Dapper + Gent For Him Guide: World Best Film Festivals in the World to Attend

I love going to the theatre to watch a good movie. From the latest blockbuster movie, indie or comedy or even foreign film, I’ve learned to expand my film appreciation to the many genres and not just within the typical norm films.  Movie goers and loyal film buffs fans who are dying to get the first glimpse of features before they hit a theatre near you, I recommend you to attend a film festival. Not only with the excitement of seeing the movie first at hand, might give you the opportunity of a celebrities sightings attending it. With Sundance Film Festival starting in a few weeks and Award Seasons like the Oscars not too far off, I’ve complied 10 of my favourite film festivals across the globe you should consider attending.

1. Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Where: Toronto, Canada Why: The Toronto International Film Festival, is an 11-day festival that happens every September and draws not only plenty of international press, but also an A-list Hollywood roster that rivals any awards show red carpet and is the leading public film festival in the world. The festival screens more than 300 films from more than 60 countries, showing everything from documentaries and shorts to features with more than 400000 people expected to attend the screening and movie premiere and is a platform for movies gone on to become Academy Award winners. Precious films includes Black Swan, The King’s Speech, and Precious are some of the films that have premiered at the festival. Tickets goes on sale pretty early and the hardest part about attending the festivals is deciding what movies to see. Great value purchase is a 10-ticket package which could cost you about $160 versus spending up to $20 for a regular screening and during the day aren’t more chaotic as night screening. Tourism Toronto is offering customized packages for one-and-two-night stays at hotels like the Drake Hotel, the arty Gladstone Hotel and recently renovated Cambridge Suites. When: September 6 – 16, 2012 Website: tiff.net

2. Sundance Film Festival Where: Park City, Utah Why: The Sundance Film Festival started out in 1978 and the largest independent film festival in the U.S and doubles as a ski getaway, Sundance has been a platform for emerging filmmakers since it started in 1978 and has featured films like 500 Days of Summer, Midnight Cowboy, Napoleon Dynamite and Donnie Darko. This is 11-day festival starts every January shows more than just feature-length films including shorts, documentaries,animation and out-of competition sections like New Frontier and Park City at Midnight. Hardcore movie fan can take advantage for the Festival Pass for priority access, Ticket Packages are great if you like to plan ahead and there’s the individual tickets priced at $15. Sundance booking accomodation just began for all budgets, from at $127 a night for the Hotel Park City to $1,657 for the lofty St. Regis Deer Valley. When: January 17 – 27, 2013 Website: sundance.org

3. Tribeca Film Festival Where: New York  Why: Co-founded 10 years ago by actor Robert De Niro, the Tribeca Film Festival draws about 3 million people to downtown Manhattan every spring. Tribeca hotels began giving away packages about a month before the festival in 2012, including Hilton Garden Inn and the new Conrad New York, as did several frequent flyer programs. The festival is sponsored by American Express and JetBlue, so look to both for advance ticket purchases and deals. Individual tickets will be $16.00 for evening and weekend screenings, and $8.00 for all late night and weekday matinee screenings. If you’re not looking to score a deal or book a package (which will be available in early spring), make your room reservations now. When: April 17 – 28, 2013 Website: tribecafilm.com

4. Venice International Film Festival Where: Venice, Italy Why: The Venice Film Festival started in 1932, making it the oldest international film festival in the world. You can count on extravagant star-studded events and there are no short of great films to watch. Every year, this expansive event is held on the island of Lido in the beautiful city of Venice. Compared to large festival such as Cannes, the general public attendees are able to purchase advance passes to the screenings. This years festival screen more than 275 projects, 75 national and international premieres. When you do get a free time from movie watching, explore the city as it ranks high among travellers as a destination with its rich history,art,culture and romantic charm.  When: August 29 – September 8,2012   Website: labiennale.org/en/cinema

5. Berlin International Film Festival  Where: Berlin, Germany Why: One of the most renowned film festival, the Berlin International Film Festival (also known as Berlinale) combines the glamour of filmmaking with the appreciation of cinematic art in a variety of film genres. The festival screens select from up to 400 different films from features to shorts geared toward younger generations, children’s films and film focused around culinary themes, there’s a place for all film admirers ar Berlinale. Every February this 11-day festival brings in plenty of high-profile actors, directors and celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Blake Lively, Robert Pattinson and Diane Kruger. Ticket prices range from 7 – 11 Euros and must be purchased in cash at the box office or ticket counter. Alternatively you can buy online with a credit card. The heart of the festival takes place at Potsdamer Platz, where you’ll find everything from the theatres to the red carpets and if you’re lucky some celebrity spotting. When: February 9 – 19, 2012 Website: berlinale.de/en

6. Cannes International Film Festival  Where: Cannes, France Why: The highly esteemed Cannes International Film Festival sets the trend for up-and-coming films every year while boasting film industry caliber worldwide spotlight. One of the most prominent film events recognized internationally, a great chance for big names in cinema to show their latest work. Beautiful pristine beaches of the French Riviera, warm temperatures and bright sunshine only add to the exciting atmosphere of the event with private homes and yacht as preferred Hollywood parties. Palais des Festivals is the best place for celebs to see and be seen at Cannes as it remains the venue for the festival’s biggest movie premieres. Attending the festival is by invitation only, but we suggest heading to the Tourist Office and getting passes to the Beach Cinema for free nightly screenings. When: May 15 – 26, 2013  Website: www.festival-cannes.com

7. Whistler Film Festival Where: Whistler, Canada Why: Established in 2001, the Whistler International Film Festival is held the first weekend in December and have been generating buzz with its close proximity location to Los Angeles and the right timing just before the awards season. This boutique festival shows films including features, world docs, and student shortwork. You’ll find more than enough films to choose from (2011 had 77 flicks). Film buffs lovers should opt for the Festival Pass to get priority access to screenings and special events, while Ticket Packages are ideal for selecting a handful of films beforehand. Individual tickets are $15 each, and matinee for $12. Like Sundance, when you get a free time off movie screening take advantage of the majectic ski getaway and bustling city. When: November 28 – December 2, 2012 Website: whistlerfilmfestival.com

8. Hong Kong International Film Festival Where: Hong Kong, China Why: One of the most popular tourist destination for tourist around the world with its perfect blend of East Asian culture and a thriving global market. Hong Kong International Film Festival has become one of the largest in the world, and has bridged the gap between Asian cinema and the global film industry. The festival showcases more than 330 titles from 50 countries to an expected 600,000 viewers. Spread among more than 11 venues all around Hong Kong, including the Space Museum and City Hall, visitors get the chance to witness the latest works while exploring the vibrant city. When: 17 March to 2 April 2013 Website: society.hkiff.org


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