The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2018

Olympia Film Festival

November 9-17, 2018 / Olympia, WA /

Every festival should “treat its moviemakers really well,” but does every fest ask a moviemaker what film inspired them, and then screen that film on 35mm? That’s a cut above the rest, and precisely what Olympia Film Fest in Washington state did for one panelist, showing a print of the 1999 cult horror hit Ravenous. “The audiences are real movie lovers. When I was on a panel one of the people in the crowd recognized me from my programming job in another city. Their new Director of Programming, Rob Patrick, is going to build this fest, so it’s one to keep an eye on,” adds a panelist. We certainly will.

Olympia Film Festival’s flagship venue, the Capitol Theater. Photograph courtesy of Olympia Film Festival

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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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