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Film festivals

This is a list of major film festivals, sorted by continent.

Asia[edit]

Est. City Country Type Notes
Beta Movement : International Students Short Film Festival 2011 New Delhi  India International Students Short Film The film society at School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi [1][2][3][4][5]
Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival 2013 Yangon  Burma International The first-ever International Film Festival in Burma/ Myanmar and the biggest Human Rights film festival in Southeast Asia, organized by Human Dignity Film Institute. The film festival is dedicated to Aung San Suu Kyi who played an integral role in promoting issues of human rights in Burma/Myanmar. In her honor, the film festival awards ceremony is scheduled on her birthday, 19 June. The film festival is held under the patronage of Aung San Suu Kyi and Min Ko Naing. [1]
Hum Awards 2013 Karachi  Pakistan Television Dramas hum.tv/humawards/
ARY Film Awards 2014 Karachi  Pakistan International aryfilmawards.com
Mumbai Women's International Film Festival 2013 Mumbai  India International Mumbai Women's International Film Festival (MWIFF) is an annual film festival in Mumbai featuring films made by women directors and women technicians. The first edition of festival was held from 9 to 13 October 2013.
Bangalore Queer Film Festival Bangalore  India International blrqueerfilmfest.com
Suchitra Short Film Festival Bangalore  India Short Films suchitra.org/ssff_film.php
Chennai Women's International Film Festival (CWIFF) 2014 Chennai  India International [2] CWIFF is a medley of opportunities and fun is an integration of film, creativity, arts, crafts and entertainment with women in the forefront. CWIFF 2014, Chennai, is a gala event, which is being organized and managed by Eventaa South India Productions mainly to showcase and give due recognition to films done by women. [3]
Nigar Awards 1957 Karachi  Pakistan International
Dhaka International Film Festival 1992 Dhaka  Bangladesh International A biennial film festival, organized by Rainbow Film Society, Bangladesh.
Kolkata Film Festival 1995 Calcutta or Kolkata  India International KFF(Bengali: কলকাতা ফিল্ম ফেস্টিভাল) is an annual film festival held in Kolkata,Which is in the Indian state of West Bengal.Founded in 1995, it is the second oldest international film festival in India. The festival is organized by the West Bengal Film Centre under the Government of West Bengal. International Federation of Film Producers' Associations (Paris) recognised film festival. Normally held in mid November, it shares a permanent place in the international film festival calendar, showcasing films from all over the world.
International Cinema Festival of India (ICFI) 2009 Jaipur  India International The International Cinema Festival of India is a film festival for cinema lovers around the world. There are 6 categories and it is scheduled to be held annually.
Pride of Performance 1958 Karachi  Pakistan International
Kara Film Festival 1992 Karachi  Pakistan International Kara Film Awards
Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2007 Abu Dhabi  United Arab Emirates International An annual film festival showcasing films from the Arab world alongside international works.
[6] Alpavirama South Asian Short Film Festival (Alpavirama) 2011 Ahmedabad  India South Asian Alpavirama 2011 - South Asian Short & Documentary Film Festival will be organised by the Film & Video Communication dept. at the National Institute of Design.
Animation Nation 2004 Singapore  Singapore Animation An annual film festival showcasing international and local animation works.
Asia Pacific Film Festival 1954 Rotating Regionwide Regional First held in Tokyo, the annual festival is hosted by a country designated by the Board of Directors of the Federation of Motion Picture Producers in Asia-Pacific.
Asian Festival of First Films 2005 Singapore  Singapore Special interest An annual film and documentary festival devoted to the works of first-time filmmakers.
Bangkok International Film Festival 2003 Bangkok  Thailand International Organized by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, a government agency.
Lux Style Awards 2001 Karachi  Pakistan National Lux Style Awards
Bring Your Own Film Festival 2004 Puri  India Special interest
Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival 1997 Bucheon  South Korea International Held annually in July, the festival, also known as PiFan, focuses on Asian and international horror, thriller, mystery, and fantasy films.
Busan International Film Festival 1996 Busan  South Korea International One of the largest film festivals in Asia.[7]
Cebu International Documentary Film Festival (CIDFF) 2012 Cebu  Philippines International, Documentary, independent with a local Visayan showcase. Held annually (August/September) Cebu International Film Festival (CIDFF) is the first international "all documentary film festival" organized in the Philippines. Founded by Cebuana architect, April Dequito,[8] CIDFF is a platform that organizes annual international documentary film festivals in CEBU,[9] Philippines. CIDFF aims to give Cebu and the rest of the Philippines, international exposure.
Changchun Film Festival 1992 Changchun  China International, regional Held biennially.
Chennai International Film Festival 2003 Chennai International Film Festival  India International Founded by Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation in association with South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce and Film Federation of India, it is held annually.
Cinemanila International Film Festival 1999 Manila  Philippines International Founded by Filipino maverick filmmaker Tikoy Aguiluz, it is held annually.
Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival 2005 Manila  Philippines National Showcasing indie films and shorts in the Cultural Center of the Philippines, it is held annually.
CON-CAN Movie Festival 2005 Tokyo  Japan International CON-CAN Movie Festival is a hybrid platform for the film makers to exhibit their short films on the specific themes and issues concerning the globalization and life style from diverse artistic point of views and cultural interpretation.
Development Film Festival  India International The Development Film Festival is envisioned to be a creative platform for the film makers to showcase their works on the themes and issues concerning development of the poor and vulnerable communities. The Festival helps promote the public view, debate and meaningful action around the issues.
Didor International Film Festival 2004 Dushanbe  Tajikistan International
Dubai International Film Festival 2004 Dubai  United Arab Emirates International
Duhok International Film Festival 2011 Duhok  Iraq International The festival aims to showcase innovative films of high artistic value with a notable handwriting made throughout the world. It shall work as a pinnacle point for all wishing to learn more about the possibilities the Kurdish regions have to offer. Duhok IFF wishes to create an atmosphere of exchange between different cultures and human values. The city becomes an encounter of civilisations, where ancient culture connects with modern culture and the Kurdish film landscape with world cinema. Unique film experiences can be made and people can share their thirst for new discoveries and a passion for cinema in all its diversity.
Eilat International Film Festival 2003 Eilat  Israel International Founded by lead Israeli Publicist Chen Sadan Shelach -held annually.
Fajr International Film Festival 1982 Tehran  Iran International Under supervision of Iran Ministry of Culture in, it takes place every February in on the anniversary of the Iranian Revolution.
FreedomFilmFest 2003 Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Bahru, and Sarawak  Malaysia International Human rights film festival held annually, organised by local human rights NGO, [[10] Pusat KOMAS].
Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards 1962 Taipei  Taiwan Regional The annual month-long festival featuring Chinese-language and Asian films culminates in a prestigious awards ceremony.
Haifa International Film Festival 1983 Haifa  Israel International Israel's first film festival, it is held each year during the holiday of Sukkot on the ridge of Mount Carmel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
Hiroshima International Animation Festival 1985 Hiroshima  Japan International ASIFA
Hong Kong International Film Festival 1977 Hong Kong  Hong Kong International
Hyderabad International Film Festival 2007 Hyderabad  India International
Indian Film Festival Japan 2012 Japan  Japan Indian films and Indian themes at www.IFFJ.jp Helps promoting and finding distributors for Indian movies in Japan.
Indonesian Film Festival 1955 Jakarta  Indonesia National Held intermittently, its purpose is to exhibit nominees for the Citra Award, the national film industry award.
International Film Festival of India 1952 Goa  India International Film festival organised by the Directorate of Film Festivals and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The first IFFI was held in 1952, and since 1975 it has become an annual event.
International Film Festival of Kerala 1996 Thiruvananthapuram  India International, Regional Held annually in November or December. Competition program is restricted to films produced in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Jakarta International Film Festival 1998 Jakarta  Indonesia International Held annually in November or December. The biggest film festival in Southeast Asia.
Japanese Film Festival (Singapore) Before 1999 Singapore  Singapore Japanese Annual film festival devoted to Japanese films.
Jeonju International Film Festival 2000 Jeonju  South Korea International Focuses on digital, independent, and art films.
Jerusalem Film Festival 1984 Jerusalem  Israel International Annual festival featuring films from all over the world; awards in numerous categories
Jecheon Intl Music & Film Festival 2005 Jecheon  South Korea International music-themed film festival.
Kuala Lumpur International Film Festival 2007 Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia International Successor to the Kuala Lumpur World Film Festival.
Malaysia Film Festival 1980 Malaysia  Malaysia National for the appreciation and honouring the products of film arts and artises. The formal ceremony at which the awards are presented is one of the most prominent award ceremonies and the highlights for the film industry in Malaysia and is televised live on local television, annually.
Metro Manila Film Festival 1975 Manila  Philippines National Held annually in December and January, the focus is on Filipino films.
Mumbai International Film Festival 1990 Mumbai  India International Organised by the Indian government's Ministry of Information and Broadcasting's Film Division, and focuses on documentary, short, and animation films.
Mumbai Queer Film Festival 2010 Mumbai  India International, Regional Also known as Kashish - Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is held annually in May. Showcases Indian & International Queer (LGBT) Films. Its purpose is to mainstream queer visibility through cinema.
Mumbai Women's International Film Festival 2013 Mumbai  India International, Regional Annually in October. http://www.mwiff.com/
Osian's Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema 1999 New Delhi  India Regional
Patna Film Festival 2006 Patna  India International Jointly organised by of Union ministry of information and broadcasting, National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), directorate of film festival, National Film Archive of India, Federation of Film Societies of India, and the state government.
Pyongyang International Film Festival 1987 Pyongyang  North Korea International Biennial
Phnom Penh International Film Festival (PPIFF) 2014 Phnom Penh  Cambodia International Annual showcase of full features, documentaries and shorts at the legendary Flicks Movie Houses
Shanghai International Film Festival 1993 Shanghai  China International Mainland China's largest film festival.
Singapore International Film Festival 1987 Singapore  Singapore International Held annual around April or May.
Syne International Film Festival 2001 Cochin  India International Held annually in May.
Thai Short Film and Video Festival 1997 Bangkok  Thailand Special interest Annual showcase and competition of short films, primarily by Thai independent filmmakers.
Tokyo Filmex 2000 Tokyo  Japan International Organized annually by Office Kitano, Takeshi Kitano's film company.
Tokyo International Film Festival 1985 Tokyo  Japan International
Underneath the Radar Documentary Festival 2006 Singapore  Singapore Special interest Screens independent documentaries on social, economic, and environmental issues.
ViBGYOR International Short and Documentary Film Festival 2006 Thrissur  India Special interest Annual focus on short films and documentaries on issues and people's movements with an activist outlook.
Wathann Film Fest 2011 Yangon  Burma National First film festival in Myanmar, featuring mainly short films.
Thrissur International Film Festival 2006 Thrissur  India International Second largest film festival in Kerala state.
World Film Festival of Bangkok 2003 Bangkok  Thailand International Organized by Nation Multimedia Group.
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 1989 Yamagata  Japan Documentary Asia's first and most important documentary festival.
Vietnam Film Festival 1970 different cities  Vietnam National, Vietnamese The major event of the cinema of Vietnam.
Dharamshala International Film Festival 2012 Dharamshala  India International The festival was launched in 2012. It has successfully held two edition and we hope it will evolve into a world-class film festival where filmmakers and film lovers can interact in an intimate, creative and informal way in the Himalayas.

