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Sundance Film Festival
Where: Utah, USA
When: January
This is the largest independent cinema festival in the USA. It is held annually in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and the Sundance Resort. The goal is to showcase what the potential of independent film could be. Many dramatic and documentary films are showcased here and feature length and short films.

Where: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
When: February
Heralded as the “World’s Largest Short Film Festival”, this Australian cinema event is held on just one night in February. It is named for the Tropicana Café in Darlinghurst where it was first held in 1993, although now finalists are screened in public parks and cafes around Australia. The biggest crowds of some 100,000 go to The Domain in Sydney to watch the finalists on large screens. The films must be no more than seven minutes duration and can never have been shown publicly before.

Festival PanAfricain dui Cinéma et de la télévision de Ougadougou (Ouagadougou Panafrican Film and Television Festival)
Where: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
When: Late Feb – early March (odd numbered years)
Africa's largest film festival is held in the colourful capital of Burkina Faso. The Pan-African Film and Television Festival aims to develop and distribute African film.

Cannes Film Festival
Where: Cannes, France
When: Mid to Late May
This prestigious event on the regal Cote d'Azur is one of the world’s oldest film festivals. During the week long festival the streets bristle with stars and wannabes, fans, paparazzi and wealthy yacht owners. The highest award is the Palme d’Or for the best film. If you’re keen to do some celebrity spotting and autograph hunting this is the place to go.

Venice International Film Festival
Where: Venice, Italy
When: Early to mid September
Not only is this the oldest such event in the world (founded in 1932), but the glitz of Venice adds much to its prestige and it is considered an important event on the industry’s calendar. Screenings are held in the Palazzo del Cinema on the beach at Marconi.

Toronto International Film Festival
Where: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
When: September
This is the festival from which the race to the Oscars begins. It is the premiere film festival in North America and a launch pad for many studios for their films. There are plenty of mainstream Hollywood films but the festival is still committed to its independent roots and a variety of multi ethnic films, showcasing Canadian talent and making the industry accessible to fans. It begins the Thursday night after Labour Day and lasts for 10 days.

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