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.



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