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Film Festivals 2017

Buy tickets for upcoming film festivals featuring independent filmmakers, documentaries and entries from Asia . Get in to all the epic festivals of 2017.

HollyShorts Film Festival

14622 Ventura Boulevard
United States
14622 Ventura Blvd

HollyShorts Film Festival is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums. The HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 40- minutes or less.Categories include Short Animation, Short Live Action, Short Documentary, Music Video, Webisode, Commercials, Youth Film and Digital Microbudget.


Sidewalk Film Festival

1817 3rd Avenue North
United States
Alabama Theatre

The 19th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival presented by Regions, a celebration of new independent cinema in downtown Birmingham, is set to take place August 22nd-27th, 2017. Since its debut in 1999, filmmakers from across the country and around the world have come to Birmingham to screen their work at Sidewalk and have been thrilled to discover fresh, enthusiastic crowds eager to devour new independent cinema.

With ten screening venues located within Birmingham’s historic Theatre District (featuring the restored Alabama Theatre, a 2,200 seat movie palace built by Paramount in 1927 and the newly restored Lyric Fine Arts Theatre built in 1914 for B.F. Keith’s Vaudeville circuit), spontaneity rules the schedule of Sidewalk attendees. Low-priced weekend passes provide easy access to Sidewalk venues, encouraging attendees to seek out new films and sample programming they may not otherwise see. The result is a crowd rich in diversity and united in a hunger for new film.


Portland Film Festival

United States

Portland Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing filmmakers and audiences, and to celebrating the power of a good story. The festival focuses on the people, ideas, technology, skills and artistry behind filmmaking and provides both entertaining and educational opportunities to the public and filmmakers.

Goals and objectives

  • Establish, fund and curate a fun and well-organized annual film festival
  • Provide FREE and or low cost screenings and education opportunities
  • Provide a platform for filmmakers from Portland, Oregon, the US and the world
  • Become a positive force in Portland that helps fill cultural voids
  • Nurture Portland’s commitment to the arts by building a national and global stage that showcases the city’s unparalleled and vibrant artistic community
  • Host a series of affordable film-related events throughout the year that brings together and inspire families, students and community and business leaders
  • Develop year round educational outreach, to inspire learning and expand the knowledge of cinema and the appreciation of the film making process
  • Advocate for and support local Portland and Oregon businesses and create needed development and sponsorship opportunities for the community
  • Utilize technology, social networking and various forums of media, to ensure a multi-platform experience
  • Mobilize and empower organizations and institutions to ensure all who are interested have an opportunity to participate in PDXFF activities

Telluride Film Festival

United States

Each Labor Day weekend, the tiny mountain village of Telluride, Colorado triples in size. Swells of passionate film enthusiasts flood the town for four days of total cinematic immersion, embarking on a viewing odyssey, blissfully spending entire days in flickering dark rooms. With only an appreciation of celluloid to guide them, these devotees flock to the show, year after year. Why? Blind faith. We don’t reveal the program until everyone lands in town. Yet the Telluride family trusts that a unique experience will unfold.

The Telluride Film Festival is not just a picture show. It is Tributes to luminaries who've propelled the medium forward; it is candid discussions with a film’s creator or the historian who champions it; it is discovering that the person in line behind you made the film you just enjoyed; it is engaging in lively debate with every manner of film lover in the summer sun of a Colorado afternoon, always minutes away from a new exhibition. Our audiences were the first in the world to laugh with JUNO, to observe THE LIVES OF OTHERS, to visit BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, to learn the secret of THE CRYING GAME, to experience BLUE VELVET, and to witness THE CIVIL WAR. We resurrected the silent epic NAPOLEON, and highlighted the genius of animator Chuck Jones.

We take great pains to remain not a competition, but a celebration of the best in film — past, present and future — from all around the world. This is one weekend immersed in an unabashed carnival of film: viewing, breathing, eating, and talking cinema. This is The SHOW.


DC Shorts Film Festival

555 11th Street Northwest
United States
Landmark Theatres E Street Cinema

The 2017 DC Shorts Film Festival showcases one of the largest collection of short films in the USA. Out of over 1,500 entries from around the globe, our programmers have selected 170+ unique films in 17 showcases that reflect the 31 nations they represent — and bring a world view to Washington, DC.

Enjoy the festival in person at their venues in Washington, DC — or sit back and many of their selections in the comfort of your home, office — or on the go! But hurry — online access is only available during the festival, and will be turned off at midnight, September 17th.


Camden International Film Festival

United States

Founded in 2005 and recognized as one of the top documentary film festivals in the world, the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) highlights innovative work that shows a deep commitment to the craft of nonfiction storytelling.

The 13th annual Camden International Film Festival will take place in Camden, Rockport and Rockland, Maine, from September 14 to 17. The weekend will feature screenings of nearly 80 documentary films from both emerging and established filmmakers, most of whom attend the festival for post-screening discussions.


Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival

United States
Bay City

Hell’s Half Mile Events is a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and expanding the art of independent film, music, and entertainment. We strive to exceed expectations, while inspiring our community to participate in the arts.

