Top 10 Most Prestigious Film Festivals in The World

Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Most Prestigious Film Festivals in The World 2017. The cultural world is still dominated by film making and many countries have their own film industry. Cinema and film making is an incredibly cometitive industry and film makers around the world are always trying to get one up on each other. Film festivals are usually a good way of allowing them to get their films noticed and hopefully get a good review that will encourage cinemas to show their film. Film festivals often vary as to what they show with some specializing in a certain area like art house, or science fiction, animation or documentaries, and some having a full range of different films on show.

Usually, there will be awards and prizes and available and these will be given to the most deserving directors, producers, actors and films. Getting chosen for one of these awards can be very prestigious and useful again if you are trying to get some good publicity for your film. This list shows ten of the most prestigious film festivals in the world 2017. There are of course many hundreds available across the world and we encourage you to do some research and find some of the smaller festivals to attend as these can often be some of the best. However, the list below shows some of the biggest and best around.

List of Top 10 Most Prestigious Film Festivals in The World 2017

10. Sundance Film Festival, Utah, United States

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Sundance is one of North America’s most well known and most prestigious film festivals. It has been around for quite a long time and was founded by the Hollywood actor and director Robert Redford. It focuses mainly on independent film making and many films that are lucky enough to appear at the festival go on to achieve success at cinemas in the US and overseas. It is known as the ‘Olympics of Independent films’.

9. Busan International Film Festival, South Korea

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One of the most signifcant film festivals in Asia, the Busan festival began in 1996 and has grown steadily. The focus of the festival is to introduce new films and first time directors, often from Asian countries. It tries to publicise young talent and it also attracts a large youth audience which is a signifcant feature of the festival. In 2011 it moved to what has become a permanent home – the Busan Cinema Center in Centum City.

8. Montreal World Film Festival, Canada

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Founded in 1977 Montreal is one of Canada’s oldest film festivals and is held every year in late August in the city in Quebec. It has a large diversity of films from across the world, hence the reference i its name to world film. It is organised into various sections:

World Competition (features and shorts)
First Films World Competition (features)
Out of Competition (features)
Focus on World Cinema (features and Shorts)
Documentaries of the World (features, medium-length films, shorts)
Cinema Under the Stars
Student Film Festival (Canadian and international shorts)

There are various awards and the winners often go on to see their films reaching critical acclaim across the world.

7. Toronto International Film Festival, Canada


The Toronto International Film Festival (or in French, the Festival international du film de Toronto) is one of the largest film festivals in the world in terms of the numbers of people attending. In total there are usually about 480,000 people who go along every year. In 2015, 397 films from 71 countries were screened at 28 screens in downtown Toronto venues, with lots of people getting involved. It was founded in 1976 and has a very high profile, perhaps second to Cannes in terms of being high profile and influential.

6. Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic


The Karlovy Vary film festival is the biggest in Central and Eastern Europe and one of the oldest film festivals around, having been founded in 1948. For the early years of the frstival the screenings were dominated by socialist realist films due to the communist takeover in the 1940s. It is a very competitive event and there are many films who enter.

5. San Sebastien International Film Festival, Spain


This festival is held in the city of Donostia-San Sebastián every September and is regarded as one of the most important festivals in the world. Founded in 1953, it has been the venue for many important film premieres in the history of cinema. For example, Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo has been screened at the festival for its premiere as well as Woody Allen’s Melinda and Melinda and the European premiere of Star Wars. Out of all of the major film festivals San-Sebastien has one of the lowest budgets but it is still regarded as one of the most important, and perhaps the most important in the Spanish-speaking world.

4. Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland


Since 1946 the Locarno International Film festival has wowed audiences with its open air screening area, where ore than 8000 people can watch films. The main prize at the festival is the Golden Leopard award which is given to the best film in the International Competition. Over the years the festival has launched the careers of many famous actors and directors. Although the films are the focus of the event, many famous actors usually attend, including Anthony Hopkins, Penelope Cruz and Christopher Lee.

3. Berlin International Film Festival, Germany


The Berlin Film Festival, also known as the Berlinale, is one of the world’s most respected media and film events. Since 1978 the event has taken place in Febriary each year, although it was actually founded in West Berlin in 1951. Generally about 300.000 tickets are sold each year and there are generally more than 500,000 admissions, making this probably the most popular film festival in the world in terms of the numbers of people who attend. Up to 400 films are shown each year, including a wide mix of genres and styles, and from all over the world. The Golden Bear is the prize for the best film at the festival and it is very highly regarded. This is one of Top 10 Most Prestigious Film Festivals in The World 2017.

2. Venice International Film Festival, Italy


Venice is the oldest film festival of them all founded in 1932, but it continues to amaze every year. It takes place in late August or September each year, being held on the island of the Lido in Venice each year. It has grown to become one of the most prestigious in the world and is attended by many of the most rich and famous personalities around.

1. Cannes Festival, France


The crown of this list simply had to go to Cannes, which must be the most well known and well respected film festivals of all. With its origins in the 1940s, having been founded in 1946, Cannes has grown to be one of ‘the’ events of the social calendar for the rich and famous around the world. It shows a range of different film genres, including documentaries, but critically it is invitation only. It is usually held in May every year. It has become a particularly important stage for European films, alongside Venice and Berlin, and is particularly fond of showcasing the potential of arthouse cinema. It is a popular venue for producers to launch their films.

So, there we have ten of the most prestigious film festivals around the world 2017. They provide a range of different venues and some of more publically orientated than others. Nevertheless, they act as an important venue for showcasing films and allowing budding actors and directors to push forward their talent into the arena.

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