There are lots of film festivals going on all over the world year-round. Yet, I find the next month to be prime-time for the festival circuit. With TriBeCa, Hot Docs and Cannes all starting within the next three weeks, indie film lovers are in for a big treat!
TriBeCa Film Festival kicks off tomorrow (April 20th) in New York City and will be screening many of their films online. My favorite screening for TriBeCa is the Drive-In, a free outdoor venue on the Hudson at the World Financial Plaza. This year they’re kicking off the festival at the Drive-In with the world premiere presentation of Cameron Crowe’s documentary ‘The Union,’ which will be followed by a live performance from Sir Elton John. Last year the weather was amazing, and watching the sunset over the Hudson prior to an outdoor movie screening was kind of magical (for those of you who are into that).
Yet another reason to visit Toronto for movies: Hot Docs, the largest documentary film festival in North America, will begin screenings on April 28th. Although I haven’t personally attended (yet!), I always hear great reviews of documentaries that get screened at this festival. Some of the subjects explored (which I find most interesting) include Big Business & Capitalism, Indigenous People, Ecology & The Environment, Crime & Punishment, and Urban Cultures & Issues.
Arguably the most beautiful venue for film, every year Cannes hosts three immense tradeshows for the entertainment industry. Just a month after MIPTV (in April) and a few months prior to MIPCOM (in October), the Cannes Film Festival opens simultaneously with Le Marché du Film on May 11th. Having attended last year’s market and festival, I had the pleasure to visit the Short Film Corner and screen several world premiere films (including Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and The Two Escobars – which was shown at Cinéma de la Plage directly on the beach). Definitely looking forward to another great Cannes trip! Check for photos from this year’s festival in the coming weeks.