Guest Blogger Magda M. Olchawska
Important Short Film Festivals
Aspen Shortsfest - Aspen Shortsfest is considered one of the world’s premier international short film and video showcases for the trend-setting art form: the short.
Bilbao Int’l Festival Of Documentary & Short Films – International Festival of Documentary and Short Films is recognized as an international event of a competitive nature by the International Federation of Associations of Film Producers (F.I.A.P.F.)
Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival – The CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival is dedicated to celebrating and sharing with audiences the exciting world of the short film. In addition to Official Selection screenings of international and Canadian shorts, the Festival features special presentations, retrospectives and gala screenings.
Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival – A snowy-white screen for 7 very short days of vertically-challenged films. The Short Film Festival’s snowy-white screens lights up with a thousand and one stories coming from all over the world every year.
Flickerfest International Short Films Festival – The Festival will consist of an International competition, an Australian competition and a short Documentary competition. Following the Festival in Sydney, a selection of films from the competitive programs will go on tour to capital cities and regional centre’s around Australia.
Foyle Film Festival - The Foyle Film Festival remains a strong mix of screenings and premieres, events, educational screenings, outreach activity, and workshops.
Cinanima Int’l Animation Film Festival - Its main purpose is the promotion of the animation cinema, aiming to conquer new audiences, encouraging the exchange of experiences between the professionals and the audience and to call the distributors’ and TV networks’ attention towards the animation cinema.
Cinequest Film Festival – Cinequest remains one of the last big festival bastions for the discovery of new and emerging film artists.
Festival De Cine De Huesca – The Festival’s main goal is to contribute to the development of a cinematographic culture and to promote the short film and the documentary film from around the world.
Hiroshima Int’l Animation Festival – The International Animation Festival Hiroshima is a bi-annual animation festival hosted in Hiroshima, Japan. The festival is now considered one of the most respected animated film festivals.
Los Angeles Int’l. Short Film Festival – LA Shorts Fest honours those individuals who have achieved excellence in short films. As the largest short film festival in the world with more than 280 films screening and 9 days of “coffee chats” guest speakers, interactive and entertaining events, the festival has become the industry standard for showcasing and awarding undiscovered talent. We consider this a must for any new film-maker
Oberhausen Int’l Short Film Festival – The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is one of the major international crossroads for the short form, unique in the range of forms and genres it presents to the public, and particularly well known for its spotlight on experiments.
Ottawa Int’l Animation Festival - The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is the largest of its kind in North America, attracting film buffs, art lovers, filmmakers and cartoon fans from around the world to the nation’s capital.
Palm Springs Int’l Festival of Short Films – ShortFest calls a huge selection of dazzling new animated, live action and documentary short films for its line-up from many submissions to the event every year. And while these films are short in length, they are long on entertainment value – in turns amusing, enlightening, challenging and provocative – all of which adds up to the perfect recipe for a great time at the movies.
Rio De Janeiro International Short Film Festival – The Festival aims to promote the short film and develop a greater reflection about the format, trying to broaden the interchange between the Brazilian and the International productions.
Short Shorts Film Festival – Short films are the starting point for emerging film makers, in the United States, Europe and around the world, who are ready to show their talent to global audiences. The short film is a resume for a film maker to show his ability, much like a sketch is proof of an artist’s ability to paint. Through the exhibition of short films at film festivals, directors get the chance to have their films seen by producers and industry representatives, and those screenings could prove to be the launching pad for a career in film, as with the now industry powerhouses George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. The Short Shorts Film Festival has created an event of international exchange at every venue on its international tour, and an opportunity for regional cities to become involved in an international event.
Slamdance Film Festival – The Slamdance Film Festival, being the “younger sibling” to the Sundance Film Festival, is dedicated to new filmmakers. They accept films in every genre, on any topic from every country around the world. Their mission is to bring attention to the most talented emerging filmmakers, showcasing their work in the media frenzy of festival week in Park City, Utah.
Tampere Int’l Short Film Festival – The festival is the oldest of its kind in the Nordic countries; the second-longest-running film festival in the area. The central mission of the Tampere Film Festival has remained unchanged since the 1970s: to hold an international and a Finnish short film competition, and to organise various seminars for film professionals and enthusiasts. The festival also aims to promote short films sales and international co-operation in the field of culture, as well as to cherish the tradition of a significant local cultural event.
USA Film Festival – National Short Film & Video Competition – One of the oldest and most respected festivals and film arts organizations in the U.S. Through its YEAR-ROUND “live cinema” programs and special events, the USA Film Festival provides an opportunity for the public to discover new films and sheds new light on familiar films by facilitating discussion and encounters with master, mid-career and emerging filmmakers.
Animafest – Zagreb World Festival of Animated Films – The World Festival of Animated Film in Zagreb is traditionally the second oldest festival in Europe. It is an international competition festival for animated films. Every two years is held the competition either for features or for shorts.
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