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Lights, camera, action! - Top Film Festivals for 2011

  • It’s a busy time for the world of cinema at the moment with the announcement of the 2011 Oscar nominations and the prestigious Sundance Film Festival already well underway in Utah. Here, we look forward to some of the major film festivals taking place throughout the world over the coming months. So, are you ready for your close up?

  • Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, Dublin, Ireland

    In excess of 120 films are showcased annually at the JDIFF, a celebration of cinema which was established in 2003. Taking place over 11 days, films are shown at a variety of locations across the city with many famous faces attending for Q&A sessions, panel discussions and more.

    Dates: February 17th-27th.

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  • SXSW Film, Austin, Texas, USA

    One part of the hugely successful South by Southwest Festival, SXSW Film has been on the go since 1994. Featuring a selection of feature film premieres, panel talks and plenty more, this is one of the coolest film festivals of the year.

    Dates: March 11th-19th.



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  • Festival de Cannes, Cannes, France

    The Festival de Cannes is one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, awarding the iconic Palme d’Or as its highest prize. It’s one of the oldest film festivals in the world, entering its 64th edition this year. Robert De Niro is operating as the President of the Jury of this year’s festival.

    Dates: May 11th-22nd.



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  • Sydney Film Festival, Sydney, Australia

    Dating back to 1954, the Sydney Film Festival is one of the oldest events of its kind in the world. Along with a wonderful collection of cinema from Australia and New Zealand, this festival also features offerings from around the world. These include feature films, shorts, documentaries and plenty more.

    Dates: June 8th-19th.

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  • Shanghai International Film Festival, Shanghai, China

    Entering its 14th year in 2011, the Shanghai International Film Festival is a very important event on the Asian cinema calendar. The top prize here is the Golden Goblet, with around 16 films competing for the celebrated award. Plenty of well-known faces show up amongst the some 200,000 film fans who head out to enjoy the numerous screenings and other events that take place throughout the festival.

    Dates: June 11th-19th.



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  • Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland

    Taking place over 12 days in June, the Edinburgh International Film Festival was one of the first film festivals in the entire world and its roots date back to the late 1940s. Today, it’s an incredibly important event for the film industry both in the UK and around the globe. Throughout the festival you can expect premieres of big new releases, showcases of emerging talent, workshops and much more.

    Dates: June 15th-26th.

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  • Venice International Film Festival, Venice, Italy

    The prestigious Venice International Film Festival is entering its 68th year in 2011. A celebration of cinema from around the world, this festival includes a whole host of showings covering feature length movies and shorts, plus lots more. The top award here is the Golden Lion, which is awarded to the film selected by the International Jury.

    Dates: August 30th-September 10th.



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  • Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto, Canada

    Over the course of ten movie-filled days, the Toronto International Film Festival serves up the best work from both well-known filmmakers and up and coming stars. Canadian talent is especially well-represented at the event which sees in excess of 300 films screened at a variety of locations throughout the city. Midnight screenings, talks, retrospectives and more are also part of this world-renowned festival.

    Dates: September - Dates TBA.

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  • San Sebastian International Film Festival, San Sebastian, Spain

    On the go since 1953, the San Sebastian International Film Festival is held in the north of Spain and is one of Europe’s most important film festivals. Each year eighteen films compete for the ‘Golden Shell’ award, which is just one of this festival’s important events. There’s also the Donostia Award which celebrates the work of some of cinema’s top stars. Past recipients include Ian McKellan, Woody Allen and Anjelica Huston.

    Dates: September - Dates TBA.

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  • Raindance Film Festival, London, England

    Entering its 19th year in 2011, the Raindance Film Festival is a celebration of independent film from all over the world. During the festival, numerous feature length and short independent films are shown to a wide audience. Some of the films that have premiered at the festival in the past include The Blair Witch Project, Oldboy and Memento. Plenty of stars come out for this increasingly popular indie-fest.

    Dates: September 28th-October 9th.

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  • Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada

    One of the largest film festivals in North America, the Vancouver International Film Festival was founded in 1982 and will celebrate its 30th birthday this year. In 2010, the festival featured in excess of 370 films with similar numbers expected for this year. Screenings are held at a variety of movie theatres across Vancouver and cover everything from feature films to documentaries. While there’s a really strong Canadian showing at this festival, the international film industry is also very well-represented.

    Dates: September 29th-October 14th.

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  • Chicago International Film Festival, Chicago, USA

    On the go for over 45 years, the Chicago International Film Festival is currently accepting entries for the 2011 festival, one of which will win the coveted Gold Hugo award. From documentaries to shorts, and from horror movies to world cinema, it’s all on show here at this cinematic smorgasbord.

    Dates: October 6th-20th.



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  • Tokyo International Film Festival, Tokyo, Japan

    Held in numerous venues across the city, the Tokyo International Film Festival is entering its 24th edition this year. Japanese movies appear here alongside more global offerings, with around 270 films in total screened throughout the festival. Special screenings, live music performances and more also feature during this event.

    Dates: October 22nd-30th.



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  • Dubai International Film Festival, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Entering its 8th year in 2011, the Dubai International Film Festival began in 2004 and has quickly become an important date on the film industry calendar. Arab cinema and films produced by African and Asian filmmakers are showcased at this festival. It also features a number of efforts from other locations around the globe.

    Dates: December - Dates TBA.



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  • It’s a busy time for the world of cinema at the moment with the announcement of the 2011 Oscar nominations and the prestigious Sundance Film Festival already well underway in Utah. Here, we look forward to some of the major film festivals taking place throughout the world over the coming months. So, are you ready for your close up?

  • Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, Dublin, Ireland

    In excess of 120 films are showcased annually at the JDIFF, a celebration of cinema which was established in 2003. Taking place over 11 days, films are shown at a variety of locations across the city with many famous faces attending for Q&A sessions, panel discussions and more.

    Dates: February 17th-27th.

  • Book hostels in Dublin | Dublin videos, podcasts, free pocket guide and more

  • SXSW Film, Austin, Texas, USA

    One part of the hugely successful South by Southwest Festival, SXSW Film has been on the go since 1994. Featuring a selection of feature film premieres, panel talks and plenty more, this is one of the coolest film festivals of the year.

    Dates: March 11th-19th.



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  • Festival de Cannes, Cannes, France

    The Festival de Cannes is one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, awarding the iconic Palme d’Or as its highest prize. It’s one of the oldest film festivals in the world, entering its 64th edition this year. Robert De Niro is operating as the President of the Jury of this year’s festival.

    Dates: May 11th-22nd.



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  • Sydney Film Festival, Sydney, Australia

    Dating back to 1954, the Sydney Film Festival is one of the oldest events of its kind in the world. Along with a wonderful collection of cinema from Australia and New Zealand, this festival also features offerings from around the world. These include feature films, shorts, documentaries and plenty more.

    Dates: June 8th-19th.

  • Book hostels in Sydney | Sydney video, podcast, free pocket guide and more

  • Shanghai International Film Festival, Shanghai, China

    Entering its 14th year in 2011, the Shanghai International Film Festival is a very important event on the Asian cinema calendar. The top prize here is the Golden Goblet, with around 16 films competing for the celebrated award. Plenty of well-known faces show up amongst the some 200,000 film fans who head out to enjoy the numerous screenings and other events that take place throughout the festival.

    Dates: June 11th-19th.



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  • Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland

    Taking place over 12 days in June, the Edinburgh International Film Festival was one of the first film festivals in the entire world and its roots date back to the late 1940s. Today, it’s an incredibly important event for the film industry both in the UK and around the globe. Throughout the festival you can expect premieres of big new releases, showcases of emerging talent, workshops and much more.

    Dates: June 15th-26th.

  • Book hostels in Edinburgh | Edinburgh videos, podcasts, free pocket guide and more

  • Venice International Film Festival, Venice, Italy

    The prestigious Venice International Film Festival is entering its 68th year in 2011. A celebration of cinema from around the world, this festival includes a whole host of showings covering feature length movies and shorts, plus lots more. The top award here is the Golden Lion, which is awarded to the film selected by the International Jury.

    Dates: August 30th-September 10th.



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  • Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto, Canada

    Over the course of ten movie-filled days, the Toronto International Film Festival serves up the best work from both well-known filmmakers and up and coming stars. Canadian talent is especially well-represented at the event which sees in excess of 300 films screened at a variety of locations throughout the city. Midnight screenings, talks, retrospectives and more are also part of this world-renowned festival.

    Dates: September - Dates TBA.

  • Book hostels in Toronto | Toronto video, podcast, free pocket guide and more

  • San Sebastian International Film Festival, San Sebastian, Spain

    On the go since 1953, the San Sebastian International Film Festival is held in the north of Spain and is one of Europe’s most important film festivals. Each year eighteen films compete for the ‘Golden Shell’ award, which is just one of this festival’s important events. There’s also the Donostia Award which celebrates the work of some of cinema’s top stars. Past recipients include Ian McKellan, Woody Allen and Anjelica Huston.

    Dates: September - Dates TBA.

  • Book hostels in San Sebastian | San Sebastian podcast, free pocket guide and more

  • Raindance Film Festival, London, England

    Entering its 19th year in 2011, the Raindance Film Festival is a celebration of independent film from all over the world. During the festival, numerous feature length and short independent films are shown to a wide audience. Some of the films that have premiered at the festival in the past include The Blair Witch Project, Oldboy and Memento. Plenty of stars come out for this increasingly popular indie-fest.

    Dates: September 28th-October 9th.

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  • Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada

    One of the largest film festivals in North America, the Vancouver International Film Festival was founded in 1982 and will celebrate its 30th birthday this year. In 2010, the festival featured in excess of 370 films with similar numbers expected for this year. Screenings are held at a variety of movie theatres across Vancouver and cover everything from feature films to documentaries. While there’s a really strong Canadian showing at this festival, the international film industry is also very well-represented.

    Dates: September 29th-October 14th.

  • Book hostels in Vancouver | Vancouver podcast, free pocket guide and more

  • Chicago International Film Festival, Chicago, USA

    On the go for over 45 years, the Chicago International Film Festival is currently accepting entries for the 2011 festival, one of which will win the coveted Gold Hugo award. From documentaries to shorts, and from horror movies to world cinema, it’s all on show here at this cinematic smorgasbord.

    Dates: October 6th-20th.



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  • Tokyo International Film Festival, Tokyo, Japan

    Held in numerous venues across the city, the Tokyo International Film Festival is entering its 24th edition this year. Japanese movies appear here alongside more global offerings, with around 270 films in total screened throughout the festival. Special screenings, live music performances and more also feature during this event.

    Dates: October 22nd-30th.



    Book hostels in Tokyo | Tokyo video, podcast, free pocket guide and more

  • Dubai International Film Festival, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Entering its 8th year in 2011, the Dubai International Film Festival began in 2004 and has quickly become an important date on the film industry calendar. Arab cinema and films produced by African and Asian filmmakers are showcased at this festival. It also features a number of efforts from other locations around the globe.

    Dates: December - Dates TBA.



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