List of film festivals in North and Central America

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Film festivals

This is a list of film festivals that take place (or took place) in North America (Canada, United States and Mexico).

International festivals[edit]

Name Est. City State/Prov. Notes Website
100 Words Film Festival 2014 Charlotte North Carolina Celebrating concise storytelling, each film must contain exactly 100 spoken words. Held annually in November. [1]
168 Film Festival 2003 Los Angeles California Speed filmmaking competition and festival. Entries accepted from anywhere in the world. Held annually in April.
Action On Film International Film Festival 2005 Monrovia California Started as part of the World Martial Arts Trade Show and International Championships.
Ann Arbor Film Festival 1961 Ann Arbor Michigan Film festival showcasing experimental and independent film in North America. Held annually in late March.
Arlington International Film Festival 2010 Arlington Massachusetts The festival focuses on Multicultural awareness and stresses also the importance of the artistic and educational value of films from all around the world.
Asian World Film Festival 2015 Los Angeles California International Held annually in October-November.

Bahamas International Film Festival 2004 Paradise Island The Bahamas
Banff Mountain Film Festival 1976 Banff Alberta International film competition and annual presentation of short films and documentaries about mountain culture, sports, and environment.
Bel Air Film Festival 2008 Los Angeles California An international festival held annually in November.
Berlin & Beyond Film Festival 1996 San Francisco California German-language film festival outside of Europe, held annually in January.
Big Bear Lake International Film Festival 2000 Big Bear Lake California Committed to presenting emerging talents of independent filmmakers and screenwriters, held annually in September.
Boston Film Festival 1984 Boston Massachusetts Annually showcasing feature films, documentaries and shorts in September.
Boulder International Film Festival 2004 Boulder Colorado
Burbank International Film Festival 2009 Burbank California
Calgary International Film Festival 2000 Calgary Alberta Held annually for 10 days in late September or early October.
Capital City Film Festival 2011 Lansing Michigan Celebrates and promotes filmmakers with an emphasis on Michigan-made, homegrown talent. A four-day festival taking place in venues across Lansing.
CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival 1994 Toronto Ontario All kinds of short films.
Chicago International Children's Film Festival 1983 Chicago Illinois Festival of films for kids & youth in North America. Held annually in late October for 10 days.
Chicago International Film Festival 1965 Chicago Illinois Held annually in October.
Cine Las Americas International Film Festival 1997 Austin Texas Held annually in the spring showcasing Latin American, Latino and Indigenous films.
CinErotic FilmFest 2010 Atlanta Georgia Debuts February 12–14, 2010. CEFF celebrates sex-positive, diverse and empowering erotic cinema and performance by amateurs, independent artists and the avant-garde.
Cleveland International Film Festival 1977 Cleveland Ohio The Cleveland International Film Festival is a 12-day event held annually in spring and includes Feature and Short Subject Films.
Columbus International Film & Video Festival 1953 Columbus Ohio North American 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 The festival of unknowns (i.e. no celebrities)
DALLAS International Film Festival 2006 Dallas Texas
DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival 2000 Washington DC Held annually in October.
Denver Film Festival 1978 Denver Colorado Held annually in November.
Denver Underground Film Festival 1997 Denver Colorado Held annually in May.
Detroit Windsor International Film Festival 2008 Detroit Michigan Held annually in June, and hosts the annual DWIFF Challenge
Dominican International Film Festival 2004 Puerto Plata Dominican Republic Held Annually in December for Spanish and Latin Independent Films.
DOXA Documentary Film Festival 1998 Vancouver British Columbia Documentary film festival held in Western Canada annually for ten days in May.
Edmonton International Film Festival 1986 Edmonton Alberta Annual 10-day festival in September featuring short films, documentaries, dramatic features, partys and an eclectic mix of filmmaker guests.
Expresión en Corto International Film Festival 1997 San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato Guanajuato Mexico's largest competitive film festival.
Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 1971 Montreal Quebec
Festivus film festival 2006 Denver Colorado
Film North - Huntsville International Film Festival (HIFF) 2010 Huntsville Ontario Huntsville International Film Festival, for emerging Canadian and International Filmmakers to exhibit, promote, entertain and inform the audience.
Florida Film Festival 1992 Maitland Florida 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.
French Film Festival - Richmond, Virginia 1993 Richmond Virginia The largest French Film Festival in the USA, it takes place every year during the last week-end of March, featuring world and American premieres of French features and shorts.
Garden State Film Festival 2015 Atlantic City New Jersey The Garden State Film Festival was founded to promote the art of filmmaking on all levels by showcasing a wide variety of film, video and animated works as well as provide educational programs in the creative arts to the public by industry leaders. [2]
Gotham Screen Film Festival & Screenplay Contest 2007 New York City New York Showcase of new American and international cinema, with a competitive screenplay contest.
