The United States of America has, for many decades, had a vibrant film culture. It is the home of Hollywood, which produces some of the biggest movies in the world. It should, therefore, come as no surprise that there are numerous film festivals across this country. Some focus on big-budget titles, whereas others screen the work of independent productions.
This is the largest film festival in the US. Robert Redford, the veteran actor, founded it in 1981. The name comes from his character in the western hit, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The festival is popular with independent moviemakers who want to get their work seen. There are also competitions held at Sundance for different film categories including documentaries and international titles.
The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the place to be for people who want to experience the stranger side of cinema. It is a hub for indie, experimental movies. The festival has been run every year for over half a century. It lasts a week and showcases hundreds of movies from across the globe. Alongside the screenings, there are also exhibitions, retrospectives and panel discussions. Movies that win the short film category qualify for an Academy Award.
WorldFest takes place in Houston, Texas and is one of the oldest film festivals in all of America. 55 – 60 indie movies get their premiere here. Some of the biggest names in the industry have submitted their work to WorldFest in the past. This has included George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, David Lynch and the Coen Brothers. There are also competitions for TV shows, commercials, screenplays and music videos. The festival was founded 50 years ago and continues to grow in popularity.
The Tribeca Festival is well known for being attended by celebrities. It was created by Hollywood star Robert De Niro. Despite being a relatively new festival, it has already established itself as one of the biggest in the world. Every year over 400,000 flocks to the hundreds of screenings at Tribeca. The Tom Hanks comedy A Hologram For The King premiered here. There are award ceremonies and gala events. The celebrities who have been spotted at Tribeca include Chris Rock, Jodi Foster, Whoopi Goldberg and Joss Whedon.
Telluride is unlike most film events in the US. It is not just an opportunity to see new movies. People who work in all aspects of film making come here to lead Q&As and workshops. This is perfect for those who want to hone their craft. Directors, producers and screenwriters attend Telluride each year. Guests are able to mingle with well-known faces over cocktails. It is no doubt one of the classiest events in the film calendar.