Africa[edit]

Name Est. City Country Type Notes
International Arab Film Festival 1976 Wahran  Algeria International
Cairo International Film Festival 1976 Cairo  Egypt International The first film festival in the Middle East
Carthage Film Festival 1966 Carthage  Tunisia Regional In order to be eligible for competition, films in the festival must have a director of African or Middle Eastern nationality.
Dockanema 2006 Maputo  Mozambique Special interest First documentary film festival in the region.
Durban International Film Festival 1979 Durban  South Africa International Oldest and largest film festival in Southern Africa. Most of the screenings are African premieres. A co-production forum Durban FilmMart was added in 2010, and Talent Campus Durban was added in 2008.
Encounters South African International Documentary Festival 1999 Cape Town  South Africa International Premier documentary festival in Africa and one of the oldest film festival on the continent. It remains one of only a few on the continent that is solely dedicated to the genre.
International Film Festival of Marrakech 2001 Marrakech  Morocco International
Out In Africa South African Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 1994 Cape Town and Johannesburg  South Africa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou 1969 Ouagadougou  Burkina Faso international The largest African film festival
Rwanda Film Festival 2005 Kigali  Rwanda International
Sahara International Film Festival 2003 Sahrawi refugee camps  Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
 Algeria
International The only film festival in the world celebrated in a refugee camp
Zanzibar International Film Festival 1997 Zanzibar City  Tanzania International ZIFF is East Africa’s largest film, music and arts festival.
Zimbabwe International Film Festival 1997 Harare  Zimbabwe International

Europe[edit]