Golden Door Film Festival 2011 Jersey City New Jersey Held annually in October
Guadalajara International Film Festival 1988 Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico and Latin American film festival
Hamptons International Film Festival 1993 East Hampton New York
Hawaii International Film Festival 1981 Honolulu Hawaii 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."
Haydenfilms International Film Festival 2004 New York City New York The Haydenfilms International Film Festival is a hybrid of traditional and online film festivals that awards a prize of $25,000.
Heartland Film Festival 1991 Indianapolis Indiana The annual Heartland Film Festival introduces audiences to transformative independent films from around the world. Heartland awards more than $135,000 in prize money every year at the festival.
High Falls Film Festival 2001 Rochester New York High Falls Film Festival celebrates the work of women filmmakers. 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 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.
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 1993 Toronto Ontario North America's largest documentary film festival.[citation needed]
India International Film Festival (IIFF) of Tampa Bay 2010 Tampa Florida Held annually. Feature films, short films, and documentaries that are produced by Indians, films with Indian actors or actresses, or films with Indian themes.
Indianapolis International Film Festival 2004 Indianapolis Indiana
Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival 1991 Toronto Ontario Canada’s largest queer film and video festival, held over 11 days in May
International Black Women's Film Festival 2001 San Francisco California Exhibiting films by and/or featuring Black women from around the world in non-stereotypical roles.
Jacksonville Film Festival 2003 Jacksonville Florida Held annually for 4 days in mid-May.
JAPAN CUTS: The New York Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema 2007 New York New York North America's biggest festival of contemporary Japanese cinema. Held annually in July.
KahBang Film Festival 2009 Bangor Maine Part of the KahBang music-art-film Festival, built on discovering the Best Emerging Filmmakers, Narrative and Documentary Features, Comedy Films, Short Films, Music Docs, and awarding one notable filmmaker with the "Kevin Norwood Bacon Award for Achievement in Cinema". Held Annually in August.
L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival 2009 Los Angeles California Held annually in the spring. Host of the L.A. Comedy Scripts screenplay competition.
Los Angeles Film Festival 1995 Los Angeles California 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.
Little Rock Film Festival 2006 Little Rock Arkansas Held annually in the beginning of June. This southern film festival features narrative film, documentary films, short film, panels, and unforgettable events
Love Your Shorts Film Festival 2011 Sanford Florida Held around Valentine's Day. The Festival screens only short films under 30 minutes in length.
Marda Loop Justice Film Festival 2006 Calgary Alberta Held annually in mid-November, it also includes screenings throughout the year. Free and community-orientated
Margaret Mead Film Festival 1976 New York City New York 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 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.
Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival 2006 Martha's Vineyard Massachusetts Held annually in early September. Festival is hosted by the Martha's Vineyard Film Society
Maryland Film Festival 1999 Baltimore Maryland 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 Also known as FICCO (Festival Internacional de Cine Contemporáneo), it is hosted by Cinemex.
Miami Short Film Festival 2002 Miami Florida Short Film Festival held annually in mid November.
Mile High Horror Film Festival 2010 Denver Colorado The Mile High Horror Film Festival is held annually each October. Its mission is to showcase the very best independent horror films from around the world.
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival 1983 Minneapolis-St. Paul Minnesota Held annually in the spring. Showcases more than 200 films from around the world. Presented by The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul.
Montclair Film Festival 2012 Montclair New Jersey An annual, community-based film festival that showcases filmmakers from a variety of countries while creating a cultural focal point for the Township of Montclair, surrounding communities and the region.
Montreal World Film Festival 1977 Montreal Quebec
Moondance International Film Festival 2000 Boulder Colorado 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.
Naperville Independent Film Festival 2008 Naperville Illinois Annual film festival featuring the work of independent filmmakers.
Nashville Film Festival 1969 Nashville Tennessee Founded in 1969 as the Sinking Creek Film Celebration. Takes place in April and is an Academy Award-qualifying festival 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 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.
Native American Film and Video Festival 1979 New York New York Biannual festival held at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian featuring indigenous works from across the Americas
National Film Festival for Talented Youth 2007 Seattle Washington Youth film festival, showcasing the work of filmmakers from around the globe (aged 22 or under)
Newport Beach Film Festival 1999 Newport Beach California Founded in 1999, the Newport Beach Film Festival has evolved into a multicultural event, attracting over 40,000 attendees to Orange County.
New Orleans Film Festival 1989 New Orleans Louisiana Frequently referred to as Cannes on the Mississippi.[citation needed]
