Film Festivals to Check Out this Fall

Fall is approaching and that means much anticipated cooler temps, pumpkin spice everything, and an awesome line up of film festivals across the United States. Whether you’re into small-town local festivals or big national productions, we’ve got some of the film fests you need check out this season.

For starters, the 2019 Great Lakes Film International Film Festival will be coming up September 19th through the 28th in Erie, Pennsylvania. Considered one of the top 100 film festivals, GLIFF strives to be one of the most creative and forward thinking festivals in the world. They put hard work into giving independent filmmakers the exposure they deserve, when they may not otherwise get it. The festival has been visited by many celebrities and world-renowned producers throughout the years. Films will be announced by September 7th, so stay tuned!

The New York Film Festival is also coming up in September, running from the 27th until October 13th. The festival released its lineup for the Spotlight on Documentary section, which will host films from Nick Broomfield, Nicholas Ma, Tim Robbins, Michael Apted, and more. They will be showing six world premieres and five US premieres, spanning all different styles and genres, including Born to Be, a documentary by Director Tania Cypriano shedding light on the journey of transitioning after New York’s 2015 ruling that health insurance should cover transgender related services.

On November 7th through the 17th, the St. Louis International Film Festival will take place St. Louis, Missouri for its 28th year. This film fest has a goal of offering glimpses of the human experience from around the world. SLIFF gives its viewers a chance to not only enjoy some great independent films, but also learn about the cultures and lives of other people. They are inclusive and bold when it comes to showing films that portray different races, ethnicities, and sexual identities.

Screamfest Horror Film Festival and Screenplay Competition is taking place October 8th through the 17th in Los Angeles, California. It’s one of the biggest genre film fests in the States and is internationally known for showcasing independent films in horror, science fiction, and fantasy. Screamfest is celebrating its 19th year, making it the largest and longest running horror film festival in the States. Finalists will be announced by September 15th.

For a local, home-grown film festival, check out the Indie Memphis Film Festival in Memphis, Tennessee from October 30th through November 4th. Their goal is to create community through independent film and support the development of filmmakers, and has been named to MovieMaker Magazine’s 2019 Coolest Film Festivals. The weekend during Indie Memphis transforms Midtown Memphis into a big block party. At Indie Memphis, you can expect independent films, shorts, documentaries, and music from all over the world.

We could go on, but we’d be here all day. If you’re a film fest lover, there’s sure to be one near you to enjoy this fall. Get out and support your local and independent filmmakers, learn about different cultures, and catch the premiers of some really awesome movies.



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