Nevada City Film Festival

401 Broad Street
United States
Nevada Theater Film Series

Emerging one warm summer weekend in 2001 as an absolutely DIY, “why-the-hell-not?” event, the Nevada City Film Festival was the brainchild of filmmaker Jason Graham; and for its first few years its programs were created almost entirely by Graham and a handful of his Twenty-Something friends.

Festival #1 was viewed by a wildly enthused, bemused (and occasionally confused) audience who crammed into Nevada City’s tiny Magic Theatre (owned by Jeffrey Clark) to experience handmade epics like “A Motorcycle Documentary About the Paranormal” and “Jobby the Awesome Surfer”.

And so it went for the first couple of years: imaginative no-holds-barred, local indy films made by youthful, hometown filmmakers, screened in a 65 seat theatre to a handful of hard-core true believers, more or less as an excuse to have a good time.

Then, in 2005, Nevada City native David Nicholson returned home after graduating from the film program at Pratt Institute in New York, having helped produce the Brooklyn Underground Film Festival. With Nicholson’s encouragement and experience that year’s festival widened its horizons to include works by filmmakers from around the US and the world. Lines grew around the theatre and from that point forward new, larger venues and programs were rapidly added to accommodate sell-out crowds and filmmakers visiting from far and wide.



Urbanworld Film Festival

United States
New York

The Urbanworld Film Festival, founded in 1997 by Stacy Spikes, is one of the largest internationally competitive festivals of its kind. Each year, they curate a slate of films representing the broadest lens of diversity across stories, characters, themes, and cultures. They fight tirelessly to expand the definition of “urban” beyond ethnicity to include sensibility, culture, and proximity. They strive to be “the filmmakers festival” and “the people’s festival,” providing a point of intersection where creators and audiences meet to experience bold and diverse artistic works. 

Urbanworld is a five-day festival, anchored in film, showcasing narrative and documentary features, short films, spotlight screenings and conversations, and live staged screenplay readings. The festival’s Urbanworld Digital track convenes industry experts sharing insights on the evolving landscape of content creation, financing, distribution, and marketing, all through the lens of digital opportunity. Urbanworld Music rounds out the festival, powering the nightlight events with a mix of curated DJs and live performances.


The Urbanworld spirit transcends the festival with ongoing connectivity to creators and collaborators throughout the year. Newly launched, urbanworld INDEPENDENT offers a content driven industry resource, allowing our global audience the opportunity to share insights and experiences, covering creative, business, and technical vantage points. Our goal is to inspire and expose the cross-cultural community of makers and innovators redefining our “urban” world.

San Francisco Latino Film Festival

San Francisco Bay Area


Celebrating the integration between Mexico and the United States of America in San Francisco’s Bay Area.

The festival is a multidisciplinary initiative that showcases a program with music, film, food, visual arts, digital art, dance, literature and talks of some of the most influential Mexicans in their field of expertise. It runs its fourth edition this summer and it’s already a major event in the San Francisco Bay Area. Portraying Mexico as a country of innovation and a leader in art and creativity.

This year the festival includes a much more comprehensive program with Mexican talent who was born and raised in the United States. This special characteristic looks for the promotion of the people who are changing the world and making great contributions as a result of the integration between both countries: Mexico and the United States of America.

We have as a special partner this year – The State of Jalisco – featuring outstanding performances and exhibitions from one of the most diverse and rich states of Mexico.

It is organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico through the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco, with the support of Federal Agencies such as the Ministry of Culture, ProMexico, Mexico’s Country Brand Office and the Ministry of Tourism.”

Milwaukee Film Festival

2230 North Farwell Avenue
United States
Landmark Oriental Theatre

New York Film Festival

70 Lincoln Center Plaza
United States
Film Society of Lincoln Center

America’s pre-eminent film presentation organization, the Film Society of Lincoln Center was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, to recognize and support new filmmakers, and to enhance awareness, accessibility and understanding of the art among a broad and diverse film going audience.

As an independent constituent of the world’s foremost performing arts center, the Film Society of Lincoln Center presents year-round programming that includes premieres of new films from an international roster of established and emerging directors, major retrospectives, in-depth filmmaker talks, and high profile events. The Film Society is one of those rare institutions whose stature is matched by its popularity, each year welcoming an aggregate audience of more than 200,000 film aficionados, filmmakers, and industry leaders of every nationality, age, economic, and ethnic group. The organization has been a pioneer among film institutions and one of the film world’s most respected and influential arbiters of cinematic trends and discoveries. Martin Scorsese, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Agnès Varda, Wong Kar-Wai, Pedro Almodóvar, Spike Lee, Wes Anderson—over the last four decades there is scarcely a major director who has not been introduced to American audiences by the Film Society.

The Film Society is best known for two world-class international festivals—the New York Film Festival (the most famous and prestigious in the country), and New Directors/New Films (celebrating new cinematic artists). It runs two state-of-the-art, year-round cinemas, the Walter Reade Theater (268 seats) and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center—Francesca Beale Theater (150 seats), Howard Gilman Theater (90 seats), and Amphitheater (75 seats)—and publishes the country’s most respected cinematic journal, Film Comment. Each year the organization presents its annual Chaplin Award Gala Tribute honoring legendary stars and industry leaders of our generation at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. At various times of the year, the Film Society partners with Hollywood studios to present premieres and special live appearances.

