Film festivals provide an opportunity for filmmakers, producers, screenwriters, and film score composers – from students to professionals – to showcase their work.
Held annually since 1952, the Columbus International Film + Video Festival (Columbus, OH; www.columbusfilmcouncil.org) is the oldest film festival in the U.S.
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The Seattle International Film Festival (www.seattlefilm.org) is the largest film festival in the United States, with attendance of about 160,000. With attendance reaching 290,000, the Toronto International Film Festival (www.tiff.net) is the largest in North America.
The 2016 Readers Choice Awards poll by 10Best (www.10best.com), a USA Today travel site, ranked the Best Film Festivals as follows:
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1. Cinequest Film Festival (San Jose, CA)
2. Cleveland International Film Festival (Cleveland, OH)
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3. Pan African Film Festival (Atlanta, GA and Los Angeles, CA)
4. Santa Barbara International Film Festival (Santa Barbara, CA)
5. Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (Durham, NC)
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6. True/False Film Fest (Columbia, MO)
7. Napa Valley Film Festival (Napa Valley, CA)
8. Palm Springs International ShortFest (Palm Springs, CA)
9. Seattle International Film Festival (Seattle, wA)
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10. Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival (Los Angeles, CA)
The following links to a list of prominent film festivals: www.rkma.com/filmfestivals.pdf.