The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2018

True/False Film Fest

February 28-March 3, 2019 / Columbia, MO /

Recognizing the inherent subjectiveness of “cool,” a panelist concedes that if “a kind of offhand, ineffable atmosphere of intoxicating allure” is the criteria, then True/False most certainly belongs near the top. With its “welcoming essence and endlessly communal vibe,” this midwestern fest programs live music before each screening, passing around a humble hat for donations. Held in the small college town of Colombia, a yearly Oscilloscope house party is only missing a keg stand or two to take festival goers back to their former glory days.

Canadian band Mauno performs during True/False Film fest 2018’s Berlin Friday Night Showcase. Photograph by Kyle Perry, courtesy of True/False Film Fest

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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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