When most people think of film festivals, they envision celebrity-studded fetes.
There is more to the world of film festivals than Cannes.
Scores of festivals around the globe showcase the best new films in every category.
At most fests, screenings are followed by panel discussions and Q&A sessions.
These events offer the moviegoer an opportunity to interact with filmmakers on an intimate level, says
Kathleen McInnis, former vice president of festival and film relations for
They also amplify voices that might otherwise go unheard. "Festivals continue
to push the boundaries of filmmaking by making screens available for the most unique of film
voices, by forcing conventional movie storytelling to wait in the shadows while celebrating
ground-breaking film artists, and by giving light to images unexpected by audiences," McInnis said.
Countless festivals have a significant presence on the Web. Here are a select few:
Right in the heart of the movie-making business, the Hollywood Film Festival
takes place in late October. Aside from screenings, events include
a gala reception and panel discussions offering advice for aspiring filmmakers.
Film fests aren't only found in these major cities. This year's
Woodstock Film Festival focuses on
music in film. The Sidewalk Film Festival takes place in Birmingham, Alabama's historic Theatre District, and SilverDocs is a documentary film festival taking place annually in Silver Spring, Maryland..
For more information on film festivals, see our film festival page.