Forgotten Film Festivals


We wanted to ensure that some of the awesome film festivals from across the world that are no longer running were remembered somewhere on the web, so we created this guide to ensure that people could still find information about the festivals! Check out all of the festivals we've written about below:


Middle Coast Film Festival


 

The Middle Coast Film Festival was Bloomington’s first interactive film festival, working in conjunction with the Bloomington community to provide access to both filmmakers and film audiences alike. Middle Coast provided multi-day screenings of highly anticipated international and national short and feature movies, web-based episodes, and music videos at four separate venues in Bloomington. There were panel discussions, Q&A sessions, and multiple networking events at local studios, restaurants, and bars. 

The people behind Middle Coast Film Festival believed that while water connects places, the opportunity of the Midwest connects people. 

The Middle Coast Film Festival typically took place in July of every year, and although it hasn't ran for a number of years now, it had a huge impact on the Middle Coast film scene. Films screened at the festival would have included films from 2018 like Deadpool 2, Black Panther, Hereditary and Avengers: Infinity War

Hope to see the festival return soon!


Lifetree Film Festival


 

The Lifetree Film Fest was a film festival that focused on making people aware of important issues by portraying people or making a positive difference in the world. The most recent festival took place in 2016, so would have included movies like Doctor Strange.

The Lifetree Film Fest promoted great cause-related films, as well as the causes themselves. There was a pretty good cash prize donation which went to the cause represented in the winning film.

Overall it was a great festival and we hope to see it return one day!


Bay Street Film Festival


In 2005, The Bay Street Film Festival started as a way to showcase the work being produced by independent filmmakers locally around Northwest Ontario and abroad. 

We love it because it's based in Canada, just like the movie from the creator of The Lighthouse, called The Witch.

The festival is apparently still running under a different name!


SoCal Independent Film Festival


 

Named as one of MovieMaker Magazine’s 20 Festivals worth the entry fee, the SoCal Independent Film Festival had award winning movies and screenplays; industry speakers; professional workshops; Q&As with directors and actors; special guests; a professional panel of jury members and screeners; volunteer opportunities; and scores of film watching attendees. The goal of the festival was to continually create a truly important event for independent filmmakers and screenwriters.

The SoCal Independent Film Festival targeted the independent spirit of filmmaking, and entries to the festival included a mix of movies from established Hollywood stars and up-and-coming filmmakers.

Every film submitted was reviewed by a professional panel of screeners and jury members (consisting of agents, distributors and producers). Each festival aimed to screen at least 50 independent films with an emphasis on quality rather than quantity during the five-day event, so it was a great platform for these indie creators. 

Although the festival hasn't ran for a number of years, it was hugely beneficial to the SoCal movie scene and we hope to see it return one day!


North x North Festival


 

Founded in 2016, the North by North Festival was a cultural festival that attempted to capture the spirit of Alaska and the Arctic. 

The creators of the festival outlined their mission as follows:

  • To Maximize public awareness and participation in Arctic and specifically Alaskan culture(s)
  • To create a participatory archive of arts and cultural events.

If you're interested in movies set in landscapes like the Arctic, check out Frozen 2!

Although the festival is no longer running, we hope to see the return of it soon!


Minneapolis Underground Film Festival


 

 

Considered quite controversial during it's run, The Minneapolis Underground Film Festival brought to light independent underground filmmakers from across the world and their buried gems of films.

The Minneapolis Underground Film Festival (also known as MUFF, what a good acronym) was hosted and sponsored by the Film Society of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The festival used the screening facilities at the St. Anthony Main Theater in Minneapolis to showcase a bunch of independent cinema’s most provocative and original new work. Audience Q&A sessions were frequently held after their screenings. 

We have some movies on our site that were based in Minnesota like this festival, and some movies were Minnesota is mentioned. For example, Minnesota is mentioned in Ant Man and The Wasp (Ant Man features in Avengers: Endgame and Avengers: Infinity War).

 Awards at the festival included:

  • Best Feature, Documentary, Experimental, Short Film, Editing, Cinematography,
  • Best Soundtrack
  • Largest Audience & Audience Choice Award

The festival did a great job at showcasing a wide range of talent, and although it is no longer running we do hope to see it soon!


