Film festivals are the cornerstone of the film business. Hundreds of people descend on a city for a week to watch dozens of brand new films and seek out passionate fans. Some impartial films are looking for distributors to place them in theaters or streaming platforms. Others are there to compete for awards, hoping that a resounding victory will sway the Oscar box or a giant movie hitting the field. However, there may be supplements only for the promotion. Still, the most coveted eyes in the business will likely be gathered in one place, so why not take your film for them to see? Journalists roam the city, making frantic reviews between screenings. Studio executives decide which movies to buy, and many by whispering into their phones. Filmmakers, actors and broadcasters attend events and premieres that widely promote their work. And of course, there are moviegoers who go to the competition where they will shoot as many films as they will in a few days.
While the fall has many high-profile festivals (Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York) primarily used to launch Oscar campaigns, each of the 4 main spring festivals are exclusive in what they create for the world of movie theater. The oldest film set in the snowy town of Park Metropolis, Utah, Sundance is the largest unbiased film competition in the United States. Based by Robert Redford, it tends to provide romance and independent documentaries. whip, Palm Springsand the last 12 months CODA it started at Sundance. Usually, South by Southwest (SXSW or “South By” when you’re cool) happens in March, and unlike most other film-specific festivals, it’s also a TV, music and media competition. interactive. There are often Sundance iterations with new independents and big-budget premieres. As completely different as the movies A silent place, Prepared Participant Oneand sensible ebook all entered the world at the Austin-based competition. The Tribeca Competition (formerly the Tribeca Movie Competition, but the “movie” was dropped as the event took place in other media) sometimes takes place in New York in April. Launched by Robert DeNiro to bring Manhattan to life after 9/11, the competition is a celebration of unbiased films. Post-COVID this year moved to June and was a launch pad for summer season indies as well as competition and buying titles. And last, but not least, there are the famous French competitors Cannes Movie Competition. This primarily global author-focused event brings the world’s best to compete for the coveted Palme d’Or, and while there may also be far fewer action-packed US stocks coming out of this competition (like in Berlin), it is definitely the pinnacle of world cinema and rarely the theatrical launch. Best Oscar nominations in world cinema.
It can be difficult for non-professional moviegoers to know what (and where) to watch, as each of these festivals produces a bunch of films, many of which either don’t have a distributor when they’re released or have a much longer release date. late. when you can get it). To that end, I’ve compiled this helpful dandy checklist of the biggest and most popular video games from Sundance, South By, Cannes, and Tribeca and where to watch them. I’m here to make you look very educated at dinner parties, so go through the checklist, watch some of these great movies, and get ready to be dazzled like a cutscene!