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August 2020

Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF)

August 6 - August 23
Melbourne, Australia

MIFF is a not-for-profit organisation that has been continuously running since 1952, making it the leading film festival in Australia and one of the world’s oldest film festivals, alongside Cannes and Berlin. Presenting a curated global program of innovative screen experiences and the world’s largest showcase of exceptional Australian filmmaking, MIFF is an accessible, iconic cultural event that provides transformative experiences for audiences and filmmakers alike. MIFF is an Australian cultural icon which has had an essential role in putting…

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Venice Film Festival

August 26 - September 5
Venice, Italy Italy

The Venice Film Festival or Venice International Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world and one of the "Big Three" film festivals, alongside the Cannes Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival.

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BZN International Film Festival

August 27 - August 30
Bozeman, MT

Join us for a four-day event celebrating independent filmmaking, creative expression, and emerging and established voices. The BZN International Film Festival showcases films that educate, encourage and inspire audiences to get involved and take action to protect our planet. Over 70 films will screen at various theaters throughout downtown Bozeman, Montana, complemented by a rich slate of Q & A sessions, panel discussions, community-wide events and parties. Additional events include the Opening Film and Reception on Thursday, Family Free Night…

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September 2020

Telluride Film Festival

September 4 - September 7
Telluride, CO

The prestigious Telluride Film Festival brings together industry masters under the auspices of the majestic San Juan Mountains. It is nothing short of a magical weekend, a celebration of film, community, and creativity. The festival notoriously keeps its film schedule a secret, but you can bet that many of the films you will see will be at the top of your Oscar picks in the next awards season. The festival debuted in 1973 and has since been a gathering place…

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Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

September 10 - September 20
Toronto, Canada Canada

Starting out in 1976 as a collection of films from other festivals — a "festival of festivals" — the Toronto International Film Festival has become one of the most beloved cinematic events in the world, universally regarded as an ideal platform for filmmakers to launch their careers and to premiere their new work. The Festival has been described as "the most important film festival in the world — the largest, the most influential, the most inclusive."

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EQUUS International Film Festival

September 10 - September 12
Dillon, MT

EQUUS INTERNATIONAL is the premier venue for equine film, television and alt-media. One of the world's first all equine film festivals, EIFF's mission is education and understanding to enhance the equine/human, to raise awareness of equine issues, to promote equine welfare, and to celebrate those who tell the stories of the equine arena. From documentaries to narrative features, music videos to training films, EIFF features the wide array of programming now being made with an equine focus.

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Oregon Independent Film Festival

September 15 - September 30
Portland & Eugene, OR

The Oregon Independent Film Fest features over 70 films, from 11 countries, culminating with special screenings, celebrations & events to be held in Portland, Oregon. The Oregon Independent Film Festival holds screenings in cities across the great state of Oregon, including Portland / Eugene / Bend and more. Concluding with a week of ceremonies, premieres, press events, and movie screenings in Portland, where our Oregon Film Society honors the best independent films of the past year. Fans of cinema are…

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AFCI Cineposium

September 16 - September 19
Buffalo, NY

The only global conference led by screen industry experts which brings Film Commissions and industry leaders together to discuss hot-button topics around creativity, policy and economic development. Complimentary transport from Toronto International Film Festival to Buffalo Niagara will be provided on the afternoon of Tuesday September 15th. Return transport will also be provided the morning of Sunday September 20th. AFCI’s 44th Cineposium will be held in Buffalo Niagara Falls, from 16th to 19th September 2020 and is co-presented by AFCI and the…

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Montana International Film Festival (MINT)

September 17 - September 20
Billings, MT

MINT derives its name from Montana International, and it is a 5-day film festival located in Billings, Montana. MINT is organized by filmmakers for filmmakers. The festival experience drives everything we do. We are collaborating with industry professionals to bring new ideas and strategy to redefine what a world-class film festival could be. Our mission is to connect people through film from around the world. We accomplish this by focusing on the following: Curate a film program that showcases films…

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South Dakota Film Festival (SDFF)