International Black Film Festival

United States

The International Black Film Festival (IBFF), established in 2006 as a non-profit 501 c(3), was founded by Chief Executive Officer and Owner Hazel Joyner Smith. IBFF also relies on a highly competent team of committed professionals who invest their time and expertise in this effort to bring culturally diverse communities together to showcase their work as emerging and skilled independent filmmakers, actors, composers, screenwriters, directors and other film industry profession


Bendfilm Festival

United States

The BendFilm Festival – Where filmmakers are Gods. On October 12-15, 2017, Bend, Oregon will be transformed from a recreational haven into a small town possessed by the film industry’s soul. They gather to behold the work of the most talented independent filmmakers. Downtown theaters, lecture sites, music rooms, and party venues spark with the energy excited by the overwhelming presence of cinema. The event runs deeper than the marathon film-watching that fills guests’ schedules from dawn until, well… dawn. Everyone you see on the sidewalks, in the restaurants, and bars makes films, cares about them, or has an opinion about film. It is the serendipitous encounters and ensuing discussions with the filmmakers and fellow passholders that makes the weekend so inspiring and affecting.

The BendFilm Festival is an independent film festival held in beautiful Bend, Oregon. Named one of the top 50 film fests by Movie Maker Magazine, this year will be the 14th annual BendFilm Festival. Below are just a few reasons why you should make plans now to attend!

  • Watch independent feature films, documentaries and shorts
  • Meet and support independent filmmakers
  • Explore the high desert, mountain town of Bend, Oregon

Chagrin Documentary Film Festival

United States
Chagrin Falls

The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival is dedicated to educating audiences and empowering talented filmmakers to tell their stories. The Festival is a five day celebration of the art of documentary film, at venues in and around the century village of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. This inspiring event draws audiences from all over Northeast Ohio, the US and the world to experience documentary films and the compelling art and culture they highlight.

San Diego International Film Festival

United States
San Diego

THE SAN DIEGO INTL FILM FESTIVAL is the region’s premier film event and one of the leading stops on the independent festival circuit. SDIFF offers a totally unique experience. Catch first time and veteran filmmakers as they debut their latest work to command the attention of new audiences and industry luminaries. You’ll also be among the first to see major studio premieres on the road to the Hollywood awards season. It’s five days to immerse yourself in quality films, parties, industry events and panels. 

  • Oct 4 – Opening Night Film & After Party
  • Oct 5  – VARIETY’S Night of the Stars Tribute
  • Oct 6  – Friday Night Screenings & Party with a Purpose
  • Oct 7  – Filmmakers Awards Show & Screenings
  • Oct 8 – Culinary Cinema & Closing Night Films

Tacoma Film Festival

United States

Established in 2006, the annual Tacoma Film Festival presents a lively week of films, workshops, events, and discussions. TFF programming is a unique blend of audience and industry programming that empowers all who attend to connect with creators. 

TFF is the only festival in the world to host Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film. These internationally recognized, up-and-coming filmmakers screen their work, share their experiences, and build new creative relationships, resulting in exciting new work. 

These creators go on to incredible careers; past 25NFs include Ryan Coogler, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Hilary Swank, Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grad, Jenny Slate, David Lowery, Lucy Walker, Julia Garner, Lena Dunham, Ellen Page, and The Daniels (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert). 

Visiting festival guests from around the world make for a rich networking and collaborative space where new projects are born and inspiration for future work grows. See what Director/Cinematographer Nicholas Pilarski, a 2016 25 New Face had to say about his experience at TFF in this article fromMovieMaker Magazine. 

Chicago Film Festival

United States

The Festival opened in 1965 at the Carnegie Theater, where King Vidor, Bette Davis, and Stanley Kramer were honored for their contributions to American cinema. Since then, the Festival has grown to become a world-renowned annual event. The Festival’s in-person tributes have honored such international luminaries as François Truffaut, Orson Welles, Sophia Loren, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Satyajit Ray, Howard Hawks, George Cukor, Spike Lee, Lucino Visconti, Faye Dunaway, Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Sidney Poitier, Patrice Chéreau, Ron Howard, J.A. Bayona, Viola Davis, Bruce Dern, and Kevin Kline.

Seeking out the best in international cinema, the Festival has discovered new talents and opened windows to a world of film previously or otherwise unavailable in Chicago. Over the years, the Festival has introduced creative new directors like Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders, Bertrand Tavernier, Margarethe von Trotta, and Krzysztof Kieslowski, among many others, to Chicago. The Festival is also dedicated to showcasing films made by filmmakers from across the state of Illinois.

New Orleans Film Festival

United States
New Orleans

Now in its 28th year, the New Orleans Film Festival has grown into an internationally respected annual event. It is one of the few film festivals that is Oscar-qualifying in all three Academy-accredited categories: Narrative Short, Documentary Short, and Animated Short—and it’s been recognized by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” every year since 2012 (one of only two fests to receive that recognition for five straight years).

The festival’s growing reputation is built upon a commitment to discovering new and diverse voices, with 95% of the lineup coming directly from submissions. Paste Magazine praised the festival for offering “a platform to voices that still fight to be heard,” and indeed, last year’s festival saw 36% of its films helmed by filmmakers of color and 45% from female filmmakers.

