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5/11/2019 Top 100 International Film Festivals + Submission Tips [2019 Update] – Adrian Țofei – Filmmaker & Actor

Adrian Țofei – Filmmaker & Actor

- Director, producer, writer & star of the acclaimed horror movie "Be My Cat: A Film for Anne" | Author of the "Top 100 Horror & Fantasy Film
Festivals" & "Top 100 International Film Festivals" | Projects in development: "We Put the World to Sleep", "Film Crazy", "Good Girl", "Die Bully Die" -

Top 100 International Film Festivals + Submission Tips [2019 Update]


Adrian Țofei, August 2016

Latest Update: April 2019

(for new updates, follow my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AdrianTofeiOfficial) & select to get notified for all new posts)

Seeing the success of my Top 100 Horror & Fantasy Film Festivals (https://adriantofei.com/writings/top-100-international-horror-film-festivals/)  in
helping filmmakers around the world, I decided to make a general list as well, for all the international film festivals, regardless of genre. It’s now
reaching almost 1,000 monthly visitors on average.

I  created the list and I’m constantly


Save updating it based on extensive researches, taking into consideration over 40 other lists (see below), the
opportunities the festivals offer to both indie and bigger productions/filmmakers/actors (distribution, publicity, networking, awards, boosting the
chances for new festival selections and the Academy Awards, discovering new talents, boosting the chances for getting new projects and roles), the
number of years running (till 2018), their status in the film industry, the location, communication, hospitality and safety, the size (the number of films
selected and the number of audience, press and film industry members attending), the quality of the selected films, the quality of the information on
their websites and social media, the entry fee, submission process and selection process, plus other various recommendations. I only included
international film festivals with live screenings.

Submission Tips for Indie Filmmakers:

Keep your feature film below 100 minutes if possible and never above 120 minutes. And if you have a genre feature film, keep it below 90 min if
possible and never above 100 min. Most festivals are commercially oriented and don’t wanna risk boring their audiences and fade away in
popularity.
Keep your short film below 10 minutes if possible and never above 15 minutes. Festivals prefer to screen a bigger number of shorter short films
instead of a single longer short film. Cannes doesn’t even accept short films above 15 min in the main competition.
Some festival programmers won’t watch your feature film entirely and might reject it based on the first 10-20 minutes. Try to have a powerful
beginning or one that shows potential for a powerful development and entices the viewer to watch more.
Keep the cover letter very short – about three phrases of essential info if possible. Programmers are very busy and might not read long letters. Same
for the film’s synopsis – try to synthesise it in one catchy phrase if possible.
Include in the short cover letter the best things about your movie and yourself, to catch the programmers’ interest, like known actors, past known
films of yours, awards and top festivals, anything else unique or sensational about your film.
Ask for fee waivers before submitting. Unfortunately, some festivals view paid submissions mainly as a source of revenue and select/invite most of
their films from other sources like contacts, recommendations, other festivals, sales agents etc. Write to festivals, mention the top attributes of your
film and yourself (exemplified above), send them the trailer/teaser and ask if they could offer you a fee waiver. If they refuse, they might be either
not interested in your film, or interested but principled. Try to find out which case applies and act accordingly, also considering your submission
budget and how much you want that festival.
Don’t fall for partial discount offers received via email, thinking they are personalised and the festival is interested in your film. Most of the times
they are not, those are discount codes listed publicly on the submission platform or mass-sent to filmmakers. When a festival is interested in your
film, they offer you a 100% discount code or fee waiver. With a few exceptions, the partial discount is just a marketing strategy.
Don’t waste your money on submitting to award events listed on submission platforms. They won’t help you get (more) recognition in the film
industry.
But do your online research and submit to major competitions like the Academy Awards (https://www.oscars.org/oscars/rules-eligibility), the
Golden Globes (https://www.goldenglobes.com/award-rules%E2%80%A2entry-forms), the European Film Awards
(https://www.europeanfilmacademy.org/European-Film-Awards.36.0.html) and other regional or national major film awards not listed here. For a
chance at the Oscars, don’t miss the Academy Awards Qualifying Festivals (https://www.oscars.org/oscars/rules-eligibility) for documentary
features, documentary shorts, and short films (including animated shorts), and the 5 festivals known to be top Oscar boosters for feature films
(Toronto, Venice, Telluride, Sundance, Cannes).
For feature films, it’s very important to have the world premiere in a big festival. All the selections after the world premiere will be in smaller or
similar festivals, never in bigger festivals. Plan carefully your world premiere, don’t settle for a little-known festival if you think your movie can do
more than that.
Some of the top 10 festivals have very powerful and popular sections for genre films. But if you don’t get accepted, try my Top 100 Horror & Fantasy
Film Festivals (https://adriantofei.com/writings/top-100-international-horror-film-festivals/).
When you get accepted and/or win an award in an important festival, email the other festivals you are waiting a decision from and inform them
about your success (but try not to bother them with too many emails).
And finally, if you get into festivals and distributors express interest in your film, don’t accept offers without an advance payment or minimum
guarantee (MG). Chances are you will see little to no money later. Always negotiate an advance. Go without an advance only if no other distributor
wants your film and that’s your only chance.

