Film festivals give us, cinephiles, a great opportunity to see the most exciting cinema and meet contemporary film makers from around the globe. There are many hundreds of film events and those mentioned in our map established themselves as most prestigious in terms of the programming, attracting the audience or celebrity attendance.
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There are several reasons for which film festivals are important. It is perhaps one of the best ways for the new talent to showcase their work to the public and the industry specialists. Many up-and-coming directors such as Xavier Dolan or Lena Dunham have been recognised and awarded during one of the festivals which benefited their careers.
For many filmmakers and the film industry guests the festival time is a perfect occasion to network with fellow filmmakers, distributors or media. Edinburgh International Film Festival, being among one of the most famous and prestigious film events in the UK, has been know for its focus on creating a friendly and professional environment for the industry to collaborate and establish beneficial relationships.
Film festivals are often the only time when the general audience can meet the director and the film crew. All the festivals organise Q&A sessions and most of them hold knowledge share workshops which brings many educational opportunities.
If you want to get the most of your film festival experience, think about volunteering for one. It is perhaps one of the best ways to find out the ‘nitty gritty’ of the film and events industry. You will be asked to work for some time during the most hectic festival period. Though often your work won’t be the most exacting one, you will have the opportunity to meet directors, actors and film critics and participate in the general ‘festival buzz’ which will leave you with the memories long after the event.
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