panel discussions about filmmakers, writers, and talent, at night CineVegas also hosts parties in locations as diverse as bowling alleys, rooftops, and shark reefs.
CineVegas has hosted the world premieres of such films as Land of the Dead, Spun, Bubba
The Cologne Conference is an international Film and Television Festival that takes place annually in Cologne, Germany. With about 10.000 visitors, the Cologne Conference is considered as the best attended festival of its kind worldwide. Screenings of independent films as well as debates on media politics and media aesthetic complement the event.
The Cologne Conference was founded in 1991 by journalist and media researcher Lutz Hachmeister while he was the head of the Adolf-Grimme-Institut. In addition to the Grimme-Preis, a national award, an international television festival was originated.
The TV festival was part of German media convention mediaforum nrw; but it soon developed a momentum of its own and an international reputation. In 1993, the competitive festival section "TopTen" was established, which was, in 2001, divided into two sections, one section for fictional TV and one for documentary TV. In 2007, these two categories were recombined to one category, the "TopTen" section. In the same year, the second competitive festival section "Look", which presents visually extraordinary film and television productions, was created. In 2009, the competitive festival section "Kino"
Individual festivals:2009 Los Angeles Film Festival
The Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by the Los Angeles Times is an event held annually in June (lasting for 10 days) in downtown Los Angeles, California. The Los Angeles Film Festival began as the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival (LAIFF) in 1995. The first LAIFF took place over the course of five days in a single location: historic Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. In 1996, the LAIFF expanded to include the Directors Guild of America. The LAIFF ran for six years, until it was absorbed by Film Independent (formerly IFP/LA) in 2001. At its height, the LAIFF attracted 19,000 attendees. Today, the Los Angeles Film Festival attracts more than 90,000.
It showcases independent, international, feature, documentary and short films, as well as music videos.
With an attendance of more than 90,000 people, it screens more than 100 feature films. The event also includes world premieres of films such as Disney/Pixar's "Brave", and a variety of panels, seminars, and free outdoor screenings.
The Festival features signature programs including the exclusive Filmmaker Retreat hosted by a veteran film director. In 2010, the Filmmaker Retreat was hosted by Kathryn Bigelow. In 2011, it was hosted
Individual festivals:2009 Mezipatra Queer Film Festival
Mezipatra is a Czech specialized film festival screening films with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender theme.
The name Mezipatra in Czech means "mezzanine", i.e. the space between individual floors: a symbolic space for meeting of all kinds of people, regardless of their particularities. Main organizer of the festival is STUD Brno, civic association of gays, lesbians and friends.
The Czech GLBT Film Festival was founded in 2000. The first edition of the festival, then named ‘Duha nad Brnem’ (Rainbow over Brno), introduced 8 feature and documentary films, 3 theatre performances and 3 fine art exhibitions to an audience of 800. The third edition, under its new title Mezipatra, expanded from Brno to Prague.
The fifth edition stressed the international ambitions of the festival by growing attendance of international artist. 8,000 viewers attended 67 film screenings and other 20 events – theatre performances, stage readings, exhibitions and music performances. The festival experienced a further expansion – the first Echoes took place in Hradec Králové.
The sixth edition took place in Brno, Prague and for the first time in Český Těšín. 90% of films were introduced as Czech premieres.
Individual festivals:2009 San Francisco International Film Festival
San Francisco International Film Festival (abbreviated as SFIFF) is the oldest continuously running film festival in the Americas. Organized by the San Francisco Film Society, the International is held each spring for two weeks, presenting an average of 150 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.
Since its inception, the International has grown to serve over 80,000 patrons, with screenings held in San Francisco, Berkeley, and the Peninsula. Graham Leggat became the executive director of the festival on October 17, 2005. The Scottish-born Leggat died on August 25, 2011 from cancer, aged 51.
The 55th annual festival will take place April 19 to May 3, 2012 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, the Castro Theatre, New People Cinema, and SFMOMA in San Francisco and the Pacific Film Archive Theater in Berkeley.
Founded in 1957 by film exhibitor Irving "Bud" Levin, the SFIFF began as a philanthropic effort to secure San Francisco's place in the international arts scene as well as expose locals to cinema as an art form. The Festival played a major role in
The TromaDance Film Festival is a free annual independent film festival organized by Troma Entertainment. Founded in 1999, TromaDance was originally held in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah, operating concurrently alongside the Sundance Film Festival in order to showcase an independent alternative to Sundance's perceived mainstream offerings. Since 2010, TromaDance has relocated to various locations throughout New Jersey.
TromaDance advertises itself as "the first and only film festival of the people, for the people, and by the people", dedicated to "bringing independent art back to the people". In direct opposition to Sundance, TromaDance doesn't charge an entry fee for filmmakers to submit their films and doesn't charge admission fees for people to attend the film screenings. Although Troma themselves are notorious for their violent low-budget horror films, TromaDance showcases both shorts and features of varying genres and formats, including comedy, drama, documentary, animation and experimental film, though horror, fantasy and sci-fi usually make up a significant portion of the entries.
TromaDance is primarily funded by donations, and the festival's employees and volunteers
The VCU French Film Festival, an annual film festival held in Richmond, Virginia, focused on recently-produced French-language films.
It was created at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1993. It is billed as the largest festival of French film in the United States. Since then, it has welcomed a delegation totaling 160 directors, producers, actors, film scholars, critics, and French government officials. At the 2004 Festival, the Festival’s founders and directors, Drs. Peter and Françoise Ravaux-Kirkpatrick, were decorated as “Chevaliers de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres,” a high honor in the arts in France, and in 2011, the Médaille Beaumarchais by the French Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques.
The festival usually takes place the last weekend of March, during which the city is filled with French speakers and aficionados of French cinema. It is held at the historic Byrd Theatre. At the 2010 Festival, there were approximately 22,000 attendees/tickets sold.
