The Top 10 Film Festivals in Quebec | Best Film Festivals in Quebec

Posted by Grant Patten on Jan 20, 2021 7:20:41 AM

The Top 10 Film Festivals in Quebec | Best Film Festivals in Quebec

Best film festivals in Quebec

Let’s provide a high-level overview of some of the best film festivals in Quebec, including Montreal and Quebec City regions. Of course, there are other good film festivals in the province and this list isn’t comprehensive; however, the below festivals are certainly among the most notable in Quebec.

We’ll discuss (in no particular order):

  1. Les Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma
  2. Le Gala Kino
  3. Fantasia Festival
  4. Festival du nouveau cinéma
  5. CINEMANIA Film Festival
  6. Montréal International Black Film Festival
  7. Quebec City Film Festival
  8. Montreal International Documentary Festival
  9. Image+Nation
  10. Les Percéides


Les Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma

Website: https://rendez-vous.quebeccinema.ca/

Les Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma is a film festival affiliated with the Québec Cinéma organization, created in 1982 to celebrate the film production of Quebec. Two editions are offered, one in Montreal and the other in Quebec City. Awards conferred at this festival include Best Documentary, Best Student Film, Best Fiction Short Film and best Franco-Canadian film.

Globalex/Front Row has been a proud sponsor of Québec Cinéma.

Le Gala Kino / best short film festival Montreal

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Website: http://www.kinomontreal.com/

Kino is a filmmaking movement that advocates the production of short films on little to no budget with small crews and non-competitive collaboration. The Kino movement was founded in 1999 in Montreal.

La Gala Kino is a short film festival held annually in Montreal – usually December – and is attended by 400+ people from the Quebec film and TV industry. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 gala was held online.

Globalex/Front Row has been a proud sponsor of La Gala Kino.

Fantasia Festival / best genre film festival Montreal

Website: https://fantasiafestival.com/en/

Fantasia is a genre film festival based in Montreal. Founded in 1996, the festival offers an eclectic lineup of domestic and international films. Horror, sci-fi, fantasy and animation are all staples at this festival.

The organizers present a number of awards at the conclusion of each annual festival, including the Barry Convex Award for best Canadian film premiering at the festival. Convex is a character from David Cronenberg’s movie Videodrome (1983).

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fantasia 2020 was done as an online festival.

Festival du nouveau cinéma / best independent film festival Montreal

Website: https://nouveaucinema.ca/en/

The Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC) is an annual independent film festival held in Montreal and features independent films from around the world. The festival is an Academy Award qualifying festival for short films. Established in 1971, this festival is one of the oldest film festivals in Canada.

Awards conferred at this festival include the Louve D’Or for best feature film, the Prix d'interprétation for best actor or actress and the Grand prix for best short film.

CINEMANIA Film Festival / top film festivals Montreal

Website: https://www.festivalcinemania.com/en

CINEMANIA is an annual film festival held in Montreal. This festival is dedicated solely to French-language feature films from France, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec, Algeria and other French-speaking regions around the world. All films screened must be North American, Canadian or Quebec premieres and all are subtitled in English.

The festival confers a variety of awards, including the Mel Hoppenheim Prix du Public for the most popular film by public ballot, the TFO Audience Award for best first feature film from a francophone director and the Prix Jeunesse for the best film of the “Compétition Visages de la francophonie”.

In response to the pandemic, the 2020 edition of CINEMANIA was held online.

Montréal International Black Film Festival / best film fests Montreal

Website: https://montrealblackfilm.com/en/

The Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) is an annual film festival based in Montreal. Founded in 2005, this festival programs a selection of African, Caribbean, African American and Black Canadian films.

Festival awards include the MIBFF People’s Choice Award and the Career Achievement Award. The MIBFF screens films and holds activities in both English and French.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 festival was presented entirely online.

Quebec City Film Festival / best film fests QC

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Website: https://www.fcvq.ca/en

The Quebec City Film Festival (QCFF) is a film fest held annually in Sept. in Quebec City. It screens short and feature films and premieres movies from all over the world.