Julian Film Festival


 

 

The Julian Wild & Scenic Film Festival was part of a 115-city nationwide tour that showcased award-wining films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, Native American and indigenous cultures. The films showcased at the festival combined stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation.


Julian, a historic gold rush mountain town only an hour from San Diego, was the perfect setting for this amazing festival. Proceeds from the Julian Wild & Scenic Film Festival benefited the Volcan Mountain Foundation, so it's a real shame to see that this festival hasn't ran since 2015. 

Awards given included:

  • Best of Festival
  • Peoples Choice
  • Spirit of Festival
  • Best Short Short
  • Student Filmmaker Award


San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival

 

The San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival was a film festival located in San Antonio, Texas.

We have a few movies on our site that are based or were filmed in Texas, including Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

The festival was forced to close due to financial losses, which is a real shame considering how well it promoted indepedent and Christian cinema. For example, the 2009 festival had almost 2,500 attendees and a record 250 entries. 

We will likely never see the return of this festival, however it's great to remember how popular and special it was!

 

For fans of Christian Films - check out our 9 Best Christian Movies on Prime


Way Down Film Festival


 

 

Way Down Film Festival was a 2 day festival launched in 2016, which was immediately recognized as the first high-profile film festival in Columbus, GA. The inaugural festival showcased over 30 short films from all over the world, on The Main Stage of the gorgeous, historic Springer Opera House. Following each screening, there was a filmmaker Q&A.

WDFF was founded on the principle to support the blooming, underground arts; to enhance awareness through exciting short films that shed light on the periphery, express triumph over tragedy, and allow audiences to walk away with more courage and perspective, feeling inspired and connected. The festival provided talented filmmakers a platform to showcase their creative efforts and deliver networking opportunities to obtain jobs and launch projects. Columbus has become a film community hub, offering an audience the opportunity to experience stories that otherwise would not be accessible. WDFF exists to empower the artists, audience, and community with encouraging film projects and solidifying the success of the film industry in Columbus.

The festival is no longer running, but due to the great impact the festival had on the local area and on the celebration of local film talent, we hope to see it return one day. 


The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival



In 1993, Stuart Alson began the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival in New York, to give filmmakers across the world a platform to showcase their work. Known as 'NYIIFVF', the festival was hugely sucessful and helped thousands of filmmakers get people to watch their movies. 

The festival was famed for including films from the likes of Guy Pearce and Willem Dafoe (The Lighthouse), along with a host of other notable names from Hollywood. 

Although the festival hasn't ran for a number of years, it had a great impact on the local film industry and we'd love to see it return one day!


Viscera Film Festival


The Viscera Film Festival was an annual Los Angeles based horror film festival for women filmmakers only. Originally an online festival, Viscera was founded in 2007 by Shannon Lark and Heidi Honeycutt. In July 2010, the festival became a live event, and that was when it really started to become special.

We know that a number of movies on our site were based in Los Angeles or at least filmed there, including of course Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Nightcrawler and Straight Outta Compton.  

Although the festival is no longer running, it had a huge impact on the film industry for women and was always very popular. We hope to see the return of this awesome film festival one day!


CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival


 

The Canadian Film Centre's Worldwide Short Film Festival (WSFF) was founded by Brenda Sherwood in 1994. It was an annual film festival held over a few days in June in Toronto, Ontario at The Annex-Yorkville area venues. As well as film screenings, the festival hosted parties and the CFC's annual picnic, all of which was very popular with filmmakers and enthusiasts. 

The WSFF was recognized as a qualifying event for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) short film awards. This meant that certain award-winners at the WSFF were eligible to be nominated for the Oscars, Genies, and BAFTAs awards - this festival was no small affair, it was a serious festival that attracted serious talent. 

The festival operated independently under the direction of Brenda Sherwood until 2000, when the Festival was acquired by the Canadian Film Centre (CFC). Although the festival ran succesfully for over a decade after this acquisition, in early 2013 the Canadian Film Centre began a re-evaluation of its public activities. As part of this re-evaluation process, the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival was put on hiatus, and unfortunately we haven't seen the return of the festival since. 