Name Est. City Country Type Notes
Africa in Motion 2006 Edinburgh  Scotland African cinema Held annually in Edinburgh, Africa in Motion is the biggest African film festival in the UK
Amsterdam Film eXperience 2006 Amsterdam  Netherlands International New Media, cross-over, animation, interaction, experimental, installations.
Anemic festival 2010 Prague  Czech Republic Independent Film and New Media Art Held annually in November, Screening, Exhibitions, AV Performances, New Media Art,
Anifilm 2010 Trebon  Czech Republic International Held in Trebon, dedicated to animated films.
Athens International Film Festival 1995 Athens  Greece International Held in Athens, features lesser-known aspects/genres and independent cinema, introducing audiences to some of the best productions of the year.
Belgrade International Film Festival 1971 Belgrade  Serbia International Also called "FEST", the festival is held annually in February or March.
Berlin International Directors Lounge 2005 Berlin  Germany International Held annually in February parallel to the Berlin Film Festival. Mainly unusual short films with some feature presentations and installations. Accompanying program of live art and music performances.
Berlin International Film Festival 1951 Berlin  Germany International Also called the "Berlinale", the festival is held annually in February.
BeyondTV 2000 Swansea  Wales International Held annually in November. Emphasis on social reform movies.
Brazilian Film Festival of London 2009 London  England Brazilian Cinema Held annually in London.
British Urban Film Festival 2005 London  England Independent film Also called BUFF, the festival is held every year around September.
Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival 1983 Brussels  Belgium Special interest Annual venue for horror, thriller, and science fiction films.
Brussels International Independent Film Festival 1974 Brussels  Belgium Special interest
Cambridge Film Festival 1977 Cambridge  England International Held annually, currently in September.
Camerimage 1993 Bydgoszcz  Poland International Dedicated to the art of cinematography, held annually in November.
Cannes Film Festival 1946 Cannes  France International One of the world's oldest, most influential, and prestigious festivals, it is held annually (usually in May) at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès.
CinEast 2008 Luxembourg  Luxembourg International/Central and Eastern European films Held annually in October, the CinEast festival offers the most remarkable film productions (feature, documentary, animated, shorts) from the post-communist bloc, as well as numerous accompanying events (concerts, exhibitions, gastronomy etc.).
CinemAsia Film Festival 2003 Amsterdam  Netherlands Asian films and documentaries Held annually in April, the CinemAsia festival offers European and Dutch premieres of Asian movies (feature, documentary, animated, shorts).
Cork Film Festival 1956 Cork  Ireland International Held annually in November, the tagline is 'Film, Music, Ideas' and includes short films, features, documentaries, live soundtrack events and Free Radicals (experimental filmmaking).
CPH:PIX 2003 Copenhagen  Denmark International Held annually in April.
Croatian Minute Movie Cup 1993 Požega  Croatia International
Cyprus International Film Festival 2006 Nicosia  Cyprus International
Cyprus International Short Film Festival 2008 Nicosia  Cyprus International
Diagonale 1998 Graz  Austria International Held annually in March.
Douro Film Harvest 2009 Douro  Portugal International Douro Film Harvest is the first totally decentralized summit of cinema that takes place in Alto Douro Wine Region, homeland of Porto Wine.
Ecologico International Film Festival 2008 Nardò  Italy International The Ecologico International Film Festival (EIFF), which takes place annually in August, aims to help discover and develop independent films - social, national and international - committed to issues of contemporary society.
Edinburgh International Film Festival 1947 Edinburgh  Scotland International The longest continuously running film festival, it is part of the Edinburgh International Festival, which takes place annually in August.
EkoTopFilm 1974 Bratislava  Slovakia International EkoTopFilm is about new technologies, science, research, environment and ecology. This is sustainable development.
Falstaff International Film Festival 2009 Stratford-upon-Avon  England International Held annually in November, with a selected program and awards.
Fantasporto 1982 Oporto  Portugal Special interest International fantasy, horror, action and science-fiction festival.
Festival del Cinema all'Aperto "Accordi @ DISACCORDI" 2000 Naples  Italy Regional
International
Annual three months outdoor Film Festival
Festival du Film Merveilleux 2010 Paris  France International.
Festival International of Cinema Libre 2012 Hamburg  Germany International. Held annually in the last week of August
Festróia - Tróia International Film Festival 1985 Setúbal  Portugal Special interest Held annually in June, the competition section is open to films from countries that produce fewer than 30 films per year.
Film Festival ContraVision 1992 Berlin  Germany Special interest Annual independent film festival held at the Cinema "Blow Up".
filmkunstfest Mecklenburg-Vorpommerm 1992 Schwerin  Germany German and international Held annually in the first week of May
Flanders International Film Festival Ghent 1974 Ghent  Belgium International
Flip Animation Festival 2004 Wolverhampton  England Special interest Annual independent film festival held at the Cinema "Light House".
FreeNetWorld International Film Fest 2008 Niš  Serbia International Held annually.
Fresh Film Festival 2004 Karlovy Vary  Czech Republic International Student film, feature, documentary, animation, experimental.
Galway African Film Festival 2008 Galway  Ireland African Cinema Films by African directors, covering all genres.
Giffoni Film Festival 1971 Giffoni Valle Piana  Italy International One of the largest film festivals for kids, held annually in July, with short films and features from around the world.
Gijón International Film Festival 1963 Gijón  Spain International
Golden Apricot - Yerevan International Film Festival 2004 Yerevan  Armenia International Annual and largest festival in the Caucasus region.
Golden Beggar 1995 Košice  Slovakia International Annual festival and awards for local television programs
Göteborg International Film Festival 1979 Gothenburg  Sweden International The largest film festival in Scandinavia. Held annually in January to February.
Human Rights Film Festival 2002 Zagreb  Croatia Special Interest
Insight Film Festival 2007 Manchester  England International International, interfaith, short-film festival focused on 'faith' as a genre and subject matter. Held biennially.
International Eurasia Film Festival 2005 Antalya  Turkey International Held annually in autumn.
International Film Awards Berlin 2012 Berlin  Germany International Held annually in August
International Film Festival Landau 2001 Landau  Germany International Held annually in November
International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg 1952 Mannheim, Heidelberg  Germany International Held annually in November
International Film Festival Rotterdam 1972 Rotterdam  Netherlands International Held annually in January or February.
International Health Film Festival 1994 Liege  Belgium International Annual festival for international health and science films.
International Thessaloniki Film Festival 1992 Thessaloniki  Greece International Held annually in November
IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival 2003 Balchik  Bulgaria International Held annually in June
Istanbul International Film Festival 1982 Istanbul  Turkey International Held annually around the end of April.
Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2002 Dublin  Ireland International Succeeded Dublin Film Festival, which ran from 1985 to 2001. Held annually in February or March.
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 1946 Karlovy Vary  Czech Republic International Category A since 1956, organised yearly.
Kastav Film Festival 2009 Kastav  Croatia International
Kaunas International Film Festival 2007 Kaunas  Lithuania International Held annually in October.
Kratkofil International short film festival 2007 Banja Luka  Bosnia and Herzegovina International Short film festival.
Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival 2002 Lausanne   Switzerland International Underground movies, experimental music. Held annually in October.
Let's All Be Free Film Festival 2013 London  England International A film festival dedicated to exploring what it means to be free
Leeds International Film Festival 1986 Leeds  England International Largest festival in England outside London
Lisbon Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 1996 Lisbon  Portugal Special interest One of the most important European forums of international LGBT film/video.
Lisfe (Leiden International Short Film Experience) 2009 Leiden  Netherlands International An international festival dedicated to short film and film experience.
Locarno International Film Festival 1946 Locarno   Switzerland International Held annually in August.
London Asian Film Festival 1999 London  England International Held annually at the BFI or BAFTA in the spring.
London Film Festival 1956 London  England International Held annually by the British Film Institute and sponsored by The Times newspaper.
London International Documentary Festival 2007 London  England International Also known as LIDF. Held annually in March/April, with extra screenings all year around.
Moscow International Film Festival 1959 Moscow  Russia International First held in 1959, from 1959 to 1995 it was held every second year in July, and since 1995 has been held annually.
International Film Festival Message to Man 1989 Saint-Petersburg  Russia International The only FIAPF accredited International Documentary, Short and Animation Film Festival held in Russia.
Molodist' International Film Festival 1970 Kyiv  Ukraine International The only FIAPF accredited International Film Festival held in Ukraine; competition program is devoted to student, first short and first full feature films from all over the world. Held annually in October.
Motovun Film Festival 1999 Motovun  Croatia Special interest Dedicated to independent film.
Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival 2000 Neuchâtel   Switzerland International The Swiss event for fantastic films, Asian cinema and future images. Held annually in July.
New Horizons International Film Festival 2001 Wrocław  Poland International Held annually in the end of July.
Norwegian International Film Festival 1973 Haugesund  Norway International Held annually in August.
Odense International Film Festival 1975 Odense  Denmark International Short film festival held annually in August. Oldest film festival in Denmark.
OFFline Film Festival 2009 Birr  Ireland International Short film festival held annually in October. Hosts a Film Making Competition in which films are shot and edited in 70 hours
Oldenburg International Film Festival 1994 Oldenburg, Lower Saxony  Germany International Annual festival of independent film.
Pacific Meridian 2003 Vladivostok  Russia International Pacific Meridian is an International Film Festival of Asian Pacific Countries. Asian-Pacific Countries are the countries surrounded by Pacific Ocean and countries of South-East Asia including India. Film Festival is held annually in one of the most beautiful places on the Pacific Ocean coast - Vladivostok. The Festival was instituted in 2003 and its 10th edition will be held this year.
Pluk de nacht 2003 Amsterdam  Netherlands International Open air film festival focusing on art house, short films and media art. Held annually in August.
Pula Film Festival 1953 Pula  Croatia Regional
Raindance Film Festival 1993 London  England Special interest A festival for independent films, the festival is also the founder of the British Independent Film Awards.
International Random Film Festival 2009 Garpenberg  Sweden International The festival is held annually in a randomly selected location. Selection process is random as well.
Reykjavík International Film Festival 2004 Reykjavík  Iceland International Held annually in end of September, the festival offers a wide panorama of independent and alternative cinema from today.
San Sebastián International Film Festival 1953 San Sebastián  Spain International Supervised by the FIAPF, the annual A category festival is one of the most important for Spanish-language cinema.
Sarajevo Film Festival 1995 Sarajevo  Bosnia and Herzegovina International Held annually in August.
SCHLINGEL International Film Festival 1996 Chemnitz  Germany International Held annually in Autumn, spotlighting movies for children and young audience
Manaki Brothers Film Festival 1979 Bitola  Macedonia International Official competition for Cinematographers. Held annually in September.
Skopje Film Festival 2001 Skopje  Macedonia International Held annually in Mart.
Cinedays 2002 Skopje  Macedonia International Festival of European Films, Held annually in November.
MakeDOX 2010 Skopje  Macedonia International Festival of Documentary Films. Held annually in June.
Sitges Film Festival 1967 Sitges  Spain Genre (fantasy) Held annually in October.
Sofia International Film Festival 1997 Sofia  Bulgaria International Also known as Sofia Film Fest. Held annually in March. Competitive specialized festival for first and second feature films.
Solothurn Film Festival 1966 Solothurn   Switzerland Swiss cinema Held annually in January,
Spectre Film Festival 2005 Strasbourg  France European Held annually in September.
Stockholm International Film Festival 1990 Stockholm  Sweden International Held annually in November.
Strawberry Shorts (film festival) 2004 Cambridge  England Independent Film Held annually in June.
Subversive Film Festival 2008 Zagreb  Croatia International
SUPERTOON International Animation Festival 2011 Bol  Croatia International
Swansea Bay Film Festival 2006 Swansea  Wales International Held annually in May/June. The largest film festival in the UK by number of screenings. "Honours the individual voice."
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 1997 Tallinn  Estonia International Held annually in the end of November. Known also as PÖFF. Official website www.poff.ee.
Taormina Film Fest 1955 Taormina  Italy International Held annually in June, it is devoted to Italian, Mediterranean and international cinema.
Three Continents Festival 1979 Nantes  France Special interest Annual festival is devoted to the cinemas of Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Transilvania International Film Festival 2001 Cluj-Napoca  Romania International Held annually in June.
Torino film festival 1982 Torino  Italy International Held annually in November.
Trento Film Festival 1952 Trento  Italy International Film Festival devoted to mountains, exploration and adventure. Held annually at the end of April.
Venice Film Festival 1932 Venice  Italy International The world's oldest film festival, it is held annually in late August or early September on the island of the Lido.
Vienna Independent Shorts 2004 Vienna  Austria Special interest Short film festival held annually in May.
Viennale 1960 Vienna  Austria International Held annually in October.
Vilnius International Film Festival 1995 Vilnius  Lithuania International Held annually in March.
Warsaw International Film Festival 1985 Warsaw  Poland International Supervised by the FIAPF, this category "A" film festival is held annually in the Polish capital every October.
WatchOut! 2012 Tetovo  Macedonia International Open Air Film Festival held annually in Tetovo, last week of May. Festival is organized by Center for Balkan Cooperation LOJA.
ZagrebDox 2005 Zagreb  Croatia Special interest International documentary film festival.
Zagreb Film Festival 2003 Zagreb  Croatia International
Zagreb Jewish Film Festival 2007 Zagreb  Croatia International
Zero Film Festival 2007 London  England Self-financed cinema Held annually in London,
Zurich Film Festival 2005 Zurich   Switzerland International International film festival.
Antalya International Film Festival 1963 Antalya  Turkey International Held annually in autumn.

