Film Festivals

North American film festivals
The San Francisco International Film Festival, started in 1957, is the oldest continuously running film festival in the Americas. It highlights current trends in international filmmaking and video production with an emphasis on work that has not yet secured U.S. distribution.
The Toronto International Film Festival, begun in 1976, is regarded as North America’s most major and most prestigious film festival, and is the most widely attended worldwide. Toronto’s Hot Docs is the leading North American documentary film festival. Toronto also has the largest amount of film festivals in the world, ranging from cultural, independent, and historic films.
The largest festival, in terms of the number of features shown, is the Seattle International Film Festival, screening 270 features, and approximately 150 short films.
The Whistler Film Festival, with its amazing location and breathtaking scenery, is getting bigger every year with more than 80 screenings and a well-rounded Industry Summit.
The New York Film Festival only shows a few films in each year, but it still has big impact in the United States.
The Sundance film festival is a major festival for independent film. The Vail Film Festival in Vail, Colorado, is one of the “Top 10 destination film festivals in the world” (MovieMaker magazine), screens over 90 films, features mostly new filmmakers and honors Rising Stars, including Jesse Esienberg, Olivia Wilde, and many more. For short film enthusiasts and cinema professionals, Sagunenay International Short film Festival (REGARD sur le court m├ętrage au Saguenay, in French) is now a “must-go event” (Francois Levesque, Le Devoir). The Slamdance Film Festival is self-governed “by filmmakers for filmmakers”.