The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2018


June 2019 / San Francisco, CA /

Proudly held on Pride Weekend, Frameline stands tall as “the LGBT film festival in San Francisco,” says a panelist. Still, this summer cinema spot is anything but niche: “Foreign film festival programmers travel from around the world to attend,” says a panelist of its international appeal, and some 39 countries represented about 152 films that collectively issued calls to action to packed crowds at the “gorgeous, historic Castro Theatre, with the pre-show accompaniment of an organist.” With the fest’s new appointment of Director of Exhibition & Programming Paul Struthers, whose former leadership of the Australian Queer Screen Film Festival tripled its attendance, you can expect Frameline’s big tent to only get bigger.

Cast and crew of Freelancers Anonymous pose in front of San Francisco’s Castro Theatre at Frameline. Photograph by Ana Grillo, courtesy of Frameline

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  1. Sam

    August 18, 2018 at 10:16 am

    CiNEWORX is proud to Sponsor and Partner with SFF for 5 years running providing Digital Content (DCPS) for the Fest! Congrats SFF for making it 3 years running as one of the top 25 COOLEST FILM FESTIVALS to attend.

  2. ron

    July 10, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    How about calling it “Our reviewers 25 favorite festivals” — for these are festivals that your jury has presumably been to and likes — and that’s fine. To call it the world’s 25 coolest is a wee bit presumptuous, no?

  3. Duncan Putney

    July 9, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Have you heard about the Flickers – Children’s Hospitals International Film Festival (CHIFF)? This new and growing festival provides a free program of new and amazing short films to the patients of children’s hospitals in the US and Canada (and soon Europe) and its the kids who vote on the award winners at each two week hospital event. CHIFF is part of the Rhode Island International Film Festival. CHIFF was recently endorsed by the US Surgeon General who said that great films are great medicine. How cool is that? You can find CHIFF on Facebook and Twitter using @FlickersCHIFF.

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