The entire London Film Week team has been delving into international film festivals to unveil our list of the World’s Top 10 Film Festivals. With over 5,000 film festivals in existence, it wasn’t easy to only pick ten. Have a read below to see which ones made it to the selection!
- Festival de Cannes
Cannes Film Festival is widely considered the most prestigious film festival in the world, mainly because of its exclusivity and long history of premiering some of the greatest films of all time but also because it hosts the world’s busiest film market, the Marché du Film. With about 30,000 accredited film industry professionals, it is THE go-to film festival!
2. Toronto International Film Festival
Since it launched in 1976, TIFF has become one of the largest and most prestigious in the world, propelling emerging filmmakers onto the international scene and awards hopefuls toward the big autumn film season. It is the main entry point to the North American film market.
3. Venice Film Festival
Founded in 1932 as part of the Venice Biennale, the Venice Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world and, in many respects, the most traditionally glamorous. The film festival is taking place in late August or early September on the island of the Lido, Venice, Italy. Screenings take place in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi and in other venues nearby.
4. Berlin International Film Festival
Considered the world’s largest public festival with approximately in excess of 400,000 tickets sold to the audience, the public programme of the Berlin International Film Festival shows about 400 films per year, mostly international or European premieres. The film industry is massively present in Berlin (20,000 professional visitors), attending the European Film Market, the Co-Production Market or Berlinale Talents, amongst other events.
5. Sundance Film Festival
Sundance is not only the largest independent film festival in the United States, it is a lot of things: an exhibition for the most exciting independently produced films from the US and around the world; an early predictor of the year’s movie trends; a networking hub for filmmakers and other talent looking to break into the movie business; a forum for discussing issues and groundbreaking technologies that affect film and media; a place to spot celebrities in puffy jackets and furry boots; and a palate cleanser after the hectic autumn movie season.
6. International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
IDFA is the world’s biggest documentary festival, held annually in Amsterdam. Its Forum is Europe’s biggest co-financing market for international documentary productions, and its popular “Docs for Sale” is an important international documentary market where buyers, sales agents and producers converge. The festival also draws large local audiences, screening more than 200 documentaries and attracting nearly 120,000 visitors.
7. Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
The Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival has become the world’s premiere cinema event dedicated to short films. It is the second largest film festival in France after Cannes in terms of audience and professional attendance. It is at the heart of many all-year-round activities and missions conducted from La Jetée by the collective team of Sauve qui peut le court métrage.
8. International Film Festival Rotterdam
IFFR grew to become one of the largest audience and industry-driven film festivals in the world, while maintaining its focus on innovative filmmaking by talented newcomers and established auteurs as well as on presenting cutting edge media art. In 2017 the Festival counted in excess of 300,000 admissions and over 2,000 film professionals attending the event. The festival’s Official Selection includes about 250 feature films and 200 short films.
9. South by Southwest
South by Southwest is an annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences that take place in mid-March in Austin, Texas, United States. It began in 1987, and has continued to grow in both scope and size every year.
10. Busan International Film Festival
The Busan International Film Festival, held annually in Busan, South Korea, is one of the most significant film festivals in Asia. After its establishment in 1996, BIFF has focused on introducing and supporting new Asian directors and their films. Since 2006, it also hosts the Asian Film Market.