Hopefully one day we'll see this festival return!


Big Bear Lake International Film Festival

 

 

The Big Bear International Film Festival was held in the mountain community of Big Bear Lake, California, United States from 2000-2014. Every year, the festival expanded in its number of submissions and the prestige of their honorees. The festival hosted both film and screenplay competitions.

The Big Bear Lake International Film Festival showcased emerging talent in Filmmaking and Screenwriting. The three-day festival was held in Southern California. 

We have a few movies on our website that were based or filmed in California, including Blade Runner 2049 and Captain Marvel. 

All of this was hosted just 90 miles east of Los Angeles and Hollywood, in the idyllic setting of the Big Bear Lake. 

Although the festival hasn't run since 2014, we hope to maybe see it return one day!


Humphrey Bogart Film Festival


 

The Humphrey Bogart Film Festival was the ultimate festival for film buffs - where they could celebrate an iconic actor who appeared in more than 70 movies. It took place in Key Largo, Florida. 

Festival highlights included indoor and outdoor showings of Bogart classics, and special events included the Costume party Casual Cocktail Reception, Bogart Block Party and Seaside Soirée. It was much more than just movie screenings. 

Interestingly there are a number of movies on our site that are based or were filmed in Florida and likely debuted at this festival, including Ford V Ferrari and parts of Cars 3!

It was an awesome festival and felt like a real celebration of Bogart - unfortunately it is no longer running, but it was a great event which we would love to see return one day!


Muskegon Film Festival


 

The Muskegon Film Festival was an annual film festival put on by a large group of community members. Set across two days and nights of some of the top independent films at two downtown venues - the spectacular Frauenthal Theatre, and the cozy Beardsley Theatre - it was a very popular event. Seminars on film making and lots of areas to chat and meet the directors, actors, and producers. Each day you could catch as many films as you wish for one ticket price. There was great food, hot popcorn, and a good time. 

Awards given at the festival usually included:

  • Best Feature Film
  • (Critics Choice) Best Short Film
  • (Board Choice)
  • Audience Choice
  • Best College Film
  • Young Filmmakers

We hope to see the return of this festival one day!

There are a number of movies on our site based or filmed near Muskegon (Michigan), including The 5 Year Engagement, Scream 4, and Batman V Superman (which features Aquaman!).

 

Big River Film Festival

 

 

The Big River Film Festival held in Savannah, Georgia was a festival offering access to masterclasses, live performances and conversations with the most interesting artists working today in the area. The Festival was a great chance to discover new voices, experience the art of filmmaking, as well as to explore TV and alternative forms of media. 

Although the festival hasn't ran for a number of years, we still believe that it had a huge impact on the film industry in Georgia and we would love to see it return one day!


Temecula Valley International Film Festival

 

Temecula Valley International Film Festival - 


Filmmakers and Music Artists from across America and around the globe had been coming to Temecula every September since 1995 to participate and enjoy in the celebration of film and music - it was a very popular film festival.

Temecula is a city in California - interestingly we have a number of movies on our site which are based or filmed in California, including Blade Runner 2049, Captain Marvel, Ford v Ferrari and Frost/Nixon. 

The festival hasn't ran for the last couple of years, and has been on an extended hiatus. The fact that the website is now for sale suggests that it will sadly not be returning. 


Optronica Festival


 

Although Optronica Festival has not been around for a while now, we loved it so much that we decided to write a little 'In Memoriam' type post to remind everyone (and ourselves) of the great event that it was. 

Optronica was a five day festival that would feature a wide range of movies from a wide range of filmmakers, and the same could be said for the variety of the music on offer. 

Optronica was one of the few festival in the UK that was completely dedicated to the new audio-visual languages and their different exceptions, so it's a shame that it's no longer around. We hope to see it again soon! 


Amelia Island Film Festival



The Amelia Island Film Festival brought together an array of films to several unique and historic venues in Fernandina Beach.

