1.Cannes Film Festival
Originated in 1932 by Jean Zay the French Minister of National
Education and held for the first time in 1947. This film festival is
most of filmmaker’s dream to be a part of. But, why? Became one of
the oldest film festival, full of stars, distributors and most of
Hollywood movies would kill to be world premiered here. This film
festival is a mixed of independent and mainstream films. Since 2004,
they’ve debuted “Short Film Corner” which gives a lot of chances for
the independent filmmakers and take opportunity steps for their
careers. One thing for sure, Cannes Film Festival is a legend!
2.Toronto International Film Festival
Many films would do anything to get into TIFF. Because if your film
screened here, you'd be noticed by many of Hollywood Distributors.
Oscar’s buzz is also part of profit you’ll get when your film
screened here. Founded in 1976, TIFF has a unique method they still
kept till now. Festival for festivals. TIFF is running several
festivals at once. You’re going to TIFF, but you are actually going
to many festivals. Like the “long movie festival,” “movie star
festival, TIFF Docs, TIFF kids, etc. Are ya ready for TIFF?
3.Sundance Film Festival
Annually takes place in Park City, Utah. Sundance Film Festival is
the largest independent film festival in the US. They have their
competitive section and the out-of-competition sections, such as
NEXT, New Frontier, Spotlight, Midnight, Premieres and Documentary
Premieres, etc. This festival has open the doors for many
independent filmmakers. From Quentin Tarantino to James Wan. Another
one innovative program is the Sundance Film Festival USA program;
eight of the festival’s film is screened in eight different theaters
in the US. This festival is a must to attend!
4.South by Southwest
SXSW is a festival that features film, interactive media, music
festivals, conferences. This festival is a fun and prestigious one!
With Michelle Obama, and other figures attended it. Quite similar to
Coachella (but Coachella focuses on music and arts) while SXSW
focuses on films too! Inaugurated in 1987, this festival has become
many of other festivals role models like Xoxo, The Great Escape
Festival and much more. This festival is not only screens films but
also has a music festival. You know what I mean, right? A music
festival? Gonna be a big party!
5.International Film Festivals Group
Based in South East Asia and founded in 2011 this film festival has
grown into a huge one. Stars like Leonardo DiCaprio to Pope John II,
President Joko Widodo, President Jimmy Carter, etc. have been
awarded from this festival. Supporting the United Nation to
celebrate it's International Days (International’s Day for Peace,
International’s Day for Human Rights, Tolerance, Environment, etc.)
Their mission is to show people that film could be a bridge to
change people lives. We believe this festival is a must for you!
Kings and Queens, Government Ministers attended this festival. This
festival is the largest international film festival Group in the
region and probably in the world with many filmmakers from all over
the globe attended this festival every year. What about you?
6.Raindance Film Festival
Most important and largest film festival in the United Kingdom.
Raindance Film Festival gives good offers for the shorts. Selected
shorts will qualify for Oscar® and BAFTA nominations. And the
features, they’ll have chances to be screened in one of twelve days
of the festivals. Their mission is to support independent
filmmakers. In late 2017, they will screen 100 feature films and
over 150 shorts. Not just that, they also open a film school that
operates throughout the main cities; London, Los Angeles, New York,
Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Budapest, Berlin, and Brussels. Wanna
be discovered? Try Raindance Film Festival!
7 .Byron Bay Film Festival
Located in Australia since 2006, this film festival is an accredited
independent award. Not just trying to gain the attention from
outside Australia they also have the category for inside the
country; Best Young Australian Filmmaker. They mixed the competition
between films from inside the country to the outside. Looking at the
history this festival will soon be a prestigious one!
8.International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema
International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema is an independent
film festival founded by Carl Tooney in 2006. This festival based in
different locations around the world; London, Nice, Madrid,
Tenerife, Berlin, Milan, and Amsterdam. What unique about this
festival is that they didn’t just screened films but also uses the
“nominee” thing. From Best Lead Actress to the Best Film and Jury
Awards. They will announce the nomination two months before the Red
Carpet Ceremony and will announce the winner on the big night.
Recently, they just released a film magazine based on the films and
filmmakers that attended the festival. Wanna try?
9.Jaipur International Film Festival
Founded in 2009, and located in Jaipur, India. This festival could
be considered as the fastest growing film festivals. From 2009, they
have received 150 films, and in 2009 they received 2004 films. This
festival has received films from 100 countries within its only seven
years existence. An excellent achievement! Dedicated to all film
lovers this festival always held their festival in January. Ready to
go to India?
10. Accolade Global Film Competition
The last on our list is Accolade Global Film Competition. Wanna
compete with Oscars winners or Emmys? This film festival allows
every filmmaker to compete together. Independent and also
mainstream. Now, they are in the 14th year running. What makes it
even more unique, they also providing production house opportunity
to support filmmakers. The lucky filmmaker will receive access to a
studio for three, twelve-hour production days for free. So, do you
want to put your film into this festival?