September 17 - September 20
Aberdeen, SD

SDFF was started in 2007 to acknowledge films made by filmmakers from the Great Plains region (SD, MN, ND, IA, WY, MT, and NE) or films shot in the Great Plains region. However, regional consideration is only one of many factors considered in the final draw of films chosen to be “Official Selections”. While we try to emphasize great films from the Great Plains, that is not the primary focus. The goal of the South Dakota Film Festival is to…

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Calgary International Film Festival

September 23 - October 4
Calgary, Alberta, Canada Canada

Going into its 21st year, the 12-day Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) has grown to be the biggest film festival in Alberta and the sixth largest in Canada. Offering over $20,000 in cash and prizes, the festival awards outstanding films selected by the audience and esteemed juries. Showcasing an average of 200 short and feature length multi-genre films, from Canada and around the world, CIFF is a qualifying, accredited festival for the Academy Awards® and the Canadian Screen Awards.

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Story Expo

September 25 - September 27
Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
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The world’s biggest conference of writers and storytellers from all mediums – screenwriters, TV writers, novelists, filmmakers, gamers, journalists, graphic novelists, actors, business people, comic book writers and more. Featuring world-renowned speakers, almost a hundred classes and exhibitors, Story Expo covers all aspects of story and writing – from craft to business to pitching to career. Learn how and where your story is best told to achieve its greatest success both financially and creatively. Take control of your stories by…

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Jackson Wild Summit

September 28 - October 2
Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park, Austria

Formerly the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival & Conservation Summit, the Jackson Wild Summit is an extraordinary convening where collaboration and innovation thrive, ideas are launched, and strategic partnerships are forged. Cross-discipline conversations on the critical issues facing our planet set the stage for strategic partnerships that happen nowhere else, as participants work together to address critical conservation and environmental challenges.

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HATCH Montana

September 29 - October 3
Paradise Valley, MT MT United States

HATCH is a community, movement, and a series of experiences designed to ACTIVATE CREATIVITY to HATCH a better world. Since 2003, HATCH experience is a four day annual retreat meets summit offered to 100 of the most provocative innovators, inventors, and cultural catalysts, across a wide range of disciplines. Attendees who are invited each year cover a wide swath of humanity - Oscar-winning filmmakers, Grammy-winning Musicians, CEO’s and Founders of diverse companies and non- profits, designers from IDEO, NASA, Google,…

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October 2020

Bigfork Independent Film Festival (BIFF)

October 2 - October 4
Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts, 526 Electric Avenue
Bigfork, MT 59911 United States
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The mission of the Bigfork Independent (aka Indie) Film Festival is to support the film community in Montana. Despite small budgets and hectic schedules, Montana filmmakers work together to put their vision on the screen. Hardly comparable to Hollywood’s blockbusters, these films embody a lot more than big effects or spectacle. They embody the passion of the crews who created them, and we think that’s worth celebrating. Ultimately a film’s purpose is to be watched and enjoyed. Our mission is…

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BFI London Film Festival

October 7 - October 18
London London, United Kingdom

With cooperation from the British Film Institute, it screens more than 300 films, documentaries, and shorts from approximately 50 countries.

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Montana Film Festival (MTFF)

October 8 - October 11
Roxy Theater, 718 S Higgins Ave
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
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Montana Film Festival is a respite from the market and industry of film festivals. We celebrate and highlight emergent talents and new points of view, importing perspective and representation into our community. We hold high the virtues of social communion around film and the relationships created through filmmaking, with special celebration of Montana's growing film community. Founded within the heart of a non-profit cinema, our highest aim is to enrich our audiences through the art and craft of independent narrative…

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BendFilm Festival

October 8 - October 11
Bend, OR

BendFilm is an independent Oregon film festival in the truest sense–rugged, brilliant, daring, adventurous, fun and engaging. Located in the wondrous mountain town of Bend, OR, we have been showcasing some of the best independent films in the Pacific Northwest and beyond for 15 years. BendFilm is an imaginative and thought-provoking film festival that should not be overlooked–it is intimate, allowing you immediate access to the next best filmmaker. If you are an indie film advocate or are just looking…