Latin America and the Caribbean[edit]

Name Est. City Country Type Notes
Anima Mundi 1992 Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo  Brazil Regional, Special interest Competitive Brazilian video and film festival devoted exclusively to animation.
Bahamas International Film Festival 2004 Paradise Island  Bahamas International
Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema 1999 Buenos Aires  Argentina International Held annually in April.
Bridgetown Film Festival 2005 Bridgetown, Barbados  Barbados International Held annually in April.
Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre 2000 Buenos Aires  Argentina International Devoted to fantasy, horror, bizarre and science fiction genres..
Cartagena Film Festival 1960 Cartagena  Colombia Regional Showcases Ibero-American feature films, shorts, and videos, as well as a national television competition.
Córdoba International Animation Festival - ANIMA 2001 Córdoba  Argentina International, special interest It is held biennially, on odd years, during September.
Dominican International Film Festival 2004 Puerto Plata  Dominican Republic Regional Held Annually in December for Independent Films of Latin America and the Iberian peninsula.(dominicaninternationalfilmfestival.com)
Guanajuato International Film Festival 1997 San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato  Mexico International Held annually in July.
Festival de Cine de Bogotá 1984 Bogotá  Colombia International Held annually in October.
Festival Cinematográfico Intenacional del Uruguay 1982 Montevideo  Uruguay International Held annually in March and April.
Festival Intenacional de Cine de Punta del Este 1997 Punta del Este  Uruguay International Held annually in March.
Gramado Brazilian and Latin American Film Festival 1973 Gramado  Brazil Latin American Held annually in August. Its awards are named the Kikitos.
Guadalajara International Film Festival 1988 Guadalajara  Mexico International FICG is considered the most significant film affair in Latin America.
Havana Film Festival 1979 Havana  Cuba Regional Held annually, with a principal focus on Latin American film.
Mar del Plata Film Festival 1954 Mar del Plata  Argentina International Held annually in March.
Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival 2004 Mexico City  Mexico International Also known as FICCO (Festival Internacional de Cine Contemporáneo).
Oaxaca Film Fest 2010 Oaxaca  Mexico International An official cultural event of the long and storied city of Oaxaca de Juárez. Held annually in November.
Puerto Rico Horror Film Fest 2007 San Juan  Puerto Rico International Held annually in October, with parallel events ranging from a fashion show to a zombie walk.
Recife Cinema Festival 1997 Recife  Brazil Brazilian Competitive Brazilian film and audiovisual. Its awards are named Calunga. Held annually in April/May.
Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival 1998 Rio de Janeiro  Brazil International Held annually in October.
São Paulo International Film Festival 1976 São Paulo  Brazil International
Valdivia International Film Festival 1993 Valdivia  Chile International
Reggae Film Festival 2008 Kingston  Jamaica International Held Annually in March or April. Open to Reggae music videos, documentaries and all genres of Film and Animation.
Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival 2006 Trinidad and Tobago  Trinidad and Tobago International Held annually in the second half of September, the ttff is a celebration of films from the Caribbean and world cinema. The Festival also helps facilitate the growth of the Caribbean film industry by hosting workshops, seminars and networking opportunities.

North America[edit]

Name Est. City State/Province Type Notes
168 Film Festival 2003 Los Angeles California International Speed filmmaking competition and festival. Entries accepted from anywhere in the world. Held annually in April.
Accolade Competition 2008 San Diego California International Held bi-annually in Spring and Fall. Accolade recognizes producers, established and emerging, who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity. Undiscovered and first-time producers are often recognized.
Action On Film International Film Festival 2005 Pasadena California International Held annually in July. One of the biggest and fastest growing festivals for filmmakers, writers, producers and fans of independent and studio films. Named one of the Top 25 Festivals Worth the Fees by MovieMaker Magazine.
American Movie Awards 1980 Las Vegas Nevada International Awards held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada to honor excellence in film.
Ann Arbor Film Festival 1961 Ann Arbor Michigan International Longest-running film festival showcasing experimental and independent film in North America. Held annually in late March.
Atlanta Film Festival 1977 Atlanta Georgia International Held annually in April. An Academy Award qualifying festival committed to discovering new filmmakers and representing the myriad of genres independent film covers, from drama to horror and everything in between.
Austin Film Festival 1994 Austin Texas National accepting international film entries 'The Writers' Festival' - for Filmmakers with emphasis on showcasing screenwriters in North America. Held annually in October.
Bahamas International Film Festival 2004 Paradise Island The Bahamas International
Bel Air Film Festival 2008 Los Angeles California International An international festival held annually in November.
Berlin & Beyond Film Festival 1996 San Francisco California Special Interest New films from Germany, Austria, Luxembourg and Switzerland - held at the historic 1,400-seat Castro Theatre
Big Bear Lake International Film Festival 2000 Big Bear Lake California International Showcasing Independent filmmakers from around the world. Screenwriting competition provides written feedback to all entrants - held each September in the picturesque mountain community, in the San Bernardino mountains. http://www.bigbearlakefilmfestival.com
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2003 Missoula Montana International/Non-Fiction The premiere venue for non-fiction film in the American West. - held each February at the historic 1,100-seat Wilma Theatre. http://www.bigskyfilmfest.org/
Boston Film Festival 1984 Boston Massachusetts International Annually showcasing feature films, documentaries and shorts in September.
The Boston Jewish Film Festival 1989 Boston Massachusetts Jewish A non-competitive annual festival that screens the best contemporary films on Jewish themes from around the world. The festival presents features, shorts, documentaries, and conversations with visiting artists in order to explore the Jewish identity, the current Jewish experience and the richness of Jewish culture in relation to a diverse modern world. The festival is held annually in November throughout Boston and Greater Boston.
Boston Palestine Film Festival 2007 Boston Massachusetts International
Boston Science Fiction Film Festival 1976 Boston Massachusetts Special Interest A 10-day annual film festival held every February at the Somerville Theatre showcasing feature and short science fiction films. The festival ends every year with a 24-hour movie marathon of new and classic films. http://www.bostonsci-fi.com/
Boston Underground Film Festival 1998 Boston Massachusetts International An annual festival that specializes in alternative film and video which might not otherwise find an audience.
Boulder International Film Festival 2004 Boulder Colorado International Held annually over the Presidents' Day weekend in February. Named one of the "25 Coolest Film Festivals" by MovieMaker magazine in 2009. https://www.biff1.com/
Buffalo International Film Festival 2004 Buffalo New York International 4 day festival held annually in the Fall (usually October) premiering many important main stream and indie films eligible for audience awards. http://www.buffalofilmfestival.com
Buffalo Niagara Film Festival 2007 Buffalo New York International 3 day festival held annually in the spring. http://www.buffaloniagarafilmfestival.com
Burbank International Film Festival 2009 Burbank California International
Calgary International Film Festival 2000 Calgary Alberta International Held annually for 10 days in late September or early October.
Calgary Underground Film Festival 2003 Calgary Alberta International Held annually for 7 days in April.
California Film Awards 2010 San Diego California International The California Film Awards honors new and cutting-edge American and foreign independent films in several competition categories.
Camden International Film Festival 2005 Camden Maine Documentary Founded by Ben Fowlie.
Canada International Film Festival 2007 Vancouver Canada International Film Festival held annually in Vancouver, BC. Filmmakers from around the world are honored for their cinematic achievement.
Castle Rock Film Festival 2009 Castle Rock Colorado Rocky Mountain Regional states Held annually in late September or early October accepting films and scripts.
Catalina Film Festival 2011 Catalina Island California International Held annually in late September accepting films and scripts.
Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival 2001 Cedar Rapids Iowa Regional accepting international entries Held annually the first full non-Easter weekend in April.
CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival 1994 Toronto Ontario International
Charleston International Film Festival 2007 Charleston South Carolina International The Charleston International Film Festival is one of the premiere film festival events in the U.S. Every Fall the CIFF showcases sneak previews of studio and independent films, screenplay competition, red carpet premieres, nightly after-parties, free workshops & seminars, and the Awards Gala.
Chicago International Children's Film Festival 1983 Chicago Illinois International Largest fest of films for kids & youth in North America programming over 200 films from 40 countries annually. Held annually in late October for 10 days.
Chicago International REEL Shorts Festival 2003 Chicago Illinois International One of the Nations Largest All Short films film festivals.
Chicago International Film Festival 1965 Chicago Illinois International
Chicago Palestine Film Festival 2002 Chicago Illinois International
Cincinnati Film Festival 2010 Cincinnati Ohio International http://www.cincyfilmfest.com
Cine Las Americas International Film Festival 1997 Austin Texas International Held annually in the spring showcasing Latin American, Latino and Indigenous films.
Cinequest Film Festival 1990 San Jose California International The 13-day festival focuses on narrative films and includes shorts and student film programs. http://www.cinequest.org/
CinErotic FilmFest 2010 Atlanta Georgia International Debuts February 12–14, 2010. CEFF celebrates sex-positive, diverse and empowering erotic cinema and performance by amateurs, independent artists and the avant-garde.
City University Film Festival 2009 New York City New York Regional, Special Interest Official festival of CUNY featuring films by student filmmakers.
Cleveland International Film Festival 1977 Cleveland Ohio International
COLCOA 1997 Los Angeles California International A week of French film Premieres in Hollywood - in April, at the Directors Guild of America.
Columbus International Film & Video Festival 1953 Columbus Ohio International North America's oldest film festival, held annually in November. As a competition festival, it is also known as The Chris Awards.
Dances With Films 1998 Los Angeles California International The festival of unknowns (i.e. no celebrities)
DALLAS International Film Festival 2006 Dallas Texas International
DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival 2011 Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. International
Denver Film Festival 1978 Denver Colorado International Held annually in November.
Denver Underground Film Festival 1997 Denver Colorado International

