It has been a long standing tradition to present to the public the most recent offerings in a film festival. Depending upon the genre that is being considered there are numerous film festivals for cineastes to choose from. Internationally there are hundreds of these gatherings, with some of the top festivals being:
The Sundance Film Festival
Held in Park City, Utah, USA, the venue focuses on independent films. The first film festival in this location was done in 1978.
Cannes International Film Festival
Presented in Cannes, France, it eyes the promising cinema for the upcoming year. This is a gathering of the biggest names in the industry worldwide. The Cannes film festival was first held in 1947 and has remained a cornerstone since.
Edinburgh International Film Festival
This event takes place every June and incorporates two weeks of screenings. This venue accepts a wide range of genre from animation to documentary, full length and short features.
Toronto International Film Festival
The TIFA takes place in Toronto, Canada and has gained recognition as one of the most important film festival events in North America. Many of the films presented at this event have gone on to gain Academy Awards and other recognition.
Venice International Film Festival
The oldest of all film festivals, this gathering began in 1932 in Venice, Italy. This film festival offers a unique opportunity for the general public to purchase tickets to the event unlike the other larger events which are invitation only.
Berlin International Film Festival
Recognized as one of the most renowned of events in the industry it is also known as “Die Berlinale”. This event is divided into ten different sections to highlight the many areas that are showcased during the screening. This event began in 1951 making it one of the oldest festivals and is held every February.
Melbourne International Film Festival
Started in 1951 this is the largest film event in Australia. The festival is three weeks in duration and showcases about 400 films during that period.
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Another of the oldest festivals, this was established in 1946, and is perfromed in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. The event has gained a reputation as one of the largest of Europe’s events.
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