For the past several years, the festival has played host to around 400 filmmakers who come to show their work and lend their artistic voice to the festival gumbo. To encourage filmmaker attendance, NOFF offers lodging to each out-of-town filmmaker and a travel stipend to all feature films in competition. Additionally, the festival works hard to offer guests countless opportunities to connect with the industry presence at the fest, facilitating meetings with distributors like The Weinstein Company, Array, FilmBuff, Paramount, and The Orchard; as well as funders, agencies, broadcasters, and other film organizations like Firelight Media, Cinereach, Vimeo, Kickstarter, Film Sprout, the National Black Programming Consortium, ITVS, Seed&Spark, and the International Documentary Association.

Last year’s festival doled out over $120,000 in cash and prizes to filmmakers. Some of the prizes included Panavision camera packages, Kodak film stock, post-production services, and cash prizes from the New Orleans Film Society.

Past attendees and honorees have included Julie Dash, Rob Reiner, Lupita Nyong’o, Woody Harrelson, Alfre Woodard, Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel, Steve McQueen, Sarah Paulson, and countless others. Add your name to this impressive list and share your new film with our festival—we would love to see it.

Austin Film Festival

United States

Austin Film Festival furthers the art and craft of filmmaking by inspiring and championing the work of screenwriters, filmmakers and all artists who use the language of film to tell a story.

What AFF is probably best known for around the world is its annual October Austin Film Festival & Conference.

The Film Festival & Conference was the first event of its kind to take the lead in bringing professional and amateur screenwriters (and now filmmakers) together to celebrate the role of the screenplay in filmmaking and discuss the considerable creative possibilities of writing for film and television. Equally important, the Conference brought producers, agents and screenwriters together to foster the sale of screenplays and launch long-term successful careers.

Savannah Film Festival

115 East York Street
United States
Savannah College of Art and Design-Bradley Hall

The Savannah College of Art and Design presents the annual festival, filled with cinematic creativity from both award-winning professionals and emerging student filmmakers. Each year more than 50,000 people attend the eight-day Savannah Film Festival. The festival is host to a wide variety of competition film screenings, special screenings, workshops, panels and lectures.

Hamptons International Film Festival

The Hamptons

The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded to celebrate Independent film—long, short, fiction and documentary—and to introduce a unique and varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to our audiences. The festival is committed to exhibiting films that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives, with the hope that these programs will enlighten audiences, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers and present inspired entertainment for all.

Now in its 25th year, the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) has screened the eventual Best Picture Oscar winner in 8 of the last 9 years (including MOONLIGHT in 2016) and is the only Festival on the East Coast with such a distinction. The Festival, with an impassioned and uniquely influential audience, attracts over 25,000 visitors to theaters across the picturesque New York communities of East Hampton, Southampton, Montauk, and Sag Harbor. With cash prizes handed out totaling more than $165,000, HIFF continues to attract some of the best films of the year.

HIFF continues to figure into the annual awards season race, with films in our 24th edition (2016) receiving a record 45 Oscar nominations, including four Best Picture nominations, and ten acting nominations. HIFF films took home thirteen (!) Oscars in 2016.

2016 was the seventh year in a row that the Festival’s Audience Award-winning film (LA LA LAND) was nominated for Best Picture, with two such films (THE ARTIST and THE KING’S SPEECH) eventually taking home the honors. Overall, films in our last 9 editions have received 275 total Oscar nominations.

HIFF has a continuing partnership with The New York Film Critics Circle, which sends their critics to attend the Festival every year. The Festival also attracts a wide range of journalists, including the film trades, Oscar bloggers, and local publications, as well as national journalists and New York-based press.

HIFF is an Oscar-qualifying festival for short films, and we host four competitions of selected films – the Golden Starfish Awards (GSA) – focused specifically on early-career filmmakers, bolstering their work at an important juncture and helping develop a discussion around their films, both within the film community and beyond.

Heartland Film Festival

1043 Virginia Avenue
United States
Heartland Film

Heartland Film is a nonprofit arts organization founded in 1991 with the mission to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film.

Heartland Film is a curator and supporter of purposeful filmmaking, honoring a wide variety of cinema and awarding storytellers from all over the world. The films we select and exhibit – whether they inspire and uplift, educate and inform, or have the ability to shift audiences’ perspectives on the world – all have one thing in common: they are entertaining films that do more than just entertain.

New Hampshire Film Festival

United States

The New Hampshire Film Festival takes place each fall the weekend after Columbus Day in Portsmouth, NH. Our mission is to support the art of filmmaking and to present the best in recent independent cinema from the region, nation and world.

NHFF unites professional filmmakers and screenwriters with industry experts, students, educators, and film lovers for an inspiring, four-day celebration of independent film through panels, workshops, screenings, and networking events.

Founded in 2001, NHFF now holds a coveted place as a viable and recognized festival that showcases the brightest talent on the international film festival scene.

NHFF presents the best of independent film on four state-of-the-art screening venues ranging in size from 65 to 900-seat theaters. The festival also emphasize creative collaboration, education, and networking through a half dozen panel discussions and workshops, as well as after-parties where filmmakers can mingle with special guests.

