For the past few months, MovieMaker has been running the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals” contest, asking our readers to nominate and vote for the festivals they think are the coolest in the world. Vote for your favorite Ethnic/National fests below!

This year, we divided the list into categories, to recognize the ever-expanding variety of festivals in today’s circuit. So while we’ll still be ranking the “25 Coolest Festivals” in the general category, we’ll also be ranking the top five festivals in 10 other categories, ranging from documentary to shorts. Now tiny genre fests and larger, more well-funded organizations alike can compete on their own terms.

This week MovieMaker presents the last two sub-categories to vote in: today’s Ethnic/National category and Thursday’s Experimental/Underground festivals. Scroll down to the bottom of this article to begin voting for your favorite Ethnic/National fests right away!

Here’s how it works: Vote for the best of the best of the Ethnic/National film festivals (that also happen to be the coolest of cool) in each of five pools. The awesome fest with the most votes in each pool will win a spot on our “Top 5 Coolest Ethnic/National Film Festivals” list. All the festivals that make our final list will appear in print in the Fall issue of MovieMaker. This round will end Monday, September 2 at 4pm, so make sure to get your vote in before then!

How do you ensure that your favorite festival makes the top 5? Tell your family, friends, co-workers, anyone and everyone to vote, vote, vote!

To browse all 20 of this week’s Ethnic/National film festivals and vote, click on the arrows to the right or left of the voting bar (you’ll need to hover your cursor over the edge of the bar until the translucent arrows appear).

For more information on each fest (including MovieMaker fun facts), click on its picture, or the magnifying glass icon. To visit the festival websites, click the shopping cart icon.

Voting for the Ethnic category has concluded. Thank you for participating!

MovieMaker will be releasing the official list of Coolest Festivals as the fall issue hits stands October 21. We know it’s a long time to wait, but as the old saying goes, patience is a virtue. Meanwhile, make sure to vote in the final category, Experimental/Underground, as our Coolest Festival contest comes to an end. Below is a list of the festivals that competed in the Ethnic category.

Pool 1:
COL•COA Film Festival
Langston Hughes African American Film Festival
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
The Italian Film Festival

Pool 2:
Sacramento French Film Festival
Spanish Film Festival
Arab Film Festival
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

Pool 3:
San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival
Singapore International Film Festival
New York Polish Film Festival
Kingston Canadian Film Festival

Pool 4:
San Francisco Irish Film Festival
Korean Film Festival in Australia
Hola Mexico Film Festival
Red Nation Film Festival

Pool 5:
Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles
Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival
Russian Resurrection

MovieMaker only has three categories left to vote in, including today’s Ethnic/National bracket and Thursday’s Experimental/Underground. Our LGBT contest is currently open for votes until Wednesday, August 28 at 4 pm. Happy voting!

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