78th Venice Int’l Film Festival from 1-11 Sept’21

Without culture, we have nothing – and film festivals are the perfect outlet to learn about your own and foreign cultures too! Inviting you to visit and experience the culture of the festival’s venue is yet another way of bringing us all closer, whilst enjoying the razzmatazz and glamour provided by all the film stars & directors, the glitzy locations do the rest.

Wearing masks, as with the Venice Film Festival and other following occasions, will hopefully soon be a thing of the past, as smiles are a big part of the red carpet and, hopefully, the acceptance speeches to follow.
What do we take away from visiting and taking part at a film festival: enjoying its locality, hospitality, food & drink, getting to know its peoples, as well as making friends is just the start. Learning about a country’s artistic talent is another, and learning about other countries’ artistic talent and another nation’s social issues, or whatever a film’s subject might be, will be yet another highlight of being part of it all.

Whether you might visit a metropole or make the effort to travel to a boutique event, the adventure starts right at the beginning. Seeing your favourite stars in the flesh is where the highlights continue and making it a city break, staying somewhere in style, gives it all another dimension. Try Berlin, Vilnius, Istanbul, Krakow, Rotterdam, Málaga, Munich, Brussels, Cannes and Locarno, and you’ll experience a wild variety of all sorts of adventures. Check the list below for the best film festivals in the most picturesque locations in Europe and then start making plans…

  • 11 -21 March: Sofia Int’l Film Festival/ Bulgaria (siff.bg)
  • 18 March – 1 April: Vilnius Int’l Film Festival/ Lithuania (kinopavasaris.lt)
  • 26 March – 11 April: Borderlines Film Festival/ UK (borderlinesfilmfestival.co.uk)
  • 9 – 20 April: Istanbul Int’l Film Festival/ Turkey (film.iksv.org)
  • 29 April – 9 May: IndieLisboa/ Portugal (indielisboa.com)
  • 24 May – 5 June: Cheltenham Int’l Film Festival/ UK (cheltfilm.com)
  • 30 May – 6 June: Krakow Film Festival/ Poland (krakowfilmfestival.pl)
  • 2 – 6 June: Int’l Film Festival Rotterdam (iffr.com)
  • 4 -13 June: Málaga Film Festival (festivaldemalaga.com)
  • 14 – 19 June: Annecy Int’l Animation Film Festival/ France (annecy.org)
  • 23 June – 4 July: Edinburgh Int’l Film Festival/ UK (edfilmfest.org.uk)
  • 24 June – 3 July: Munich Int’l Film Festival/ Germany (filmfest-muenchen.de)
  • 24 June – 6 July: Brussels Int’l Film Festival/ Belgium (briff.be)
  • 2 – 10 July: Karlovy Vary Int’l Film Festival/ Czech Rep (kviff.com)
  • 6 – 17 July: Cannes Film Festival/ France (festival-cannes.com)
  • 23 July – 1 Aug: Transylvania Int’l Film Festival (tiff.ro)
  • 4 -14 Aug: Locarno Film Festival/ Switzerland (locarnofestival.ch)
  • 13 – 20 Aug: Sarajevo Film Festival/ Bosnia & Herzegovina (sff.ba)
  • 24 Aug – 9 Sept: Jerusalem Film Festival/ Israel (jff.org.il)
  • 1 – 11 Sept: Venice Int’l Film Festival/ Italy (labiennale.org)
  • 16 – 26 Sept: Helsinki Int’l Film Festival/ Finland (hiff.fi)
  • 17 – 25 Sep: San Sebastian Film Festival/ Spain (sansebastianfestival.com)
  • 23 Sept – 3 oct: Zurich Film Festival/ Switzerland (zff.com)
  • 4 -7 Oct: CineEurope Barcelona/ Spain (filmexpos.com)
  • 12 – 23 Oct: Film Fest Gent/ Belgium (filmfestival.be)
  • 27 Oct – 6 Nov: Raindance Film Festival/ UK (raindance.org)
  • 10 – 21 Nov: Stockholm Int’l Film Festrival/ Sweden (stockholmfilmfestival.se)

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