Film FestivalsMovies have become a bigger and more important in everyday life as time has gone on. Film Festivals have become a huge attraction to celebrate this artwork. Here are the Top Five film festivals in the world:

South by Southwest

South by Southwest is a music, film, technology and entertainment festival in Austin, Texas. This festival is a festival of all things entertainment, really. The festival has such a broad range that it has become a festival that stands alone in its uniqueness. SXSW (as it is often referenced online) has to be included in a top five list simply because it is a place that filmmakers, and creative types in general, can go to get their name out and into the industry, and possibly become a big success overnight.

The Toronto International Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), held in Toronto, Canada is a massive, annual festival held in September. The timing of the festival has given it the wonderful ability for creating ‘Oscar Buzz’. Having been held since 1976, the festival has grown into the top festival.

Tribeca Film Festival

Tri-Be-Ca is actually an acronym for a neighborhood in Lower-Manhattan “Triangle below Canal Street”. The Festival was created in response to the attacks on September 11, 2001. Formed by Jane Rosenthal, Robert Deniro, and Craig Hatkoff, the festival hosts a ‘world narrative’ and short film competitions. In addition, the festival also has a student visionary award, given to an entrepreneuring student filmmaker.

Sundance Film Festival

Started by Sterling Van Wagenen, Sundance has become arguably the most important film festival for independent filmmakers. Held in Utah, the festival has been around since 1978.  And boy, did it have a debut. Some of the films included the first year were: A Streetcar Named Desire, Midnight Cowboy, and Deliverance. Sundance was first known as the Utah/US Film Festival, but the name changed in 1984. The name Sundance is clearly a reference to the Inaugural Chairman, Robert Redford’s character name in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Festival de Cannes (Cannes Film Festival)

The most traditional of the top five festivals, it is probably also the most well-known worldwide. The Cannes Film Festival has been around since the 1930’s, easily making it the oldest festival on the list. Being the biggest film festival in Europe, if not the world, the festival is important for entrepreneuring European filmmakers.

The highest award given at Cannes is the Palme d’Or, or The Golden Palm. Movies like Apocalypse Now and Pulp Fiction were given this prestigious award in their day.

Film Festivals are continuing to grow. There are a lot of talented people out there willing to give it their all to make it big and film festivals give people the chance to become a great filmmaker.