What’s the point of attending film festivals, if the movies they show are going to end up on TV anyway?
To attend and enjoy a film festival, the first thing you must remember is not all film festivals are alike. Just as a travel agent must qualify clients, to ensure they enjoy their vacation and get their money’s worth, film fans need to qualify film festivals before going. The Cabbagetown Short Film and Video Festival doesn’t show any film longer than 15 minutes. The Cannes International Film Festival has movies of all genres, but being invitation only, a casual fan can’t just book a flight to France and hope to sneak in. The Sundance Film Festival is for independent film makers. The Chicago Horror Festival is only for horror films. The Toronto International Film Festival is noted for its ability to generate “Oscar buzz.”
A film festival gives fans the opportunity to connect with other fans, and possibly to meet with actors, directors, and scriptwriters. A film festival gives awards to outstanding films. A film festival can be a focal point for a vacation. Your travel agent can help you plan a vacation around the film festival of your choice.
The San Francisco International Film Festival takes place every spring. It focuses on international films that have not yet been widely distributed in the U. S. While in San Francisco, you could also visit Alcatraz, Ghirardelli Square, ride a cable car, or visit one of the many museums: Morrison Planetarium, the Exploratorium, or Steinhart Aquarium.
The Edinburgh International Film Festival takes place in June. It has films of various lengths and genres. After watching the best European film makers have to offer, walk the Royal Mile, visit Edinburgh Castle, or go shopping in Princes Street. Your travel agent can help you find lodgings to suit your budget, whether you want to stay in a four-star hotel or at a cozy B&B.
The Venice Film Festival is the oldest international film festival in the world. You could ride in a gondola and visit the museums and churches between viewing movies.