Imagine spending hours creating a script, choosing actors, filming an entire movie, and editing it all into a two or two and a half hour finished product. That is a lot of work, and while it would be fabulous if all those movies were automatically shown on the big screen, that never happens. Instead, there are hundreds of movies that end up going to the three thousand film festivals around the world in hopes of getting a chance of making it big.
Lucky for us movie buffs, we can visit these star-studded events, even if we don’t get invited to the glittering celebrity parties. These prestigious film festivals offer screenings and events for the public, too. Indulge your cinematic cravings by planning your next vacation around one of these spectacular movie events.
Here are the 10 top film festivals in the world:
1 The Venice Film Festival
This film festival was founded in 1932 and it is considered one of the three largest film festivals in the world. The Venice Film Festival has continuously maintained a high standard of quality for every movie that they have showcased over the years, even when they have chosen some challenging ones. A few films that have received top honors at this festival include The Wrestler, Vera Drake, and Brokeback Mountain.
2 Sundance Film Festival
The Sundance Film Festival is held every January in Park City, Salt Lake City, and Ogden. Founded by actor-director Robert Redford as a showcase for independent filmmakers, it happens to be the most well-known film festival in the world. While this film festival has always been popular, it has increased in popularity with the growth of indie films over the last three decades. It is the largest independent film festival in the United States, attracting almost 50,000 attendees each year.
3 Berlin International Film Festival
This film festival began in 1951 with Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca, and it has been going strong ever since. More than half a million people go to view the films that are shown every year and it is known as one of the most prestigious film festivals ever. The Berlinale celebrates diverse social and cultural themes and is a top festival for industry insiders. The 2018 Berlinale opens February 15.
4 Toronto International Film Festival
The Toronto International Film Festival is also known as TIFF, and this is where numerous Oscar contenders come from. For years now, movies that receive the highest amount of applause from the audience at the TIFF seem to have a solid run at the Oscars. Marking the start of the prestigious awards season leading up to the Academy Awards, this festival is a marathon of the best in film-making.
5 Tribeca Film Festival
This festival was founded by Robert DiNero in response to the 9/11 attacks in Lower Manhattan and as an outgrowth of his love for New York City. The Tribeca Film Festival might not have the storied history of some of the older festivals, but it has expanded to offer screenings throughout Manhattan and more than 8,600 independent filmmakers enter their submissions each year. That number will likely keep growing every year as this festival continues to become more established.
6 Cannes Film Festival
One of the most exclusive and prestigious film festivals in the world is the Cannes Film Festival. It was founded in 1946 and it is an invitation only event that is attended by some of the biggest stars. Only the most innovative movies are shown at this festival, so a filmmaker must have something special in order to have their movie considered for this event. While you can’t attend all of the events, there are public screenings and this French Riviera city is the place to see and be seen.
7 Melbourne International Film Festival
There are four major film festivals in Melbourne every year, but the Melbourne International Film Festival is the largest of them all. Thousands of people arrive to see the films that are shown at this festival and meet the stars that performed in them. Founded in 1952, it is one of the oldest in the world, offering attendees a curated film experience featuring a hefty dose of Australian films.
8 British Film Institute London Film Festival
The British Film Institute London Film Festival, or BFI London Film Festival for short, was founded in 1957 and it is held in the United Kingdom during the second half of October. Every year, more than three hundred films, documentaries, and short stories are screened from over fifty countries. Opening and closing galas are held, and they are now considered red carpet events that the cast and crew of the films attend.
9 Edinburgh International Film Festival
The Edinburgh International Film Festival was founded in 1947 and it is the oldest continuously running film festival in the entire world. The films presented are in all genres and lengths, and while a jury hands out certain awards, the audience will vote for one while a panel of judges vote for others. Its mission is to promote innovation and new talent, especially up-and-comers in the UK and Scottish film industry.
10 Telluride Film Festival
The Telluride Film Festival was founded in 1974, and it is unique because every film needs to be shown for the first time in North America to be eligible for the festival. This has allowed many new films and filmmakers to be discovered that may have been disregarded if others had been allowed to enter their films. Held every Labor Day weekend, it has no juries and awards no prizes. It’s truly just a celebration of film for those who love the movies.
These film festivals are some of the best in the world, but that doesn’t mean that the others are not worth seeing. Anyone that has an opportunity to see participate in any of the film festivals should act on it immediately, because it could be a once in a lifetime opportunity. The stars that they could see or meet, the things that they could learn, and the atmosphere itself would be worth it all.