International Festivals

International Festivals

International festivals play a huge role in the life of your film in terms of launching it to the international market, finding audiences, sales, distribution and awards.

International Festival Strategy

Once your film is financed and in production, it is time to get focused on your festival strategy. International festivals play a huge role in the life of your film in terms of launching it to the international market, finding audiences, sales, distribution and awards. It is important to plan your festival journey as part of your overall sales and distribution strategy. 

When submitting to festivals, it is important to bear in mind which festivals may work for your film in terms of genre and timing, as not every festival will be suitable for your film. The premiere status of your film is an asset and you should not give the world premiere away until you are sure that this is the right place to launch your film to the world. Here is a short list of major international A-list festivals. Please do bear in mind that there are many festivals outside of this list that may also work as a place to launch your film. 

Sundance Film Festival
Month: Jan/Feb
Genre: All

Rotterdam International Film Festival
Month: Jan/Feb
Genre: All

Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale)
Month: Feb
Genre: All

SXSW
Month:March
Genre: Independent Film

Tribeca Film Festival
Month: April
Genre: All

Cannes Film Festival
Month: May
Genre: All

Edinburgh International Film Festival
Month: June
Genre: All

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Month: July
Genre: All

Locarno International Film Festival
Month: August
Genre: All

Venice International Film Festival
Month: August/September
Genre: All

Telluride Film Festival
Month: August/September
Genre: All     

Toronto International Film Festival
Month: September
Genre: All

San Sebastian International Film Festival
Month: September
Genre: All

BFI London Film Festival
Month: October
Genre: All

Documentary

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
Month: April/May
Genre: Documentary

Sheffield Doc/Fest
Month: June
Genre: Documentary

International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
Month: November
Genre: Documentary

Copenhagen International Documentary Festival (CPH:DOX)
Month: March
Genre:  Documentary

Animation

Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Market
Month: June
Genre: Animation

Television

Banff World Media Festival
Month: June
Genre: Television/Digital