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My Favorite List of Film Festivals USA & World

Updated on March 14, 2013

My Search Began with Film & Music Festivals

I started this topic actually looking for high quality Film & Music Festivals in USA and World. With so many amazing heritage music performers in various styles of music today, and with rise of video music so often used by mass media music performers, I expected to find a trend toward combining the older tradition of film festivals, with literally thousands existing in the world today, with the newer traditions of music video and live regional music performers. Well, I did not find too many effective combination of films festivals with music. There are of course, great and old film festivals, and there are music festivals and county and town festivals of all kinds today, But fiilm festivals appear to be a class on its own merit today.

May be the future be different as more music festivals adds elements of "short films' and more film festivals, particularly the reginoal hertiage ones, adds more music elements. At least I found one such combination as I was seeking., located at Tucson, AZ. A historic American place where old west traditions were just yesterday. Tucson Film & Music Festival I share a few photos and url links to all of my less than 10 film festivals I am featuring here today.


My Favorite List of Film Festivals USA & World

01 Sundance Film Festival UTAH

The Sundance Film Festival is a film festival that takes place annually in Utah, in the United States. It is the largest independent cinema festival in the United States.. Held in January in Park City, Salt Lake City, and Ogden, as well as at the Sundance Resort, the festival is a showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers.

The festival comprises competitive sections for American and international dramatic and documentary films, both feature-length films and short films, and a group of out-of-competition sections, including NEXT, New Frontier, Spotlight, and Park City At Midnight.

Sundance Institute

Management of the Festival was taken over by the Sundance Institute, a non-profit organization, in 1985. In 1991 the Festival was officially renamed the Sundance Film Festival, after Redford's character The Sundance Kid from the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

02. The Ann Arbor Film Festival

An annual film festival held in Ann Arbor in the U.S. state of Michigan. Established in 1963, it is the third-oldest film festival in North America (after the Columbus International Film & Video Festival, 1953; and the San Francisco International Film Festival, 1957); and the oldest experimental film festival. It has become one of the premier film festivals for independent and, especially, experimental filmmakers to showcase their work.

Now in its 49th year, the Ann Arbor Film Festival attracts over 2,500 entries from filmmakers in more than 60 countries, and distributes over $18,000 in cash awards. As a pioneer of the traveling festival concept in 1964, each year the Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour continues to present a collection of short films at more than 30 art house theaters, universities, galleries and cinematheques throughout the world.

Created as an alternative to commercial cinema, the annual week-long festival remains true to its original mission of promoting film as an art form. The Ann Arbor Film Festival also fosters the growth of emerging and established film and video makers. The festival is open to film and video of all lengths and genres, including experimental, narrative, animation, documentary, and genre hybrids. The festival's mission is to supporting bold, visionary filmmakers, promote the art of film & new media, and provide communities with remarkable cinematic experiences.

03. The Guadalajara International Film Festival

A week-long film festival held each March in the Mexican city of Guadalajara. The festival is considered the most prestigious film festival in Latin America and among the most important Spanish language film festivals in the world.[1] The festival is the premier showcase for new work from Mexican and international independent filmmakers.

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My Favorite List of  Film Festivals USA & World
My Favorite List of  Film Festivals USA & World
My Favorite List of Film Festivals USA & World

The Cannes International Film Festival


04, The Cannes International Film Festival (French: Le Festival International du Film de Cannes or just Festival de Cannes),

This is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France, which previews new films of all genres including documentaries from around the world. Founded in 1946, it is considered one of the world's most prestigious film festivals.The invitation-only festival is held annually (usually in May) at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès

This is an old and one of the most prestigious, one of the largest film festivals in the world.

05. The KahBang Film Festival

Part of the KahBang Music-Art-Film Festival in Bangor, Maine, is one of the newest film festivals in the United States to discover and showcase the work from Emerging Filmmakers throughout the world. Their programming continues to be unique by also showcasing the best new Comedy features, Music Documentaries, and Maine made films. Each year they honor one notable actor, actress, or filmmaker with the "Kevin Norwood Bacon Award for Achievement in Cinema", acknowledging the success the recipient has achieved in being so closely connected to Kevin Bacon.

Tucson AZ Festival


06. About the Tucson Film & Music Festival:

At the heart of the Southwest resides a dusty old pueblo full of musicians, filmmakers and bars. For the past 100 years, Tucson, Arizona has long been the backdrop and stage for the likes of John Dillinger, Lalo Guerrero, Pete Martinez, Linda Ronstadt , the Dusty Chaps, and others.

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Excellent lens. There are so many film festivals that I didn't know about in such detail. Thanks for all that helpful information:=)