Over four full days, NHFF can attract more than 10,000 attendees. In 2015, NHFF received more than 1000 submissions for consideration. We screened over 100 domestic and international films. With chances for education, discussion and socializing, NHFF offers plentiful networking opportunities among industry insiders.

NHFF holds a special place in many filmmakers’ hearts. Dan Ferrigan, the DP of award-winning film “The Way We Get By,” told MovieMaker Magazine of his immensely positive experience at NHFF.

“NHFF programmers packed rustic screening locations from morning till night with the most compelling and honored films I’ve seen all year. Not since our premiere at SXSW had I seen such top notch docs and fictional gems. I soon realized this wasn’t just a festival on its way- it had already arrived. The excitement from NH is still with me…and I don’t want it to leave.”

The New Hampshire Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Philadelphia Film Festival

2023 Sansom Street
United States
PFS Roxy Theater

Every October, the Philadelphia Film Society hosts the Philadelphia Film Festival which gathers more than 35,000 dedicated film lovers and scores of talented filmmakers for ten exceptional days of cinematic splendor. Throughout the year, PFS’s artistic team scours the world’s most prestigious film festivals – from Sundance to Berlin, Cannes to Toronto – for the year’s most highly anticipated, critically acclaimed, and thought provoking films. The Festival presents these films alongside exclusive events with actors, directors, and industry guests; VIP receptions; and much more that highlights Philadelphia as a place where film is flourishing.

As a world-class film festival, PFF represents a major contribution to the cultural life of the city and region. It presents, on average, more than 180 films and draws over 70 industry guests and panelists and fosters an interactive community of film professionals and supporters. By presenting and designing programs with a variety of partners, PFS is able create opportunities that reduce barriers to interacting with film attracting new audiences to PFS and the film community at large.

Sante Fe Independent Film Festival

United States
Santa Fe

The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival began in 2009 as a fringe festival that took place in a community center. By 2011 it was the biggest event of its kind in New Mexico, screening over 100 films during a 5 day Fest. The 2011 festival honored Academy Award Nominee Kirby Dick (Invisible War), Tony Mark (The Hurt Locker) and unit production manager Alton Walpole (Crazy Heart). The 2012 festival honored Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals, Skins), Rudolfo Anaya (Bless Me, Ultima), and Judy Blume (Tiger Eyes) and included two sold out screenings at the Lensic Performing Arts Center and a Red Carpet event. The festival also organized a historic filmmakers brunch, bringing industry professionals and local filmmakers together for a discourse on the future of filmmaking in New Mexico. At the 2013 festival honorees included Wes Studi (Avatar) and John Waters (Hairspray).The 2014 festival hosted over 10,000 attendees and presented lifetime achievement awards to Shirley MacLaine and George RR Martin. The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival was recognized nationally by IndieWire Magazine as "a young Sundance". Santa Fe Independent Film Festival has grown from humble beginnings to becoming one of the top annual events in New Mexico and has effectively extended the tourism season in Santa Fe into late October. In November 2013 Santa Fe Independent Film Festival was named one of Moviemaker Magazine's 25 Coolest General Film Festivals on the planet. In April 2014 the Festival was named Moviemaker Magazine's 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2014. In addition to the annual Festival, the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival now hosts screenings throughout the year including a free outdoor community screening every summer as part of the annual summer series "Festival de Santa Fe". The 2015 festival presented Gena Rowlands with a lifetime achievement award during A Tribute to Gena Rowlands at The Lensic Performing Arts Center. In 2016 SFIFF presented Jacqueline Bisset with a lifetime achievement achievement award and Jay Roach with an American filmmaker award. 

Tallgrass Film Festival

United States

Tallgrass Film Association fosters an appreciation of the cinematic arts by creating shared experiences around the international medium of film.

TFA, a 501(c)(3) arts organization, was founded in 2003 by Timothy Gruver, a Wichita native who studied filmmaking at Brigham Young University (often sneaking into Sundance Film Festival parties in Park City to mingle with the stars) before moving to Los Angeles for his first job with Dreamworks Animation, followed by Outfest and the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Tim returned to Wichita in 2002 to found Tallgrass Film Association (known originally as the Wichita Association for Motion Picture Arts.) Tim believed Wichita could be the next Telluride — obvious geographical issues aside — and created the city's first annual Tallgrass Film Festival, held in October of 2003. Tim amassed a dedicated board of directors and staff, many of whom remain with the organization today, and North America's most Stubbornly Independent film association was born.

Highland Park Film Festival

United States
Highland Park

The Highland Park Independent Film Festival (HPIFF) was founded by a group of filmmakers whose express mission is to promote the art of film in their community. HPIFF is the first film festival of its kind in Highland Park. They are a grassroots organization, dedicated to inviting filmmakers who are producing the most unique and captivating independent cinema today to share their work with the Highland Park community.

They believe in fostering emerging and established filmmakers by providing forums for screening projects, networking with industry professionals, and mentoring student filmmakers. To this end, our organization consists of three essential components: the Highland Park Independent Film Festival (HPIFF), which is an annual three-day event held in October featuring the works of independent filmmakers from Highland Park and around the world; the HPIFilmFest Series, which consists of film programs and screenings designed to build community through film in Northeast Los Angeles; and the HPIFF Mentorship Program, which offers film education to schools throughout Northeast Los Angeles.

