Since the development of film festivals, moviegoers wait patiently every year for what writers, producers, directors and actors have coming up. Way before the glitz and glam of the movie award season, filmmakers descend upon the many festivals that take place. For those involved in the filmmaking process, festivals present a significant way to market a film and create opportunities within the industry. Festivals allow filmmakers to gain feedback from audiences and judges, all while introducing their latest art work.
Take a look at ARTSY’S 7 Top Film Festivals.
7 – Atlanta Film Festival: The Academy Award qualifying International Film Festival is held in Atlanta, Georgia every April. Recognized for its diverse range of films that include independent films and genre films. Since 2007, the festival has been held at the landmark Midtown Art Cinema, and hosts panels, screenplay readings, film discussions and parties. Notable screenings includes, 2009’s “500 days of summer,” and 2013’s “Mud”.
6 – Los Angeles Film Festival:
This annual film festival is held in Downtown LA, every June. Independent films, short films, documentaries, and even music videos are showcased. In 2011, a record 200 films, shorts and videos were screened from over 30 countries. With over 90,000 in attendance every year, The LA film festival is one of the largest in the world. Signature programs include exclusive filmmakers retreat, and the screenings of shorts directed by high school students.
5 – New York Film Festival:
Not to be confused with the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York film festival has been one of the major festivals since its start in 1963. This non- competitive festival has launched some of the most artistic movies to date, such as 2011’s “The Artist.”
4 – Sundance Film Festival:
Every January, independent American filmmakers ready to showcase their films consume Park City, Utah. The competitive categories range from feature and short length films and documentaries. Quentin Tarantino, David O. Russell and Steven Soderbergh , all Academy Award winners, each had their big breaks at Sundance. Films such as “Little Miss Sunshine, “The Blair Witch Project,” and “ Reservoir Dogs,” all premiered during this festive event.
3 – TriBeCa Film Festival:
Founded in 2002 by actor Robert De Niro and partners, it is reported the TriBeCa Film Festival was a response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. By contributing to the recovery of lower Manhattan, this festival celebrates New York City as a major film making center. Between 2006 and 2007, the TriBeCa Film Festival screened over a thousand narrative features, short films and documentaries. One component of this festival is the Artist Awards program; in which renowned artists give away original pieces to winning filmmakers.
2 – United Film Festival:
Six different festivals make up the United Film Festival. Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Tulsa, Chicago and London, all participate in uniting a diverse group of filmmakers and showcasing their work. Creativity from different backgrounds is the main focus in presentation of the art of film making.
1 – Art of Brooklyn Film Festival:
A.R.T.S.Y Magazine wouldn’t keep our mission intact if the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival wasn’t number one on our list. Another film festival founded in New York City, The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival is “an indie gem the showcases the best of the borough,” says Industry Magazine; that borough being, of course, Brooklyn, NY. With focus on Brooklyn-born, Brooklyn-based, and Brooklyn-centric films and filmmakers. Film work from all over the world, is screened by filmmakers who live in, work in, or is inspired by Brooklyn. This year’s Festival takes place from May 7th-11th.
To the height of Hollywood to the borough of Brooklyn, film making continues to hold onto their art form with a myriad of festivals, allowing those seeking for artistic freedom to create and view.
By Justin Jenkins