Film Festivals

Here’s a selection of the main global film festivals. This isn’t a guide to the best, nor recommends for applying to. It’s more a way to keep in touch with what’s being made out there,  films that are getting recognition and awards and specifically films that we may want to show at West Side Cinema. The list isn’t exhaustive – if you have your own recommendations let us know.


Sundance Film Festival

Founded in 1978 by Robert Redford, this the world’s largest showcase for independent film. While the festival continues to champion small films by unknown filmmakers, Sundance has recently become know for its cross-over hits.

Palm Springs International Film Festival

Described as a good place to show foreign-language movies and heralded for it’s ability to spread good word-of-mouth for movies. Noted for screening most foreign Oscar nominees.


Berlin International Film Festival

also called the Berlinale, is one of the world’s leading film festivals and most reputable media events representing a comprehensive array of the cinematic world.


Tribeca Film Festival

Founded in 2001 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff. The Festival’s mission focuses on assisting filmmakers to reach the broadest possible audience and promoting New York City as a major filmmaking center.

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

Hot Docs is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market. Each year, the Festival presents a selection of more than 180 cutting-edge documentaries from Canada and around the globe. Through its industry programs, Hot Docs also provides a full range of professional development, market and networking opportunities for documentary professionals.


Cannes Film Festival

One of the world’s oldest, most influential and prestigious film festivals and considered to be one of the most important marketplaces for European films. It’s also a showcase for Hollywood films that screen out of competition.


Edinburgh International Film Festival

Renowned around the world for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema – and for heralding and debating changes in global filmmaking. Intimate in its scale, ambitious in its scope, and fuelled by pure passion for cinema in all its manifestations, EIFF seeks to spotlight the most exciting and innovative new film talent, in a setting steeped in history.


Venice Film Festival

The oldest film festival in the world  with screenings at the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi.


Telluride Film Festival

Mainly new films with an informal tradition that they are North American premieres. This insistence has led to association with the discovery of a number of important new films and filmmakers.

The Toronto International Film Festival

Ranks among the most prestigious international film festivals in the world screening many North American or World premieres. The attendance at the festival exceeds 300,000 and many studios begin their Oscar campaigns here.


The New York Film Festival

The two week long festival offers an unparalleled showcase of inspiring and provocative cinema by emerging talents and first-rank international artists whose films are often recognized as contemporary classics.

BFI London Film Festival

The UK’s largest public film event showcasing the best of world cinema to champion creativity, originality, vision and imagination, and the finest contemporary international cinema from both established and emerging film-makers.

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