(https://filmfreeway.com)

Before starting the top 100, here are the lists that helped me make mine, with codes to identify on which lists each festival is mentioned:
https://adriantofei.com/top-100-international-film-festivals/ 1/6
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FIAPF’s Competitive Feature Film Festivals (2018) (http://www.fiapf.org/intfilmfestivals_sites.asp) [cFIAPF]
FIAPF’s Specialised Feature Film Festivals (2018) (http://www.fiapf.org/intfilmfestivals_2018_sites02.asp) [sFIAPF]
FIAPF’s Noncompetitive Feature Film Festivals (2018) (http://www.fiapf.org/intfilmfestivals_2018_sites03.asp) [nFIAPF]
FIAPF’s Documentary & Short Film Festivals (2018) (http://www.fiapf.org/intfilmfestivals_2018_sites04.asp) [dsFIAPF]
Indiewire’s Top 3/10 Best Festivals (2010) (http://www.indiewire.com/2010/05/10-best-fests-a-directory-55135/) [IW3/10]
Indiewire’s 100 Leading Film Festivals (2015) (https://web.archive.org/web/20160414120111/http://www.indiewire.com/festivals) [IW100]
Indiewire’s  Top 12 Documentary Film Festivals (2014) (http://www.indiewire.com/2014/03/top-dozen-documentary-film-festivals-up-next-hot-docs-and-full-
frame-192940/) [IWDo12]
Raindance’s Essential 100 Film Festivals (2013) (http://www.raindance.org/essential-100-film-festivals-part-1/) [R100]
Raindance’s  Top 7/20 Essential Horror & Fantasy Film Festivals  (2013) (https://web.archive.org/web/20171208001809/https://www.raindance.org/essential-
horror-and-fantasy-film-festivals/) [RHoFa7/20]
Raindance’s 10 Top Documentary Film Festivals (2013) (http://www.raindance.org/10-top-documentary-film-festivals/) [RDo10]
Raindance’s Top 5 Short Film Festivals (2016) (http://www.raindance.org/worlds-top-short-film-festivals/) [RSh5]
Raindance’s Top 8 Women’s Film Festivals (2012) (https://www.raindance.org/top-womens-film-festivals/) [RWo8]
Moviemaker’s 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee (2018 (https://www.moviemaker.com/archives/best_of/50-film-festivals-worth-the-entry-fee-in-2018), 2017
(https://www.moviemaker.com/archives/festivals/50-film-festivals-worth-the-entry-fee-2017),  2016 (https://www.moviemaker.com/archives/best_of/50-film-
festivals-worth-the-entry-fee-2016/),  2015 (https://www.moviemaker.com/archives/festivals/50-film-festivals-worth-the-entry-fee-2015/), 2014
(https://www.moviemaker.com/archives/festivals/50-film-festivals-worth-the-entry-fee-2014/)lists) [MM50]
Moviemaker’s  25 Coolest Film Festivals (2018 (https://www.moviemaker.com/archives/news/the-25-coolest-film-festivals-in-the-world-2018/),  2017
(https://www.moviemaker.com/archives/festivals/the-coolest-film-festivals-in-the-world-2017),  2016 (https://www.moviemaker.com/archives/festivals/25-coolest-
film-festivals-in-the-world-2016/),  2015 (https://www.moviemaker.com/archives/best_of/the-25-coolest-film-festivals-in-the-world-2015/),  2014
(https://www.moviemaker.com/archives/festivals/25-coolest-film-festivals-world-2014/) lists) [MM25]
Moviemaker’s The World’s 5/10/15 Bloody Best Genre Fests (2017 (https://www.moviemaker.com/archives/news/worlds-15-bloody-best-genre-fests-
2018/)) (https://www.moviemaker.com/archives/news/worlds-15-bloody-best-genre-fests-2018/) [MMGe5/10/15]
91st Academy Awards’ Documentary Feature Qualifying Festivals (2018) (https://www.oscars.org/sites/oscars/files/91aa_doc_feature_festivals.pdf) [AADo]
91st Academy Awards’ Short Film Qualifying Festivals (2018) (https://www.oscars.org/sites/oscars/files/91aa_rule19_short_festivals.pdf) [AASh]
91st Academy Awards’ Documentary Short Qualifying Festivals (2018) (https://www.oscars.org/sites/oscars/files/91aa_doc_short_festivals.pdf) [AAShDo]
Google’s top 3/10/50 featured results for Best (https://www.google.com/search?
rlz=1C5CHFA_enRO799RO799&ei=3i74W9bCCsuflwSZrYOwBQ&q=best+film+festivals&oq=best+film+festivals&gs_l=psy-
ab.3..0i7i30l10.20502.21416..22521...0.0..0.104.396.2j2......0....1..gws-wiz.......0i71j0i8i7i30j0i13.JuI2NpgoOQg)/Top (https://www.google.com/search?
rlz=1C5CHFA_enRO799RO799&ei=py74W5TAD6mMlwTSwrXYDw&q=top+film+festivals&oq=top+film+festivals&gs_l=psy-
ab.3..0i7i30l10.91668.92854..93349...0.0..0.129.701.5j2......0....1..gws-wiz.......0i71j0i67.qebOCTZFdlc) Film Festivals (Dec 2018) [G3/10/50]
Google’s top 3/10 results for Best (https://www.google.com/search?
rlz=1C5CHFA_enRO799RO799&ei=zYsBXLXbPMHUsAeM4bqQBA&q=best+documentary+film+festivals&oq=best+documentary+film+festivals&gs_l=psy-
ab.3..0i7i30l3j0l5j0i30l2.742883.744025..744590...0.0..0.98.637.7......0....1..gws-wiz.......0i71j0i7i5i30j0i8i7i30.JAkDvtvpsq4)/Top
(https://www.google.com/search?
rlz=1C5CHFA_enRO799RO799&ei=aIsBXKzRCI3TkgWI7biwCA&q=top+documentary+film+festivals&oq=top+documentary+film+festivals&gs_l=psy-
ab.3..0l3j0i22i30l3.96108.100510..100756...0.0..0.194.2800.25j5......0....1..gws-wiz.......0i71j0i67j0i10i67j0i10.GNBE0kuws-8) Documentary Film Festivals (Dec
2018) [GDo3/10]
Google’s top 3 featured results for Best (https://www.google.com/search?
