The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2018


April 2019 / Boston, MA / 

The Independent Film Festival held in the spring every year in Boston is the biggest and, by most accounts, most cherished festival held in the Hub. IFFBoston operates with the same twin charms its hometown operates with: history and camaraderie. Held in the historic Somerville, Brattle, and Coolidge Corner Theatres, IFFBoston culls a selection of the highest-buzz top-tier festival contenders together with quality features and shorts that may have flown under the radar at marathon festivals like SXSW or Sundance. “Everyone always hung out at the Sommerville theatre,” one of our panelists remembered, and “it kind of felt like a high school reunion… but the good kind.”

A capacity crowd braces for a screening at IFF Boston 2018. Photograph courtesy of IFF Boston

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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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