The first annual film festival, which debuted in 2014, took place in the historic Highland Theatre, located off of the Figueroa corridor of Historic Route 66. In addition to screenings of several features and short films, guests also enjoyed red carpet events, industry mixers, and panel discussions with film professionals. The event was a resounding success. They collaborated with over twenty local businesses and organizations in the area, and built community through a shared love of film and authentic storytelling.

Orlando Film Festival

155 South Orange Avenue
United States
Cobb Plaza Cinema Café 12

The mission of the Orlando Film Festival is to support and promote the arts in Downtown Orlando through the medium of film. The Orlando Film Festival seeks to inspire filmmakers and enhance the movie viewing experience in Downtown Orlando through creative, unique and entertaining events. We put a strong emphasis on celebrating our filmmakers because we are all filmmakers ourselves. We truly are a film festival for FILMMAKERS by FILMMAKERS!

Woodstock Film Festival

13 Rock City Road
United States
Woodstock Film Festival Inc

Hailed as "A True American Maverick Among Fests" and named among the top 50 film festivals worldwide, the Woodstock Film Festival premieres exceptional films, hosts the most talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry; presents A-list concerts, panels and parties, and creates stimulating, innovative programming year-round. Events generate large, enthusiastic audiences, news headlines, social media exposure and a gamut of other promotional opportunities.

At the Woodstock Film Festival, participants and visitors find themselves in a friendly, casual environment, one that is conducive to creativity, networking and a good time, surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. In addition to drawing sold-out audiences from the 20 million people who live within a two-hour drive, the festival has attracted visitors from all parts of the country and the world.

Festival mainstays include industry executives, television anchors, network and cable executives, magazine and newspaper editors, record label executives, writers, painters, models, entertainment lawyers, producers, critics and publishers.

The Woodstock Film Festival is a non-profit, 501c3 with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning and diversity. The 18th Woodstock Film Festival returns October 11-15, 2017 with an extraordinary lineup of fiercely independent films, panels and special events in Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Kingston, Rosendale and Saugerties.

Asian World Film Festival

1801 East Century Boulevard
United States
1801 E Century Blvd

The Asian World Film Festival (AWFF) brings the best of a broad selection of Asian World cinema to Los Angeles in order to draw greater recognition to the region's wealth of filmmakers, strengthening ties between the Asian and Hollywood film industries.

Uniting through cross-cultural collaboration, our festival champions films from over 50 countries across Asia spanning from Turkey to Japan and Russia to India.

All films that participate in the Festival will have a unique chance to be guided through the challenging awards season, showcasing their foreign films to the Academy, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and all Guilds for enhanced exposure, media attention and awards consideration.*

The Asian World Film Festival is organized under Aitysh USA, a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization, and operates according to the organization's guidelines.

Over the past two years, 2015-2016, there have been 56 Oscar submissions from the Asian region for Best Foreign Language Film. The Asian World Film Festival has screened 38 of these films, one of which was nominated, 'Theeb' from Jordan and one shortlisted, 'Paradise' from Russia. During the same time period, the Festival has also screened 26 Golden Globe submissions, one of which, 'Theeb', was nominated.


323 6th Avenue
United States
IFC Center

DOC NYC burst upon the scene in 2010 with an inaugural event that was hailed as “ambitious” (New York Times) and “selective but eclectic” (Village Voice). By 2014, DOC NYC had become America’s largest documentary film festival and voted by MovieMaker magazine as one of the “top five coolest documentary film festivals in the world”. Based at the West Village’s IFC Center, Chelsea’s SVA Theater and Bow Tie Chelsea Cinema, the eight-day festival showcases new achievements in documentary film along with panels and conversations. It also seeks to make connections that happen “only in New York.”

In 2015, the festival showcased 200+ films & events, presented by 200+ filmmakers & special guests, including a closing night film presented by Hillary Clinton. Other past guests include Jim Carrey, Susan Sarandon, Martin Scorsese, Big Bird, Sarah Polley, Jared Leto, Noam Chomsky, Ricki Lake, Michael Moore, Michel Gondry, Omar Epps, Errol Morris, Oliver Stone, Jonathan Franzen, Kathleen Hanna, Spandau Ballet, Greil Marcus, Grace Lee Boggs, Bela Fleck, Nat Hentoff, Chuck Workman, and The Mekons. Audience attendees have included Harry Belafonte, Rosario Dawson, Fred Armisen, Jim Jarmusch, Michael Stipe, Martha Stewart, Katie Couric, Russell Simmons, Darren Aronofsky, Cornel West, Naomi Watts, among others.

Miami Short Film Festival

3015 Grand Avenue
United States

The Miami short Film Festival is dedicated to promoting the short film genre, showcasing films from 1-30 minutes long. The Festival is international in scope, bringing exposure to the world’s best independent up-and-coming filmmakers.

MsFF’s goal year after year is focused on motivating directors, screenwriters, actors, and producers to make films and share them with fellow film makers and industry professionals. The ultimate goal is to bring exposure to independent up-and-coming filmmakers.

