Films allow us to escape and explore ideas, and so it’s no wonder we all love them so much. They provide a ‘window’ for us to view things we could never see in our daily lives: different eras, different realities, different situations. But if you’re particularly interested in movies, there’s more you can do than simply watch them at home or on the big screen. There are loads of fantastic, vibrant film festivals across the world where you can share your passion with other lovers of cinema. Get ready to book up your diary, here are some of the best film festivals for next year.
London Short Film Festival
You can see a large selection of cinematic gems on the big screen at London’s Short Film Festival. Some of the best talents in the movie industry flock to this short film celebration. Along with the many movie screenings, you are also treated to a wide range of talks and discussions when visiting the festival. Not just from actors, talent from behind the camera share their film knowledge and expertise too. The London Film Festival champions new and original voices in cinema and showcases new British short film (specifically documentary, experimental and animation work). It proves that the UK is alive with creativity and is a celebration of filmmaking pioneers.
Toronto Film Festival
The Toronto International Film Festival is one of the brightest and most vibrant film festivals in the world. It is held each September in Ontario in Toronto. You can be among the first to see the next award winning blockbuster movies at this influential film festiva. Movies such as American Beauty, Black Swan, and Singapore Sling, have premiered here. Whether you love cinema or just want to spot the celebs, the Toronto Film Festival is the place to be.
Sundance Film Festival
Rub elbows with movie stars and celebrities by visiting the Sundance Film Festival 2017. This festival is the largest independent film festival in the United States. It features American and international dramatic and documentary films (both short and feature-length). Lots of independent filmmakers have got their big break at Sundance Festival, and it has changed over the decades from a low budget affair to a media extravaganza. Expect to see it buzzing with Hollywood actors, celebrities and paparazzi. Along with the Sundance Festival, you will find an exciting mix of nightlife, shopping and art galleries to explore in and around this mountain town. So between screenings, you can explore the area and see all that Park City has to offer.
Venice Film Festival
Founded in 1932, Venice Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world. Dates for the 2017 festival have not yet been released. However, it has since taken place in late August or early September on the island of the Lido in Venice. Screenings take place in a range of historic venues nearby. The Venice Film Festival has become one of the most prestigious international film festivals in the world since it’s creation.