The festival is host to a variety of French films, both short and feature-length. French directors and starring actors engage the audience in question and answer sessions following the screening of their films.
The Big Mountain Short Film Festival is a short film festival based in Ohakune, New Zealand designed to encourage and celebrate creative short film making and storytelling. Entry is free and open to filmmakers internationally, who are encouraged to use maximum creativity on minimum budget. In addition to screening short films, the festival also features professional guest speakers offering tips and techniques on an assortment of topics of particular interest to low and no-budget filmmakers.
The festival was run as a three-day event in 2006 and 2007, before being reformatted as a single-day event, beginning in 2008.
The first annual Big Mountain Short Film Festival was held on October 20–22, 2006 at the Ohakune Cinema on Goldfinch Street in Ohakune. It was co-founded by filmmakers Jeff Bollow and Bret Gibson as a way to encourage and inspire filmmaking in New Zealand.
From the beginning, the Big Mountain Short Film Festival was conceived as an entirely free event, both for filmmakers submitting their films, and for audiences attending the festival.
The festival screened 34 short films from 14 countries, 6 educational interviews with industry professionals, the full presentation of
The Cambridge Film Festival is one of the biggest film festivals in the UK. The festival historically took place during early July, but now takes place annually during September (13–-23 in 2012) in Cambridge.
Established in 1977 and re-launched in 2001, the Cambridge Film Festival is renowned for showing an international selection of films that have debuted at category ‘A’ film festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival, alongside a broad range of specialist interest sidebars. The Festival is also notable for its accessibility – all films are open to the public to watch.
Typically in recent years the sidebars have included an older archive retrospective and a more recent independent section. For example in 2005 the Festival showed a retrospective of the works of Soviet documentary maker Dziga Vertov alongside a season of a Studio Ghibli films.
The Festival takes place in Cambridge’s three-screened Arts Picturehouse, a local arts cinema run by City Screen. Since 2005 the Festival has expanded to other venues in addition, which have included the nearby Cambridge Cineworld multiplex, arts venue The Junction, and Sawston Cinema. Some special outdoor
ICon is an Israeli Science Fiction and Fantasy fan convention held annually in the Tel Aviv Cinemateque during the Sukkot holiday. The name ICon is a shortening of the phrase Israeli Convention. The first ICon was held in 1998 and was presented as a convention. The earlier ICons lasted for 3 days each, but with the increasing demand, they started lengthening, and to attract more people, it was changed from convention to festival. However, the name ICon remained. ICon 2006 was 5 days long and held about 5000 visitors every day.
The festival is the biggest fan convention in Israel and features lectures, movies, stage play, roleplay, dealer tables and other activities. Each ICon has a main theme and is visited by a famous guest from abroad; past guests include science fiction author Orson Scott Card and fantasy authors Guy Gavriel Kay, Steven Brust and Neil Gaiman. In addition, since 1999, the Geffen Award for original and translated science fiction and fantasy literature has been given during the festival. In former years, it featured a battling ring, where people could fight each other using soft LARP weapons. However, this activity was disallowed for security reasons.
Individual festivals:2010 New York Asian Film Festival
The New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) was first held in 2002, growing out of the previous year's New York Korean Film Festival (which, in turn, was born from two previous year's of presenting Hong Kong retrospective film festivals). Programmed and operated by Subway Cinema, the festival generally features contemporary premieres and classic titles from Eastern Asia and Southeast Asia (particularly Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, China, and Thailand), though South Asian cinema has also been represented via films from India and Pakistan. Genres favored by the festival tend toward Horror film, Gangster/Crime, Martial Arts, and Action.
Until 2007, the festival was held annually at the Anthology Film Archives and/or The ImaginAsian, usually around the end of June and early July. In 2007, the festival moved to the IFC Center and Japan Society, and in 2010, the Lincoln Center became the festival's primary home, though select screenings are also still held at the Japan Society, IFC Center, and Anthology Film Archives. The festival is famous among locals for its prize giveaways and eccentric movie introductions.
Starting in 2008, in addition to the Audience Award, the festival also handed
Individual festivals:2009 Silverdocs Film Festival
AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival is an American international film festival created by the American Film Institute and Discovery Channel. It is held every year in Silver Spring, Maryland near Washington, D.C.. Started in 2003, the festival is held for eight days in June at the AFI Silver and Discovery Communications World Headquarters. Silverdocs is dedicated to showcasing the best in documentary films.
Silverdocs also offers the concurrent 5-day International Documentary Conference, the largest professional conference of its kind in the U.S. It explores the business of documentary filmmaking with 1,200 industry participants and 80 workshops, seminars and networking events. The Conference brings together business leaders, filmmakers, broadcasters, distributors and funders from both established and emerging media markets.
Silverdocs bestows awards valued at over $80,000 in cash and prizes. Awards & Grants include:
AOL Vice Chairman Emeritus Ted Leonsis, BET Co-Founder Sheila Johnson, former Vice President Al Gore, Academy Award-winning filmmakers Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, Barbara Kopple, LeBron James, and Alex Gibney.
BBC, CPB, Discovery Channel, TLC,
The British Urban Film Festival (BUFF) was formed in July 2005 to showcase urban independent cinema in the absence of any such state-sponsored activity in the UK.
Supported by filmmakers and British actors, the organisation was set up by Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe and established as BUFF Enterprises Ltd.
BUFF bears no relation to the BUFF film festival established in Malmo, Sweden. The London-based organisation was initially created in partnership with organisations like The Screen.Biz (UK) and The Hip-Hop Association (USA) to mobilise & develop young, up and coming homegrown British urban talent in the independent film & TV sector. With offices in east London, the company has also devised projects including 'The Search for BUFF', a reality-TV-talent contest designed to find people who 'look buff' who are then 'appointed' as ambassadors to promote the annual British Urban Film Festival. Filmed on location across the UK, the pilot was screened at the headquarters of ITV in London's South Bank and made its Christmas Day broadcast debut on BEN Television in December 2005. The first series aired from January - April 2006. The second series also aired on BEN Television from May - August
The Bentley Film Festival, also known as The Bentley's, is a film festival held annually on December 3 in Kansas City, Missouri. The festival encourages short, uncut films to be shown as original productions.
