Film Festivals

It might seem odd to travel to faraway places to only sit in a darkened theater and watch films. But film festivals can be an exciting addition to a any travel itinerary.

Use this handy reference list to plan your trips throughout the year and also check the Events listings to find cultural listings of all types in your destination area.

If you are a producer of a film festival or know of a festival coming up, let us know by sending the festival name, dates, and link to the web site so I can add it to the calendar!

Edited: January 2018

January

January 2-15 Palm Springs International Film Festival
January 10-23 The New York Jewish Film Festival
January 11-15 Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival
January 18-28 Sundance Film Festival
Starts January 24 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

February

Until February 15 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
February 1-15 SF Independent Film Festival
February 2-10 Clermont-Ferrand Short-Film Festival
February 4-7 Dam Short Film Festival
February 5-14 Spokane International Film Festival
February 7-11 Santa Fe Film Festival
February 15-25 Berlinale
February 16-18 Toronto Next Wave
February 17 Tropfest
Starts February 24 Sedona Film Festival

March

Until March 4 Sedona Film Festival
March 6-11 Omaha Film Festival
March 9-11 Taos Shortz Film Fest
March 9-17 SXSW Film Festival
March 22-25 Boulder International Film Festival

April

April 4-17 San Francisco International Film Festival
April 5-8 Vail Film Festival
April 5-12 Wisconsin Film Festival
April 11-15 Go Short International Short Film Festival
April 11-22 Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Film
April 12-16 Ashland Film Independent Film Festival
April 13-22 Sarasota Film Festival
April 16-22 Calgary Underground Film Festival
April 18-29 Tribeca Film Festival
April 19-22 Dead By Dawn Film Festival
April 20-29 WorldFest Houston Film Festival

May

May 2-5 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival
May 3-13 DOXA Documentary Film Festival
May 4-10 Ethnocineca
May 8-19 Cannes Film Festival
May 25-28 Mountainfilm
Starts May 25 Zlín

June

Until June 2 Zlín
June 1-10 Festival des Très Courts
June 6-17 Sydney Film Festival
June 16-25 Shanghai International Film Festival
June 20-25 Nantucket Film Festival & Screenplay Competition
Starts June 20 Edinburgh International Film Festival
June TBD San Francisco Black Film Festival
June TBD Mendocino Film Festival
June TBD Melbourne International Animation Festival
June TBD FilmFest Munchen
June TBD Brussels International Independent Film Festival

July

Until July 1 Edinburgh International Film Festival
Until July TBD FilmFest Munchen
July 19-21 Atlanta Underground Film Festival
July 19-22 Comic-Con International Film Festival
Starts July 26 Jerusalum Film Festival
Starts July 31 Traverse City Film Festival
July TBD Durban International Film Festival

August

Until August 5 Traverse City Film Festival
Until August 5 Jerusalum Film Festival
August 1-5 San Antonio Film Festival
August 2-19 Melbourne International Film Festival
August 7-12 Rhode Island International Film Festival
August 10-17 Sarajevo Film Festival
August 23-27 Hiroshima International Animation Festival
August TBD Brisbane International Film Festival

September

September 20-23 Breckenridge Festival of Film
Starts September 22 Haifa Film Festival
Starts September 27 Edmonton International Film Festival
TBD (2019) Venice International Film Festival
September TBD Toronto Film Festival
September TBD Coney Island Film Festival
September TBD Port Townsend Film Festival
September TBD Oldenburg International Film Festival
September TBD Great Lakes Independent Film Festival
September TBD Vancouver International Film Festival
September TBD Bergen International Film Festival

October

Until October 1 Haifa Film Festival
Until October 6 Edmonton International Film Festival
October 4-14 Mill Valley Film Festival
October 5-11 Oaxaca Film Fest
October 18-21 Kerry Film Festival
October 25-28 National Film Festival for Talented Youth
October TBD Freak Show Horror Film Festival
October TBD FirstGlance Film Fest Philadelphia
October TBD Online Terror Film Festival
October TBD Doclisboa – The Lisbon International Documentary Film Festival
October TBD AFRIFF
October TBD Alexandria Mediterranean Countries Film Festival
October TBD Rwanda Film Festival
October TBD Africa n Motion Film Festival
October TBD Cambridge Film Festival
October TBD Canberra International Film Festival

November

November 7-11 Lone Star International Film Festival
November TBD Alexandria Film Festival
November TBD Cairo International Film Festival
November TBD Carthage Film Festival / Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage
November TBD Camerimage International Film Festival
November TBD Cork Film Festival
November TBD Red Rock Film Festival
November TBD Whistler Film Festival

December

December TBD Festival International du Film de Marrakech
December TBD Festival International del Nuevo Cine Latino Americano Havana