Founded in 2011, this festival presents about 50 international feature films and more than 100 short films. The films represent all cinematographic genres and perspectives from all over the world, attracting an audience of 25,000+ annually.

Awards conferred at QCFF include Best Feature Film, Best Canadian Film, Best First Film, Best Short Film and the Local (Quebec) Talent Award.

Montreal International Documentary Festival / best documentary festival Montreal

Website: https://ridm.ca/en

The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) is – as its title suggests – focused on documentary cinema. Founded in 1998, this festival’s program is usually organized around social, political and environmental themes.

The RIDM is home to "Forum RIDM", Quebec's foremost documentary marketplace, offering professional workshops, lectures and roundtables that focus on training, discussion and sharing of knowledge among various players in the industry.

Awards conferred at RIDM include Best National Feature, Best International Feature, Best Short- or Medium-length Film and the People’s Choice Award. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, RIDM 2020 successfully moved to an online format.

Image+Nation / best LGBTQ film festival Montreal

Website: https://www.image-nation.org/

Image+Nation is an annual eleven-day film festival that takes place in Montreal. Founded in 1987, this festival is dedicated to sharing the stories and experiences of LGBTQ people.

Each year, the festival screens the best of local and international queer cinema at various Montreal venues, focusing on new voices and evolving means of storytelling in contemporary culture.

Awards conferred at this festival include the Jury Prize, the Audience Award, the Feature Film Award and the Documentary Film Award. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Image+Nation went online as well as offered a “Dinner+Movie experience” where the festival teamed up with local queer-owned eateries in Montreal and across Quebec.

Les Percéides Film Festival / best film festivals QC

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Website: https://perceides.ca/

Les Percéides is a film festival, staged annually in Percé, QC. The festival's name blends the town's name with the Perseids meteor shower (perséides in French).

Founded in 2009, this festival aims to promote independent cinema to the public in Gaspésie and to participate in the discovery of promising young talent in contemporary cinema. Awards conferred at the festival include the Jury Grand Prize, Best Canadian Documentary, Best National Short Film and Best Student Short Film.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 festival was staged entirely outdoors, taking place at a drive-in theatre in nearby Petit-Pabos.

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In addition, film festivals should consider insuring their film screening events; movie theatre insurance can be purchased online in Canada. If you are in Quebec, please use this form.

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The Top 10 Film Festivals in Toronto | Best Film Festivals in the GTA

Posted by Grant Patten on Dec 21, 2020 11:02:01 AM

The Top 10 Film Festivals in Toronto | Best Film Festivals in the GTA

Best Film Festivals in GTA

Let’s provide a high-level overview of some of the best film festivals in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Of course, there are other good film festivals in the area and this list isn’t comprehensive; however, the below festivals are certainly among the most notable in the GTA.

We’ll discuss (in no particular order):

  1. TIFF
  2. Hot Docs
  3. TAAFI
  4. Buffer Festival
  5. imagineNATIVE
  6. ONIFF
  7. Reelworld
  8. Inside Out
  9. Breakthroughs
  10. Regent Park


Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
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Website: https://tiff.net/

The most prominent and well-known film festival in Toronto is, of course, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Founded in 1976, many of its movies are screened at the TIFF Bell Lightbox (pictured), a modern venue housing five cinemas of various sizes.

TIFF is one of the largest and most prestigious film festivals in the world, “second only to Cannes in terms of high-profile pics, stars, and market activity,” according to Variety. In 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, TIFF creatively reimagined its festival to include physical screenings at drive-ins, digital screenings and virtual red carpets.

Front Row has been a proud sponsor of TIFF.

Hot Docs Festival

Website: https://www.hotdocs.ca/ 

The Hot Docs Festival is the largest documentary festival in North America. Founded in 1993 by the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC), Hot Docs is now recognized as a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards® in the Documentary Feature and Documentary Short Subject categories.