The Bentley Film Festival first started on December 3, 1993, in Kansas City, Missouri. It is a project that is funded by Independent Filmmaker's Coalition of Kansas City. The IFC requires contestants to use Super 8 mm film and Bentley Cameras (hence the name) so that everyone has an equal opportunity to show their work. The contestants are required to have a three minute, unedited, and undeveloped film which incorporates original and creative work.
The $100 Film Festival is an independent film festival that runs for three days every March at the Plaza Theatre near downtown Calgary, Alberta. The festival showcases films in all genres by local and regional independent artists who enjoy working with traditional film.
Created in 1992 by the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (CSIF), the $100 Film Festival started as a challenge for area filmmakers to a make low budget movie using Super8 film for less than $100. In later years, the CSIF changed the rules to allow filmmakers to work with 16 mm film and an increased budget. The $100 Film Festival still works to embody the spirit of low-budget film making and has become a popular event in Calgary.
Individual festivals:2009 Hamptons International Film Festival
Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) is an event that was founded as a celebration of independent film, in a variety of forms, and to provide a forum for independent filmmakers with differing global perspectives. The festival places a particular emphasis upon new filmmakers with a diversity of ideas, as a means to not only provide public exposure for festival content and its creators, but to also inspire and enlighten audiences. HIFF 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 (US). Approximately 18,000 visitors attend each festival and close to a hundred films are featured each year, including an annual representation of at least twenty countries and an awards package worth over USD$200,000. The festival has presented films that have subsequently been considered highly successful productions; the 2008 event featured eventual winners of the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and Independent Spirit Award "Best Picture" accolades, and the 2011 season consisted of 24 Academy Award nominations.
The festival is also significantly involved with other events during the remainder of the
Individual festivals:2008 Montreal International Festival du Nouveau Cinéma
The Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC) was known as the Montreal Festival of New Cinema and New Media (FCMM) until 2004. Founded in 1971, by Claude Chamberlan and Dimitri Eipides, it is an annual independent film festival held in Montreal and features independent films from around the world. Over 160,000 people make their way to Montreal to attend the prestigious festival each year. The festival is an Academy Award qualifying festival for short films.
In 2004 Daniel Langlois, director of FNC since 1999, left the organization to begin the Festival International de Films de Montréal (known in English as New Montreal FilmFest), which was initiated and created with the support of SODEC (Société de développement des entreprises culturelles) and Telefilm Canada after a dispute between these Canadian government sponsors and the Montreal World Film Festival.
Langlois initially programmed the Festival International de Films de Montréal (New Montreal FilmFest) to coincide with the Montreal Festival of New Cinema and New Media (FCMM). According to press reports pertaining to the controversy between the Montreal World Film Festival and the New Montreal FilmFest, Langlois planned to merge the two
The Port Townsend Film Festival was started in 1999 by a group of volunteers in Port Townsend, Washington, United States. The festival is billed annually as "A film lover's block party celebrating great films and filmmakers."
In addition to Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne, who is a regular festival guest, the following people have made noteworthy appearances at the event:
The non-profit Port Townsend Film Institute was formed to promote the festival.
With the efforts of more than two hundred local volunteers, the festival made its debut on September 22, 2000. Taylor Street in downtown Port Townsend was closed off three days to make way for a giant Turner Classic Movies outdoor cinema. In the first year, the festival screened 24 documentaries, features and shorts in three venues. Recent years have seen more than 50 features shown throughout the weekend event.
The Port Townsend Film Festival founders were called Jim Ewing, Rocky Friedman, Jim Westall, and Linda Marie Yakush, all of them veteran attendees at the Telluride Film Festival in Telluride, Colorado. That festival served as the model for the Port Townsend event. The founders began their initial planning in September
Individual festivals:2008 Calgary International Film Festival
The Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) is a film festival held annually in Calgary, Alberta, Canada for ten days in late September and early October. CIFF celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2009.
As of September 2009, CIFF films were screened at the following venues in Calgary, in the community of Kensington, as well as the City Centre, respectively:
As is typical with Film Festivals, there are a number of different categories of films screened, with the films being grouped into series by genre or country of production, including World Cinema, Shorts, Late Night features (typically of the horror genre) and "Hump Night", held on a Wednesday during the festival and featuring films of a more suggestive nature.
Introduced to the festival in 2009 is the "Mavericks" series, exhibiting the work of ten emerging filmmakers from around the world, culminating in the awarding of a $25,000 prize to the selected filmmaker.
The Adelaide Film Festival is a biennial and non-competitive film festival held (on alternating years to the Adelaide Festival of Arts) over two weeks in late February, in Adelaide, South Australia.
First established in May 2002, by South Australian Premier Hon. Mike Rann to stimulate the local film industry and celebrate the 30th anniversary of the South Australian Film Corporation, the festival showcases and explores contemporary screen culture with a program of screenings, special events and forum sessions.
In 2005, the festival was held in collaboration with both the Australian International Documentary Conference and WOMADelaide.
The AFF has a strong focus on local South Australian and Australian produced content, with the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund (AFFIF) introduced after the 2003 festival to establish a fund for equity investment in Australian films, of $500,000 per year for two years.
In 2009 the festival was held from 19 February til 1 March.
The AAF is featured in Variety Magazine's Top 50 unmissable film festivals around the world.
On Friday 21 October 2011 it was announced that former Film Victoria chief executive Sandra Sdraulig had been appointed chair
The Asia Pacific Film Festival, first held in 1954, is film festival held annually in an Asian country designated by the Board of Directors of the Federation of Motion Picture Producers in Asia-Pacific.
