A World of Film Festivals in 2013

by Lesley Peterson

From genre to mainstream, a world of film festivals plays out in spectacular international settings. The best news? Any movie buff can make the scene. If you’re a jetsetting movie lover, then you’ll need a wardrobe of sunglasses for these nine international festivals.

Sundance Film Festival

Park City, Utah, January 17-27, 2013

If you love independent film and cozying up in mountain chalets, Sundance is a must. Since 1978, the festival has been a major showcase for independent filmmakers of both dramatic and documentary films, receiving more than 46, 000 attendees in 2012. Festival merchandise designed by Todd Oldham makes a stylish souvenir.


San Francisco, California, January 25 to February 3, 2013

Foggy San Francisco is home to the most popular film noir festival in the world. NOIR CITY returns to the historic Castro Theatre with special guests and its biggest program yet, including three new 35mm film restorations funded by the Film Noir Foundation. Pack your tux or fascinator and get ready to party like it’s 1949.


Berlin, Germany, February 7-17, 2013

One of Europe’s most dynamic culture capitals hosts the largest publicly attended film festival in the world. Past jury presidents and lecturers include legendary German filmmakers Werner Herzog and Wim Wenders.

A World of Film Festivals in 2013

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Guadalajara Film Festival

Guadalajara, Mexico, March 1-9, 2013

Soak up Mexican sun and work on your Spanish at the 28th edition of Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadelajara (FICG), one of the most important Spanish language festivals in the world. Four-ticket CINEBONO screening packages bought on the spot are an inexpensive way to go.

Humphrey Bogart Film Festival

Key Largo, Florida, May 2-5, 2013

No trenchcoat required in tropical Key Largo, which is hosting the first-ever Humphrey Bogart Film Festival this year (Key Largo has long been associated with the Hollywood icon). Key Largo (1948), directed by John Huston, was the fourth and final pairing of Bogie and Lauren Bacall—the parents of festival host Stephen Bogart. Film historian and critic Leonard Maltin will special guest. Visitors to Key Largo can ride on the original, recently restored African Queen any time of year.

Cannes Film Festival

Cannes, France, May 25-26, 2013

Sun and stars on the Riviera. Cannes has been the most important, most glamorous film festival in the world since 1946. While only accredited film industry professionals with festival badges can get into official events, the public is invited to open-air cinema on the Plage Mace every evening. Also free are Cannes Cinephiles screenings at four locations around town. Just ask at the Cannes tourism office.

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Toronto International Film Festival

Toronto, Canada, September 5-15, 2013

From celebrity sightings around town to screenings at the glittering TIFF Lightbox, the Toronto International Film Festival is second only to Cannes for high-profile films and star power. Accessible, exciting and influential, TIFF is where fall Oscar buzz starts.

A World of Film Festivals in 2013

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Ottawa International Animation Festival

Ottawa, Canada, September 19-23, 2013

Quirky magic from around the world is screened at the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), the largest event of its kind in North America. Festival posters, designed each year by celebrated animators like Japan’s Koji Yamamura, make highly collectible souvenirs.

Key West Film Festival

Key West, Florida, November 2013

Reflecting Key West’s official philosophy of ‘one human family, ’ films for KWFF are selected on the values of diversity, creativity, sustainability and beauty. Excellence in storytelling is also ‘key, ’ continuing a local legacy that includes writers Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams and Judy Blume. Key West itself has starred as the atmospheric shooting location for several films, including Williams’ classic The Rose Tattoo (1955).

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