You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Festival and market listings intro

Just as Variety‘s annual Film Fest Guide has grown into a standalone publication, the number of worldwide film festivals and markets also has grown exponentially in the last few years. This millennium edition represents the largest and most up-to-date directory of festivals available in print or online, with more than 600 gatherings for festivalgoers of every stripe.

In a time when seemingly every movement and neighborhood has its own fest, events have become increasingly specialized. Whether it’s Dance on Film, the Brainwash Movie Festival or GenderQueer: the NorthWest Transgender Intersex Film Festival, there is truly an event for every type of cinematic pursuit. In Los Angeles, for example, which already hosts dozens of fests, this year marks the debut of the Silver Lake Film Festival, representing a small but creatively vibrant neighborhood.

While online exposure is increasingly useful to budding filmmakers, we have listed “online festivals” in a separate category. For the moment, a Web site is no substitute for a true festival experience where filmgoers and filmmakers meet face to face, whether it’s doing business over bloody marys on Cannes’ Carlton Terrace or picnicking on the grass in Telluride.

As more and more communities and special-interest groups seek the attention a fest can bring, the business of fests gets even more challenging. The competition for premieres and honorees is as fierce as it’s ever been, with even the venerable and glamorous Cannes coming under fire for not showing enough high-profile films . But for the filmmaker whose work reaches audiences for the first time at Resfest or in Edmonton, to mention a couple of festivals spotlighted in this year’s guide, the competition and the politics are all worth it. The obstacles and rules of the fest road, however, are tougher than ever to navigate. Here are 600 opportunities to learn more, to ask questions and sort out the festival that fits your film and/or your tastes.

– Patricia Saperstein, Managing Editor – Special Reports

More Film

  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    'Bohemian Rhapsody,' 'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Among Cinema Audio Society Winners

    Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” won the Cinema Audio Society’s top prize for sound mixing at Saturday night’s 55th annual CAS Awards. The film is Oscar-nominated for sound mixing this year along with “Black Panther,” “First Man,” “Roma” and “A Star Is Born.” In a surprise over heavy-hitters “Incredibles 2” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Wes [...]

  • Oscars Placeholder

    Make-Up and Hair Stylist Guild Applauds Academy's Stance on Airing Every Oscar Winner

    Rowdy boos were followed by triumphant cheers at the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards on Saturday in Los Angeles, as the Hollywood union touched on a week of controversy over a reversed decision to hand out four Oscars during the show’s commercial breaks. Hair and makeup was one of the four categories that would [...]

  • Marvelous Mrs Maisel Vice

    'Vice,' 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Lead Make-Up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards Winners

    Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic “Vice,” starring Oscar nominees Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Sam Rockwell, won two awards at the sixth annual Make-Up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards Saturday night. The film won for best period and/or character makeup as well as special makeup effects. “Mary Queen of Scots” received the prize for period [...]

  • Bette Midler

    Bette Midler to Perform on the Oscars (EXCLUSIVE)

    Bette Midler will perform “The Place Where Lost Things Go” at the Oscar ceremonies on Feb. 24, Variety has learned. Midler, a longtime friend of composer-lyricist Marc Shaiman, will sing the song originally performed by Emily Blunt in “Mary Poppins Returns.” The song, by Shaiman and his lyricist partner Scott Wittman, is one of five [...]

  • Olmo Teodoro Cuaron, Alfonso Cuaron and

    Alfonso Cuarón Tells Why His Scoreless 'Roma' Prompted an 'Inspired' Companion Album

    Back around the ‘90s, “music inspired by the film” albums got a bad name, as buyers tired of collections full of random recordings that clearly were inspired by nothing but the desire to use movie branding to launch a hit song. But Alfonso Cuarón, the director of “Roma,” is determined to find some artistic validity [...]

  • Berlin Film Festival 2019 Award Winners

    Berlin Film Festival 2019: Nadav Lapid's 'Synonyms' Wins Golden Bear

    Israeli director Nadav Lapid’s “Synonyms,” about a young Israeli man in Paris who has turned his back on his native country, won the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlinale on Saturday. The Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize went to François Ozon’s French drama “By the Grace of God,” a fact-based account of the Catholic Church [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content