Awards are handed out for:
Special Jury Awards may also be handed out.
Flickerfest is an Australian, Academy Award-accredited short film festival. Founded in 1992 at Balmain High School which is now called Sydney Secondary College Balmain Campus, it is held every January in Sydney. The films then go on tour throughout Australia. The Festival Director is currently Bronwyn Kidd, and the festival is held on Bondi Beach.
GOTHAM SCREEN is the newest addition to New York City's film festival scene.
After its debut in 2007 as a screenplay contest, Gotham Screen, or GSIFF International Film Festival, has been expanded to showcase shorts and feature films. This year's festival will take place in downtown Manhattan, at the Quad Cinema, from October 4-14, 2012.
This festival gives filmmakers the chance to have their work shown and critically judged in New York. Gotham Screen specializes in fresh voices and perspectives from local, national and international filmmakers. The mission of the festival is to create a positive industry and audience exposure for works that would otherwise not easily get seen. The concurrently held screenplay contest also holds regular readings throughout the year.
The festival's International Showcase will this year host a selection of European, Middle Eastern and Asian feature films, shorts and documentaries, while the New American Cinema section brings the latest in US shorts and independents.
The GOTHAM SCREEN film festival showcases new feature, documentary and short films from independent, first- or second-time directors as well as international releases making their East
Individual festivals:2003 South by Southwest Film Festival
South by Southwest (SXSW) is a set of film, interactive and music festivals and conferences that take place every spring (usually in March) in Austin, Texas, United States. SXSW began in 1987, and has continued to grow in size every year. In 2011, the conference lasted for 10 days, with SXSW Interactive lasting for five, Music for six, and Film running concurrently for nine days.
South by Southwest is run by a company, called SXSW Inc., that plans and executes conferences, trade shows, festivals and other events. In addition to the three main South by Southwest festivals, the company runs two other conferences, both also in Austin: SXSWedu, a conference on educational innovation, since 2011; and SXSW Eco, an environmental conference, also since 2011.
SXSW Music is one of the largest music festivals in the United States, with more than 2,000 performers playing in more than 90 venues. SXSW Music offers artist-provided music and video samples of featured artists at each festival via their official YouTube channel.
SXSW Film is a film festival, focusing on new directing talent.
SXSW Interactive is focused on emerging technology, a focus which has earned the festival a reputation as a
Individual festivals:2009 Melbourne International Film Festival
The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is an annual film festival held over three weeks in Melbourne, Australia. It was founded in 1951, making it one of the oldest in the World.
MIFF is a member of Melbourne's four major film festivals line up, which also include the Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF), Melbourne Queer Film Festival (MQFF) and Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF).
The current Festival Director is Michelle Carey, and its ambassadors include: actors Eric Bana and Geoffrey Rush, director Fred Schepisi and documentarian Morgan Spurlock.
The 60th festival took place between 22 July and 7 August in 2011.
MIFF is the largest film festival in Australia with approximately 400 films screened from more than 50 different countries, as well as the World's largest showcase of Australian cinema. It is also the most attended film festival in Australia with over 182,000 admissions (2007 estimate). In 2007, it contributed more than A$8 million to the Melbourne economy.
The festival is currently accredited by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Australian Film Institute and British Academy of Film and Television Arts. It is also
Pluk de Nacht is an Open Air Film Festival based in Amsterdam. Every summer the Open Air Film Festival Amsterdam presents a selection of unreleased independent arthouse cinema, documentary, animation and shorts, attracting both film enthousiasts and professionals. Films are projected in the open air on a beautiful old harbour location in the centre of Amsterdam. Admission to all festival activities and screenings is free.
The Open Air Film Festival Amsterdam was founded in 2003 by a group of young film professionals. Dissatisfied by seeing wonderful works of cinematic art not being picked up by Dutch distributors and cinemas, they started a film festival aimed at finding new audiences for these films.
The first edition of the festival started on Friday the 15th of August. During 8 days the to following films where screened:
The second edition took place from 5 till the 29th of August 2004. The following films where screened:
The third edition of the festival started the 25th of August. During 11 days the to following films where screened:
Digital film festivals emerged in the mid to late 1990s, to showcase artists and filmmakers utilizing the nascent tools of desktop digital filmmaking.
Digital films and animation are now commonly found in mainstream film festivals, but these events laid the groundwork for pioneering works in the area as useful nexus points for digital artists and debates on digital distribution and creation.
The earliest digital film festivals included the MiniDV Festival (now called The Digital Video Festival) in Los Angeles, Low Res (later to split into the DFilm and RESFest events), onedotzero, and Exploding Cinema (the International Film Festival Rotterdam digital cinema sidebar). Other digital film festivals include .Mov (Japan), Darklight (Ireland), Bifilm (Germany), MP4Fest at Silver Lake Film Festival (Los Angeles, CA), l0110 (India), Clone (Norway), as well as onedotzero's international network of events across 60 cities worldwide, among others.
These festivals stretch the traditional boundaries of 'film festivals' by including hybrid works from internet art, web animation, computer and video gaming, streaming video, music video, etc.
The Sarajevo Film Festival is the premier and largest film festival in the Balkans, and is one of the largest in Europe. It was founded in Sarajevo in 1995 during the siege of Sarajevo, and brings international and local celebrities to Sarajevo every year. It is held in August and showcases an extensive variety of feature and short films from around the world. The current director of the festival is Mirsad Purivatra, former CEO of the Bosnian branch of McCann Erickson.
The first Sarajevo Film Festival was held from 25 October to 5 November 1995. At that time, the siege of Sarajevo was still going on, and attendance projections were very low. However, a surprising 15,000 people came to see the films, of which there were 37 from 15 different countries. The festival grew at a remarkable pace now being the most prominent film festival in South-East Europe, attracting tens of thousands of people a year, as well as foreign celebrities such as U2's Bono, Willem Dafoe, and Angelina Jolie.