q=best+children+film+festivals&rlz=1C5CHFA_enRO799RO799&oq=best+children+fil&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j69i60j0j69i57.3877j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UT
F-8)/Top (https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C5CHFA_enRO799RO799&ei=tfD7W--
jIMHUwAKVnar4BQ&q=top+children+film+festivals&oq=top+children+film+festivals&gs_l=psy-
ab.3..0i30.16860.18178..18430...0.0..0.104.602.5j2......0....1..gws-wiz.......0i71j0i7i30j0i8i30.Kr6t-dYNaVE) Children’s Film Festivals (Nov 2018) [GCh3]
Google’s top 3 featured results for Best (https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C5CHFA_enRO799RO799&ei=FPH7W-
7YCsTdwQK4_6HwBA&q=best+lgbt+film+festivals&oq=best+lgbt+film+festivals&gs_l=psy-ab.12..0i71l8.0.0..134352...0.0..0.0.0.......0......gws-
wiz.yTK1x0Fz5sg)/Top (https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C5CHFA_enRO799RO799&ei=FPH7W-
7YCsTdwQK4_6HwBA&q=top+lgbt+film+festivals&oq=top+lgbt+film+festivals&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0.16641.17710..18140...0.0..0.101.575.6j1......0....1..gws-
wiz.......0i71j0i7i30j0i8i7i30j0i30j0i8i30.ByrGfmQfGsM) LGBT Film Festivals (Nov 2018) [GLGBT3]
Google’s top 3 featured results for Best (https://www.google.com/search?
rlz=1C5CHFA_enRO799RO799&ei=1nP9W5bbNMjewAKq94yIBg&q=best+african+film+festivals&oq=best+african+film+festivals&gs_l=psy-
ab.3..0i7i30j0j0i8i30.44541.45814..46599...0.0..0.175.684.5j2......0....1..gws-wiz.......0i71j0i8i7i30j0i67.bAbKYZiktEw)/Top (https://www.google.com/search?
rlz=1C5CHFA_enRO799RO799&ei=InT9W_CzF7H5sAfU_7qgAQ&q=top+african+film+festivals&oq=top+african+film+festivals&gs_l=psy-
ab.3..0j0i8i30.116247.117297..117491...0.0..0.90.572.7......0....1..gws-wiz.......0i71j0i7i30j0i8i7i30j0i67.jjwyHd6mM6s) African Film Festivals (Nov 2018)
[GAf3]
Google’s top 3/10 featured results for Best (https://www.google.com/search?
rlz=1C5CHFA_enRO799RO799&ei=KnwBXLjCHYX4kwXsjLm4BQ&q=best+asian+film+festivals&oq=best+asian+film+festivals&gs_l=psy-
ab.3..0.113334.114406..114690...0.0..0.135.603.6j1......0....1..gws-wiz.......0i71j0i7i30j0i8i30.wAVUaoRabaA)/Top (https://www.google.com/search?
rlz=1C5CHFA_enRO799RO799&ei=IXoBXK7hCcackgWF55jwDA&q=top+asian+film+festivals&oq=top+asian+film+festivals&gs_l=psy-
ab.3..0i7i30l4j0j0i8i30l2.204092.205512..205747...0.0..0.100.364.3j1......0....1..gws-wiz.......0i71.1cvpLFl7Twk) Asian Film Festivals (Nov 2018) [GAs3/10]
Google’s top 3 featured results for Top (https://www.google.com/search?
rlz=1C5CHFA_enRO799RO799&ei=exn8W8_OA8LewALn4ojICQ&q=top+black+film+festivals&oq=top+black+film+festivals&gs_l=psy-
ab.3..0i7i30.2167.3295..3528...0.0..0.87.570.7......0....1..gws-wiz.......0j0i71j0i67j0i8i30.zc6vNiXBqQU) Black Film Festivals (Nov 2018) [GBl3]
Chris Gore’s Top 10 Feature Film Festivals Worldwide (not including US) (2009) [wCG10]
Chris Gore’s Top 10 US Feature Film Festivals for American Indies (2009) [usCG10]
Chris Gore’s Top Festivals for Documentaries (2009) [doCG]
Awards Circuit’s Top 3/10 Awards Season’s Most Important Film Festivals (2018) (http://www.awardscircuit.com/2018/08/29/top-10-most-important-
film-festivals-to-awards-season/) [Aw3/10]
LatinAmerican Post’s 4 Must See Film Festivals in Latin America (https://latinamericanpost.com/22153-4-must-see-film-festivals-in-latin-america)
(2018) [LaAm4]
Animation Career Review’s Top 3 Animation Film Festivals (2017) (https://www.animationcareerreview.com/articles/10-top-animation-film-
festivals-around-globe) [An3]
Film Daily’s Top 3 Best Female-Focused Film Festival (2018) (https://filmdaily.co/news/female-focused-film-festivals/) [FDWo3]
EFFFF’s Affiliated, Adherent & Supporting Festivals (2018) (http://www.melies.org/the-festivals) [EFFFF]
The Guardian’s Top 11 Film Festivals (2012) (https://www.theguardian.com/film/2012/apr/19/film-festivals-which-is-top-dog) [TG11]
CNN’s Top 15 Asian Film Festivals (2010) (http://travel.cnn.com/explorations/none/15-film-festivals-asia-576941/) [CNNAs15]
WDish.com’s Top 10 Canadian Film Festivals (2015) (https://web.archive.org/web/20160721023833/http://www.wdish.com/10-canadian-film-festivals-worth-
lining)  [Ca10]
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Horror Report (https://stephenfollows.com/horrorreport/)‘s 3/10/20 Fests with the Most Horror Movies Screened (1996-2016) [HoR3/10/20]
My own Top 3/10 Horror & Fantasy Film Festivals (2018) (https://adriantofei.com/writings/top-100-international-horror-film-festivals/) [ATHoFa3/10]
FilmFreeway’s  Top 3/10/50 Best Reviewed Festivals (Feb 2019) (https://filmfreeway.com/festivals?
utf8=%E2%9C%93&has_query=&q=&call_for_entries=0&ft_ff=0&ft_ff=1&ft_sc=0&ft_audio=0&ft_photo=0&ft_oe=0&ft_in=0&ft_na=0&fees=0%3B1
00&years=1%3B20&runtime=Any&entry_deadline_when=0&entry_deadline=&event_date_when=0&event_date=&sort=rating)  [FF3/10/50] (this
includes all the film festivals on FilmFreeway with live screenings, and it’s different from their featured  Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals,  which
includes only festivals with open submissions at the moment of accessing the list)