New York Film Festival 1962 New York City New York One of North America's oldest film festivals.[citation needed]
New York International Children's Film Festival 1997 New York City New York Film festival for kids in North America, held annually from late-February to mid-March.
Northeast Film Festival 2013 Teaneck New Jersey Features both US and international films with competition in feature length and short fiction as well as documentaries and student films. The Northeast Film Festival is run by founder and festival director Larry Rosen. Held annually in September.
Orlando Film Festival 2006 Orlando Florida The Orlando Film Festival seeks to inspire student, future and current filmmakers in the art of filmmaking, and to enhance the movie viewing experience in Downtown Orlando through creative, unique and entertaining events. Held annually in October/November
Palm Springs Festival of Festivals 2001 Palm Springs California
Palm Springs International Film Festival 1989 Palm Springs California
Philadelphia Film Festival Philadelphia Pennsylvania Presented by the Philadelphia Film Society, held annually in the fall.
Project Twenty1 Film Festival 2006 Philadelphia Pennsylvania Screenings include the Philadelphia Filmathon and the annual 21-Day Filmmaking Competition.
QFest 1995 Philadelphia Pennsylvania Founded as the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, the name was changed to QFest in 2009. Presented by the Philadelphia Cinema Alliance.
Port Townsend Film Festival 1999 Port Townsend Washington An international festival held annually the third weekend in September.
Red Rock Film Festival 2007 St. George Utah Located beneath the red mountains of Southern Utah this international festival is held annually each November.
Reel Shorts Film Festival 2007 Grande Prairie Alberta International festival of short films in early May.
ReelAbilities 2007 New York City New York Film festival in the U.S. dedicated to films by and about people with disabilities. Founded in New York City and tours throughout the United States.
Rhode Island International Film Festival 1997 Providence Rhode Island Held annually for 6 days during the second week of August
Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival 1987 Colorado Springs Colorado Held annually in early November showcasing films made by Women. The festival features a mix of documentary, short and narrative films. [3]
The Rome International Film Festival 2003 Rome Georgia MovieMaker Magazine called it “one of the outstanding film festivals in the Southeast.”
San Diego Film Festival 2001 San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter and La Jolla California Held in September the festival showcases international narrative features, short films, documentary, Native American and Music for Film.
San Francisco Green Film Festival 2011 San Francisco California
San Francisco International Film Festival 1957 San Francisco California
San Luis Obispo International Film Festival 1993 San Luis Obispo California Held annually in March.
Santa Barbara International Film Festival 1985 Santa Barbara California
Seattle International Film Festival 1976 Seattle Washington One of the largest film festivals in the United States.
Sedona International Film Festival 1994 Sedona Arizona Film festival in Arizona.
Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival 1999 Birmingham Alabama
Sonoma Valley Film Festival 1996 Sonoma California Set in the heart of California wine country, one of the smaller "destination" film festivals in the United States.
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 1980 San Francisco California SFJFF is a year-round media arts organization that promotes awareness, appreciation and pride in the diversity of the Jewish people. [4]
Sundance Film Festival 1978 Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, Sundance Utah Held annually in January, Sundance is the largest independent film festival in the United States.
Tallgrass Film Festival 2003 Wichita Kansas This four-day festival, held in October, accepts independent short and feature submissions from all over the world.
Telluride Film Festival 1974 Telluride Colorado Only 40 films are admitted each year.
Three Rivers Film Festival 1982 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania A program of Pittsburgh Filmmakers, emphasizing independent film.
Toronto International Film Festival 1976 Toronto Ontario Film festival open to the general public, it is held annually in September.
Tribeca Film Festival 2002 New York City New York Founded by Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro.
Traverse City Film Festival 2005 Traverse City Michigan Annual festival co-founded by filmmaker Michael Moore.
True/False Film Fest 2003 Columbia Missouri Championing films that breathe new life into the nonfiction format, the festival features the finest new movies redefining the now-exploding form.
Vancouver International Film Festival 1982 Vancouver British Columbia Held annually for two weeks in late September and early October.
Vancouver Asian Film Festival 1996 Vancouver British Columbia Annual film festival held in Vancouver, British Columbia for about 4–5 days in November.
Vancouver Queer Film & Video Festival 1988 Vancouver British Columbia Largest queer film festival in Western Canada. Held annually for eleven days in late August.
Wisconsin Film Festival 1999 Madison Wisconsin Annual showcase of independent and international documentary, narrative, experimental, student and animated films. Run for 4 days in early April
Yorkton Film Festival 1950 Yorkton Saskatchewan North American film festival, held annually.
Zero Film Festival 2007 Los Angeles California Film festival exclusive to self-financed filmmakers.

