The Top Film Festivals in the World
American Black Film Festival
Every year, Miami Beach hosts the American Black Film Festival, a film festival focused on work produced by African-American filmmakers. They accept anything from mobile content to feature-length films.
The festival founders have always been advocates for equal representation in Hollywood, and decided early on that instead of boycotting events that overlooked black artists, they would put their money and energy into creating more opportunities for the black community of Hollywood. If you’re attending the festival, make sure to take advantage of the classes and workshops that are programmed around the same time.
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Annecy International Animated Film Festival
The Annecy International Animated Film Festival takes place every year in Annecy, France, and is one of four animated film festivals run by the International Animated Film Association. Each year, animators and filmmakers compete in different categories including student films, films made for the Internet, and feature films.
Although there are tons of theaters throughout the city screening films, the best venue is the outdoor screen in the town center, which screens both new and classic films every evening.
Melbourne International Film Festival
The Melbourne International Film Festival is one of four film festivals held in Melbourne, Australia, every year. Melbourne has always been an important city in film history – the first ever feature film was shot here in 1906 – and they still take their role in the international film industry very seriously.
Each festival begins with a marketplace for up-and-coming Australian filmmakers and industry financiers, and ends with the presentation of awards, including the most prestigious of the festival – the Grand Prix for Best Short Film.