Top five film festivals of the World

Film festivals of the WorldFilm festivals are held throughout the year in different countries featuring the productions of directors from the four corners of the world.

Among the various international film festivals, Cannes Film Festival is reputed to be the most prestigious and grand affair of the year. It is held in the elite town of Cannes in May. It is a star studded affair and you can see many celebrities gracing the red carpet. Cannes has become a platform for European movies. Out of competition screening of Hollywood movies is also held. Awards are given in various categories.

The Toronto Film Festival is held in September in Toronto Canada. It is an eleven day event and is also one of the prestigious film fiestas of the world. Around three hundred to four hundred films are screened at the festival with heavy emphasis on Hollywood movies. Movies from other continents such as Asia, Africa, South America as well as Canadian films are also shown.  It is said that the results of this event often influence the Oscars.

Established in 1932, the Venice Film Festival is the oldest film festival of the world. The Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi in Rome serves as the venue of this prestigious event. The event occurs in either August or September and acknowledges the efforts of the actors, actresses, directors and other people involved in film making with awards. It also acknowledges the valuable contributions of the key figures in the history of cinema.

The New York Film Festival began in 1963 and since then has grown into a big event and showcases the works of emerging as well as seasoned artistes. The event lasts for 17 days and no prize is awarded as a selection for this prestigious and exclusive event is considered as a prize itself. A movie for the opening day and closing day are however chosen.

Berlin in Germany is the venue of one of the most grand film galas of the world; the Berlin Film Festival aka Berlinale. It is a beautiful gathering of international art and glamor. More than 400 films are screened under various sections and winners are awarded with the Gold and Silver Bear awards.

Top five film festivals of South and North America

Film festivals of South and North America

While North America produces the most films, South America lags behind. South is now taking steps for the development and expansion of its cinema and one of these steps is the holding of film festivals.

Fantaspoa or the International Fantastic Film Festival of Porto Alegre takes place in Brazil from late July to early August. This is a competitive festival where the jury decides the winners; there are also public choice awards. Only horror, science fiction, bizarre and fantastic films of short length and feature films are screened in this film event. This film event also aims at encouraging the production of films in Brazil.

Uruguay plays host to the International Film Festival of Uruguay. This is a competitive event which features international films and local films. Through this event, the local audience is exposed to international ventures and local works are brought to the attention of the world. The winners are selected by a panel of Jury and by the audience as well.

The International Festival of Documentaries Three Continents is held in Venezuela. Only documentaries from three continents Asia, Africa and Latin America are screened in this event. The documentaries are mostly based on social issues, human struggle and endurance while light comedy has also been a topic. The event brings together directors of documentaries from the three continents and strengthens ties between them.

Comedy is an important genre of movies and is quite popular among the audience. The Giggle Shorts Comedy Film Festival is held every year in Toronto. The event started in 2002 and invites short films from all over the world. Giggle Shorts accepts any film, commercial, or video but it should be hilarious and less than 15 minutes.

The Montreal Festival of New Cinema and New Media is an important film event which features independent productions from all over the world and serves as a qualifying festival for short movies for the Academy Awards.