50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2019

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Warsaw International Film Festival

Warsaw, Poland / October 11-20, 2019 / wff.pl/en

Warsaw’s charms are on full display during its festival. The Palace of Culture and Science houses the Festival Club, where people can network. There’s a concert after each day’s final screening and walking tours. Per fest Head of Media Magda Maksimiuk, “We have always put great pressure on ourselves to discover talent before it’s well-known around the world. Lenny Abrahamson, Nadav Lapid, Claire Denis, Baltasar Kormákur, Asghar Farhadi, and Paweł Pawlikowski presented their early films at the festival. And they keep coming back.”

Victori Jalabert, Best Animated Short award-winning co-director of “Grand Bassin,” at Warsaw Film Festival 2018. Photograph by Rafal Nowak, courtesy of Warsaw Film Festival


Illustrations by Jacob Stead.

Fifty is not enough! As always, we had to leave out dozens of wonderful festivals this year. Feel free to give us an earful in the comments. Curious about past years’ lists? Read our 2018 list here, our 2017 list here, our 2016 list here, and our 2015 list here.

This article appears in MovieMaker’s Spring 2019 issue.

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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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