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Leading European film fests

ROTTERDAM INTL. FILM FESTIVAL
Edition: 34th
Location: Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Address: P.O. Box 21696, 3001 AR Rotterdam, Netherlands
Phone: +31 10 890 9090
Fax: +31 10 890 9091
Web site: www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com
E-mail: tiger@filmfestivalrotterdam.com
Competitive: Yes
Dates: Jan. 26-Feb. 5
Fest has reputation for innovation and diversity. Rotterdam’s co-production market, Cinemart, invites select directors and producers to present their latest projects to potential partners.

GOTEBORG FILM FESTIVAL
Edition: 28th
Location: Goteborg, Sweden
Address: Olof Palmes Plats, 413 04 Goteborg, Sweden
Phone: +46 31 339 30 00
Fax: +46 31 41 00 63
Web site: www.filmfestival.org
E-mail: goteborg@filmfestival.org
Competitive: Yes
Dates: Jan. 28-Feb. 7
Sweden’s pre-eminent festival is a magnet for Scandinavian buyers. Euro-centric fest also shows best of world cinema in sidebars such as Iranian Images, French Connection and Korean Highlights.

BERLIN INTL. FILM FESTIVAL
Edition: 55th
Location: Berlin, Germany
Address: Potsdamer Strasse 5, D-10785 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 30 25 920 0
Fax:: +49 30 25 920 299
Web site: www.berlinale.de
E-mail: info@berlinale.de
Competitive: Yes
Dates: Feb. 10-20
Golden and Silver Bear awards among Europe’s top accolades. European Film Market draws top buyers with latest and freshest films. Young Talent Campus brings together the vets and the wannabes.

INTL. ISTANBUL FILM FESTIVAL
Edition: 24th
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Address: Istiklal Cadessi, Luvr Apt. No. 146 80070 Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone: +90 212 334 0700
Fax:: +90 212 334 0702
Web site: www.istfest.org
E-mail: film.fest@istfest.org
Competitive: Yes
Dates: April 2- 7
Turkey’s leading fest offers international competition based on the themes of arts and artists while a national competition seeks to find the best Turkish-language film.

BRUSSELS EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL
Edition: 2nd (since relaunch)
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Address: Maliestraat 13, 1050 Elsene, Brussels, Belgium
Phone: +32 2 533 3420
Fax:: +32 2 641 1600;
Web site: www.fffb.be
E-mail: info@fffb.be
Competitive: Yes
Dates: April/May TBD
Europe’s unofficial capital hosts a fest that consists exclusively of first and second films by European directors.

CANNES INTL. FILM FESTIVAL
Edition: 58th
Location: Cannes, France
Address: Rue Amelie, 75007 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 53 59 61 00
Fax:: +33 1 53 59 61 10
Web site: www.festival-cannes.org
E-mail: festival@festival-cannes.org
Competitive: Yes
Dates: May 11-22
The festival and concurrent market draw the worldwide film community like no other. After nearly 60 years, still the place to do business.

TAORMINA FILM FESTIVAL
Edition: 51st
Location: Taormina, Italy
Address: Via Corsini 4, 00165 Rome, Italy
Phone: +39 6 5833 3145
Fax:: +39 6 5833 3164
Web site: www.taorminafilmfest.it
E-mail: festfilm@tin.it
Competitive: Yes
Dates: June TBD
The fest, which prides itself on its capacity to discover and launch new talent, celebrated its 50th birthday this year.

MOSCOW INTL. FILM FESTIVAL
Edition: 27th
Location: Moscow, Russia
Address: Office 533, 35 Arbat St, 121 835 Moscow, Russia
Phone: +7 095 917 2486
Fax:: +7 095 916-0107
Web site: www.miff.ru
E-mail: info@miff.ru
Competitive: Yes
Dates: June TBD
The former Soviet Union’s top film festival is now Russia’s only internationally recognized film festival.

KARLOVY VARY INTL. FILM FESTIVAL
Edition: 40th
Location: Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
Address: Panska 1, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic
Phone: +420 2 2141 1011
Fax:: +421 2 2141 1033
Web site: www.kviff.com
E-mail: festival@kviff.com
Competitive: Yes
Dates: July 1-9
Held in the eponymous spa town, Karlovy Vary has transformed itself since the fall of the Berlin Wall into Eastern Europe’s leading film festival.

LOCARNO INTL. FILM FESTIVAL
Edition: 58th
Location: Locarno, Switzerland
Address: Via Luini 3a, 6601 Locarno, Switzerland
Phone: +41 91 756 21 21
Fax:: +41 91 756 21 49
Web site: www.pardo.ch
E-mail: info@pardo.ch
Competitive: Yes
Dates: August TBD
Festival director Marco Muller describes the event as a cross between Cannes and Telluride. Festivalgoers adore the open-air auditorium in the Piazza Grande.

