The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2018

Capital City Film Festival

April 2019  / Lansing, MI /

“Hospitality is spelled with a capital ‘H’” at the Michigan-based Capital City Film Festival, says a panelist, who adds, “These people know how to treat a filmmaker! The person who picked me up at the airport had watched my entire oeuvre, and had stacked the back of her car with a full bar and apothecary for the drive. The only thing I wasn’t offered was heroin.” CCFF’s closing night screening was hosted in a hot tub showroom”—a novelty so fun it’s worth the inevitable skin pruning from heated water exposure drawn out at feature-length runtime. Friends were made fast during CCFF 2018’s Brew & View Series, which showed such throwback crowd-pleasers as Beetlejuice and Super Troopers over craft beer at The Avenue, a local favorite watering hole.

Fest-goers take red carpet selfies on Capital City Film Festival’s red carpet. Photograph courtesy of Capital City 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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