The Sarajevo Film Festival has been hosted at the National Theater, with screenings at the Open-air theater Metalac and the Bosnian Cultural Center, all located in downtown Sarajevo and has been attended
The Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival (SICAF, Korean: 서울 국제 만화 애니메이션 페스티벌) is an annual showcase festival of animation, cartoon and related art genres held in Seoul, South Korea since 1995. It is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and the city of Seoul. The main mascots are "Bummy" (버미) the tiger (after the original Korean word "bum(범)", which means tiger), and "Tanko" (땡고추, very hot chili pepper).
The festival has exhibitions, showing of animation films, promotion booths and various special events. There are an official competition section and invited guest section. Awards are given to the categories of long animation, short animation, TV & commissioned works, and internet animation. Online popularity votes are held as well. Grand prix winning animations include Hungary's The District! (2005), Japan's Tokyo Marble Chocolate (2008), and the Irish-Belge-French The Secret of Kells (2009).
Among notable SICAF events was a 2003 performance by Ferenc Cakó, a Hungarian sand animation artist, which has been widely distributed online.
The Solothurn Film Festival (SFT) is the most important festival for Swiss film productions. Founded in 1966, the annual festival presents a representative selection of Swiss feature, documentary and short film productions in the Swiss Panorama program. In a series of public talks and panel discussions, the audience meets with members of the film industry to discuss the screened film and the film culture in Switzerland. With over 57,000 visitors every year, the Solothurn Film Festival ranks among the most renowned cultural events in Switzerland.
The 48th Solothurn Film Festival will take place from January 24 – 31, 2013.
The Solothurn Film Festival ranks among the oldest film festivals in Switzerland and is the most important festival for Swiss film productions. In 1966 the Solothurn Film Guild organised a conference called “Swiss film today.” The aim was to generate new ideas and inspiration for young, independent Swiss filmmakers. From this evolved the association called “Schweizerische Gesellschaft Solothurner Filmtage” (SGSF), which is responsible for organising the festival.
Although the Solothurn Film Festival has already existed for nearly half a century, there have only
Individual festivals:2009 Stockholm International Film Festival
The Stockholm International Film Festival (Swedish: Stockholms filmfestival) is an annual film festival held in Stockholm, Sweden. It was launched in 1990 and has been held every year in the second half of November. The film voted by a jury as the best in the competition section receives the Bronze Horse (Bronshästen).
The following films have received the top honour at the festival, the Bronze Horse for best film.
The Toronto International Teen Movie Festival (ITMF) was a Canadian film festival that showcased the works of talented youth from Canada and around the world.
The festival was held twice - in 2001 and 2002. YoungCuts Inc. acquired the festival in late 2004 and held the 2005 edition October 24 to 30, 2005 in Toronto. The festival has been renamed the "YoungCuts Film Festival".
ITMF past sponsors included Levis, Grand and Toy, Guess, The Gulf Islands Film & Television School, Indie Access.ca, MTV Canada (now called Razer), MuchMusic, Toronto Star, Trebas Institute, Warner Brothers Pictures.
The Ann Arbor Film Festival is an annual film festival held in Ann Arbor in the U.S. state of Michigan. Established in 1963, it is the third-oldest film festival in North America (after the Columbus International Film & Video Festival, 1953; and the San Francisco International Film Festival, 1957); and the oldest experimental film festival. It has become one of the premier film festivals for independent and, especially, experimental filmmakers to showcase their work. Now in its 49th year, the Ann Arbor Film Festival attracts over 2,500 entries from filmmakers in more than 60 countries, and distributes over $18,000 in cash awards. As a pioneer of the traveling festival concept in 1964, each year the Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour continues to present a collection of short films at more than 30 art house theaters, universities, galleries and cinematheques throughout the world.
Created as an alternative to commercial cinema, the annual week-long festival remains true to its original mission of promoting film as an art form. The Ann Arbor Film Festival also fosters the growth of emerging and established film and video makers. The festival is open to film and video of all lengths and
The Cascade Festival of African Films is held in Portland, Oregon, USA, in honor of Black History Month. The festival was founded in 1991. This free festival presents a variety of feature and documentary films from the African continent.
The Chicago International REEL Shorts Festival is an annual short film competition and screening put on by Project Chicago. The festival was founded by Scott Rudolph and Nels Dahlquist. Held annually, this three-day event plays host to more than 150 films (all under 35 minutes) from many countries throughout the world.
In 2004 and 2005 the 3 Penny Cinema, in Chicago's Lincoln Park district, was the main venue. In 2006 REEL Shorts moved to the historic Davis Theatre in Lincoln Square. In 2007, 2009. 2009 Columbia College came on as a presenting sponsor and the festival is to be held at Columbia's Film Row Theatre.
Festival dates: September 17-19
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The Gold Coast Film Festival is an annual film festival held at Robina Town Centre on Australia's Gold Coast.
The festival first presented in August 2002, with Oscar-winning visual effects specialist John Cox as one of the co-founders.
Modelled on the Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film, Gold Coast Film Fantastic showcases the many genres of fantasy film, including science fiction, horror, special effects, animation, anime and children’s fantasy together with sidebar events. The festival is open to the public.
The dates for the 2005 Film Fantastic were 21 - 24 of July and hosted many international films, events and workshops, and various other film related activities.
Flicker Film Festival is an ongoing film festival that happens in many cities around the world. This non-competitive film screening series is dedicated to giving local filmmakers an outlet and forum for their Super 8 and 16 mm short films.
The George Lindsey/UNA Film Festival was established in 1998 by George Lindsey, most well known as the actor that played "Goober Pyle" on The Andy Griffith Show. It takes place annually in the spring in Florence, Alabama at the University of North Alabama.
