With so many film festivals out there, it can be hard to know which ones are worth not only your time, but also your dosh. Sure there’s the big favourites like Palm Springs and Los Angeles Film Festival (both amazing by the way) but what if you want something a little different yet still major? We’ve done the research and here we can recommend a few of our, sometimes unusual, must attended festivals for 2017.
Tribeca Film Festival (19th-30th April, New York)
A rather well known festival and for good reason. Noted for being “A platform for independent filmmaking, creative expression and immersive entertainment”, this festival really does pick the “crème de la crème” of independent cinema. You won’t want to miss these movies, or the celebs that attend in mass.
HollyShorts Film Festival (10th-19th August, Los Angeles)
Having been running in Sherman Oaks for over thirteen years, this festival is a must for all short movie lovers out there. What’s great about them? They’re affordable and they have a diverse array of genres for you to choose from, including Virtual Reality. You’re sure to have a totally “immersive” experience while rubbing shoulders with the filmmakers of the industry’s tomorrow.
Austin Film Festival (26th October-2 November, Austin)
Another one that’s probably been on your radar for a little bit, and one you should totally check out. Known as the “Writers Festival” and having been running for 24 years, Austin Film Festival is another Oscar Qualifier which means you’re totally going to catch some incredible narratives before they’re released in theatres. Get your tickets now, because this is one you’ll not want to miss.
Sundance Film Festival (19-29 January, Utah)
With no need for an introduction, the Sundance Film Festival is among the biggest ones in the United States. Founded in 1978, after 39 years it still promises great films and attendees. Last year’s red carpet was full of stars, from Hugh Jackman to Kristen Stewart and Elizabeth Banks.
Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (27th October- 5 November, Chicago)
Film festivals can totally be family friendly, so why not take the whole gang out to catch that amazing new Pixar movie before it’s released in cinemas. Being the first Academy Qualifying Children’s film festival in the word, you’re sure to find some incredible and inspiring films here. Oh, and did we mention they’re totally affordable?