A showcase for independent filmmakers and avant-garde cinema since 1997. Held yearly in October at the Starz Film Center.

Detroit Windsor International Film Festival 2008 Detroit Michigan International Held annually in June; hosts the annual DWIFF Challenge.
Disposable Film Festival 2007 San Francisco California International Held annually in January.
Dominican International Film Festival 2004 Puerto Plata Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic) International Held Annually in December for Spanish and Latin Independent Films.
DOXA Documentary Film Festival 1998 Vancouver British Columbia International Largest documentary film festival in Western Canada. Held annually for ten days in May.
Edmonton International Film Festival 1986 Edmonton Alberta International
Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival 1997 Champaign Illinois Special interest Founded by film critic.
Guanajuato International Film Festival 1997 San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato Guanajuato International Mexico's largest competitive film festival.
Fantasia Festival 1996 Montreal Quebec Special interest Devoted to fantasy, horror, martial arts, and science fiction genres.
Fantastic Fest 2005 Austin Texas
Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 1971 Montreal Quebec International The Festival du nouveau cinéma is a showcase for cinema of all types, from offbeat, one-of-a-kind niche works to crowd-pleasers to daringly innovative big events. Films that break down the language of cinema only to reinvent it; films that leave you breathless on the edge of your seat. In every one of its sections, the Festival sets itself the goal of supporting and spotlighting works for their originality and variety.
Festivus film festival 2006 Denver Colorado National
Florida Film Festival 1992 Maitland Florida International The Festival includes narrative and documentary features and shorts, animation, midnight movies, and a full array of educational forums, glamorous parties, and other special events.
Frameline Film Festival 1976 San Francisco California Special Interest, International The longest-running,

largest and most widely recognized LGBT film exhibition event in the world.|

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 1998 Durham North Carolina International Full Frame is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of non-fiction cinema.
GI Film Festival 2005 Washington District of Columbia International Held each May, the GI Film Festival is the only film festival in the nation to focus on preserving the stories of American veterans. The organization also holds a film festival during Veterans Day weekend each November in Hollywood, CA. Submitted films include narrative and documentary features and shorts including animated films as well.
Gotham Screen Film Festival & Screenplay Contest 2007 New York City New York International Showcase of new American and international cinema, with a competitive screenplay contest
Green Mountain Film Festival 1997 Montpelier Vermont International Local, domestic and international films (features, documentaries, shorts, animation & more) to celebrate cinema and spring. From around the corner and around the world.
Guadalajara International Film Festival 1988 Guadalajara Jalisco International Mexico and Latin America's most prestigious and important international film festival as well as one of the oldest in the continent
Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival 1999 Seabrook Texas International The Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival was created to showcase the discovery of new and emerging artists. Our Goals is to encourage the work of the Independent Filmmaker, and to promote the concept of film as an art, offering awards as a means of educational outreach and expanded awareness of independent film
Hamptons International Film Festival 1993 East Hampton New York International
Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) 1981 Honolulu Hawaii International Held annually in the fall for two weeks. HIFF states that it "is dedicated to the advancement of understanding and cultural exchange among the peoples of Asia, the Pacific, and North America through the medium of film." It is the largest such "East meets West" film festival in the United States.
Heartland Film Festival 1991 Indianapolis Indiana International Held annually, its mission is to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. Over $100,000 is awarded to independent filmmakers each year.
High Falls Film Festival 2001 Rochester New York International High Falls Film Festival is one of the few film festivals worldwide that celebrates the work of women filmmakers, and is one of the longest running women’s film festivals on the East Coast. It includes features, documentaries, shorts, children’s and young adult programs, programs in film education and student film making competitions.
Highway 61 Film Festival 2011 Pine City Minnesota National Held annually in mid-October, its purpose is to recognize and honor filmmakers in East Central Minnesota and other American cities up and down Old US Highway 61.
Hollywood East Film Festival 2008 Brookfield Connecticut International With the growth of the film industry in the Northeast / New England, we wanted to provide fellow independent film makers in the region and beyond with a venue to display their creative work and share their creative ideas.
Hollywood Film Festival 1997 Los Angeles California International Held annually, its purpose

is to make a connection between established Hollywood studios, independent filmmakers, and the global creative community, as well as to honor excellence in the art of filmmaking.