I also compiled the following two lists to help me with making the top:

The top 5/12 international festivals that premiered (p) and/or screened right after the premiere (ap) (first two fests after the premiere) the most
feature films to get Oscar nominations in top categories in 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 (according to the IMDb release info): Toronto (9p, 22ap), Venice
(15p), Telluride (6p, 9ap), Cannes (8p, 1ap), Sundance (7p), New York (2p, 5ap), Mill Valley (7ap), Zurich (6ap), Berlin (2p, 1ap), SXSW (1p, 1ap), BFI
London (3ap), Sydney (3ap) [OsP5/12]
The top 4/33 international festivals that premiered (p) and/or screened (s) the most feature films to get Oscar nominations in top categories in 2018
& 2019 (according to the IMDb release info): Toronto (6p, 3p North-American, 11s), Venice (8p), Telluride (3p, 5p North-American), Sundance (4p),
New York (2p North-American, 9s), Mill Valley (13s), BFI London (12s), AFI Fest (11s), Chicago (11s), Middleburg (10s), Zurich (10s), Belgrade (9s),
San Sebastian (9s), Cannes (2p), Austin (8s), Camerimage (8s), Goteborg (8s), Mar del Plata (8s), PAC (8s), Palm Springs (8s), Philadelphia (8s),
Adelaide (7s), Gent (7s), Hamptons (7s), Los Cabos (7s), Rotterdam (7s), Taipei (7s), Berlin (1p, 2s), SXSW (1p, 2s), Denver (6s), Dubai (6s), MoMA
Contenders (6s), Stockholm (6s) [OsPS4/33]

