Are you a true movie buff, think you know all there is to know about the movie industry? Then going to a film festival is the perfect adventure for you. Each year there are film festivals held all around the world, some of them more popular than others and some more significant than others. Whether you are looking for the next indie classic or the next Oscar winning film, you will find new movies, actors, and industry experts at all of these events. So how do you know which event is the right one for you to attend? Well we have comprised a list of the best up and coming film festivals, carefully take into consideration each of the various aspects to them and make an informed decision as to which festival would be the best for you to attend this year.
Sundance Film Festival
Perhaps one of the most well-known film festivals in the world, the Sundance Film Festival takes place in Park City, Utah each year. It is put on by the Sundance Institute and is the largest independent film festival in the United States. This festival is a great place for independent film makers from all over the world to showcase their work. They have competitions as to the best new films in various categories. The festival has been held for over 30 years and has featured some now classic films such as Deliverance and A Streetcar Named Desire. This festival has grown in popularity for good reason, it features some great up and coming movies and is not to be missed.
The Cannes Festival
Another very well-known film festival is the Cannes Festival, previously known as the International Film Festival. It is held annually in Cannes, France and previews new movies from all genres and from all around the world. This event is by invitation only and is one of the most prestigious events in the industry. It was founded in 1946 and just celebrated its 70th anniversary this year (2017). If you are able to get an invitation, you may need to be an industry professional to do so, it is a festival that is not to be missed. It draws actors from all around the world and is a truly unique experience.
South by Southwest
Often referred to as SXSW this film festival is a truly unique event. It is a mixture of film, media, and music festivals. Held in Austin, Texas each year this festival has grown each year since it began in 1987. It is the ideal place to learn of new and upcoming films, music and so much more. It draws an interesting crowd each year and is not to be missed.
Regardless of if you are a movie buff, an industry professional or perhaps just a young enthusiast, attending one of these festivals is a life changing experience that you will most definitely not regret. So, if you are able, get your tickets for the 2018 festival season and enjoy a true film festival.