The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2018

The TLVFest 

June 2019 / Tel Aviv, Israel /

TLVFest has held strong for 13 years and counting despite what founder Yair Hochner describes plainly as “institutional discrimination on the part of the city of Tel Aviv, which refuses to set our funding at the same level as that of other events, such as student, children’s, and young adults film festivals.” Held at the popular Tel Aviv Cinematheque, TLVFest has become one of the epicenters of the LGBTQ international film market, and fiercely delivers its message of tolerance and pluralism against a rising tide of nationalist fervor in its home country. A special event in 2018 called “Who is Afraid of Nudity?,” for instance, programmed three short film series that counter what Hochner calls “the Ministry of Culture’s attempts to restrict freedom of speech by withholding funds from dance, theater, and cinema events that include nudity.” All of this is to say that at TLVFest, Israel’s sexually subversive cinematic side is truly laid bare.

Peppermint performing at the opening party of TLVFest 2018. Photograph courtesy of TLVFest

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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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