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Idaho Horror Film Festival

October 8 - October 11
The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W Main Street
Boise, ID 83702
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The Idaho Horror Film Festival is Idaho's first and longest-running horror film festival. Every year, the festival attracts the latest & best genre films from around the world and attendees from all over the country for an incredible gathering of film fans in beautiful Downtown Boise, Idaho. For three packed days, experience an eclectic mix of horror, suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, sci-fi and dark comedy in Boise's historic (and haunted) Egyptian Theatre. The festival line-up offers more than 60 short…

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Tacoma Film Festival (TFF)

October 8 - October 15
Tacoma, WA

TFF celebrates excellence in the art of film, offering a lively and empowering network of resources in service to our city, the Pacific Northwest, and the independent film world. Established in 2006, the Tacoma Film Festival has developed from small regional festival to a welcoming, interactive haven for regional and international filmmakers, industry professionals, students, fans, critics, and creative entrepreneurs. TFF centers artists and their stories, honoring the contributions of filmmakers as leaders, and building community from a foundation of…

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Portland Film Festival (PDXFF)

October 12 - October 18
Portland, OR

Portland Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing filmmakers and audiences, and to celebrating the power of a good story.  The festival focuses on the people, ideas, technology, skills and artistry behind filmmaking and provides both entertaining and educational opportunities to the public.  The festival is anchored with outdoor screenings, offering its filmmakers one of the largest audiences available on the West Coast. PDXFF is Portland Oregon’s largest film festival by filmmakers for filmmakers. It was named “one…

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5Point Adventure Film Festival

October 14 - October 18
Carbondale, CO

We believe that communities are made better when their people pursue adventure and intentionally live their own best story. And so,our mission is to ignite personal and communal adventure of all kinds through the experience of sharing meaningful stories. We envision a national network of educated, engaged, and multi-generational communities inspired by story to take action in their individual and collective lives. 5Point Film is built on five guiding principles: respect, commitment, humility, purpose and balance. We believe these same…

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Fargo Fantastic Film Festival

October 15 - October 18
Fargo, ND

The Fargo Fantastic Film Festival is the film festival that celebrates film, video and other media in science fiction, fantasy, horror, adventure, thrillers and all other fun genres! It exists to showcase the ambitious and creative independent filmmaker. To make a good genre film takes real creativity, craftsmanship and yes, artistic merit. We show professional and amateur productions as both can learn from the other.

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NAB Show New York

October 21 - October 22
New York, NY United States

Media masters, entertainment elite, creative connoisseurs—join us this fall to demo new products, make new connections and learn the industry skills needed for what lies ahead. From creation to distribution to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is where global visionaries convene to bring content to life in new and exciting ways. No one knows media, entertainment or technology like us and this is THE annual event for those serious about storytelling. NAB Show brings together the entire digital…

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Eastern Oregon Film Festival (EOFF)

October 22 - October 24
La Grande, OR

Eastern Oregon Film Festival is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a cinematic experience in Eastern Oregon that promotes discovery, entertainment, and education via artistic exhibition and viewership. Through the mediums of independent film and music, we aim to enrich and expand the cultural experience within our community. Eastern Oregon Film Festival was formed in 2009 by Ian Clark and Mike Surber. The first edition was a quaint, two-day event held in a pop-up space downtown. Ian organized a…

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Austin Film Festival & Writer’s Conference

October 22 - October 29
Austin, TX

Austin Film Festival furthers the art and craft of storytelling by inspiring and championing the work of writers, filmmakers, and all artists who use written and visual language to tell a story. Admit it. Writers are sexy. Writers are dope. Writers buy pain and sell it as hope. And that, my friend, is how all stories find a heartbeat. Want to know more about how that formula works? Well, we’ve got a Film Festival & Writers Conference down here in Austin that will get…

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Ellensburg Film Festival

October 24
Ellensburg, WA

The 2020 Ellensburg Film Festival (EFF) will celebrate females in film on Saturday, October 24, 2020. Honoring the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, this year's Festival will emphasize films advancing the cause of gender equality.

