Top 100 International Film Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

Adrian Țofei, August 2016

Latest update: December 2016

Seeing the success of my Top 100 Horror & Fantasy Film Festivals in helping filmmakers around the world, I decided to make a general list as well, for all the international film festivals, regardless of type (useful for my next movie We Put the World to Sleep as well).

I did it based on an extensive research, with the help of other lists like Indiewire’s 10 Best Festivals (2010) [IW10], 100 Leading Film Festivals (2015) [IW100] and Top 12 Documentary Film Festivals (2014) [IWDoc], Raindance’s Essential 100 Film Festivals (2016) [R100], 20 Essential Horror & Fantasy Film Festivals (2016) [RHorFan], 10 Top Documentary Film Festivals (2006) [RDoc] and Top 5 Short Film Festivals (2016) [RShort], MovieMaker’s 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee (2016, 2015) [MM50] and 25 Coolest Film Festivals (2016, 2015) [MM25], FIAPF’s Accredited Competitive Feature Film Festivals (2015)  [FIAPF-A] and Accredited Specialised, Non-Competitive, Documentary and Short Film Festivals (2015) [FIAPF-B], European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation’s Member Festivals (2016)  [EFFFF], Academy Awards’ Short Films Qualifying Festivals (2016) [AAShort] and Short Documentary Qualifying Festivals (2016) [AAShortDoc], The Guardian’s Top 11 Film Festivals (2012) [TG11], The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide’s Top 10 US Feature Film Festivals for American Independents (2009) [UFFSG-USind], Top 10 Feature Film Festivals Worldwide (not including US) (2009) [UFFSG-W] and Top Festivals for Documentaries [UFFSG-Doc], W Dish’s Top 10 Canadian Film Festivals  [WDCan], CNN’s Top 15 Asian Film Festivals (2010) [CNNAsia] and my own Top 25 Horror & Fantasy Film Festivals (2016) [ATHorFan]. I also took into consideration the opportunities the festivals offer to indie filmmakers (discovering new talents, distribution, publicity, networking, awards, boosting the chances for the Academy Awards and new festivals), the number of years running, the location, the size (the number of films selected and the number of audience, press and film industry members attending), their websites and social media, the submission process and other recommendations by people in the film industry.

Top 10 International Film Festivals

  1. Cannes Film Festival / Festival de Cannes – Cannes, France, 69 years – IW10, IW100, R100, FIAPF-A, AAShort, RShort, TG11, UFFSG-W
  2. Sundance Film Festival – Park City, Utah, US, 39 years – IW10, IW100, R100, AAShort, AAShortDoc, RShort, TG11, UFFSG-USind
  3. Toronto International Film Festival / TIFF – Toronto, Canada, 41 years – IW10, IW100, R100, FIAPF-B, TG11, WDCan, UFFSG-W
  4. Venice Film Festival / La Biennale di Venezia – Venice, Italy, 73 years – IW10, IW100, R100, FIAPF-A, AAShort, TG11
  5. Berlin International Film Festival / Berlinale – Berlin, Germany, 66 years – IW10, IW100, R100, MM25, FIAPF-A, AAShort, TG11, UFFSG-W
  6. Telluride Film Festival – Telluride, Colorado, US, 43 years – IW10, IW100, R100, MM25, TG11, UFFSG-USind
  7. SXSW Film Festival (previously South by Southwest) – Austin, Texas, US, 23 years – IW10, IW100, R100, MM25, AAShort, AAShortDoc, TG11, UFFSG-USind
  8. Tribeca Film Festival – New York City, New York, US, 15 years – IW100, R100, AAShort, AAShortDoc, TG11, UFFSG-USind
  9. Cannes Film Festival’s Critics’ Week / Semaine de la Critique – Cannes, France, 55 years – R100
  10. Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight / Quinzaine des Realisateurs – Cannes, France, 48 years – R100

Top 25 International Film Festivals

(from 11 to 25, in alphabetical order)

Top 50 International Film Festivals

(from 26 to 50, in alphabetical order)

Top 100 International Film Festivals

(from 51 to 100, in alphabetical order)