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The Venice Film Festival is held each year in Venice Lido, Italy.) Founded in 1932, the Venice International Film Festival is the world’s oldest, and this year marks the 78th year. The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote international cinema in all its forms as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue. The Festival also organizes retrospectives and tributes to major figures as a contribution towards a better understanding of the history of cinema. Tickets and subscriptions for the 78th Venice International Film Festival (September 1 – 11, 2021) will be on sale in August 2021. Check website as time goes by, as things could change due to Covid 19.
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The Sundance Film Festival began in August 1978 as the Utah/US Film Festival to attract more filmmakers to Utah. It takes place each January in Park City, Utah, Salt Lake City, and at the Sundance Resort, and is the largest independent film festival in the United States. It includes competitive categories, includes documentary and dramatic films, both feature length and short films, in which awards are given, as well as out-of-competition categories for showcasing new films.
This year the 2021 Sundance Film Festival (January 28 to February 3, 2021), is expanding to screens everywhere for virtual or in-person screenings. Seats to all screenings are limited, so check their website for details on how to secure your seat. Note: If individual tickets for some films are sold out check back, as more tickets may become available. Explore and purchase tickets here: https://festival.sundance.org/
The Cannes Film Festival, is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France, which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries, from all around the world. Founded in 1946, the invitation-only festival is held annually at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. This year’s festival takes place May 11-22, 2021. Check website for details https://www.festival-cannes.com/en/
Inaugurated in 1947 The Edinburgh International Film Festival is the world’s longest continually running film festival. The film festival shows a range of feature-length films and documentaries as well as short films, animations, and music videos.
This year the festival takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland June 23-July 4, 2021 https://www.edinburghfestivalcity.com/festivals/edinburgh-international-film-festival
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF or tiff) was first launched as the Toronto Festival of Festivals, collecting the best films from other film festivals around the world and showing them to eager audiences in Toronto. The inaugural event took place in1976. That first year, 35,000 filmgoers watched 127 films from 30 countries presented in ten programs. TIFF is a charitable cultural organization with a mission to transform the way people see the world, through film.
This year’s festival date: September 9, 2021 – September 19, 2021 https://www.tiff.net/
The Monaco International Film Festival , aka The Angel Film Awards, is an annual international special interest film festival held in Monaco. It is a non-profit organization, formed in December 2003 the festival focuses on non-violent films, screening films and productions from around the world, and awards are given in many categories. The festival is attended by seasoned industry professionals and distinguished guests and will be in Monte Carlo this year May 6-9, 2021. http://www.monacofilmfest.com/
The Berlin International Film Festival (usually called the Berlinale, is a film festival held annually in Berlin, Germany. The festival was founded in West Berlin in 1951. With around 300,000 tickets sold and 500,000 admissions each year, it has the largest public attendance of any annual film festival in the world. Up to 400 films are shown in several sections across cinematic genres. The Festival normally happens in February, but due to Covid 19 will be happening for the industry online in March, 2021and a public event in June, 2021. See website for more info: https://www.berlinale.de/en/home.html
The Pusan International Film Festival (now called the Busan International Film Festival) held annually in Haeundae-gu, Busan (also Pusan), South Korea, is one of the most significant film festivals in Asia The first festival, held in September 1996, was also the first international film festival in Korea. The focus of the BIFF is to introduce new films and first-time directors, especially those from Asian countries. Another notable feature is the appeal of the festival to young people, both in terms of the large youthful audience it attracts and through its efforts to develop and promote young talent.
This year’s festival dates are normally in October, but his year they may just run the Busan Short Film Festival in April due to Covid 19. For more info: https://www.biff.kr/eng/