Some of the award categories at the festival included:

  • Best Documentary
  •  Best Musical/Comedy
  • Best Short
  • Best Special Category
  • Best of The Fest The Richard Widmark Award:

The films shown at the festival were all rated PG, and also included raffles, giveaways, plus refreshments and popcorn for sale. It was a proper family event and was great for all ages.

Although the festival is no longer running, it was very popular during it's run and we'd love to see it return one day!


Angelus Student Film Festival

 

 

The Angelus Student Film festival was an event for younger filmmakers. The festival prided itself on finding future star filmmakers. 

The prizes up for grabs totalled more than $50,000 (that's a lot of money for a young filmmaker!).

Although the festival hasn't run for a number of years, we hope to see it return one day as it had a great impact on the local community.


Artivist Film Festival


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The Artivist Film Festival & Awards was an international film festival and awards ceremony dedicated to recognizing activist efforts of filmmakers, specifically in the areas of human rights, child advocacy, environmental preservation, and animal rights. It ran between the years of 2004- 2011 (with the first festival being held at at Hollywood's Egyptian Theater) and was a popular annual festival that attracted a huge number of stars, attendees and entrants.


The festival was intended to coincide with Earth Day, when the 2nd Annual Artivist Film Festival began on April 20, 2005, Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn declared the day "Artivist Day", and among the festival's 2005 honorees were James Cromwell and Mira Sorvino.


Although the festival hasn't run for a number of years now, it had a huge impact and we'd love to see it return one day!


Backseat Film Festival


 

 

The Backseat film festival first started way back in 2003. It was created to display all of the great rock 'n roll movies out there that get made every year and don't get seen by enough people. Also, there was free liquor. No wonder it was so popular!

The festival screened over 500 movies and served lots of booze. The festival had 7 editions, with huge numbers of people contributing films, attending the screenings and volunteering at the festival.

Although the festival hasn't ran for a number of years now, we'd love to see it return one day!



Big MINI Media Festival


 

The Big MINI Media Festival (a.k.a. BMM Fest) was a two-day event hosted by the​ Media Arts Department of Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus. The Big MINI Media Festival had been in existence for over 15 years. 

 

Although the festival hasn't been around for a number of years, we hope to see it again soon! 


The Black Earth Film Festival


 

The Black Earth Film Festival was founded to expose the surrounding community to independent film and to provide a venue for independent film makers to showcase their work.

The Black Earth Film Festival featured films made by independent filmmakers. The festival was held in Galesburg, a small community of just over 30,000 residents. 

This film festival was great for the local community and although it hasn't ran for a number of years we hope to see it again one day!


Bradford International Film Festival


 

Regarded as one of the UK's most consistently innovative screen events during it's almost 20 year run, The Bradford International Film Festival was a hugely popular film festival which had a huge impact not just on the film industry of the local area, but the entire UK. 

The final year of the festival was 2015 (the 20th anniversary of the festival), although we'd like to see it return one day we're just happy that it happened!  

We have loads of movies on our site which were included at this festival, check them out!


The Cardiff Film Festival


 

The Cardiff Film Festival was an annual film festival that took place in Cardiff, Wales and originally launched in 1989. It had previously been called the Cardiff Screen Festival so you may recognize it as that name.

Although the festival is no longer running, it had a huge impact on the Welsh film industry and we hope to see it return one day!


CineVegas Film Festival

 

CineVegas was a film festival held annually at the Palms Casino Resort in Paradise, Nevada that started in 1999 to 2009. It showcased independent films and a wide range of movies from other categories. 

Although the festival is no longer running, it had a great impact on the local film industry and we hope to see it return one day!


Dark Carnival Film Festival


 

The Dark Carnival Film Festival was known for screening the best indie horror films from all over the world in the best possible venue - a vintage 1930s era movie theater that featured state-of-the-art sound and projection equipment, on a 30 by 20 foot screen. Dark Carnival was essentially a week-long celebration of horror that featured live entertainment, merchandise vendors, special guests and more.

Dark Carnival International Film Festival wanted to put fans and filmmakers first, and present a show filled with freaks, fire, and fantastic films from the four corners of the globe. Many of the movies from past Dark Carnival Festivals were picked up for distribution by major companies, and the event provided numerous networking opportunities for visiting filmmakers.