Members of DOC are eligible for preferred rates on production insurance through Front Row. The 2020 festival was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada; however, the festival organizers quickly pivoted to the Hot Docs at Home TV show in partnership with the CBC.

Front Row is a proud sponsor of the Hot Docs Festival.

TAAFI – Toronto's Animation Festival

Website: https://taafi.com/

The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) is held at the same venue as Hot Docs each year – the Ted Rogers Cinema. TAAFI is a film festival dedicated to presenting cartoons and animation.

TAAFI confers the Kaj Pindal award, which is awarded to an animator who has made a significant contribution to the art form in the past year. TAAFI also offers an industry conference with talks from directors, creators, producers and artists.

Front Row has sponsored TAAFI in the past.

Buffer Festival

Website: https://365.bufferfestival.com/

Buffer Festival is an annual showcase of YouTube video premieres, bringing the most acclaimed digital creators and their audiences together. The festival is, according to the Buffer Foundation, “the world’s largest international digital-first film festival.”

The Buffer Foundation is a not-for-profit supporting Canadian and international digital-first filmmakers through education, celebration, recognition and development opportunities with the entertainment industry. Buffer Festival 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

Website: https://imaginenative.org/

Founded in 1998, the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the world's largest Indigenous film and media arts festival, held annually in Toronto each October. The festival focuses on the film, video, radio and new media work of Indigenous, Aboriginal and First Peoples from around the world.

Many awards are presented at the festival, including the Audience Choice Award, Best Dramatic Feature, Best Short Drama and Best Indigenous Language Production.

Their 21st annual festival in 2020 transitioned to an online format.

Ontario International Film Festival
Ontario International Film Festival

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Website: https://www.oniff.ca/

The Ontario International Film Festival (ONIFF) was founded in 2020 by not-for-profit Canada Multicultural Entertainment (CME). This film festival “gives independent filmmakers from different cultures and backgrounds the opportunity to get known, learn and get acquainted with the industry.”

The festival confers a variety of awards, including Best International Feature Film, Best Canadian Feature Film, Best Screenwriting and Best Canadian Student Film.

Reelworld Film Festival

Website: https://www.reelworld.ca/

The Reelworld Film Festival was founded in 2001 and provides professional development for Canadian racially diverse and Indigenous filmmakers and media artists. The festival's mandate is to showcase diverse work, especially work from Canadians identifying as Black, Indigenous, Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern and/or Latinx.

In 2020, Reelworld streamed online with a 100% Canadian lineup. The festival confers a variety of awards, including the Trailblazer Award, the Visionary Award and the Award of Excellence.

Inside Out Film and Video Festival

Website: https://insideout.ca/

Founded in 1991, the Inside Out Film and Video Festival is an annual film festival that presents a program of LGBTQ-related cinema. The festival is staged in both Toronto and Ottawa.

The festival’s awards include the Audience Award for Best Feature Film, the Audience Award for Best Short Film, Best Documentary and Best Canadian Film. In response to the pandemic, Inside Out created an online exhibition of queer ephemera pulled from their archives.

Breakthroughs Film Festival (BFF)

Website: http://www.breakthroughsfilmfestival.com/

Founded in 2011, the Breakthroughs Film Festival (BFF) is dedicated exclusively to short films made by emerging women and non-binary directors.

BFF takes place annually in downtown Toronto, showcasing Canadian and international short films in all genres from emerging directors of all ages. BFF 2020 was held online.

The festival confers a number of awards, including the Audience Choice Award, the Breakthroughs Film Festival's Jury Award and Best Canadian Film.

Regent Park Film Festival (RPFF)

Regent Park Film Festival

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Website: http://regentparkfilmfestival.com/

The Regent Park Film Festival (RPFF) is a free community film festival dedicated to showcasing local and international independent films that are relevant to the Regent Park neighbourhood.

This festival aims to provide the residents of Regent Park, and beyond, with a forum for dialogue about social issues such as immigration, cultural identity and multicultural relationships.