For personalised production/submission/distribution advices and/or festival lists made specifically for your film project, contact
(https://adriantofei.com/contact/) me at adriantofei@yahoo.com

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Top 10 International Film Festivals:

1. Cannes Film Festival / Festival de Cannes (http://www.festival-cannes.com/en/)  – Cannes, France, 71 years – IW3, IW100, R100, cFIAPF, AASh,
RSh5, TG11, wCG10, AADo, G3, OsP5, OsPS33
2. Sundance Film Festival (http://www.sundance.org/festivals/sundance-film-festival/) (focused on films from the US) – Park City, Utah, US, 41 years
– IW3, IW100, R100, AASh, AAShDo, RSh5, TG11, usCG10, G3, OsP5, OsPS4
3. Toronto International Film Festival: TIFF (http://tiff.net/tiff/)  – Toronto, Canada, 43 years – IW3, IW100, R100, nFIAPF, TG11, Ca10, wCG10,
HoR10, G3, OsP5, Aw3, OsPS4
4. Venice International Film Festival (http://www.labiennale.org/en/cinema/) (focused on films most likely to get Oscar nominations) – Venice, Italy,
75 years – IW10, IW100, R100, cFIAPF, AASh, TG11, G10, OsP5, Aw3, OsPS4
5. Berlin International Film Festival / Berlinale (https://www.berlinale.de/en/HomePage.html) (focused on European art films) – Berlin, Germany, 68
years – IW10, IW100, R100, MM25, cFIAPF, AASh, TG11, wCG10, AADo, G10, OsP12, OsPS33
6. Telluride Film Festival (http://www.telluridefilmfestival.org/) (focused on films most likely to get Oscar nominations) – Telluride, Colorado, US,
45 years – IW10, IW100, R100, MM25, TG11, usCG10, OsP5, Aw3, OsPS4, G50
7. South by Southwest: SXSW Film Festival (https://www.sxsw.com/festivals/film/) (focused on independent films) – Austin, Texas, US, 25 years –
IW10, IW100, R100, MM25, AASh, AAShDo, TG11, usCG10, G10, OsP12, OsPS33
8. Tribeca Film Festival (https://tribecafilm.com/festival/) (focused on independent films) – New York City, New York, US, 17 years – IW100, R100,
AASh, AAShDo, TG11, usCG10, G10
9. New York Film Festival (http://www.filmlinc.org/nyff2016/) (accepts submissions for short films only, features are invitation based) (focused on
films most likely to get Oscar nominations) – New York City, New York, US, 56 years – IW10, IW100, R100, OsP12, Aw10, G50, OsPS33
10. AFI FEST (http://www.afi.com/afifest/) – Los Angeles, California, US, 48 years – IW100, R100, AASh, usCG10, MM25, Aw10, OsPS33, G50

Top 25 International Film Festivals:

(in alphabetical order from 11th to 25th)

Austin Film Festival (https://austinfilmfestival.com/) (focused on film writing) – Austin, Texas, US, 26 years – IW100, MM50, AASh, AAShDo,
OsPS33, G50
BFI London Film Festival (http://www.bfi.org.uk/lff) – London, UK, 62 years – IW100, R100, TG11, wCG10, Aw10, OsP12, OsPS33, G50
Busan International Film Festival (http://www.biff.kr/structure/eng/default.asp)  (previously Pusan) (focused on Asian films) – Busan, South
Korea, 23 years – IW100, R100, sFIAPF, CNNAs15, GAs3, G50
Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight /  Quinzaine des Realisateurs (https://www.quinzaine-realisateurs.com/en/)  +  Critics’ Week /
Semaine de la Critique (http://www.semainedelacritique.com/EN/)  +  ACID Programme (https://www.lacid.org/fr/en/the-acid-programm-in-
cannes) –  Cannes, France, 50/57/26 years – R100 for all three
Chicago International Film Festival (https://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/festival/) – Chicago, Illinois, US, 54 years – IW100, R100, AASh,
AAShDo, MM25, OsPS33, G50
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam: IDFA (https://www.idfa.nl/en/) – Amsterdam, Netherlands, 31 years – IW10, IW100, RDo10,
IWDo12, doCG, AADo, AaShDo, GDo3, G50

