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Do you sometimes wish that you could see a film before its’ general release date to avoid the crush to see it? Or worse yet, that gem of a independent film that is only shown at odd times of day for a 3 week period so you miss it and forget to rent it later on.
Then you should consider attending a film festival and actually seeing these films not only before all you friends but watching them with the critics so you won’t have to read their spoiler reviews. Also you’d also get to watch them in a setting where there are no adverts or trailers, it’s all about the main feature, and you would watch them amongst people who are really passionate about film so no whispering or people munching away on popcorn. I started by going to the London Film Festival and loved it especially the fact that people were interested in discussing the film they’d just seen. Furthermore, at most of these festivals the director and cast usually participate in Q&As after the film has been shown so you could pose that burning question about the feature you’ve just watched.
If you want to take an even more active participation in the festival then volunteer: it’s easy and a great way of seeing the films for free, usually, and for the period of the festival really living and breathing everything film related which is what I did when I volunteered at the Sundance London film festival in 2013.
Here is my pick of film festivals in England and abroad definitely worth checking out and travelling to:
It ran from 25 to 27 April 2014 and is usually held around this time every year. It shows a collection of films from the main Sundance Film Festival held in Utah as well as documentaries, short films from around the world and there’s also live music over the 3 day festival period held in the O2.
Deauville American Film Festival
It will run from 5 to 14 September 2014 and is the second largest film festival in France and open to the public to buy passes to see films. A great location as it is just two hours from Paris on the train and when not watching films you could spend time relaxing on the sandy Normandy beach.
BFI London Film Festival
In it’s 58th year and is held in October and this year it will run from 8 to 19 October 2014. A collection of films from all over the world and tickets can be bought for the opening and closing gala as well as all the other showings but book early to avoid disappointment.
Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
This festival runs from 4 to 14 September 2014 and is one of the largest film festivals in the world showing 300 films from over 60 countries.
Berlin Film Festival
It is usually held in February and falls during the award season and the 65th festival is scheduled to run from the 5 to 15 February 2015.
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