RPFF was founded in 2003. The 18th annual RPFF in 2020 was held online. The festival also created the Home Made Visible nationwide archival project that “celebrates the everyday joys and lives of Indigenous, Black and People of Colour (IBPoC) communities often absent from Canada’s narrative.”

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Front Row’s DigiGear insurance policy (Canada) is a good option for insuring your filmmaking gear, including your film camera(s). Also available online. Quotes in 2 minutes; policies available in 5 minutes. Shop from your phone. If you are in the US, please complete this form.

In addition, film festivals should consider insuring their film screening events; movie theatre insurance can be purchased online in Canada.


About
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The Top 10 Film Festivals in Metro Vancouver / Best Film Fests in BC

Posted by Grant Patten on Dec 14, 2020 8:05:25 AM

The Top 10 Film Festivals in Metro Vancouver / Best Film Fests in BC

Best Film Festivals in Vancouver

Let’s provide a high-level overview of some of the best film festivals in Metro Vancouver. Of course, there are other good film festivals in the area and this list isn’t comprehensive; however, the below festivals are certainly among the biggest in BC.

We’ll discuss (in no particular order):

  1. VIFF
  2. Italian Film Festival
  3. Whistler
  4. VSFF
  5. Crazy8s
  6. VQFF
  7. VIWFF
  8. Reel 2 Real
  9. VAFF
  10. Iranian Film Festival

 

Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF)

Vancity Theatre | Best film festivals VancouverWebsite: https://viff.org/Online/default.asp

The most prominent and well-known film festival in Vancouver is, of course, the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). Founded in 1958, VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America. The festival screens films annually from approximately 73 countries on 10 screens.

The festival has three main programming platforms: East Asian cinema, Canadian cinema and documentary. During the pandemic in 2020, VIFF nimbly transitioned their festival to an online format with their VIFF Connect platform.

Front Row has been a proud sponsor of VIFF for 28 years (as of 2020).

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Italian Film Festival

Website: https://italianculturalcentre.ca/events/italian-film-festival/

The Italian Film Festival is usually presented in cooperation with the Vancouver International Film Festival and the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver.

This niche festival’s mandate is to raise awareness and promote all aspects of Italian cinema. The festival is presented to the public every January during a one-week run at the Vancity Theatre – VIFF Centre.

Whistler Film Festival / “Canada's coolest film festival”

Website: https://whistlerfilmfestival.com/

The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) is an annual film festival held in Whistler, BC, established in 2001. A conference for the Canadian film industry, known as the Whistler Summit, is organized in connection with the film festival.

The festival has juried competitive awards, namely the Borsos Award and the Pandora Audience Award. In 2020, WFF moved to an online film-viewing format from Dec. 1-31.
Front Row has been a proud sponsor of the Whistler Film Festival for many years.

Vancouver Short Film Fest (VSFF)

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Website: https://www.vsff.com/

The Vancouver Short Film Festival (VSFF) is all about celebrating the vibrant community of short film, video, and animation artists on the Canadian West Coast.

Established in 2005, VSFF now regularly receives over 250 submissions a year, and the festival awards over $15,000 worth of prizes directly to filmmakers annually. In 2021, VSFF moved to an online format. Front Row is a proud sponsor of VSFF.

Crazy8s short filmmaking competition/festival

Website: http://crazy8s.film/

Crazy8s is another short film-focused festival held annually in Vancouver. The festival is essentially a filmmaking competition that provides funding and support to local filmmakers to shoot and edit a short film in eight days.

Established in 1999, Crazy8s involves filmmakers pitching their ideas to industry professionals. About 200 teams annually submit a video pitch, ~40 are chosen to pitch in-person to a jury, ~12 teams advance to the script stage and then ~six finalists are announced in January. Front Row is a sponsor.

