The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2018

Sarasota Film Festival

April 2019  / Sarasota, FL /

Having just wrapped its 20th year, Sarasota Film Festival is a standout in the regional festival game, luring celebrities and locals alike to its home turf south of Tampa. With panels covering topics as diverse as “Sports in Cinema,” “Women’s Comedic Voices,” and “Redefining Manhood,” SFF takes on the issues facing moviemakers today, unafraid to dive into the nitty gritty and hyper-specific. And if “wisdom is with the aged”—as some ancient proverb surely must go—then moviemakers should delight that “older audiences turn out in droves,” notes a panelist.

Filmmakers’ BBQ at the 2018 Sarasota Film Festival. Photograph courtesy of Sarasota 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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