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October 28 - November 7
London London, United Kingdom

Raindance is dedicated to fostering and promoting independent film around the world. Based in the heart of London, Raindance combines Raindance Film Festival, training courses — which are offered throughout the year at our 10 international hubs — and the British Independent Film Awards. The organisation was founded in 1992 by Elliot Grove as a thought experiment: can you make a film with no money, no training and no experience? The first Raindance event was a masterclass with Dov Simens held in…

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October 29 - October 31
Covellite Theater, 215 W Broadway Street
Butte, MT 59701
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Due to the overwhelming demand and submissions of horror & horror-based comedies within the Covellite International Film Festival – we figured let’s just do something proper. We will be judging (a qualified panel of industry) & selecting as well as awarding each movie with Double-Features and Midnight Screenings of the most hair-raising, bone-chilling, blood splattering mayhem we can source, in a town where everybody has a ghost story. FESTERFEST will take place between October 29-31, 2020 at The Covellite Theater…

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Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival

October 31 - November 8
Banff, Alberta, Canada

Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival takes place each fall in Banff, Alberta. Don’t miss nine epic days filled with stories of remote journeys, ground-breaking expeditions, and cutting-edge adventures told through the eyes of adventurers, authors, photographers, and filmmakers from around the globe.  

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November 2020

Red Nation International Film Festival

November 1 - November 15
Los Angeles, CA

Red Nation International Film Festival™ (RNIFF) The Authentic Voice of American Indian & Indigenous Cinema™ is dedicated to breaking the barrier of racism by successfully replacing American Indian stereotype with recognition, new vision, arts, culture and economic prosperity by placing American Indian Filmmakers at the forefront of the entertainment industry and to introduce American Indian Filmmakers to larger, global mainstream audiences while championing Native Women in Film & Television and giving voice and inspiring native youth with our dedicated program Native Youth Matter™…

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American Indian Film Festival

November 3 - November 7
San Francisco, CA

The American Indian Film Institute is the premiere Native American media and cultural arts exposition in the West Coast and its annual film festival is the world’s oldest forum dedicated to Native American cinema. Each year the American Indian Film Festival®aims to provide a diverse audience of people from all nations, multi-generational, and local community with a passion for film and interest in Native people and life, and opportunity to meet, explore, experience and honor all those involved in the…

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American Film Market

November 3 - November 8
Santa Monica, CA

The American Film Market (AFM) is the most efficient film acquisition, development and networking event in the world. Unlike a festival, AFM is a marketplace where production and distribution deals are closed. More than US$1 billion in deals are sealed every year — on both completed films and those in every stage of development and production. Over 7,000 industry professionals from more than 70 countries converge in Santa Monica every November. They include acquisition and development executives, agents, attorneys, directors,…

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International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA)

November 18 - November 29
Amsterdam, Netherlands

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam offers an independent and inspiring meeting place for audiences and professionals to see a diverse and high-quality program. The diverse nature of the event applies to the form and content of the films as well as to the cultural backgrounds of the filmmakers. IDFA offers an alternative to mass entertainment and uniformity, confirming that there is an increasing need in audiences for high-quality films that delve deep and urge us to reflect. Since 2007,…

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Seattle Film Summit

November 20 - November 22
Hyatt Regency Lake Washington At Seattle’s Southport, 1053 Lake Washington Blvd N
Renton, WA 98056
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3 days of master classes and pitch sessions. 40+ educational workshops and panels. Network with A-list industry professionals. An unforgettable creative experience.

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April 2021

ScreenCraft Writers Summit

April 23, 2021 - April 26, 2021
Chicago, IL

Join us for workshops, panels, cocktail parties, pitch events and mentorship with some of Hollywood’s top screenwriters, agents and producers. ScreenCraft’s mission is to foster the careers of emerging writers and filmmakers by providing inspiration and insight into the craft of screenwriting and the business of Hollywood, and by connecting emerging talent with working industry professionals.

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June 2021

Cine Gear Expo

June 3, 2021 - June 6, 2021
Hollywood, CA

Since 1996, Cine Gear Expo has grown to become the premier event for the technology, entertainment and media industry. Created by industry insiders, Cine Gear Expo focuses on the needs of the community and draws the most dedicated specialists from all major department including Digital Media, Film, Entertainment, Post Production, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Government and Military, Sports, Live Events, the Academic World and more. Unique in concept, Cine Gear Expo offers artists and technicians the opportunity to discover state…

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