Vancouver Queer Film Fest (VQFF)

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Website: https://queerfilmfestival.ca/

The Vancouver Queer Film Fest (VQFF) is a film festival that takes place annually during the month of August. The festival was first held publicly in 1989. It is Vancouver's second largest film festival and Western Canada's largest queer arts event.

The festival’s awards include the People's Choice Award for Best Feature and the Gerry Brunet Memorial Award. Brunet was a lifelong contributor to the arts and an early board member of the festival.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 32nd annual (2020) VQFF adapted to an online format in order to offer at-home audiences the best in independent queer cinema.

Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWFF)

Website: https://viwff.ca/

The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWFF) is all about showcasing short & feature-length films of various genres by established and emerging women-identifying filmmakers.

The WIFT Vancouver Society that organizes the festival was founded in 1989. The festival offers artist talks, networking events, an awards ceremony and an International Screenplay Competition. Due to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 festival moved to an online format.

Front Row is a proud supporter of WIFT and we have a WIFT-US insurance program offering discounted rates on production and errors & omissions insurance.

Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth

Website: http://r2rfestival.org/

The Reel 2 Real (R2R) International Film Festival for Youth inspires and equips youth (between the ages of 6 and 19) to analyze, appreciate, explore, create and share independent media.

R2R is an annual film festival based in Vancouver and established in 1998. The festival began as a four-day event in one venue and expanded to an eight-day event in two venues: the Roundhouse Community Centre and Vancity Theatre. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the R2R 2020 festival was cancelled.

The festival screens both Canadian and international films, including live-action dramas, documentaries and animated features and shorts.

Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF)

Website: http://vaff.org/

VAFF is Canada’s oldest Asian film festival, exhibiting films and videos by North American artists of Asian heritage. The festival was founded in 1995.

VAFF strives to promote dynamic and innovative images of Asians, especially Asian Canadians, in roles that are usually not found in mainstream film and television.

Vancouver Iranian Film Festival (VANIFF)

Website: https://www.facebook.com/vancouverif/

A lot of great cinema has come out of Iran over the years and this Vancouver-based film festival showcases movies from this country. The festival is organized by Aria Persys Film Production.

VANIFF is all about screening the latest and best Iranian cinema in fine venues across Vancouver, North Vancouver, Coquitlam and throughout BC.

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Front Row’s Short Shoot insurance policy (Canada) is a good option for insuring your short-term film projects. Coverage for up to 15 consecutive days of filming. The coverage is available online, 24/7. Covers rented gear, rented locations, rented props, sets, wardrobes, and more. You can get a quote in two minutes and purchase a policy 100% online. If you are in the US, please complete this form.

Front Row’s DigiGear insurance policy (Canada) is a good option for insuring your filmmaking gear, including your film camera(s). Also available online. Quotes in 2 minutes; policies available in 5 minutes. Shop from your phone. If you are in the US, please complete this form.

In addition, film festivals should consider insuring their film screening events; movie theatre insurance can be purchased online in Canada.

About: Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. is an independent insurance broker that specializes in the entertainment industry – specifically, the film industry. Front Row works hard to provide insurance protection for the lowest possible cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row works diligently with clients and insurers to expedite the payment of claims. Offices in: Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, NY, Nashville and LA.

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The Best Film Festivals in Greater Los Angeles | Best Film Fests in LA

Posted by Alyson Forster on Dec 3, 2020 6:46:05 AM

The Best Film Festivals in Greater Los Angeles | Best Film Fests in LA

Best Film Festivals in LA

Here is a look at some of the top film festivals in the Los Angeles area, and how they have dealt with the new world of social distancing in entertainment.

We'll discuss (in no particular order):



Film Independent Spirit Awards

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Website: https://www.filmindependent.org/la-film-festival/

For the last 35 years, Film Independent have hosted their Spirit Awards at a beachside in Santa Monica. Each year, the festival “brings together top talent from throughout the world of independent film”. Film Independent members can nominate and vote in categories such as: Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay and more.

