Film festivals are a fantastic opportunity for producers, cast, crew and fixers to network with local and international members of the industry.
Every year thousands of film festivals take place across the globe, showcasing come of the best productions from professional and amateur filmmakers alike.
You may have missed a few of the big ones this year but don’t worry, we at World Fixer have collated a selection of upcoming festivals still to come in 2018.
Banff, Alberta, Canada (October 27 to November 4, 2018)
The BANFF Film Festival is now in its 85th year and has become the internationally recognised centre for outdoor and adventure film. From spine tingling ski adventures to jaw dropping rock climbing, the programme will have you on the edge of your seat.
The films then embark on a global tour across 40 countries, bringing the stunning footage to the international community. So do not fear, if you can’t make it all the way to Alberta, BANFF is coming to you!
Busan International Film Festival, Busan, Korea (4th-13th October)
With 300 films from 76 countries, this is one of Asia biggest film festivals. The festival aims to showcase the plethora of talent amongst the region’s entensive pool of filmmakers, exhibiting the hidden jewels of Asian cinema. As such, the main prize, the New Currents Award is given to the two best feature films from the first or second works from Asian directors.
In addition there are also prizes for documentaries, short films, and audience choice awards.
Last year the festival opened with Sylvia Chang’s ‘Love Education’, closing with ‘Glass Garden’ by Suwon Shin; if 2017 is anything to go by, this year will be equally as enthralling.
Amsterdam Independent Film Festival, Netherlands (18th-20th September, 2018)
This is definitely one for the cult film enthusiasts. The festival strives to adopt a low key approach to film production, cutting out the Hollywood glitz and pretention.
Held in Amsterdam’s Lab111, a former anatomical pathology hospital, this two day event presents a selection of independent films, free of charge.
This year the festival also honours Jim Jarmusch, an American Arthouse pioneer. Three of his early works, Permanent Vacation (1980), Down by Law (1986) and Mystery Train (1989) will be screened.
Zurich International Film Festival, Switzerland (27th September- 7th October, 2018)
The mission behind the Zurich festival is fostering collaboration between individuals across the media industry, from producers to buyers.
The main award up for grabs is the Golden Eye, which is presented to new and aspiring filmmakers for their first, second or third projects.
There are additional sections including “New World View”, which explores new filmmakers in a selected country, and “Borderline” which addressed humanitarian concerns in territorial conflicts across the globe.
Alongside the screenings there are a series of talks on science, culture and politics, as well as a masterclass for young filmmakers. The ZFF 72 also runs alongside. Here the public are invited to submit a video clip lasting no longer than 72 seconds, with winners picked by the online community.
In 2017 films included, Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s ‘Prayer before dawn’ and Christian Sonderegger’s ‘Coby’. This 2018 schedule is due to be released next month, and it is sure to be just as exciting.
Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland (27th September- 7th October, 2018)
This 11 day festival, started in 2004 by a group of film professional and enthusiasts, brings together Iceland locals and tourists alike to celebrate the best of international film making. The RIFF is not just a film program, the festival includes exhibitions, panel discussions and workshops.
There is also an intriguing twist to this event. Films can be watched from weird and wonderful locations, including swimming pools, and even the film makers home.
The Festival’s aim is to cultivate new and upcoming talent. The main prize, the Golden Puffin, is awarded only to first or second time directors.
BFI London, UK (10th-21st October, 2018)
The British Film Institute brings together feature and short length films, premiering some of the best talent in cinema.
Last year the festival presented over 370 films, featuring submissions from major household names to new, emerging filmmakers.
‘Widow’, a thriller from Steve McQueen, starring Viola Davis, will open this year’s programme. The rest of the line-up will be announced at the end of August.
International Film Festival of India, Goa, India (20th-28th November, 2018)
The International Film Festival of India was established in 1952. Since 2004, the IFFI has been hosted in Goa, where submissions from around the world compete for the prestigious Silver Peacock and Golden Peacock awards. The festival endeavours to celebrate the breadth of India’s film making and the strength of production partnerships.
Last year Robin Campillo picked up the best film award for ‘120 Beats Per Minute’, while Best Director went to Vivian Qu for ‘Angels Wear White’.
This year the weeklong festival takes place at the end of November, and promises to be another fantastic programme.
Salento International Film Festival, Tricase, Italy (1st-9th September, 2018)
2018 celebrates Salento’s 15 year dedication to independent cinema. The program includes, short and feature length films, documentaries, as well as a series of music and dance events.
Since 2004, this festival as been a melting pot of cultures and traditions, bringing together filmmakers from India to Indiana. Films are screened at the Prince’s Galone Palace in Tricase, before going on tour across the world.
This year’s schedule features films including, ‘The Iron Orchard’, about the vibrant, but brutal life in Texan oilfields; and “Daddy Issues”, a glimpse into the intoxicating lives of two female clothes designers.
Antenna Documentary Festival, Sydney, Australia (9th-14th October)
This is one of Australia’s premier documentary festivals. Launched in 2011, Antenna will screen 60 films, with Q&A’s, talks and masterclasses running alongside.
The festival unites global and local filmmakers, cultivating home grown talent in conjunction with together cutting edge work from the international film circuit. Categories include, International Feature, Australian Feature, and Australian Short, with prizes awarded for each.
The festival has grown over the past few years, and 2018 is set to be yet another riveting event.
NBCUniversal Short Film Festival
Although relatively small the NBCU is a great way to spot up and coming talent. The festival gives aspiring writers, producers, directors and actors a platform to exhibit their work and has been celebrating talent from around the world for over a decade now.
Semi-finalists are screened in New York, followed by a red carpet finale in Los Angeles. Past winners have gone on to achieve tremendous success, with several going to pursue careers in television and film at NBC.
‘Rani’ is just one of the distinguished productions in this year’s semi-final, and exemplifies the calibre of work at NCBU. The film, about a Pakistani transgender who tries to adopt an abandoned baby, has won plaudit across the world. It is the winner of the Fox Inclusion Shorts Award at Outfest and has been selected for the Rhode Island international film festival.
Producer, Akbar Allana said, “We are excited by the response to our film, I think it is important because it touches on so many different aspects of Pakistani society, such as discrimination faced by the LGBTQ community and abandonment of female infants.”
“Yet, despite these issues portrayed, we feel the production is heart-warming and honest,” he added.
To see more from Akbar Allana visit his World Fixer Profile