Cannes Film Festival
This prestigious and renowned film festival is held during the spring each year in the south of France. For nearly two weeks filmmakers, celebrities, critics and fans descend upon the small city of Cannes. The festival features both North American and International world premieres, as well as screening documentaries and short films. The atmosphere is festive, with many red carpet film premieres, screenings, showcases, panels and parties. In addition, the city sits on the Mediterranean with sandy beaches accessible and amazing shopping and dining activities in the city.I found Read the rest of this entry »
The start of film festivals began due to the rise of film societies and cinematic clubs in various countries during the 1920s. Small festivals sprung up in countries like Venice, where they became a staple of the modern cultural film scene, mainly consisting of documentary style fare and the avant garde.
Festivals grew at a fairly fast pace in Europe and other countries during the 1950s. This began to affirm their ongoing artistic and often commercial importance, at a time when Read the rest of this entry »
The best way for low budget independent films to receive an audience is by taking the film to a film festival. This allows the film to be seen by thousands at a relatively low cost. If the film is able to receive positive reviews at the film festival, then it will have a much easier time getting a wide theatrical release.
Sundance Film Festival
Held in Park City, Utah, it is the most important film festival in the states. Started in in 1978 by actor Robert Redford, as a small independent film festival, it has grown to become the largest of its type. Catering complexly to independent film, it has helped launch the careers of many famous independent and mainstream filmmakers.
South by Southwest (SXSW)
This Austin, Texas based combination film/music/interactive festival, was founded in 1987. Film dominates the activities and the festival focuses primarily on new, director-driven projects. Its edginess makes Read the rest of this entry »
The Cannes International Film Festival is probably the worldsâ€™ most prestigious festival. Founded in 1939 and held Cannes, France, it is a major showcase for American and international films. Top films compete for the prestigious Palme dâ€™or as well as special jury prizes.
The International Film Festival Rotterdam takes place in the Netherlands. Founded in 1972, the festival features alternative, indie-type films, with less of a focus on big commercial films. There is also less of a red carpet event setting Read the rest of this entry »