Honolulu Film Awards 2007 Honolulu Hawaii International The Honolulu Film Awards recognizes outstanding achievement in filmmaking from around the world.
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 1993 Toronto Ontario International The world's largest film festival (as well as conference and market) dedicated entirely to documentaries. Typically runs from the last Thursday of April for 10 days. Most commonly known as Hot Docs.
ILLUMINATE Film Festival 2014 Sedona Arizona International ILLUMINATE is the country’s premiere film festival and launching platform for mind-body-spirit cinema, premiering May 29-June 1, 2014.
Independent Filmmakers' Showcase 1996 Los Angeles California International Also known as IFSFF, the festival is held annually in Los Angeles from May through June supporting the work of independent filmmakers. [4]
Independent Film Festival of Boston 2003 Boston Massachusetts International Independent films. Also known as also known as IFFBoston or IFFB. Held annually in April. The largest film festival in New England.
Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 2003 Los Angeles California International
Indianapolis International Film Festival 2004 Indianapolis Indiana International
Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival 1991 Toronto Ontario International Canada’s largest queer film and video festival, held over 11 days in May
International Family Film Festival 1994 Los Angeles California International IFFF was ormed to exhibit and advocate for the production of family films [5]
Israeli Film Festival of Philadelphia 1996 Philadelphia Pennsylvania International Israeli films. Held annually in February–March. The largest film festival of its kind in the Greater Philadelphia area.
Ivy Film Festival 2001 Providence Rhode Island Student
Jacksonville Film Festival 2003 Jacksonville Florida International Held annually for 4 days in mid-May.
KahBang Film Festival 2009 Bangor Maine International Held annually August, part of the 9 day KahBang Music-Art-Film Festival. Known for their focus on Emerging Filmmakers, Narrative and Documentary Features, Music Docs, Short Films, and the "Kevin Norwood Bacon Award for Achievement in Cinema".
L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival 2007 Los Angeles California International Held annually in the spring. Largest dedicated comedy short film festival in the United States, and host of the L.A. Comedy Scripts screenplay competition.
Little Rock Film Festival 2006 Little Rock Arkansas International Arkansas's premier independent film festival showcasing the top regional, national and international filmmaking talents. Held annually in early June.
Los Angeles Film Festival 1995 Los Angeles California International Held annually in June. Presented by Film Independent and the Los Angeles Times. Showcases independent, feature, documentary and short films, as well as music videos.
Louisiana Film Prize 2012 Shreveport Louisiana International A narrative short film contest with only one rule: Filmmakers must shoot their film in northwest Louisiana (and be able to prove it) to compete for the largest cash prize for a short in the world, $50,000.
Love Your Shorts Film Festival 2011 Sanford Florida International Held around Valentine's Day. The Festival screens only short films under 30 minutes in length. Films are divided into different blocks for screening. Audience members at each block vote for their favorite film and winners are announced on the spot. The winning films from each block advance to a final block for a panel of judges to pick the overall festival winner.
Macabre Faire Film Festival 2012 Long Island New York International Held twice a year on Long Island. The Macabre Faire's mission is to provide a respectful, competitive, celebratory and affordable film fest event that is judged by a panel for independent filmmakers to enter their Strange-ifical, Weird-ifical, Horror-ifical, Sci-fi-tastical, Fantastical and Macabre-licious films to be viewed by the fans with the opportunity to win awards, increase film visibility via press and possibly obtain distribution via the Festival's Distribution Alliances on both the East and West Coast of the USA.
Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival 2009 Seattle Washington Special interest Devoted to action, animation, fantasy, horror, and science fiction cinema.
Magnolia Independent Film Festival 1997 Starkville Mississippi International and Regional Mississippi's first and oldest independent film festival. Held annually in February for one weekend. Short films, experimental films, and many special events in which filmmakers participate.
Marda Loop Justice Film Festival 2006 Calgary Alberta International Canada's premiere human rights, environmental, and social issues film festival. Free and community-orientated. Held annually in November, but also includes film screenings throughout the year.
Marfa Film Festival 2008 Marfa Texas Regional Born out of reception of There Will Be Blood and No Country for Old Men, both of which were filmed in the area
Margaret Mead Film Festival 1976 New York City New York International The longest-running, premiere showcase for international documentaries in the United States. Held annually in November at the American Museum of Natural History in the New York City.
Martha's Vineyard Film Festival 2001 Chilmark Massachusetts International Held annually in March, but also includes summer and winter film series, and special events at other times of the year. Community-oriented, featuring action/activism-inspiring films. Filmmakers/film subjects regularly speak after screenings.
Maryland Film Festival 1999 Baltimore Maryland International Held annually for 4 days each May. Includes 40+ new features and 50+ new shorts, as well as a favorite film selected and hosted by MFF board member John Waters (filmmaker).
Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival 2004 Mexico City Mexico City International Also known as FICCO (Festival Internacional de Cine Contemporáneo), it is hosted by Cinemex.
Miami Short Film Festival 2002 Miami Florida International Held annually for 10 days in mid November.
Miami International Film Festival 1983 Miami Florida International Held annually for 10 days in March.
Midwest Ski Film Festival 2008 Milwaukee Wisconsin Regional Takes place each October. MWSFF
Mile High Horror Film Festival 2010 Denver Colorado International

The festival's mission is to showcase the best independent horror, thriller, and sci-fi films from around the world. It takes place annually each October in the Denver metro area of Colorado.

