Top 5 Film Festivals Festivals and Events For any aspiring filmmaker, the dream is to have your film screened at a major film festival. On this list, we will focus on all the major international film festivals available throughout the world. These are the top elite festivals, not really a starting point if you’d like to get your first film at a festival. Cannes Film Festival This festival was founded in 1946 and was previously known as The International Film Festival. The name was changed in 2002. The festival is hosted annually in Cannes, France. They preview films and documentaries from all over the world including a variety of genres. As it is an invitation-only festival, you cannot visit or book to join the festival. Being a non-public festival, the best in the business usually attends, including movie stars and producers to launch their new films. Tribecca Film Festival The festival was founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Craig Hatkoff, and Robert De Niro right before the 9/11 attacks. The Tribecca Film Festival is available to members of the public to take part in the experience of cinema and celebrates New York City as a major filmmaking center. It’s dedicated to contributing to the recovery of lower Manhattan after the 9/11 attacks. Melbourne Film Festival The festival is held over three weeks in Melbourne, Australia, and was founded in 1952, making this one of the oldest film festivals in the world. Being one of 4 major film festivals in Melbourne, it’s the largest of the 4 festivals. An interesting fact surrounding Melbourne is that the first-ever future-length movie, “The Story of the Kelly Gang”, was filmed in the city in 1906. Venice Film Festival Founded in 1932, The Venice Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world. It is one of the three biggest, including the Berlin Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival. The film festival is usually hosted in August or September on the island of Lido, Venice, Italy. Since its formation, it has grown into one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. Berlin International Film Festival Held in Berlin, Germany, and founded in 1951, it’s one of the world’s leading film festivals. The festival has the largest public attendance in the industry of film festivals with over 500 000 attendees annually from international visitors. Out of 400 films that are shown annually, around 20 of those movies compete for the awards. With its red-carpet events, you can expect to see movie stars and prolific filmmakers.