MsFF is an avid supporter of local and international film makers representing cinematic productions that embody the true spirit of the art. From original scripts to new cinematography and film techniques, each and every piece is the result of true emotion and expression. 

The Festival presents a unique opportunity for our local community, tourists, and the next generation of talented filmmakers from around the world to experience the true spirit of the creative film-making process.

The MIAMI short FILM FESTIVAL has become a powerful cultural voice to South Florida and has created a positive influence on the arts through film.

Today’s short films lead to tomorrow’s world-renowned filmmakers. 


221 North Front Street
United States
Wilmington Downtown Incorporated

The 23rd annual Cucalorus Festival takes place November 8-12, 2017 in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina.

Cucalorus was founded in 1994 by the underground filmmaking collective Twinkle Doon. At the inaugural event, crowds wrapped around the block to see 16 local films screening at Water Street restaurant by the Cape Fear River. These days Cucalorus takes place every November, celebrating independent and international film for five days in historic downtown Wilmington, NC. MovieMaker Magazine has recognized it as “One of the Coolest Film Festivals in the World” for three years in a row.

Cucalorus is a multi-disciplinary arts organization supporting emerging and innovative creative professionals through our annual film festival, a residency program, a summer camp for teen filmmakers, a community cinema, and an extensive community engagement program. More than 20 years in the making, Cucalorus has since grown into one of the largest film festivals in the South. More than 300 films screen each year at venues all over downtown Wilmington, attracting a large number of participating artists (350+) and thousands of fans and industry professionals (accumulated attendance in 2016 was 17,874). Festival programs focus on dance, music videos, emerging artists, social justice, works-in-progress, and international cinema. Cucalorus education and outreach programs include Global Perspectives, Works-in-Progress Lab, Latino Lens, Media Literacy, and Racial Rewind. Cucalorus is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that relies on funds from individuals, businesses, and grants to fund its annual celebration.

Cucalorus is diving into the world of venture capital and entrepreneurship again this year during the 3rd annual Cucalorus Connect conference. Integrated into the overall film festival, Connect has 50+ events from keynotes, to panels, workshops and endless parties.

Citizen Jane Film Festival

1200 East Broadway
United States
Stephens College

Citizen Jane Institute at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri is a midwestern partner in the fight for gender equality in the television and filmmaking industry. It includes a lecture series that dates back to 2006, a filmmaking camp for girls and an internationally known four-day film festival held every fall.

Actually, Citizen Jane Film Festival is more than a film fest. It’s an artist’s retreat, a holistic experience designed to entertain, enlighten and energize audiences into action and encourage, engage and embolden filmmakers into continuing to ensure that women’s stories are told.

The festival screens narrative, documentary and short films, hosting panel discussions with the filmmakers. It begins with the Citizen Jane Summit, an afternoon discussion that allows industry experts and a public audience to brainstorm ways to better support female filmmakers through crowd funding, mentoring and activism.

The fest is a mix of experienced professionals, up-and-coming talent and beginning filmmakers who are forgoing expectations and testing social norms. They come in person to discuss their films and help strengthen the community of female filmmakers.

CJFF also hosts an opening reception, dance performances, interactive skits, a dance party, Sunday morning brunch and an afternoon film school for those wanting to know more about the industry.

Citizen Jane is a passionate community of film lovers and filmmakers working for change. There’s a serious gap in the film industry, with women directing just 2 percent of the U.S.’s top 700 films in the last seven years. Citizen Jane is committed to helping reverse these trends, change the dismal statistics and bring the film industry up to society’s expectations.

Napa Valley Film Festival

195 Gasser Drive
United States
Century Theatres

NVFF’s program includes competitive screenings of 100+ new independent films for our audiences to enjoy and discuss with over 300 attending filmmakers, actors, writers, directors, producers and industry executives; with countless opportunities for artist-audience interaction, inspiring student programs, Celebrity Tributes, and our exclusive Artist-in-Residence Program.

American Film Festival

6801 Hollywood Boulevard
United States
TCL Chinese 6 Theatres

AFI FEST presented by Audi is the American Film Institute's annual celebration of international cinema from modern masters and emerging filmmakers. It takes place each fall in Hollywood, CA, and features nightly red-carpet galas, special screenings, conversations and tributes. AFI FEST remains the first and only festival of its stature that is free to the public, offering the best of current cinema in Hollywood.

AFI FEST 2017 is its 31st edition — and its 14th year with the visionary support of presenting sponsor Audi. Los Angeles' longest-running international film festival remains a showcase for the best festival films of the year, and an opportunity for artists to come together with audiences in the heart of the movie capital of the world.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for both Short Films categories of the annual Academy Awards® — a tradition that continues each year.

New Auteurs, AFI FEST's juried competitive section, is designed exclusively to raise the profiles of first or second-time feature filmmakers. This section offers a launch pad for new voices eligible for prizes awarded by an esteemed jury of critics, writers and editors from the film community.

AFI FEST's State of the Art technology showcase provides an engaging forum on innovative new modes of storytelling that, in 2016, spotlighted Virtual Reality filmmaking.

The festival's World Cinema Masters in Conversation section takes a closer look at veteran world auteurs with career-spanning talks and screenings of their latest work.