Special interest[edit]

Name Est. City State/Prov. Notes Website
Fantasia Festival 1996 Montreal Quebec Devoted to fantasy, horror, martial arts and science fiction genres.
Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival 2009 Seattle Washington Dedicated to action, animation, cult, fantasy, horror, and science fiction cinema.
Mods & Rockers Film Festival 1999 Los Angeles California Celebration of rock music culture films.
New York Asian Film Festival 2002 New York City New York Features North American premieres and classic titles from Asian cinemas, especially horror, action and martial arts genres.
New York Jewish Film Festival 1992 New York City New York New York showcase for world cinema exploring the Jewish experience. The NYJFF is presented by The Jewish Museum (New York) and The Film Society of Lincoln Center.
New York Polish Film Festival 2005 New York City New York Dedicated to the cinema of Poland
Noor Iranian Film Festival 2007 Los Angeles California Dedicated to the cinema of Iran
Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival 2008 Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival 1997 Champaign Illinois Founded by film critic Roger Ebert.
Roxbury Film Festival 1998 Boston Massachusetts Showcase films that celebrate people of color.
San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival 2004 San Antonio Texas Dedicated to Christian indie film.
San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival 1982 San Francisco California Dedicated to Asian and Asian-American films.
Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival 2005 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Cultural organization and film festival dedicated to Asian and Asian-American films.
South by Southwest 1987 Austin Texas 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 SATO48 challenges filmmakers to create a short film entirely from scratch over the course of 48 hours.
Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2006 Toronto Ontario Showcases new horror, sci-fi, action and cult films from around the world.
Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival 1997 Toronto Ontario
Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival 2009 Toronto Ontario Exclusively showcasing short films made by youth filmmakers in the Greater Toronto Area.
World of Comedy Film Festival 2003 Toronto Ontario Annual showcase of feature-length and short comedies from Canada and around the world.
YoungCuts Film Festival 2001 Montreal Quebec Great short films by the world's best young filmmakers 25 and under.


Name Est. City State/Prov. Type Notes Website
.EDU Film Festival Minneapolis Minnesota Regional, student student film screenings, equipment demos; roundtables with film directors, writers, and producers; and meet-and-greets with post secondary institutions that feature strong film/video production programs.
ACE Film Festival 2006 New York City New York American Showcase of American independent film and media. Held annually in September.
Boomtown Film and Music Festival 2005 Beaumont Texas Regional Established to foster interest in the arts
Kingston Canadian Film Festival 2001 Kingston Ontario Canadian Largest Canadian film festival in the world.
Louisiana Film Prize 2012 Shreveport Louisiana Regional Short films shot in North Louisiana compete for $50k.
Magnolia Independent Film Festival 1997 Starkville Mississippi International and Regional Held annually in February for one weekend. Short films, experimental films, and many special events in which filmmakers participate.
Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival 2001 Cedar Rapids Iowa Regional accepting international entries Held annually the first full non-Easter weekend in April.
Havana Film Festival 1979 Havana Cuba Regional Held annually, focuses on Latin-American films.
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
deadCENTER Film Festival 2001 Oklahoma City Oklahoma Regional "Designed to inspire growth in the local film industry and energize visiting film professionals"
Boston Asian American Film Festival 2008 Boston Massachusetts North American Held annually, focuses on Asian-American films.


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