EDINBURGH INTL. FILM FESTIVAL
Edition: 59th
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Address: 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ, U. K.
Phone: +44 131 228 4051
Fax:: +44 131 229 5501
Web site: www.edfilmfest.org.uk
E-mail: info@edfilmfest.org.uk
Competitive: Yes
Dates: Aug 17-28
The longest continually running film festival in the world, re-launched in the mid 1990s, to add a unique British Showcase, New British Expo and sidebar market event.

VENICE INTL. FILM FESTIVAL
Edition: 62nd
Location: Venice, Italy
Address: Ca’ Giustinian, San Marco 1364-30124 Venice
Phone: +39 41 52 18 711
Fax:: +39 41 52 275 39
Web site: www.labiennale.org
E-mail: cinema@labiennale.org
Competitive: Yes
Dates: September TBD
Europe’s most endearing city provides the backdrop to an event that has garnered a reputation as a filmmakers’ festival – removed from the hothouse atmosphere of Cannes and free of the market pressures of Berlin.

DEAUVILLE FESTIVAL OF AMERICAN FILM
Edition: 30th
Location: Deauville, France
Address: 40, rue Anatole France 92594 Levallois-Perret Cedex, France
Phone: +33 1 41 34 20 32
Fax:: +33 1 41 34 20 77
Web site: www.festival-deauville.com
E-mail: cpetit@lepublicsysteme.fr
Competitive: Yes
Dates: September TBD
Joshua Marston’s “Maria Full of Grace” won this year’s Grand Prix du Jury at the seaside fest that’s famed for its laid back atmosphere.

SAN SEBASTIAN INTL. FILM FESTIVAL
Edition: 53rd
Location: San Sebastian, Spain
Address: P.O. Box 397 20080 Donostia, San Sebastian, Spain
Phone: +34 943 481 212
Fax:: +34 943 481 218
Web site: www.sansebastianfestival.com
E-mail: ssiff@sansebastianfestival.com
Competitive: Yes
Dates: September TBD
Spain’s leading film festival is nearly always a lively affair attracting A-list Hollywood talent – last year Woody Allen was in town to receive a lifetime achievement award – as well as Europeans.

VIENNA INTL. FILM FESTIVAL
Edition: 43rd
Location: Vienna, Austria
Address: Siebensterngasse 2, 1070 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 1 526 59 47
Fax:: +43 1 523 41 72
Web site: www.viennale.at
E-mail: office@viennale.at
Competitive: No
Dates: Oct. 14-26
Offering an eclectic mix of local debuts, documentaries and avant-garde works, this year’s event drew record crowds despite the lack of big commercial pictures.

WARSAW INTL. FILM FESTIVAL
Edition: 21st
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Address: P.O. Box 816, PL-00-950 Warsaw 1, Poland
Phone: +48 22 621 4647
Fax:: +48 22 621 6268
Web site: www.wff.pl
E-mail: festiv@wff.pl
Competitive: Yes
Dates: October TBD
The fest in the Polish capital draws filmmakers from all over Europe and sponsorship from the likes of HBO, whose best script award this year went to writer/director Wojtek Smarzowski for his film “The Wedding.”

LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
Edition: 49th
Location: London
Address: National Film Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 8XT, U.K.
Phone: +44 20 7815 1323
Fax:: +44 20 7633 0786
Web site: www.lff.org.uk
E-mail: sarah.lutton@bfi.org.uk
Competitive: No
Dates: October TBD
Sponsored by the British Film Institute and the Times, London screens around 280 films from 60 countries each year, presenting the very best of new film from the full spectrum of world cinema.

TURIN FILM FESTIVAL
Edition: 23rd
Location: Turin, Italy
Address: Via Monte di Pieta 1, 10121 Turin, Italy
Phone: +39 11 562 3309
Fax:: +39 11 562 9796
Web site: www.torinofilmfest.org
E-mail: info@torinofilmfest.org
Competitive: Yes
Dates: November TBD
Within an agenda focused on contemporary international cinema, Turin pays particular attention to emerging cinema and filmmakers.

AMSTERDAM INTL. DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL
Edition: 17th
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Address: Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10, 1017 RR Amsterdam, Netherlands
Phone: +31 20 6273329
Fax:: +31 20 6385388
Web site: www.idfa.nl
E-mail: info@idfa.nl
Competitive: Yes
Dates: Nov. 18-28 (2004)
Europe’s influential documentary festival goes from strength to strength, attracting filmmakers and broadcasters from around the world.

THESSALONIKI INTL. FILM FESTIVAL
Edition: 45th
Location: Thessaloniki, Greece
Address 9, Alexandras Avenue, 11473 Athens, Greece
Phone: +30 210 87 06 000
Fax:: +30 210 64 48 143
Web site: www.filmfestival.gr
E-mail: info@filmfestival.gr
Competitive: Yes
Dates: November TBD
From its origins as a week of Greek cinema, Thessaloniki has grown into the leading festival in the Balkans and the primary showcase for new and emerging local filmmakers.

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