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A film festival is the presentation or showcasing of films in one or more movie theaters or screening venues. The films are usually of a recent date and, depending upon the focus of the individual festival, can include major international releases as well as those made outside a country's established film industry. Sometimes there is a focus on a specific genre (e.g. animation) or subject (e.g. gay and lesbian film festivals). Film Festivals are typically annual events. This article is about motion pictures. ... A typical multiplex (AMC Promenade 16 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California). ... Animation is the rapid display of a sequence of 2-D artwork or model positions in order to create an illusion of movement. ...

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The world's first major film festival was held in Venice in 1932; the other major film festivals of the world (Berlin, Cannes, Moscow and Karlovy Vary) date back to the 1940s and 1950s. The Venice Film Festival (it: Mostra Internazionale dArte Cinematografica) is the oldest Film Festival in the World (began in the 1932) and takes place every year in late August/early September on the Lido di Venezia in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi, in Venice, Italy. ... The Berlin International Film Festival, also called the Berlinale, is one of the most important film festivals in Europe and the world. ... Cannes Film Festival logo. ... Moscow International Film Festival is a film festival held in Moscow. ... Karlovy Vary - venue The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is a film festival held annually in July in Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad), Czech Republic. ...


The Edinburgh International Film Festival in Scotland was established in 1947 and is the longest continually running film festival in the world. The Edinburgh International Film Festival or EIFF is part of the Edinburgh Festival, which takes place every August, in Edinburgh. ... Motto: (Latin for No one provokes me with impunity)1 Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official language(s) English, Gaelic, Scots 2 Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister of the UK Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Jack McConnell MSP Unification    - by Kenneth I...


The first North American film festival was the Columbus International Film & Video Festival, also known as The Chris Awards, held in 1953. According the Film Arts Foundation in San Francisco, "The Chris Awards (is) one of the most prestigious documentary, educational, business and informational competitions in the U.S; (it is) the oldest of its kind in North America and celebrating its 54th year". The present organizaion has been known as the Columbus International Film and Video Festival since the 1980s. ...


It was followed shortly thereafter by the San Francisco International Film Festival held in March 1957 whose emphasis was on feature-length dramatic films. The festival played a major role in introducing foreign films to American audiences. Among the films shown in its founding year were Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood and Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali. The San Francisco International Film Festival held in March 1957 in San Francisco was the first North American Film Festival. ... Akira Kurosawa , 23 March 1910—6 September 1998) was a prominent Japanese film director, film producer, and screenwriter. ... Throne of Blood (1957), original title Kumonosu-jō (蜘蛛巣城, Spider Web Castle), is a film by Akira Kurosawa, which transposes the plot of William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth to medieval Japan, shot in black and white and is arguably one of the finest of its time. ...   (Bengali: সত্যজিত্ রায় Shottojit Rae) (May 2, 1921–April 23, 1992) was an Indian filmmaker who is widely regarded as one of the greatest auteurs of 20th century cinema. ... Pather Panchali, released in 1955, is the first film of director Satyajit Rays Apu trilogy. ...


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See also

For a complete list of film festivals throughout the world, refer to:

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References

  • Turan, Kenneth, Sundance to Sarajevo: Film Festivals and the World They Made, Los Angeles, University of California Press, 2002, hardback, ISBN 0-520-21867-1.
  • Watson, Nigel, "The Sense and Sensationalism of Film Festivals", Talking Pictures website

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External links

  • Britfilms.com has a comprehensive list of Film Festivals around the world
  • [1] this site has detailed articles on film festivals and many other subjects related to independent filmmaking
  • The Filmlot online magazine for new and independent filmmakers has film festival dates, deadlines and a festival blog covering the films of each event.
  • A-Z Film Festivals alphabetical list of Film Festivals around the world

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Film festival - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (677 words)
The world's first major film festival was held in Venice in 1932; the other major film festivals of the world (Berlin, Cannes, Moscow and Karlovy Vary) date back to the 1940s and 1950s.
The Edinburgh International Film Festival in Scotland was established in 1947 and is the longest continually running film festival in the world.
The Women of Color Film Festival at University of California, Santa Cruz, founded in 1992, is the first film festival in the U.S. committed to the representation of women of color, by women of color.
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