The Ignite Film Festival is a Christian short film festival held annually in Sydney, Australia. The major goal of the festival is to develop young Christian film makers and to encourage people to be creative about communicating the truths of the Bible. Each film is no longer than five minutes and includes the theme for the year.
Each year, Ignite Film Festival has a theme of an item or action being incorporated in the entry films to ensure that they are unique.
There are quite a number of music video festivals around the world, but none in Russia... So, Tour de Film and Loud Media decided to change such a sad statistics and organize The 1st International Music Video Festival MUSEEK which will be held between November 14th and 23rd, 2008 in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. The story began last year when we’ve compiled a music video program with the same name and showed it to the fellow people of Saint-Petersburg. They liked it. So did we. Then we started thinking of making a festival of our own. And here’s the result of our work. MUSEEK is a first ever music video festival in Russia! A week of festival screenings in Rodina Cinema and Achtung Baby club will include the best music videos from Russia and abroad as well as retrospectives, concerts, highlights from our partners, curated programs, audiovisual performances and much more. As for the «music video» - we do not denote it as a promo for a band. The only thing we want from the films is that the image should greatly coincide with the music. We’d love to see something creative and experimental!
Individual festivals:2008 Shanghai International Film Festival
The Shanghai International Film Festival (Chinese: 上海国际电影节, French: Festival international du film de Shanghai), abbreviated SIFF, is one of the largest film festivals in East Asia.
Along with Tokyo International Film Festival, the SIFF is one of the biggest film festivals in Asia. The first festival was held from October 7 to 14, 1993, and was held biennially until 2001. In 2003 there was no festival due to the SARS outbreak. Since its beginning in 1993, Shanghai International Film Festival has grown to become China’s only A-category international film festival. SIFF organized by Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture, Radio, Film & TV and Shanghai Media & Entertainment Group.
It awards several "Golden Goblet" Awards (Chinese: 金爵; pinyin: Jin Jue) for best film, best director, best actor/actress, and other categories, as well as a "Special Jury Award."
SIFF Mart consists of the Film Market, China Film Pitch and Catch (CFPC), and Co-production Film Pitch and Catch (Co-FPC). The SIFFORUM is a communication platform.
The 14th Shanghai International Film Festival was held from June 11 to June 19, 2011 and was chaired by US director Barry Levinson.
The most prestigious award
Tropfest is the world's largest short film festival. It has also quickly become known as the world's first truly global film festival.
Tropfest began in 1993 as a screening for 200 people in a cafe in Sydney but has since become the largest platform for short films in the world. Tropfest Australia takes place in February each year in front of a live audience of approximately 150,000. The main event takes place in Sydney but live satellite events are also staged in Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart, Perth and other cities. The event is broadcast live on television and webcast to viewers around Australia and the world.
Increasingly, Tropfest events take place in cities around the world including Abu Dhabi, London, Berlin, Toronto, Bangkok, and New York. The inaugural Tropfest Arabia, encompassing approximately 33 countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa, took place in Abu Dhabi in November 2011. Tropfest launched into the United States in June 2012, with a weekend-long event in Las Vegas and a fully-fledged Tropfest New York competition in New York on June 23, 2012 at Manhattan's Bryant Park. Tropfest New Zealand will take place for the first time in 2013.
The Flying Broom, Women's Film Festival is an annual event celebrating women's contributions to filmmaking. It is organized by an Ankara-based Turkish organization, was established by Halime Güner in 1996 to fight and raise awareness for women's human rights. The event began in 1997.
The Flying Broom Women's Film Festival team is headed by Ayşegül Oğuz and Didem Baltacı. Other members of the festival's team are Sibel Astarcıoğlu, and Uğur and Ürün Güner. The festival gives out the Bilge Olgaç Honorary Award and the Lifelong Achievement Award. It is the only women's film festival in the world to give out the Fipresci Award.
The 2005 festival was held from the 5th to 12th of May 2005. The opening night ceremony presenters were Müjde Ar and Mahir Günşiray. Sevda Ferdağ was presented the Lifelong Achievement Award by Müjde Ar, her co-star in Ağır Roman. Former Lifelong Achievement Award winners are Sezer Sezin (2003) and Suzan Avci (2004). The Bilge Olgaç Honorary Award was given to Jeyan Ayral Tözüm (film and stage actress) and Sevin Okyay (film critic, journalist, TV presenter, author and the Turkish translator of Harry Potter).
The theme of this year's festival was love. Greta Garbo
The Boston Asian American Independent Film Festival (BAAIFF) is a rising student-run film festival in the U.S. region of New England that showcases Asian American independent films. The first BAAIFF, "Silkscreens," was held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts and ran on September 24-25, 2004. The opening ceremony included a keynote speech by Greg Pak, best known for writing and directing Robot Stories.
The Boston Underground Film Festival is an annual event held in the Boston area that specializes in alternative film and video. The Boston Underground Film Festival, also known as BUFF, is the largest underground film festival in New England, spotlighting short films and feature length films that would not otherwise find an audience. It is the only film festival in the world to give an award for "Most Effectively Offensive".
Despite the festival's title, BUFF has not taken place in Boston proper since 2003. The 2004 festival was held mainly in Arlington, Massachusetts. In 2005, BUFF was held entirely in Somerville, Massachusetts. From 2006 on, BUFF has taken place entirely in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Although BUFF, as an organization, has hosted year round programming at various Boston venues (such as Space 242 in the South End, The Savant Project (now defunct) in Mission Hill and the Milky Way Lounge in Jamaica Plain), there seem to be no current plans to hold the festival in the City of Boston.
Started in 1998, by film professor/curator David Kleiler, BUFF was an extension of an all night film marathon produced by Kleiler and Dima Ballin. The First Annual Boston Underground Film
Brussels International Festival of Contemporary Silent Film one of several film festivals staged in Belgium. The festival is annual and runs in June and takes place at the Cinema Aventure, Gallery of the Center, 1 Rue des Fripiers, 1000 Brussels.