The festival has paid tribute to numerous influential filmmakers and artists over the years, including Annette Bening, Danny Boyle, Marion Cotillard, Catherine Deneuve, Bruce Dern, Isabelle Huppert, Sophia Loren, Viggo Mortensen, Christopher Plummer and Tilda Swinton, as well as Guest Artistic Directors Pedro Almodóvar, Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch and Agnès Varda.



Hawaii International Film Festival

United States

As the vanguard forum of international cinematic achievement in the Asia-Pacific region, Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) endeavors to recognize new and emerging talent, promote career development and original collaborations through innovative education programs, and facilitate dynamic cultural exchange through the cinema arts.

HIFF is the sister festival of Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) & Shanghai Media and Entertainment Group (SMEG).

HIFF started as a project of the East-West Center, an educational and research institution created by U.S. Congress and located on the University of Hawai`i Manoa campus in Honolulu. Jeannette Paulson Hereniko was HIFF’s Founding Director, from 1981 to 1996.

In 1981, HIFF’s inaugural year, the program consisted of seven films from six countries which were viewed by an audience of 5,000. Today, HIFF is a premiere cinematic event in the Pacific and annually attracts more than 70,000 film enthusiasts from around the state, the nation and throughout the world.

HIFF is unique in discovering features, documentaries and shorts from Asia made by Asians, films about the Pacific made by Pacific Islanders, and films made by Hawai`i filmmakers that present Hawai`i in a culturally accurate way.

Each year in preparation for the event, HIFF programmers view some 1,000 films and choose an average of 150 features, documentaries and film shorts. Among them are world premieres, North American premieres, U.S. premieres, experimental films, animation and digital works representing social and ethnic issues, and first features by new directors.

HIFF also conducts seminars, workshops, special award presentation receptions with top Asian, Pacific and North American filmmakers participating.

Since its inception, more than 950,000 people from throughout the world have shared HIFF film screenings and insights.

HIFF audiences reflect the diverse multi-cultural face of Hawaii. For example, Chinese Americans see films from Japan; Japanese Americans see films from Korea. In so doing, HIFF helps to enrich, enlighten and broaden support for Asian and Pacific films by HIFF members, film festival fans and new audiences alike.

High Falls Film Festival

240 East Avenue
United States
The Little Theatre

Founded in 2001, the High Falls Film Festival is one of the few film festivals worldwide that celebrates the work of women filmmakers, and is one of the longest running women’s film festivals on the East Coast.

The High Falls Film Festival celebrates the artistry and innovation of women in film — behind the camera, in leading roles on the screen, and at the heart of storylines. The focus on women in film is inspired by Rochester, New York’s legacy as the birthplace of film (George Eastman and Kodak) and the women’s rights movement (Susan B. Anthony).

The offerings include an international slate of independent films enhanced by panels, workshops, and talks with filmmakers.

A non-profit organization, the High Falls Film Festival has screened more than 500 films since its inception, spotlighting the cinematic works of women and bringing the finest independent motion pictures and film artists to Rochester and Western New York audiences. The Festival includes features, documentaries, shorts, children’s and young adult programs.

Films from past Festivals have gone on to win Academy Awards®, Golden Globe Awards® and recognition at other festivals, from Sundance to Berlin.

The High Falls Films Festival presents more than 50 features, documentaries, and shorts, including a children’s program and student-filmmaker program, in addition to panel discussions, opening and closing night parties, and informal “Coffee With” events featuring visiting filmmakers and artists.

The festival is a lively mix of emerging and established talent, with past guests including actresses Kerry Washington, Lynn Redgrave, Rita Moreno, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christine Lahti, Bill Pullman, Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Mira Nair, Jane Alexander, Candice Bergen, Joan Allen, Gordy Hoffman, Famke Janssen, Faith Hubley, Stuart Craig, Diane Ladd, John Curran, CCH Pounder, Leslie Stahl, Celeste Holm, Lainie Kazan, Sally Kellerman, voice-over actress Nancy “Bart Simpson” Cartwright, producer Lauren Shuler Donner, Richard Donner, Agnieszka Holland, and Shrek director Vicky Jenson and editor Thelma Schoonmaker.


Atlanta Underground Film Festival 2017

1545 Peachtree Street Northeast
United States
Synchronicity Theatre

The 14th Annual Atlanta Underground Film Festival is held August 18 - 20, 2017 at theSynchronicity Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia as part of the Atlanta Film Series. Since 2004, the Atlanta Underground Film Festival (AUFF) has served as a forum where independent filmmakers thrive outside the mainstream arena. The AUFF exposes and promotes creative artists who work outside the system to create DIY, grass-roots movies that break the boundaries of film and video. Through the festival, these talented independent filmmakers now have a voice in a market typically saturated with commercial entertainment designed to satisfy the audience's expectations. Much more than the traditional stuffy film festival, Atlanta Underground Film Festival is a non-stop party celebrating short and feature films in a down-to-earth, welcoming setting where filmmakers and fans are encouraged to connect and collaborate. After all these years, we are so proud to have showcased thousands and thousands of talented film and video artists of every experience level. AUFF is celebrating 14 years in 2017, and the festival will celebrate by showcasing an incredible selection of some of the best features and shorts from across the globe. Join us for this incredible celebration of independent artists!​​​