As the weather turns colder and more and more moviegoers flock to the theaters to avoid the blistering winds of winter, a flood of thought-provoking, innovative films will find their way into multiplexes around the world. What most of those movie watchers won’t realize, however, is that most of the acclaimed indie films they enjoy during the winter have already made their way through the rigorous film festival circuit, ascending from a scantly funded movie to the talk of awards season. Even if you’re not paying attention to the movies getting buzzed about at the world’s most popular film festivals, you can bet a parade of luminaries absolutely are. Curious about which of those film festivals are considered the most important? Read on to find out!
1. The Venice Film Festival
Founded in 1932, the Venice Film Festival is the world’s oldest surviving annual collection of movie nerds. Alongside Cannes and the BIFF, it’s considered one of the three biggest film festivals in the world. In the years since its inception, Venice has maintained a high standard of quality, continuing to showcase some of the most challenging, but rewarding film in the entire world. In the past, films like Vera Drake, Brokeback Mountain, and The Wrestler have taken the top honors at Venice.
More in Movies
10 Reasons Why Practical Effects Are Better Than CGI
When Steven Spielberg recreated towering brachiosaurs using only computer wizardry for his 1993 classic Jurassic Park, computer-generated imagery (or CGI) skyrocketed...July 13, 2018
12 Movies That Broke Impressive Worlds Records
Every year, more than 700 films are released in Hollywood. That number is steadily rising, which means that movies have to...April 23, 2018
The 30 Sexiest Films of All Time
Love, sex, and passion are in the air whenever you watch one of the movies on our list. The displays of...April 16, 2018
13 Surprising Facts About Marvel and Disney’s ‘Black Panther’
It only took a single Thursday evening in release to turn Disney’s newest superhero flick, Black Panther, into a bona fide...March 9, 2018
12 Movie Bloopers That Accidentally Became Movie History
Unlike a lot of other art forms, filmmaking is a genuinely collaborative effort. There’s no such thing as complete control on...February 2, 2018
These 12 Holiday Movies Are Definitely on Santa’s Naughty List
What would Christmas be without all of the great movies that focus on it? Many families include their favorite films in...December 8, 2017