This Brussels' festival is organized by the film students of the Institut des Hautes Etudes des Communications Sociales of Brussels and the Universitￃﾩ Libre de Bruxelles. The festival's aim is to compete with the great silent film festivals of other countries such as Canada and the United States by showing only contemporary movies both long and short. The festival is international and non-restrictive except when it comes to sound.
The 2004 festival took place in June and included the silent feature films, Cowards Bend the Knee by Guy Maddin which represented Canada, and the Revolutionary War comedy/drama, "The Deserter," by Eric Borgman, which represented the United States.
The Festival Paris Cinéma is one of the most recent French movie festivals, started in 2003. It is held annually in July. It was launched in 2003 after the municipal government withdrew funding for Festival du Film de Paris.
The International Cycling Film Festival is a not-for-profit film festival held annually in the Ruhr Area, Germany. Its mission is to strengthen international cooperation in the areas of cycling, cycling films and cycling culture. The festival promotes interaction between movie makers and cyclists from all over the world. It has screened more than 150 short movies from more than 30 countries since its debut in 2006. The Neistat Brothers, Michaël Dudok de Wit, Lucas Brunelle and other filmmakers contributed to the ICFF. It is managed by the cycling club "Team Hollandse Frietjes - non-professional cycling".
The sporting competition "Souvenir Stefan Götz" marks the end of each festival. It usually takes the form of an individual and team time trial over about 20 km, which is open to both audience and movie makers. In 2009 the Souvenir Stefan Götz was a match sprint over about 800 metres, in 2011 it was an Urban Cycle Polo match, 2012 a Goldsprint.
The International Cycling Film Festival was founded in December 2005 in Bochum by the chairman of the local cycling club Team Hollandse Frietjes – non-professional cycling, Gernot Mühge, under the name "International Cycling Video Festival"
Individual festivals:2009 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is the world's largest documentary film festival held annually since 1988 in Amsterdam.
The festival was initially held at the Leidseplein area in the centre of Amsterdam. The festival has since spread to a number of other locations. Cinemas and other institutes that have hosted the festival are: de Balie, Pathé City Theater, Filmmuseum Cinerama, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Paradiso, the Ketelhuis, the Hotel American, Tuschinski Cinema, Pathé De Munt multiplex, Theatercompagnie and Arti et Amicitiae.
The objective of the IDFA is to promote creative documentaries and to present them to as wide an audience as possible. It started as a small festival and has grown to an eleven-day festival, screening more than 200 documentaries and attracting nearly 120,000 visitors.
Apart from its international film program, the variety of genres and the many European and world premieres featured each year, the festival also hosts debates, forums and workshops.
In IDFA's main competition programs, the best new documentaries of the year compete for six different awards.
Prize: euro 12,500 (The jury may also present a Special Jury
The Ivy Film Festival is the world's largest entirely student-run film festival, held annually on the campus of Brown University. The festival was started in 2001 by Brown juniors David Peck and Justin Slosky, with collaboration from students of the other seven Ivy League schools. The founders' goal was to create a venue, run entirely by students, to showcase the efforts of fellow student filmmakers.
The festival often attracts major talent and celebrities that attend the festival to engage in a discussion about all aspects of film. Some topics in the past have included: the relationship between film and social justice, breaking into the film industry, and the merits of attending film school. Notable appearances at the Ivy Film Festival have included Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese, Oliver Stone, Tim Robbins, Adrien Brody, Aaron Sorkin, James Franco, Wes Craven, Philip Glass, Dylan Kidd, James Toback, John Hamburg, Julia Stiles and Michael Showalter. In addition to student film screenings, the Festival is also host to advance screenings of popular and critically acclaimed films, often with the filmmakers present for discussions. Preview festival screenings have included the films
The Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Film Festival is a springtime film festival in the U.S. state of Minnesota that has been held since the early 1980s. Known as the largest film event in the Upper Midwest, the festival invites numerous films from all corners of the globe, and attracts a large number of independent filmmakers to the Twin Cities over the course of its run. Operating under various names since the 1980s.
The 2012 Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Film Festival is scheduled for April 12 - May 3, and will include a slate of 250+ films from over 50 countries.
The festival is organized by The Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul, a non-profit film-arts organization that operates out of the St. Anthony Main Theatre Complex on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Several other area theaters also participate in the film festival.
Because of the cultural heritage of Minnesota, a significant number of Scandinavian films are usually included. Locally-produced material is also highlighted through a series called Minnesota Made.
Individual festivals:2008 Moscow International Film Festival
Moscow International Film Festival (Russian: Моско́вский междунаро́дный кинофестива́ль, translit. Moskóvskiy myezhdoonaródniy kinofyestivál; abbreviated as MIFF), is the film festival first held in Moscow in 1935 and became regular since 1959. From its inception to 1995 it was held every second year in July, alternating with the Karlovy Vary festival. The festival has been 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. Nikita Mikhalkov has been the festival's president since 2000. The Stanislavsky Award has been introduced recently to be presented to outstanding actors visiting the festival, such as Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep.
The Native American Film and Video Festival is a noncompetitive showcase of film, video and audio productions held biennially in New York City. Each festival screens between 50 and 80 documentaries, short features and animations, introduced by their producers and members of the native communities represented. Works to be featured in a given festival are chosen by a team of selectors made up of media makers and cultural activists from among indigenous peoples of the Americas and the program staff of the Film and Video Center of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian. Selectors have included indigenous film makers such as Chris Eyre, Randy Redroad, and Nora Naranjo-Morse, and Native American cultural experts and academics such as G. Peter Jemison, Beverly Singer, and Paul Apodaca.
