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Cool Things To Do At The Best Film Festivals In The World

posted March 15, 2024   category » Event Highlights
Cool Things To Do At The Best Film Festivals In The World

Film festivals are among some of the most popular events in the world as they showcase the best movies from narrative, avant-garde, and documentary filmmakers. It's also where you can watch stellar performances from seasoned actors and newcomers in the global movie industry. Though some may view these events as mere opportunities to get a glimpse of famous stars posing on the red carpet, film fests are actually crucial to the industry as they serve as platforms for learning and networking. Moreover, they give new talents the chance to have a turn in the spotlight. 

In an interview with Variety, documentary filmmaker Raoul Peck said that festivals are now more important than ever. He explains to the younger generation that film festivals are where you meet critics, producers, directors, and creatives. "Those are the people who will accompany you all your professional life," he adds. Meanwhile, people who go to film fests get a chance to see truly remarkable works of art on the big screen, but there are other things that you can do while attending these fun events. Whether you're heading to Cannes or Sundance, here are some cool things to do while you're at a film festival. 

Cannes Film Festival

The 2023 Cannes Film Festival featured a variety of films ranging from Martin Scorsese's 'Killers of the Flower Moon' to the independent film 'The Old Oak.' The latter is set in the North of England, which is one of the most memorable filming locations in the UK.  However, this year's film fest, which will be held from May 14 to 25 will have a larger emphasis on European auteurs. According to reports, we can expect to see movies like 'Emilia Perez' which stars Selena Gomez and Zoe Saldana, as well as 'The Shrouds' starring Diane Kruger and Vincent Cassel. 

As most people tune in for the awards show and the glitzy red carpet walks, it's only natural to join the throngs of paparazzi at the red carpet of the Palais des Festivals to take pictures of your favorite stars. Make sure to dress appropriately– women are advised to wear evening gowns, chic pantsuits, or cocktail dresses, while men should don a formal suit or a nice dinner jacket paired with trousers. Later on, stroll along the Boulevard de la Croisette to do a bit of window shopping, but don't forget to take your camera with you. There's always the possibility that you'll see famous personalities posing in the middle of the crowd in this area. In the evenings, you can watch movies on the Mace beach, wherein they screen classic and cult films which you can watch for free. Then, the next day, head to the Forville Market to buy some bread, cheese, cold cuts, and fruit, then walk to the beach to have a picnic. 

Sundance Film Festival

The 2024 Sundance Film Festival took place back in January, and the registration for next year's lineup is expected to open in autumn of this year. You can expect to see the best independent films from around the world in this event, but while waiting for the list of films to be released for the 2025 festival, start planning your itinerary for your stay in Utah. Consider attending panels and events presented by festival partners since they're usually open to the public. Don't forget to create a free Sundance account so you can present your Festival ID QR Code at the door and attend these events free of charge. Also, check out the live performances and pop-up events, where you can listen to music and sample free food and drinks.

Meanwhile, for those who want to take a breather from festival-related activities, consider going gallery hopping in Park City to see local artworks. You may also want to visit Homestead Crater, where you can spend a few hours swimming or relaxing in the warm spring water. 

Toronto International Film Festival

The 2024 Toronto International Film Festival will be held from September 5 to 15, and some of the films that are expected to be showcased here include Ava DuVernay's 'Origin,' Richard Linklater's 'Hitman,' and 'Woman of the Hour,' which is Anna Kendrick's directorial debut. Plan ahead to catch a screening of that pique your interest, and make sure to attend some of the talks and panels where you can learn about the filmmaking process from directors and actors.

Don't miss the Festival Street Art Market, which celebrates Toronto's local art scene. Be on the lookout for unique paintings or sculptures, which you can purchase to decorate your home. Finally, make sure to hang out at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, which has public cinemas, a store, a film reference library, and an art gallery. It also has a few restaurants where you can enjoy a delicious snack or meal– keep your eyes peeled as celebrities and filmmakers love to frequent this place. 

Attending a film festival enables you to discover some of the best movies and actors in the world and learn about what goes into the filmmaking process. Make sure to explore the festival destination to make the most of your stay and find ways to have lots of fun at the event!

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Picture from Toronto International Film Festival


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