The Top Film Festivals in the World


Every year, Poland hosts the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography Camerimage, one of the only film festivals in the world which celebrates achievement and innovation in cinematography. The festival has switched locations a few times within Poland – moving from Toruń to Łódź to Bydgoszcz in the 25 years since its inception.

The top awards given out at the festival every year are the Frogs (for industry pros) and the Tadpoles (for students). This festival is a great chance for young cinematographers to study with some of the best minds in the industry.

International Festival of New Latin American Cinema

Formerly called the Havana Film Festival, every year the city of Havana hosts the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, which promotes filmmakers from around Latin America. The first festival took place in 1979 and since then a panel of distinguished adjudicators have been tasked with picking 10 films a year to show to industry professionals and the public.

In the first year, the adjudicating panel received over 600 submissions from all over South and Central America and the Caribbean. The only qualification for the films is that they should reaffirm Latin American and Caribbean cultural identity.

Nordisk Panorama

Every year, filmmakers from Nordic countries gather in Malmo, Sweden, to celebrate the best films made by Nordic filmmakers that year. Previously, the festival switched between cities within the five different Nordic countries, but since 2013, it’s had a permanent home in Malmo.

The festival focuses on short films and documentary features. Each year, a panel gives honors to the best short, the best documentary, and the best emerging artist. This festival is fun to attend if you’re a film buff, but even if you’re new to the industry, there are plenty of wild parties and events to get you in the creative spirit.



American City Guide: New Orleans

New Orleans has a reputation as one of the most fun cities in the United States. Nicknamed “The Big Easy”, most tourists come to New Orleans during Carnival, a raucous outdoor festival that celebrates the beginning of the somber Lenten season. If you manage to get beyond Bourbon Street, there’s a vibrant city just waiting…

American City Guide: Chicago

One of the largest and most underrated cities in the United States is Chicago. In fact, Chicago ranked first in Time Out’s 2018 City Life Index, topping other highly-ranked cities like New York City, Melbourne, and London. There are so many incredible things to do in Chicago, plus it lacks the hectic craziness of other vacation destinations in the United States. It’s a great option for a fun weekend trip, even if you’ll never see everything the city has to offer in just two days.

American City Guide: New York City

New York City is the most populous city in the United States and has a reputation as the most vibrant and thrilling vacation destination on the continent. It’s the home of New York Fashion Week, the United Nations, Broadway, Wall Street, and the Statue of Liberty. Its fast pace inspired the phrase “New York minute” and even if you only have $5 per day to spend, you can still enjoy every aspect of this incredible metropolis.