The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2018

Rooftop Films

Summer 2018 / New York, NY /

Artistic Director Dan Nuxoll’s creative screening series typically plays out on NYC rooftops, at the beach on Coney Island, or as is the case this year, at weird and wonderful national landmarks like Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery. Rooftop Films is “sure to be on everyone’s ‘coolest’ list,” says a panelist. “It’s especially fun when it starts raining and you get to which audience members, and which films, will stand up to the weather. I enjoyed getting buckets-worth of water dumped on me from the sky throughout a documentary screening of Weiner.” As Rooftop ups the ante of its eclectic locales year over year—Brooklyn Army Terminal! William Vale Hotel! New Design High School! Old American Can Factory!—live music acts and lit after-parties further enrich its travelogue-as-film-festival ambitions.

Rooftop Films crowds watch The Road Movie on the roof of The William Vale in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Photograph by JC Dhien

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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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