The Spirit Awards ceremony features a number of unique honors, including: Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay, the John Cassavetes Award (best feature under $500,000) and the Robert Altman Award (best ensemble cast).

Like many other festivals, Film Independent postponed their 2021 Spirit Awards by a few months due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Front Row Insurance Brokers have collaborated with Film Independent to offer their members preferential pricing on Short-Term Production packages (US).


OUTFEST Los Angeles Virtual 2020

Website: https://outfest.org/

OUTFEST is a non-profit organization originally established in Los Angeles in 1982. OUTFEST considers itself “the only global LGBTQIA+ arts, media, and entertainment organizations whose programs empower artists, communities and filmmakers to transform the world through their stories, while also supporting the entire life-cycle of their career”.

OUTFEST holds an annual weeklong film festival, displaying films in iconic venues such as The Orpheum Theater, Laemmle Music Hall, or the MOCA Grand.

In 2020, OUTFEST hosted its first virtual film festival, “You’re no longer restricted by location or distance, because we’re bringing the festival to your living room, backyard, home office, literally anywhere you are in the United States. So, if you love diverse stories and finding representations of yourself on screen, this festival is for you”.


LA Shorts International Film Festival

Website: https://www.lashortsfest.com/

The LA Shorts International Film Festival is the longest running short film festival in the greater Los Angeles area. This festival features up to 272 films each year from 31 different countries. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, all accredit the festival.


AFIFEST – A Virtual Film Festival Hollywood sign

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Website: https://fest.afi.com/how-to-fest/

Located in the heart of Hollywood, the American Film Institute’s AFIFEST practiced COVID safety and social distancing in 2020 by airing film submissions differently.

Virtual screenings were offered as well as drive-in screenings in multiple locations, including the Pasadena Rose Bowl Stadium. “AFI champions progress in visual storytelling to empower storytellers, inspire story lovers and further the limitless power of the moving image”.


Screamfest presents HORROR FILM FESTIVAL

Website: https://screamfestla.com/

America’s largest- and longest-running only horror movie festival – Screamfest – awards the year’s top movies, filmmakers, actors, and screenplay in this genre. In 2020, Screamfest went above and beyond by creating a socially distanced drive-thru haunted house and film screening at various locations between October 6 and 15.

Not only was this event held for members, but also the public free of charge. Drive-in locations were scheduled throughout Los Angeles, including The Regency Theater Plant Drive-In in Van Nuys, and Calamigos Ranch.


The Newport Beach Film Festival

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Website: https://newportbeachfilmfest.com/

2020’s festival ditched the red carpet for complete virtual programming on October 1st through the 11th.

Since 1999, this film festival has been a celebrity favorite due to it being located on the beautiful Balboa Pier in Newport Beach. This film festival features over 350 international, independent and student film screenings over 8 days. The festival has premiered such films as 500 Days of Summer, Crash, and The Illusionist.


NFMLA (New Filmmakers Los Angeles) Film Festival

Website: https://www.newfilmmakersla.com/

Each month at South Park Center, NFMLA presents a red carpet screening of documentaries, shorts and feature films for that month’s subgenre, e.g., Indigenous Cinema, Female Romance, Latino Cinema, Music Videos, and New Media Projects. After each screening, a forum takes place where members can have an open audience discussion about the project.

NFMLA also educates its attendees by inviting industry professionals to discuss and gain insight on distribution, production, acquisition and development.

NFMLA is a non-profit “designed to showcase innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world, providing the LA community of entertainment professionals and filmgoers with a constant surge of monthly screening events”.

LA Women in FilmFest hosted by WIF (Women in Film)

Website: https://www.lafilmfestivals.com/la-women-in-film-fest

The Los Angeles Women in Film Festival champions “female and female identifying filmmakers and storytellers”. This festival only accepts submissions from female directors, writers, majority female crew, and/or any female driven stories of any genre.

Note: Front Row Insurance Brokers has a program with WIFT-US that allows members to receive preferential pricing on Errors & Omissions coverage and production packages.


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