It started in 2007, and although the festival screened over 200 films during it's run, the festival stopped in 2010. We hope to see it return one day!


Daytona Beach Film Festival


 

The Daytona Beach Film Festival was a festival for showing the best independent and foreign films, as well as student movies.

The festival also encouraged filmmakers to meet their audience so they could hear feedback about their movies.

The festival was successful for a number of years, and although it is no longer running we hope to see it return one day!


DocMiami International Film Festival

 

The DocMiami International Film Festival was three days of documentary films held in Miami. 

The festival was really popular and a great event in Miami. 

The festival is no longer running but it had a great impact on the documentary film industry and we'd love to see it return one day!


Filmstock Film Festival


 

In 2009, Filmstock was founded with the intention of connecting audiences with creative visionaries, and quickly became known as Arizona's #1 name in short film!

A submission to Filmstock meant a chance for your short film to be played at the festival,. The festival included parties, and pretty big audiences! 

Awards given at the festival included:

Best of Fest

Best Director

Best Cinematography

Best Original Score

Best Sound Design

Best Actor

Best Production Design

Audience Choice

Barry E Wallace Citizenship Award 

We hope to see the return of this festival one day!


Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival



The Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival was a festival that concentrated solely on environmental films and where filmmakers, environmental enthusiasts can meet to try and forge the future of environmental media to impact the world positively.

It was a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality and effective use of environmental media. They provided a forum for filmmakers, environmental activists, educators, government, scientists, students, business leaders, and concerned citizens to come together to discuss new issues and ideas about our culture and environment. Their mission was to bring filmmakers together with environmental activists, educators, government, scientists, business, and concerned citizens, to improve the quality and effective use of environmental media.

Although the festival hasn't run for a number of years, we hope to see it return soon!


Best Environmental Films to Stream


The End of the Line

How to Change the World

Unacceptable Levels

The 11th Hour

A Crude Awakening


Marfa Film Festival

Since 2007 the Marfa Film Festival has attracted talented filmmakers, international press, industry professionals, and attendees from around the world. The remote landscape surrounding Marfa has witnessed a fascinating history of art and film through the ongoings of the festival. 

Typical happenings at the Marfa Film Festival included open air screenings and awesome musical performances.

It looks like the festival hasn't ran since 2018, but we hope to see it return one day.


Latin American Film Festival



The Latin American Film Festival (LAFF) was a film festival dedicated to Latin American cinema, held annually in the city of Utrecht, Netherlands, from 2005 to 2013.

100s of films were screened, over a hundred Latin American guests travelled to the Netherlands and over 100k visitors visited the festival during it's run, so it was a massive event.

Although the festival is no longer running, it had a huge impact on the local and global Latin film industry, and we hope to see it return again one day!


John Paul II International Film Festival

The John Paul II International Film Festival was accessible to people of all ages and cultures so that they could experience Faith through film. The festival started in 2009.

Although the festival hasn't ran for a number of years, it had a great impact on the faith film industry and we'd love to see it return one day!

 

Looking for a faith film? Read our guide to the Best Christian Movies on Prime


It Came From Lake Michigan Film Festival

 

It Came from Lake Michigan was Racine`s first film festival and convention, which saluted Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy films with an emphasis on Midwest filmmakers.

The festival managed to attract filmakers and film enthusiasts from Wisconsin, but also from across the world. Special guests from the film industry visited the festival too, giving fans and other filmmakers the chance to meet and talk with them. You could get autographs and things like that, or you could just chat about film. 

Although the festival is no longer running, it was a great time and had a big impact on the local film community!


HBO Comedy Film Festival


 

The HBO Comedy Festival, formerly known as the US Comedy Arts Festival, was a comedy festival that ran from 1995 to 2008. The festival included stand-up comedy performances, appearances by the casts of television shows, and has a film component called the Film Discovery Program. The annual Aspen outing usually took place in late February and/or early March.

The main reasons cited for the closing of the festival included the high cost of doing business in the ski resort, falling hotel availability and pricey rates for available lodgings, many of which require stays of several days, which interferes with the work schedules of busy agents, network development executives and other industry attendees. The weather also has caused havoc over the years, with canceled flights into Aspen forcing attendees to drive through the snow for hours or canceling their trips.

