Where to Find the Best Film Festivals
American Indian Film Festival Has a wonderful collection of AIFF posters for sale.
Ashland Independent Film Festival held in March/April in Ashland, Oregon.
Atlanta Film Festival held in June in Atlanta. "Since 1977, the AFF has offered rich opportunities for the Atlanta community to experience the work of local, regional, national and international media artists. AFF is widely considered one of the most respected and longest-running festivals in the United States." Article in Oz Online
Boston Underground Film Festival "... Underground Film Festival (B.U.F.F.) is an annual festival committed to the celebration of alternative vision and cultivation of independent, provocative and experimental filmmaking. By featuring work that pushes the envelope in form, style and content, B.U.F.F. seeks to be a platform for the screening of new work and a forum for the exchange of ideas amongst filmmakers, curators and audiences."
Brooklyn Underground Film Festival
Carolina Film and Video Festival
Connecticut Filmmaker Festival
Crossroads Film Festival "If you think you know Mississippi ... think again! Jackson, Mississippi is the cultural crossroads of the south (hence the name - Crossroads Film Festival) and is the place where all the good stuff gets thrown together.
"This is where the music of delta bluesman Robert Johnson runs straight into the home of the international ballet competition. We are home to literary greats like Richard Wright, Tennessee Williams, Willie Morris, Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, and some of the worlds greatest historians, photographers, and musicians....
"We are also home to some real quirky and creative folks, a little southern hospitality, fried catfish, sweet tea, and a film festival to rival the best of them.
"Come see us, and we will show you a great time."
Cucalorus Film Festival Wilmington, NC, End of March. "Beginning with a magical event in the fall of 1994, Cucalorus has established itself as one of the few truly independent film festivals in the world, serving the needs of filmmakers before the interests of corporate sponsors or the studios. Praise has come from many places for our renegade style and grassroots approach to festival making. MovieMaker magazine dubbed the festival "the best kept secret on the indie fest circuit" in 2003 and went on to list the festival as one of the "20 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" the following year. Despite having the window dressing of a formal business, Cucalorus maintains a rebel style, mirroring the world of independent and underground filmmaking."
Film Fest New Haven
HI/LO Film Festival "High Concept, Low Budget... for the adventurous and disenchanted"
Independent Film Festival of Boston
Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles
Just Another Film Festival "a week long festival, playing films all week at several locations at Weber State University and in Ogden City (Utah)."
LA Short Film Festival "... is the largest short film festival in the world. The festival screens over 500 short films."
Los Angeles Film Festival includes AFI Fest Held in November. Opens for entries in March
Northwest Film and Video Festival. Held annually in November in Portland. Open, without fee, to residents of Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington,
PDX (Portland Documentary and Experimental) Film Festival Held in April. Seeks to show films that are "... “underground” in style. We are looking for artistic, non-narrative, quirky and challenging work that reflects contemporary culture, progressive issues, documents historic oddities, or perhaps is just generally unclassifiable..."
Ojai Film Festival
Out On Film: Atlanta’s Gay & Lesbian Film Festival November. How to volunteer.
OutTakes Dallas: Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Portland Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
Reel Affirmations: Washington, DC's International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
RiverRun Film Festival Winston-Salem NC April. Hosted by North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking. "... is dedicated to exhibiting the work of talented filmmakers from around the world and to the exhibition of new, independent, and foreign-language dramatic and documentary feature-length and short films. In addition to premiering new films, RiverRun also invites to Winston-Salem critically acclaimed works featured at the Sundance, Toronto and Cannes film festivals."
| Sundance Film Festival ".... Each year the Sundance Film Festival selects 200 films for exhibition from more than 9,000 submissions. More than 50,000 people attend screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah. In addition to discovering filmmaking's newest talent through the Festival's program of documentary, dramatic, and short films, Festivalgoers experience live music performances, panel discussions with leading filmmakers and industry figures, cutting-edge media installations, parties celebrating the Festival community, and more...."
Texas Film Festival "... the largest student-run independent film festival in the nation ..."
Tribeca Film Festival End of April in NYC. FAQS Seeing a movie at the Tribeca Film Festival is a one-of-a-kind experience:
• The director, cast, and crew are often on hand for a formal Q&A.
• The films are from every corner of the globe and offer almost as many perspectives as New Yorkers have opinions.
• Almost every film is a New York, U.S., or even world premiere, so you could be among the first to see the next big hit.
• The Festival offers countless exclusive screenings, giving you the chance to see undiscovered gems on the big screen.
Washington Jewish Film Festival
Wildscreen Festival is over 20 years old, and is the world's largest and most prestigious Wildlife Film Festival.
Woods Hole Film Festival August on Cape Cod
Young Peoples Film & Video Festival "... is an annual opportunity for young Northwest film and video makers to have their work viewed by professional media artists and presented to the public."