International film festivals provide a fantastic service to the world-wide film community as a whole, supporting independent film-makers and aspiring individual performers. This entertaining website will explain the industry, the events, and the reasons why visiting these artist-encouraging platforms can be beneficial to anyone considering a career in film or anyone enthusiastic about filmmaking as an outlet for artistic vision.
Known as the oldest film festival in existence, the Venice Film Festival has been running since 1932, and historically opened with a screening of the American-made film Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde. The renowned festival is set to have its 77th edition in September of this year.
While the advance of artistic expression is a major goal of these festivals, a business model must exist for the organisations to function, and most festivals have fierce competition. Most film festivals operate as non-profit organisations and cover costs through a combination of membership fees, ticket sales, and sponsorship from corporations.
For film-makers, there is usually an entrance fee to have the film screened and promoted within the festival. Most festivals will include out-of-competition screenings and fundraising parties to further raise proceeds.
Types of Films
Film festivals do not only support independent films but other styles of production as well, including competitive feature films, subject-specific films, experimental films, animation films, and a wide array of foreign films. This allows for a broad spectrum of artistic views, as well as different categories for reviewing, judging and encouraging up and coming film-makers and actors.