The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2018

Pride Of The Ocean Film Festival

June 8–15, 2019 / Departs From New York, NY /

One panelist offers the sage moviemaker advice, “It’s good to take your work outside of your comfort zone.” What better space to do so than the open sea? This “LGBT Film Festival at Sea,” interestingly enough, often takes place on a cruise ship “full of drunken heterosexuals,” a panelist jokes, adding that “it was so Republican that if the boat had sunk Trump would have lost Wisconsin.” Sounds like a fever dream ripe for ample post-fest storytelling, not to mention a much-needed antidote to an ever-divided political climate.

Shipmates gather at the 2017 Pride of the Ocean Film Festival. Photograph courtesy of Pride of the Ocean 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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