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International Film Festival Rotterdam: IFFR (https://iffr.com/en)  – Rotterdam, Netherlands, 47 years – IW10, IW100, R100, wCG10, MM25,
OsPS33, G10
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (http://www.kviff.com/en/homepage) – Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, 53 years – IW100, R100, cFIAPF,
G50
Locarno Festival (http://www.pardolive.ch/en/pardo/festival-del-film-locarno/home) – Locarno, Switzerland, 71 years – IW100, R100, cFIAPF,
AASh, MM25, G50
Melbourne International Film Festival (http://miff.com.au/) – Melbourne, Australia, 67 years – IW100, R100, AASh, AAShDo, wCG10, G50
Raindance Film Festival (https://www.raindance.org/festival/) (focused on independent films) – London, UK, 26 years – R100, MM50, AASh, G10
San Francisco International Film Festival: SFFILM (http://www.sffs.org/) – San Francisco, California, US, 61 years – IW100, R100, MM25, AASh,
AAShDo, usCG10, G50
Seattle International Film Festival: SIFF (http://www.siff.net/) – Seattle, Washington State, US, 44 years – IW100, R100, MM50, MM25, AASh,
AAShDo, usCG10, G10
Sitges Film Festival (http://sitgesfilmfestival.com/eng) (focused on independent horror & fantasy films) – Sitges, Catalonia, Spain, 51 years – R100,
MM25, sFIAPF, AASh, ATHoFa3, RHoFa7, EFFFF, MMGe5, HoR3, G50
Slamdance Film Festival (http://showcase.slamdance.com/Film-Festival) (focused on independent films) – Park City, Utah, US, 24 years – IW100,
R100, MM50, AASh, AAShDo, G50

Top 50 International Film Festivals:

(in alphabetical order from 26th to 50th)

AFI DOCS (http://afi.com/afidocs/) (previously Silverdocs) (for documentary films) –  Los Angeles, California, US, 16 years – IW100, R100,
RDo10, IWDo12, doCG, GDo10
Aspen Shortfest (https://aspenfilm.org/) (for short films) – Aspen, Colorado, US, 27 years – IW100, AASh, AAShDo, RSh5, MM50, G50
Atlanta Film Festival (http://atlantafilmfestival.com/) – Atlanta, Georgia, US, 42 years – IW100, MM50, MM25, AASh, AAShDo, RHoFa20, G50
Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival (http://cinequest.org/film-festival)  (focused on film innovations) – San Jose, California, US, 27 years –
MM50, AASh, usCG10, G50
Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (http://www.clermont-filmfest.com/?nlang=2) – Clermont-Ferrand, France, 40 years – IW100,
R100, AASh, RSh5, G50
DOC NYC (http://www.docnyc.net/) (for documentary films) – New York City, New York, US, 9 years – IW100, MM25, AAShDo, IWDo12, GDo10
Edinburgh International Film Festival (http://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/) – Edinburgh, UK, 72 years – IW100, R100, MM25, TG11, G50
Fantasia International Film Festival (http://www.fantasiafestival.com/) (focused on independent horror & fantasy films) – Montreal, Canada, 22
years – IW100, R100, MM50, ATHoFa3, Ca10, RHoFa20, EFFFF, MMGe5, HoR3
Fantastic Fest (http://fantasticfest.com/) (focused on independent horror & fantasy films) – Austin, Texas, US, 14 years – IW100, R100, MM25,
ATHoFa3, RHoFa20, EFFFF, MMGe5, HoR20
Goteborg Film Festival (http://www.giff.se/en) – Gothenburg, Sweden, 41 years – IW100, R100, AADo, OsPS33
Hamptons International Film Festival (http://hamptonsfilmfest.org/) (focused on films most likely to get Oscar nominations) – The Hamptons
(East End of Long Island), New York State, US, 26 years – IW100, R100, MM50, AASh, AAShDo, MM25, Aw10, OsPS33, G50
Hong Kong International Film Festival (https://www.hkiff.org.hk/)  (focused on Asian films) – Hong Kong, China, 42 years – IW100, R100,
CNNAs15, AADo, GAs3, G50
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival (https://www.hotdocs.ca/) – Toronto, Canada, 26 years – IW100, R100, MM25, AAShDo,
RDo10, IWDo12, Ca10, doCG, MM50, AADo, AAShDo, GDo3, G50
Mill Valley Film Festival (https://www.mvff.com/) (focused on films most likely to get Oscar nominations) – Mill Valley, California, US, 41 years –
IW100, Aw10, OsP12, OsPS33, G50
Montreal World Film Festival (http://www.ffm-montreal.org/en/home.html) – Montreal, Canada, 42 years – R100, cFIAPF, Ca10, G50
Palm Springs International Film Festival (https://www.psfilmfest.org/) + Palm Springs International ShortFest (https://www.psfilmfest.org/)
(for short films) – Palm Springs, California, US, 29/24 years – IW100, R100, MM50, MM25, OsPS33, AASh, AAShDo, RSh5, G50
San Sebastian International Film Festival (http://www.sansebastianfestival.com/in/) – San Sebastian, Basque Country, Spain, 66 years – IW100,
R100, cFIAPF, TG11, OsPS33, G50
Santa Barbara International Film Festival (http://sbiff.org/) – Santa Barbara, California, US, 33 years – IW100, MM25, AASh, MM50, Aw10, G50
Sheffield Doc/Fest (https://sheffdocfest.com/)  (for documentary films) – Sheffield, UK, 25 years – IW100, MM50, AAShDo, RDo10, IWDo12,
doCG, MM25, AADo, GDo3, G50
Sydney Film Festival (http://www.sff.org.au/) – Sydney, Australia, 65 years – IW100, R100, sFIAPF, AADo, AASh, G50, OsP12
Tokyo International Film Festival (https://2018.tiff-jp.net/en/) – Tokyo, Japan, 31 years – IW100, R100, cFIAPF, wCG10, GAs3
Traverse City Film Festival (http://www.traversecityfilmfest.org/)  (invitation based) – Traverse City, Michigan, US, 14 years – IW100, MM25,
AAShDo
Vancouver International Film Festival (http://www.viff.org/) – Vancouver, Canada, 37 years – IW100, MM50, Ca10, wCG10, G50
Zurich Film Festival (https://zff.com/en/home/) – Zurich, Switzerland, 14 years – R100, MM25, OsP12, OsPS33