Mill Valley Film Festival 1978 Mill Valley California International Takes place each October, hosted by California Film Institute.
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival 1983 Minneapolis-St. Paul Minnesota International Held annually in the spring.
Mods & Rockers Film Festival 1999 Los Angeles California Special interest Celebration of rock music culture films.
Montreal World Film Festival 1977 Montreal Quebec International Largest North American competitive festival (recognized by FIAPF). Held late August to Labor Day. Focuses on films from around the world (400+), particularly new works by new directors. Comprises two competitive sections (international premieres and first features) complemented by out-of-competition and documentary sections and broad (100+) selections of recent international features and (100+) shorts. Includes competitive student festival and free outdoor screenings.
Monument Valley Film Festival 2007 Kayenta Arizona International Held annually in the summer, it is the only film festival on the Navajo Nation.
Moondance International Film Festival 2000 Boulder Colorado International Film writers, filmmakers and film score composers who, through their creative work, actively increase awareness, provide multiple viewpoints, address complex social issues, and strengthen ties between international audiences.
Mountainfilm in Telluride 1979 Telluride Colorado Independent The oldest film festival celebrating the genre of mountain film in the United States, now also featuring stories about activism, adventure, the environment and world cultures.
Nashville Film Festival 1969 Nashville Tennessee International. Founded in 1969 as the Sinking Creek Film Celebration. Takes place in April and is an Academy Award qualifier for Best Short Film and Best Animated Short Film. Features feature-length and short films from around the world.
Nantucket Film Festival 1996 Nantucket Massachusetts International Held annually in June. Dedicated to promoting cultural awareness and appreciation of the art of screenwriting in the world of cinema. Has both film and screenplay competitions. Ben Stiller and Brian Williams are on the Board of Directors. with short films and features from around the world.
National Film Festival for Talented Youth - NFFTY 2007 Seattle Washington International The largest youth film festival in the world. Held each spring in Seattle, NFFTY showcases films made by young directors 22 and under from around the world and draws audiences of more than 10,000.
Naperville Independent Film Festival 2008 Naperville Illinois International Annual film festival featuring the work of independent filmmakers.
Native American Film and Video Festival 1979 New York City New York Indigenous Cinema Bi-annual film festival held at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian feature indigenous works from throughout the Americas.
Nevada International Film Festival 2009 Las Vegas Nevada Independent Annual film festival, held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Celebrating American and International cinema.
New England Festival of Ibero American Cinema 2010 Providence Rhode Island Latin American Annual competitive film festival dedicated to promote Latin American filmmakers and films from Spain and Portugal. Features New England premieres and a selection of internationally acclaimed Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American films.
New Orleans Film Festival 1989 New Orleans Louisiana International Annual film festival, nicknamed "Cannes on the Mississippi," is organized by the nonprofit New Orleans Film Society and features national and international feature films and short films.
New Jersey Independent South Asian Cine Fest 2007 New Brunswick New Jersey International Only film festival in tri-state area dedicated to South Asian independent films. Features North American premieres and a select list of fresh and brilliant independent films by debut as well as established South Asian filmmakers or films on South Asian themes from all over the world
New York Asian Film Festival 2002 New York City New York Special interest Features North American premieres and classic titles from Asian cinemas, especially horror, action, and martial arts genres.
New York Film Festival 1962 New York City New York International One of North America's oldest film festivals.
New York International Children's Film Festival 1997 New York City New York International One of the largest film festivals for kids in North America, held annually from late-February to mid-March, with short films and features from around the world.
New York Polish Film Festival 2005 New York City New York Special interest Dedicated to the cinema of Poland.
Newport Beach Film Festival 1999 Newport Beach California International Founded in 1999, the Newport Beach Film Festival has evolved into a prestigious multicultural event, attracting over 40,000 attendees to Orange County.
Northwest Film & Video Festival 1973 Portland Oregon Regional The oldest film festival in Oregon; an annual juried survey of new moving image arts by independent Northwest film and video makers, judged by a prominent filmmaker, curator or critic.
Orlando Film Festival 2006 Orlando Florida International Held annually in October/November.
Palm Springs International Film Festival 1989 Palm Springs California International
Philadelphia Film Festival 1991 Philadelphia Pennsylvania International
Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival 2008 Philadelphia Pennsylvania Special Interest
Philadelphia QFest 1995 Philadelphia Pennsylvania International Founded as the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, the name was changed to QFest in 2009. Presented by the Philadelphia Cinema Alliance.
PollyGrind Film Festival 2010 Las Vegas Nevada International Underground, genre, horror, thriller, exploitation, fantasy, crime, found footage, transgression, experimental, animation, arthouse, documentary, and sci-fi film festival held every October in Las Vegas.
Portland International Film Festival 1977 Portland Oregon International The biggest film event in Oregon, premiering over 100 international shorts and feature films each February.
Portland Jewish Film Festival 1992 Portland Oregon International Annual festival exploring themes of spirituality and Jewish identity throughout all parts of the world.
Project Twenty1 Film Festival 2006 Philadelphia Pennsylvania International Screenings include The 21-Day Filmmaking Competition and The Philadelphia Filmathon. Held annually in autumn.
Provincetown International Film Festival 1999 Provincetown Massachusetts International Held annually in June. Dedicated to showcasing new achievements in independent film and honoring the work of acclaimed and emerging directors, producers and actors. The festival's theme, "Filmmaking on the Edge," is reflected in the showcase of work and visionary artists who are honored.
Red Rock Film Festival 2004 Zion Canyon, St. George, Springdale, Ivins Utah International Held annually by the majestic red mountains of Zion National Park in November, Red Rock's mission is to show films that portray the human race in a positive light.
Reel Music Film Festival 1983 Portland Oregon International Annual festival exploring the interplay between sound and image, music and culture.
Reel Shorts Film Festival 2007 Grande Prairie Alberta International Festival of short films held annually for 5 days in early May
ReelHeART International Film Festival 2004 Toronto Ontario International Held annually last week of June. Has screenplay and film making competitions for short and feature films and docs from around the world. First international film festival to feature cast-to-type Live Reads for feature screenplay winners. Toronto's "cool" film festival. Known internationally as a mentoring film festival for both Screenwriters and Film makers.
ReelWorld Film Festival 2001 Toronto Ontario International An annual spring film festival and a charitable foundation founded by actress Tonya Lee Williams.
Rhode Island International Film Festival 1997 Providence Rhode Island International Held annually for 6 days during the second week of August
RiverRun International Film Festival 1998 Winston-Salem North Carolina International Held annually each Spring, devoted to the role of cinema as a conduit of powerful ideas and diverse viewpoints.
Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival 1987 Colorado Springs Colorado International Held annually in early November showcasing films made by Women. The festival features a mix of documentary, short and narrative films.
The Rome International Film Festival 2003 Rome Georgia International MovieMaker Magazine called it “one of the outstanding film festivals in the Southeast.”
Rooftop Films 1997 New York City New York International A summer-long outdoor film festival that screens new independent films on rooftops and in other scenic outdoor spots.
San Antonio Film Festival 1994 San Antonio Texas International Held annually in the month of June. Awards a low-rider bike as the grand prize.
San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival 2004 San Antonio Texas International The SAICFF offers $101,000 cash prize to the Best of Festival winner, the single largest cash prize to an individual of any independent film festival in America. The SAICFF showcases artists and their work who aspire to produce excellent media for the glory of God. Categories include feature, documentary, promotional, commercial, short and young filmmaker.
Sacramento Film and Music Festival 2000 Sacramento California International Juried, all genre, includes student section, 10 days, late July.
San Diego Film Festival 2001 San Diego, La Jolla California International Held in September the destination festival is a juried competition to showcase the best of independent film in narrative feature, short film, documentary, Native American and Music for Film categories. The Festival brings independent filmmakers together with film industry leaders and celebrities.
San Diego Black Film Festival 2002 San Diego California International To celebrate the art & power of film by creating unique, interactive, memorable film-going experiences.
San Francisco Frozen Film Festival 2006 San Francisco California Special interest, Independent.
San Francisco Green Film Festival 2011 San Francisco California Special interest, International Dedicated to environmental films.
San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival 1982 San Francisco California Special interest, International Dedicated to Asian and Asian American films.
San Francisco International Film Festival 1957 San Francisco California International
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 1980 San Francisco California Special Interest, International
Santa Barbara International Film Festival 1985 Santa Barbara California International
Sarasota Film Festival 1999 Sarasota Florida International Considered by many as the acme of regional film festivals. Sarasota's meteoric rise among regional film festivals has allowed it to host international luminaries and grow exponentially. As a hallmark of the cultural and film scene in Sarasota, The SFF is known for its fine treatment of filmmakers, events and year-round education programs.
Science Fiction Fantasy Short Film Festival 2006 Seattle Washington Special interest Devoted to action, animation, fantasy, and science fiction cinema.
Seattle International Film Festival 1976 Seattle Washington International The largest film festival in the United States.
Sedona Film Festival 1994 Sedona Arizona International One of the largest film festivals in Arizona.
The Shortie Awards 2001 Washington DC International Recognizes original digital media productions created by student filmmakers, ages 7–18, and their teachers.
Slamdance Film Festival 1995 Park City Utah International By filmmakers for filmmakers, Slamdance has become a year-round organization fostering the development of unique and innovative filmmakers.
Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival 1999 Birmingham Alabama International Held annually the last weekend in September at a number of places in downtown Birmingham.
Sonoma Valley Film Festival 1996 Sonoma California International Set in the heart of California wine country, one of the most prestigious of the smaller "destination" film festivals in the United States.
South by Southwest 1987 Austin Texas Special interest SXSW Film was added to the annual music festival in 1994, focusing on new directing talent.
Springfield and the Ozarks 48-Hour Film Festival 2006 Springfield Missouri Special interest SATO48 challenges filmmakers to create a short film entirely from scratch over the course of 48 hours.
Southern Utah International Documentary Film Festival (DOCUTAH) 2009 St. George Utah International Held annually for one week in September.
Staten Island Film Festival 2006 Staten Island New York International Held annually in June, SIFF is a competitive international film festival. It accepts independent short, documentary and feature submissions from around the world, and provides filmmakers access to industry leading professionals and celebrities.
Sundance Film Festival 1978 Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, Sundance Utah International Held annually in January, Sundance is the largest independent film festival in the United States.
Superfest International Disability Film Festival 1970 San Francisco California International Held annually, Superfest celebrates disability in films.
Tallgrass Film Festival 2003 Wichita Kansas International This four-day festival, held in October, accepts independent short and feature submissions from all over the world.
Tampa International Film Festival 2003 Tampa Florida International
Telluride Film Festival 1974 Telluride Colorado International Considered to be one of the best and most influential film festivals in the world, it is also one of the most exclusive and expensive film festivals out there.
Three Rivers Film Festival 1982 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania International A program of Pittsburgh Filmmakers, emphasizing independent film.
Titular Head (film festival) unknown Grinnell Iowa Special Interest Considered by many to be the best student film festival ever.
The Shortie Awards 2001 Washington D.C. International Recognizes original digital media productions created by student filmmakers, ages 7–18, and their teachers.
Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2006 Toronto Ontario Special interest Annual showcase of horror, sci-fi, action, and cult cinema from around the world.
Toronto International Film Festival 1976 Toronto Ontario International The world's largest film festival open to the general public, as well as North America's most prestigious and major. It is held annually in September. The city itself also contains the world's largest number of film festivals, ranging from cultural to independent.
Toronto Student Film Festival 2005 Toronto Ontario International A prestigious, annual, free entree film festival that screens films made by students from 12–18 years old.
Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival 1997 Toronto Ontario Special Interest One of North America's largest Asian film festivals.
Traverse City Film Festival 2005 Traverse City Michigan International Annual festival co-founded by filmmaker Michael Moore.
Tribeca Film Festival 2002 New York City New York International Founded by Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro.
True/False Film Festival 2004 Columbia Missouri Documentary Founded by Paul Sturtz and David Wilson.
The United Film Festivals 2002 Multiple Cities USA International The festival's focus is to bring together talented filmmakers from diverse backgrounds, thus creating a "United" showcase of creative energy and talent.
Vancouver Asian Film Festival 1995 Vancouver British Columbia International Largest Asian film festival in Western Canada. Held annually for 4–5 days in November.
Vancouver International Film Festival 1982 Vancouver British Columbia International Held annually for two weeks in late September and early October.
Vancouver Queer Film Festival 1988 Vancouver British Columbia International Largest queer film festival in Western Canada. Held annually for eleven days in late August.
Ventura film festival 2004 Ventura California International Largest film festival ever held in Ventura County, 100% volunteer based, environmental fundraiser
Vermont International Film Festival 1988 Burlington Vermont International World’s oldest environmental and human rights film festival.
Virginia Film Festival 1987 Charlottesville Virginia International General topic film festival held annually in November; part of the University of Virginia.
Waterfront Film Festival 1999 Saugatuck Michigan International The Midwest's premier independent film festival showcasing the top regional, national and international filmmaking talents. Held annually in early June.
Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema 2001 Waterloo Ontario International Only public festival in the world dedicated to feature animation. Held annually in November.
Whistler Film Festival 2001 Whistler British Columbia International Held annually over the first weekend of December, the Whistler Film Festival features six juried competitive sections and one audience award combined with a concentrated industry conference organized to address filmmaking in the digital age.
Wisconsin Film Festival 1999 Madison Wisconsin International Annual showcase of independent and international documentary, narrative, experimental, student and animated films. Runs for 4 days in early April
Woodstock Film Festival 1999 Woodstock New York International Each year film and music lovers from around the world gather at the Woodstock Film Festival for an innovative variety of films, first-class concerts, workshops, celebrity-led panels, an awards ceremony, and fantastic parties.
WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival 1961 Houston Texas Special interest Dedicated to the independent features and short films.
Writersandfilmmakers.com 2010 Global World Special interest Dedicated to film funding and production of winners.
Yorkton Film Festival 1950 Yorkton Saskatchewan Independent North America's oldest film festival, held annually.
Young People's Film Festival 1976 Portland Oregon Youth, regional Annual festival dedicated to the works of filmmakers grades K-12 living in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
The YoungCuts Film Festival 2005 Montreal Canada International The YoungCuts Film Festival is a Montreal-based international film festival, whose mandate is to advance the careers of young filmmakers.
Zero Film Festival 2007 New York, Los Angeles, Miami Beach New York, California, Florida Self-financed cinema Annual Zero Film Festival is the first and only festival exclusive to self-financed filmmakers.
$100 Film Festival 1992 Calgary Alberta International Annual festival dedicated to screening short films on Super 8mm and 16mm film.
Vietnamese International Film Festival 2003 Los Angeles California Vietnamese Biennial film festival for Vietnamese filmmakers outside and inside Vietnam.

