Best Film Festivals
Whether you’re a filmmaker or an interested viewer, it’s important to choose wisely when deciding which film festivals to attend. The choice can depend on your own aesthetic as well as the variety of artists attending the event. We’ve listed some of our favorite events belowvisit their official websites for more information. Remember, these are simply events that we trust to provide a great experiencedon’t be afraid to try something new if you find something else interesting in your area.Sundance Film Festival (Utah)Started in 1978 as an American film showcase, the event now features both American and international films in the dramatic and documentary categories. Both feature-length and short films are included.South By Southwest (Texas)SXSW started in 1987 as a music festival, and continues to this day. Film and interactive festivals were added in 1994. Despite its musical origins, the film features new talent from around the world tackling a variety of different subjects, of which music is but one.Tribeca Film Festival (New York)TFF made its premiere in 2002 with the goal of restoring culture to Manhattan’s TriBeCa district. Robert De Niro is one of the festival founders. Again, artists from around the world are featured.Slamdance Film Festival (Utah)Founded as a response to Sundance, Slamdance represents a different aesthetic, often featuring first-time directors. Many directors, including Christopher Nolan and Jared Hess, have launched their careers here.Cannes Film Festival (France)Cannes is one of the oldest festivals in the world (it premiered in 1946), and as such boasts one of the biggest reputations. The festival is especially important for European film, but American directors also make appearances. Tim Burton was President of the Jury for the 2010 edition.Marfa Film Festival (Texas)Despite being launched in 2007, the festival has already garnered acclaim, and a rare appearance by author Larry McMurtry. The festival shows a mix of old and new films along with featuring innovative musical artists.Telluride Film Festival (Colorado)The Telluride Film Festival dates back to 1974, and is currently operated by the National Film Preserve. David Lynch, Michael Moore, and Robert Rodriguez all premiered their first films there. The festival is known for its dedication and obsessive love for the art of filmmaking.Venice Film Festival (Italy)As if you would need another reason to visit Venice, it’s also home to the oldest festival in the world, started in 1932. If you have the ability, this is one experience that even the pickiest cinephile will never forget.