Top 100 International Film Festivals:

(in alphabetical order from 51st to 100th)

American Black Film Festival (http://www.abff.com/) (for films by & about people of African descent worldwide) – Miami Beach, Florida, US, 22
years – MM25, GBl3
Ann Arbor Film Festival (http://aafilmfest.org/) (focused on experimental films) – Ann Arbor, Michigan, US, 56 years – IW100, R100, AASh, G50
Annecy International Animation Film Festival (http://www.annecy.org/home) – Annecy, France, 42 years – R100, AASh, An3, G50
Austin Revolution Film Festival (https://www.austinrevolution.com/default.aspx) (focused on indie films) – Austin, Texas, US, 7 years – MM50,
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Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival: BIFFF (http://www.bifff.net/) (focused on independent horror & fantasy films) – Brussels, Belgium,
36 years – ATHoFa10, RHoFa7, EFFFF, HoR10
Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival: BiFan (http://www.bifan.kr/eng/index.asp) (previously Puchon / PiFan) (focused on Asian horror
& fantasy films) – Bucheon, South Korea, 22 years – R100, ATHoFa10, RHoFa7, EFFFF, MMGe5
Cairo International Film Festival (http://ciff.org.eg/) – Cairo, Egypt, 40 years – R100, cFIAPF
Calgary International Film Festival (http://www.calgaryfilm.com/) – Calgary, Canada, 19 years – MM50, AASh, Ca10
Camerimage International Film Festival (http://www.camerimage.pl/en/) (focused on cinematography) – Bydgoszcz, Poland, 26 years – MM50,
MM25, AAShDo, OsPS33
Cartagena International Film Festival: FICCI (http://ficcifestival.com/?idi=en) (focused on Latin-American films) – Cartagena, Colombia, 58 years
– IW100, sFIAPF, MM25, AADo, AAsh, LaAm4
Cleveland International Film Festival (http://www.clevelandfilm.org/) – Cleveland, Ohio, US, 42 years – IW100, AASh, AAShDo
CPH:DOX (https://cphdox.dk/en/) (for documentary films) – Copenhagen, Denmark, 15 years – RDo10, AADo, GDo10
Denver Film Festival (http://denverfilmfestival.denverfilm.org/) – Denver, Colorado, US, 38 years – IW100, usCG10, MM50, OsPS33
DOK Leipzig (https://www.dok-leipzig.de/en/home) (for documentary & animated films) – Leipzig, Germany, 61 years – MM50, RDo10, AADo,
AAShDo, AASh
Dubai International Film Festival (https://dubaifilmfest.com/en/home.html)  (focused on films from the Arab world) – Dubai, United Arab
Emirates, 15 years – IW100, R100, AASh, OsPS33, G50
Durban International Film Festival (http://www.durbanfilmfest.co.za/) – Durban, South Africa, 39 years – wCG10, AADo, GAf3
Film Fest Gent (http://www.filmfestival.be/en) (focused on film music) – Ghent, Belgium, 45 years – IW100, R100, OsPS33
Florida Film Festival (http://www.floridafilmfestival.com/) – Winter Park & Maitland, Florida, US, 27 years – IW100, AASh, AAShDo, MM50, G50
FrightFest (http://www.frightfest.co.uk/) (focused on independent horror films) – London, UK, 19 years – ATHoFa10, RHoFa7, MMGe5, HoR10
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (http://www.fullframefest.org/) – Durham, North Carolina, US, 21 years – IW100, MM50, AAShDo,
IWDo12, MM25, GDo10
Guadalajara International Film Festival: FICG (http://www.ficg.mx/33/index.php/en/) (focused on Latin-American films) – Guadalajara,
Mexico, 33 years – IW100, AASh, LaAm4
HollyShorts Film Festival (http://www.hollyshorts.com/)  (for short films) – Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, US, 14 years – IW100, MM50,
AASh
International Film Festival of India, Goa (https://iffigoa.org/) – Goa, India, 49 years – cFIAPF, CNNAs15, GAs10
International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (https://www.kurzfilmtage.de/en/) – Oberhausen, Germany, 64 years – dsFIAPF, AASh, MM25,
MM50, G50
Jeonju International Film Festival (http://eng.jiff.or.kr/) (focused on Asian films) – Jeonju, South Korea, 19 years – MM25, MM50, GAs10
Mar del Plata International Film Festival (http://www.mardelplatafilmfest.com/en/) – Mar del Plata, Argentina, 33 years – R100, cFIAPF, LaAm4,