Although the festival hasn't ran for a number of years now, it was a greatly popular event that attracted comedy films and performances from across America. We hope to see it return one day!



Popular Comedy Movies to Stream


The King of Staten Island

Forgetting Sarah Marshal

Trainwreck

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

This is 40


The Made in Michigan Film Festival (MiMFF)

 

The Made-in-Michigan Film Festival (MiMFF) celebrated and promoted independent films which are made in the state of Michigan. The rules of the festival included that all entries must have a significant connection to the state of Michigan, and it was suggested that a majority of the scenes were filmed within the State. Any films using Michigan residents as cast and crew had a major advantage.

Every year the festival runners tried their best to showcase as many films as possible, but they also strived towards enhancing the quality of cultural and economic life in the State of Michigan. The festival was also an opportunity to network and discover other fellow artists for your next creative endeavor, so it's a shame that it is no longer running. 

Top prizes awarded at the festival included:

Best of Festival - The winner of this jury selected award will receive a $500 cash prize and a trophy.

Audience Choice Award - The audience will be asked to rate each film on a scale of 1 to 5. The film with the highest average rating will win a $200 cash prize and a trophy.

It was a great film festival and we hope to see it return one day!


Miami Latin Film Festival



The Miami Latin Film Festival took place from 1996 to 2001. It is the predecessor to the Miami Latin Film Festival. It's mission was to promote Spanish language films and increase the awareness of Hispanic cultures among Hispanics and other community members.

In June 2001, the festival was formed from the merging of the Miami Hispanic Film Festival with the French-Hispanic Film Festival, also located in Miami, to form the Miami Latin Film Festival.

The aim of the festival was to promote Spanish language films and increase the awareness of Hispanic cultures among Hispanics and other community members.

Although the festival hasn't ran for a number of years, it had a huge impact on the latin film industry and we'd love to see it return one day.


Portable Film Festival



 

The Portable Film Festival was an interesting film festival where audiences could download a full film for free to a portable device, such as an iPod or laptop. This was supposed to make films more readily available to anyone, regardless of their situation or location.

At it's most popular, the festival had over 15,000 members, which is seriously impressive!

 

Although the festival hasn't ran for a number of years now, the attitude of the festival had a great impact on indie filmmaking and helped to launch lots of careers. 


RESFEST Digital Film Festival

 

Have you ever heard of RESFEST? It ran from 1996–2006 and by the 2000s it was the most prominent digital film festival in North America. Here is a little about the history of this awesome festival:

RESFest was a leading global showcase of new digital filmmakers alongside England's Onedotzero festival. Although the festival hasn't ran for a number of years, we hope to see them return soon!


Siouxland Film Festival


 

The Siouxland Film Festival launched in 2003, and was created to promote the art of film, to encourage and support young filmmakers and bring interesting films to the Orpheum theater in Sioux City. 

The festival made a point to always include short films within the selection, with a limit of 15 minutes so that the festival could show as many films as possible. 

Although the festival hasn't ran for a number of years now, we'd love to see it return one day!


Swansea Bay Film Festival



The Swansea Bay Film Festival was a film festival that took place in Swansea, Wales. 

We think that the festival helped to make Swansea a regular stop on the international film circuit, so it's a shame that it isn't running still. 

The main award categories at the festival included:

  • Best International Documentary
  • Best International Feature Film
  • Best International Environment and Ecological Film
  • Best in the Festival

Although the festival hasn't ran for a number of years, it had a huge impact on the Welsh film industry and we'd love to see it return one day.


Southern Appalachian International Film Festival


 

Southern Appalachian International Film Festival (SOAPIFF) was a yearly film festival. The purpose of Southern Appalachian International Film Festival was to publicly recognize and promote the work of independent movie makers and to encourage film production and culture in Southern Appalachia.

Although SOAPIFF hasn't run for a number of years, it was a great festival which really helped the local film scene and attracted a big following. Hopefully we'll see it return one day! 