Founded in 1979, the Festival is internationally-recognized as the first to feature Native productions from throughout the Americas and the Arctic Circle; indigenous media makers participate from Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, El Salvador, Mexico, and the United States (including Hawaii).
RESFEST (1996–2006) was by the 2000s the most prominent digital film festival in North America. It was a leading global showcase of new digital filmmakers alongside England's Onedotzero festival. The festival toured the world and in 2005 travelled to 35 cities in the USA, Canada, UK, Japan, Australia, Brazil and in various cities in Europe, Asia and Africa. A large part of the festival's latter content focused on cutting-edge music videos and short films, and directors like Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham and Jonathan Glazer all had their catalogs of work showcased at RESFEST over its 10 year run.
The film festival was founded by Jonathan Wells after the dissolution of the Low Res digital film festival which he and Bart Cheever had created the year before. Low Res Digital Film Festival first took place in October 1995 at an art gallery in San Francisco’s SoMa district. The first year’s program featured work from pioneering music video and motion graphics studio H-Gun Labs, England’s design collective Tomato, digital designer Nick Philip and filmmaker Spike Jonze, whose early skateboard short films were screened.Cheever went on to create the DFilm digital film festival
Individual festivals:2008 Seattle International Film Festival
The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), held annually in Seattle, Washington since 1976, is among the top film festivals in North America. Audiences have grown steadily; the 2006 festival had 160,000 attendees. In recent years, the SIFF has run for more than three weeks (24 days), in May/June, and features a diverse assortment of predominantly independent and foreign films and, in recent years, a strong contingent of documentaries.
SIFF 2006 included 300+ films and was the first SIFF to include a venue in neighboring Bellevue, Washington, after an ill-fated early attempt. However, in 2008, the festival was back to being entirely in Seattle, and had a slight decrease in the number of feature films. The 2010 festival featured over 400 films, shown primarily in downtown Seattle and its nearby neighborhoods, but also in West Seattle, Everett, Kirkland, and Juanita Beach Park.
The festival began in 1976 at a then-independent cinema, the Moore Egyptian Theater, now back under its earlier name as the Moore Theater and functioning as a concert venue. When founders Dan Ireland and Darryl Macdonald of the Moore Egyptian lost their lease, they founded the Egyptian theater in a former
Taormina Film Fest, a historic film festival, and Italy's oldest began in 1955 under the name Rassegna Cinematografica Internazionale di Messina e Taormina. 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 Festival is an "A" Festival in FIAP accreditation. The award of David di Donatello, named after Donatello's David, is a movie award assigned each year for cinematic performances and production by Ente David di Donatello, part of Accademia del Cinema Italiano. It is the Italian equivalent to the Academy Award. There are 24 categories as of 2006. The David de Donatello is considered Italy's premiere film award, its equivalent to the American Oscars.
The David di Donatello Awards were first given in Rome in the spring of 1955. The aim was to honour the best of each year’s Italian and foreign films, similar to the American Oscars. Similar prizes had already existed in Italy for about a decade
The Toronto Classic Movie Festival or ClassicFest is an annual event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada which features nostalgia movies from the 1950s and earlier, especially B-movies and film noir classics. The first festival was held in 2004 at the Regent Theatre in Toronto. It presented, as its opening night feature, the "director's cut" version of A Touch of Evil, a movie written, directed, and starring Orson Welles. The festival contributes a portion of its revenue to the local Geneva Centre for Autism. The second festival featured a visit from Yvette Vickers who was unable to attend the previous year due to bad health. That year, the festival's highlight was a late-night screening of Attack of the Killer Leeches, followed by an intimate question and answer session with Ms Vickers, moderated by the festival's program director, Michael McLarney.
The directors of the festival are Michael McLarney and Beverly Allen.
The Tribeca Film Festival is a film festival founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff in a response to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the consequent loss of vitality in the TriBeCa neighborhood in Lower Manhattan.
The mission of the festival is "to enable the international film community and the general public to experience the power of film by redefining the film festival experience." The Tribeca Film Festival was founded to celebrate New York City as a major filmmaking center and to contribute to the long-term recovery of lower Manhattan.
In 2006 and 2007, the Festival had over 8600 film submissions and 1,500 screenings. 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
The Utah Pride Festival is a festival held in downtown Salt Lake City in June, celebrating Utah's diversity and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender populations. The event is a program of The Utah Pride Center. It includes the state’s second-largest parade. In 2004 an estimated 50,000 people attended, the largest since the festival began in 1977 when the "Salt Lake Coalition for Human Rights" sponsored a three-day conference. Affirmation: Gay & Lesbian Mormons (then called "Gay Mormons United") was founded during this conference, on June 11, 1977. The 1978 keynote speakers were David Kopay, the first NFL player to come out of the closet, and Air Force Sgt. Leonard Matlovich, an ex-Mormon who was the first out gay person ever to appear on the cover of Time Magazine.
In 1988 SLGCC (Salt Lake Gay Community Center) incorporated and became Gay and Lesbian Community Council of Utah
The First ever Pride Parade was started in 1990 and included a procession of nearly 200. In 1991 The Utah Stonewall Center opened and Pride festivities moved to the Salt Lake County Fairgrounds in Murray, Utah. 1991 saw the start of the Pride Day Art Expo and Competition that awarded the Lesbian and Gay
Individual festivals:2008 Valdivia International Film Festival
The Valdivia International Film Festival started as a very successful international film exhibition released in 1993 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Cine Club of the Universidad Austral de Chile. A competition was included the following year, labeled as "Valdivia Cine & Video". That event became a milestone to cultural activity in southern Chile, promising at that time to become the greatest film event in the country. The early versions of the festival were oriented to ecological issues. From that point the characteristic trophy award emerged: the Pudú (The Pudú is a small kind of deer, typical of southern Chile). In 2001 the feature film competition category started, becoming the Festival into the most important film event in Chile.