Oceania[edit]

Name Est. City Country Type Notes
A Night of Horror International Film Festival 2006 Sydney  Australia International An annual genre specific film festival held in Sydney over ten days in March/April, followed by national and international tour.
Adelaide Film Festival 2002 Adelaide  Australia International A biennial, non-competitive film festival held on alternating years to the Adelaide Festival of Arts over two weeks in late February.
Australian International Film Festival 2006 Melbourne  Australia International Held in October 2006. An unrelated festival with the same name was renamed the Canberra International Film Festival.
Brisbane International Film Festival 1992 Brisbane  Australia International Focuses on films from the Pacific Rim.
Byron Bay Film Festival 2006 Byron Bay  Australia International An annual 9 day festival held in March with a focus on human interest, surf, environmental, animation, experimental and short films .
Canberra International Film Festival 1996 Canberra  Australia International First known as the Australian International Film Festival, it is held annually in October. www.silversunpictures.com.au/csff
Clare Valley Film Festival 2009 Clare Valley  Australia International A biennial, showcasing works by Australian and international independent filmmakers with the focus of inspiring and educating young people from South Australia’s regional areas in the art of filmmaking.
Culture Unplugged Film Festival 2008 Auckland  New Zealand International Documentary Film Festival from Global Independent Collective of Storytellers is about films for social change to raise global awarenes. This festival has four themes, We Speak Here, Humanity Explored, Green Unplugged and Spirit Enlightened.
Documentary Edge Festival 2005 Auckland, Wellington New Zealand New Zealand International Documentary Edge Festival is Australasia's premiere international documentary film festival held annually in Auckland and Wellington from April to June. The Festival showcases the very best in documentary films from New Zealand and around the world. It also includes a Gala Awards, Q&A Sessions with filmmakers, various social functions and special events.
Dungog Film Festival 2007 Dungog  Australia Australian Dungog Film Festival, world’s biggest celebration of Australian film, is a 4 day event set in a picturesque country town that showcases the best of new and classic Australian cinema. DFF has become a key national event and the ultimate mini-break with a culture hit.
Human Rights Arts and Film Festival 2007 Melbourne, Sydney, and Perth  Australia Special interest Features films that focus on various human rights issues.
Lebanese Film Festival (NSW) 2012 Sydney with other travelling events including, Canberra  Australia National Cinema and Special interest Features films either made by Lebanese filmmakers, produced or filmed in Lebanon, or showcases an aspect, issue, tradition or person of relevance to Lebanon.
Mardi Gras Film Festival 1978 Sydney  Australia International Held annually in February–March
Melbourne International Film Festival 1951 National  Australia International Held annually in July or August.
New Zealand International Film Festivals 1970 Major cities nationwide  New Zealand International Held in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin, and Christchurch, the traveling festival offers a smaller program in 10 other cities.
Sydney Film Festival 1954 Sydney  Australia International Held annually for two weeks in June.
Scandinavian Film Festival 2014 Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Byron Bay  Australia Movies from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Finland Held for the first time in July, 2014. www.scandinavianfilmfestival.com/
Sydney Underground Film Festival 2007 Sydney  Australia International An annual film festival held in Sydney (and soon to start touring nationally) that celebrates quality, independent, arthouse, experimental, provocative and daring films from around the world. www.suff.com.au
Tropfest 1993 Sydney  Australia International Annual short film festival.

Traveling, online festivals[edit]

Name Est. Type Details
48 Hour Film Project 2001 Special interest A traveling contest in which teams of filmmakers are assigned a genre, a character, a prop, and a line of dialog, and have 48 hours to create a short film containing those elements. The films are then shown in cities across the United States.
48 Go Green 2009 International, Online An ecological themed competition wherein filmmakers are given 48 hours to write, produce, act, and film a short movie with an environmentalist theme.
Ann Arbor Film Festival 1963 International One of the pioneers of the travelling film festival, the AAFF annually visits more than 16 cities with highlights of cutting-edge, experimental, and artistically-inspired films from that year's full festival program.
Campus MovieFest 2001 Special interest The world's largest student film festival, CMF is held annually at over 30 colleges and universities worldwide. Participation is free and participants are provided an Apple Computer, a video camera, and software to create 5-minute films.
CON-CAN Movie Festival 2005 International, Online Annual movie festival that showcases content from around the globe. The first borderless movie festival, CON-CAN has been presenting 20 selected movies a month on its website where viewers can watch for free and "Choose the World's Best Short Movie" for the Audience Award.
Dawn Breakers International Film Festival 2007 International Baha'i-inspired film festival accepts films in many genres and lengths. No entry fee film festival.
Filminute 2006 International Filminute is the international one-minute film festival that showcases, awards and promotes the best one-minute films from around the world.
Gadabout Traveling Film Festival 2002 Special interest Touring festival that screens a program of around 20 international independent short films.
International Random Film Festival 2009 International IRFF is celebrating randomness in cinema. 25 films are selected randomly to the International Competition every year from all the submissions. The Festival is organized annually in a randomly selected location, on a random opening date. Awards are given out randomly.
Nicktoons Film Festival 2004 Special interest An annual animation short film contest in which the winners have their works broadcast on Nickelodeon.
Spike and Mike's Festival of Animation 1977 Special interest Animated shorts, under the "Sick & Twisted", and "New Generation" banners, tours over 50 cities in the US and Canada annually. Birthplace of "Beavis and Butthead", as well as "Southpark" (the first episode - "Spirit of Christmas" was premiered by Spike and Mike as an uncensored short).
Zero Film Festival 2008 Special interest A touring program of audience choice award winning films from the New York, Los Angeles and London festival events. The films are presented in select cities throughout North America and Europe.

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