Toronto Student Film Festival



In the fall of 2005, three grade twelve students from Toronto, Ontario approached their teacher, Jamie MacRae, with the brilliant idea of creating a new student film festival specifically designed to showcase youth talent. The festival would allow students from any part of the world to show short films, which was pretty amazing.

The festival had a huge impact on the film industry not just locally, but internationally. 

 

Zoie Films Festival


 

Zoie Films film festival showcased award winning movies from around the world, so Zoie Films Festival offered filmmakers an opportunity to be seen by a global audience online. Traditional film festivals would only last a weekend, Zoie Films Festivals lasted for a whole year, so it was a massive event.

Although the film festival is no longer running, it had a great impact on the film industry and helped lots of filmmakers reach an entirely new audience.


Dubai International Film Festival



The Dubai International Film Festival (also known as DIFF) is a global film festival which takes place every 2 years. It is a not for profit cultural event, allowing it to be a true celebration of cinema. Typically the festival will show more than 100 films each year, and it will also show a host of premieres for feature films, shorts and documentaries. 

According to the Dubai Media Office, the organisers of the event, “Diff has established Dubai as a world-class destination in the film and content industry. It serves as a platform to promote cultural understanding between the region and the world, as well as the development of the local and regional film industry, giving the opportunity to many ambitious film makers to shine".

Since the festival started 14 years ago, more than 2,000 films have been screened with 500 films from the Arab world. The festival has helped more than 300 films from the region be created end to end, raised funding and partnership for a further 140, supported hundreds of talented Arab filmmakers through the Festival’s Muhr Awards, and grown tourism across the city - the festival has had a huge impact on the local economy too. 

There are many with scenes which were filmed in Dubai, including The Force Awakens and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. We have pages about many of the sequels to these films, including Mission Impossible: Fallout, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.


Screentest Film Festival

 

Screentest is known as the UK's national student film festival. It was founded at Bristol University in 2004 but eventually relocated to London in 2011 

We have a couple of movies on our sites that are based or filmed in London, including The King's Speech and Doctor Strange (where the Sanctum was).

The weekend is centred around an amazing awards ceremony (held on the Saturday evening), celebrating the best of student filmmaking from all over the UK and recognizing brilliance.


Columbus International Film & Video Festival



The Columbus International Film + Video Festival (CIFVF) is the longest running film festival in the USA - isn't that crazy? We felt like it definitely deserved it's own page.

Now celebrating its 66th year running, the festival introduces the residents of Ohio to the best independent filmmakers from around the world, showing them movies that they probably wouldn't otherwise see. 

Throughout the years, the festival has honored thousands of films, filmmakers, and producers. The festival's awards remain a revered prize for industry professionals, but the organization is equally passionate about supporting independent fillmakers with their work. The festival serves to promote and screen more and more films every year and has had a huge impact on the film industry locally and globally. 

Now part of the Columbus College of Art & Design, the festival has evolved to not only present amazing movies from big names and indepedent filmmakers, but also to give visiting filmmakers and students the chance to interact together through workshops, panels, and networking opportunities.

Check it out!


There are a number of movies on our site with scenes based in Columbus, including Carol and Fruitvale Station.


Globians Doc Fest



 


Globians Doc Fest was launched in 2005 in Germany: it was a celebration of documentaries for rapidly changing times understanding a world in crisis. The festival series took place from 2005 until 2013 in Berlin and various other German cities.


The festival presented movies on world healing, hyper democracy, relational economy, creation and co-evolution and other similarly weighty topics. 


The festival had a huge impact on the documentary scene in Germany and encouraged the production of some amazing movies.


Although it hasn't ran for many years, we would love to see the return of this festival one day!


Mashrome Film Festival




A film festival launched by the MashRome Association to spread awareness of the cinematic mash-up. The festival first took place way back in 2012 and showcased a bunch of different mash-ups from a variety of filmmakers.


If you're interested in this festival then you might be interested to know what movies came out the same year as this movie. For example, Killing Them Softly was a 2012 movie and so was Act of Valor and Moonrise Kingdom. 


Although the festival hasn't ran for a number of years, we'd love to see it return one day!