The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2018


June 2019 / Brooklyn, NY /

Housed at the majestic Rose Cinemas at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, BAMcinemafest’s trend-setting annual indie film showcases are the cream of the crop in a city with obviously stiff competition. “When I was there in 2014, I met David Byrne of The Talking Heads at the opening night party. He actually came to see my movie and stayed for the Q&A!,” exclaims a panelist. Chance encounters with such cultural icons might not happen every year, but with high-profile New York premieres of films by Sean Baker, Andrew Bujalski, Lena Dunham, Mark and Jay Duplass, Richard Linklater, and Nicolas Winding Refn, BAM’s constellation of auteur attendees ensures you’ll be in good company nonetheless.

Chris Rock and Boots Riley at the New York premiere of Sorry to Bother You at BAMcinemafest 2018. Photograph by Rebecca Greenfield

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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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