[Wanderlust Tips April 2019] Annually, film festivals around the world are held to honour remarkable films that are not only visually appealing to audiences but also bringing powerfully evocative messages.
The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff as a response to the tragic events of September 11th which happened in the Tribeca neighbourhood of Manhattan. Through this, the international film community and people in general can have an opportunity to experience the power of cinema through a reaffirming experience at the festival.
The Tribeca Film Festival welcomes independent films including documentaries, feature films, short films and family films. The festival’s awards include Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Documentary and Best Short Film.
Location: New York, United States.
Time: 24th April – 5th May 2019.
The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, attracting a huge amount of media attention and witnessing the presence of many of the biggest movie stars and also being a platform for producers to premiere their latest movies. The first Cannes Film Festival was held from 20th September to 5th October 1946, in Cannes, after which it was held in May every year.
The Cannes Film Festival’s most prestigious award is the Golden Palm (Palme d’Or) for Best Picture and Grand Prix voted for by the jury of the festival.
Location: Cannes, France.
Time: 14th – 25th May 2019.
ANNECY – INTERNATIONAL ANIMATED
The Annecy International Animated Film Festival was founded in 1960 and is one of the biggest film festivals focusing on animation. Initially, the festival was held every two years, but since 1998 it has become an annual event, capturing the attention of animators from all over the world. The festival distinctively introduces different animation techniques such as clay modelling, paper cut-outs and moving drawings.
Currently, the festival has 5 awards: long films, short films, films produced for TV stations or commercials, school and student graduation thesis films, along with movies made for the Internet.
Location: Annecy, France.
Time: 10th – 15th June 2019.
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL – MIFF
MIFF is the biggest film festival in Australia, as well as the Southern Hemisphere. Founded in 1952, it is also one of the oldest film festivals on the planet and promotes interaction among film lovers.
The festival currently has four major awards: the City of Melbourne Grand Prix for Best Short Film, the BBC Knowledge Award for Best Documentary Short Film, People’s Choice Award for Best Feature and the Holmesglen Award for Best Animation Short Film.
Location: Melbourne, Australia.
Time: 1st-18th August 2019.
Founded in 1932, the Venice International Film Festival is the world’s oldest film festival and one of the so-called “Big Three” film festivals in the world, along with the Berlin International Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival.
The festival currently has three major awards, the Golden Lion Award (Leone d’Oro) for Best Picture, the Volpi Cup (Coppa Volpi) for the Best Actor/ Actress and the Saint Marco Award (San Marco Award) for Best Controcorrente Film (non-mainstream, original film).
Location: Venice, Italy.
Time: 28th August – 7th September 2019.
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL – TIFF
TIFF was first held in 1976 and is one of the best publicly attended film events in the world. Originally, it was called The Festival of Festivals.. TIFF was once held in Yorkville, but it wasn’t until it took place in Toronto that it made a big buzz. The festival concentrates primarily on independent cinema, representative films of national cinema and individual directors.
The major prizes are the People’s Choice Award and Best Canadian Film.
Location: Toronto, Canada.
Time: 5th – 15th September 2019.
Lan Anh | Wanderlust Tips