G50, OsPS33
Miami Film Festival (https://miamifilmfestival.com/) – Miami, Florida, US, 35 years – IW100, MM25, MM50
Middleburg Film Festival (https://middleburgfilm.org/) (focused on films most likely to get Oscar nominations) – Middleburg, Virginia, US, 6
years – IW100, Aw10, OsPS33
Moscow International Film Festival (http://www.moscowfilmfestival.ru/miff39/eng/) – Moscow, Russia, 40 years – IW100, R100, cFIAPF, AADo
Nashville Film Festival (https://nashvillefilmfestival.org/) – Nashville, Tennessee, US, 50 years – IW100, MM50, AASh, AAShDo, G50
New Orleans Film Festival (http://www.neworleansfilmfestival.org/) – New Orleans, Louisiana, US, 29 years – MM50, AAShDo, MM25, AASh
New York International Children’s Film Festival (https://nyicff.org/) – New York City, New York, US, 22 years – AASh, GCh3
Oaxaca FilmFest (https://www.oaxacafilmfest.com/) (focused on independent films) – Oaxaca City, Mexico, 9 years – MM50, FF50
Oldenburg International Film Festival (https://www.filmfest-oldenburg.de/) (focused on independent films) – Oldenburg, Germany, 25 years –
R100, MM25, wCG10
Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival (https://www.outfest.org/about-outfest-los-angeles/) + Outfest Fusion LGBTQ People of Color Film
Festival (https://www.outfest.org/about-outfest-fusion/)  – Los Angeles, California, US, 37/15 years –  IW100, MM50, AASh for Outfest LA,
GLGBT3, G50
Pan-African Film Festival of Ouagadougou: FESPACO (https://www.fespaco.bf/en/) (focused on African films) –  Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 25
years – IW100, R100, AASh, GAf3
Philadelphia Film Festival (http://filmadelphia.org/festival/) – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, 27 years – MM50, OsPS33
Sarajevo Film Festival (http://www.sff.ba/en) – Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 24 years – IW100, R100, G50
Screamfest Horror Film Festival (https://screamfestla.com/)  (focused on independent horror films) – Los Angeles, California, US, 18 years –
ATHoFa10, RHoFa7, EFFFF, HoR20
Shanghai International Film & TV Festival (http://www.siff.com/) – Shanghai, China, 21 years – cFIAPF, CNNAs15, GAs10
St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival (https://www.womensfilmfestival.com/) – St. John’s, Canada, 29 years – IW100, Ca10, RWo8,
FDWo3
Stockholm International Film Festival (http://www.stockholmfilmfestival.se/en) – Stockholm, Sweden, 29 years – IW100, R100, sFIAPF, OsPS33
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival (http://www.goldenhorse.org.tw/film/about/overview/) (focused on Asian films) – Taipei, Taiwan, 39 years –
R100, CNNAs15, AADo, OsPS33
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival: POFF (https://2018.poff.ee/eng/festival) – Tallinn, Estonia, 22 years – MM50, cFIAPF, G50
Tampere Film Festival (http://tamperefilmfestival.fi/in-english/) (for short films) – Tampere, Finland, 48 years – R100, dsFIAPF, AASh, AAShDo
Thessaloniki International Film Festival (https://www.filmfestival.gr/en/festivals-en/tiff-en)  + Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
(https://www.filmfestival.gr/en/documentary-festival) – Thessaloniki, Greece, 59/20 years – IW100, R100, RDo10, doCG, AADo
Torino Film Festival (http://www.torinofilmfest.org/en) (focused on independent films) – Turin, Italy, 36 years – R100, sFIAPF, G50
True/False Film Fest (http://truefalse.org/) (for documentary films) – Columbia, Missouri, US, 15 years – IW100, R100, MM25, RDo10, IWDo12,
MM50, GDo10, G50
Vienna International Film Festival / Viennale (http://www.viennale.at/en) – Vienna, Austria, 56 years – IW100, nFIAPF, MM25, G50
Visions du Reel (https://www.visionsdureel.ch/en)  (for documentary films) – Nyon, Switzerland, 49 years – AAShDo,  RDo10, IWDo12, AADo,
GDo10
Warsaw Film Festival (https://wff.pl/en/) – Warsaw, Poland, 34 years – cFIAPF, AASh, AAShDo

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