50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2019

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Fantasia International Film Festival

Montreal, Québec, Canada / July 11-August 1, 2019 / fantasiafestival.com / V, P

Fantasia is about putting all of its films in the spotlight. As the producers explain: “We’re especially proud of the fact that almost every film in our lineup manages to find its audience here and get noticed.” To eliminate films getting lost in simultaneous screenings, the festival limits the number of films playing at any one time. Fantasia is earning attention from distributors, with reps from Amazon Studios, Arrow Films, Blumhouse Productions, Entertainment One Films, Elevation Pictures, IFC, Magnolia Pictures, Mongrel Media, Raven Banner Entertainment, AMC’s Shudder, and Universal Pictures International in attendance. Among last year’s 151 films was the world premieres of Robert D. Krzykowski’s The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot and Daniel Goldhaber’s Cam. Both films found deals at the festival. The second weekend of the festival offers Frontières, an international co-production market that offers in-production screenings and brings filmmakers together with industry pros.

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The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot star Sam Elliott and director Robert D. Krzykowski at Fantasia International Film Festival 2018. Photograph by King-Wei Chu, courtesy of Fantasia International Film Festival

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  1. Tommy

    April 25, 2019 at 11:13 am

    No film festivals of diversity, not event the American Black Film Festival? Disappointing!

  2. Lucifer

    April 24, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    SDUFF is the best!!!

  3. Ryan Betschart

    April 24, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    San Diego Underground Film Festival!!!!! YAY!!!

    • Ron Tucker

      April 24, 2019 at 2:33 pm

      I can assure you that the Beaufort International Film Festival held each February in Beaufort, SC is well worth the entry fee. See the recap here -https://vimeo.com/321820933

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