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Film festival to keep an eye on

It’s easy to lose track of all of the new movies being released week after week. Keeping an eye on some of the top film festivals can help you sort the wheat from the chaff – and sometimes shine a light on an unknown.

Sundance Film Festival, Park City

Sundance Film Festival – founded by actor Robert Redford and known as the largest independent film festival in the United States – attracts around 50,000 people each year. Both American and international films are represented in categories such as drama, documentary, and shorts.

January 21–31
sundance.org/festivals/sundance-film-festival

Gothenburg Film Festival

The largest film festival in Scandinavia is back for its 39th year. The top prize, the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film, is bestowed upon feature films from the Nordic countries. Last year, In Your Arms (“I dina hænder”), by Danish director Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm, grabbed the gong. A wide array of international films are also screened.

January 29–February 8 
giff.se

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The Berlinale, Berlin

The Berlinale is one of the world’s biggest film festivals, part of the Big Three (along with Venice and Cannes), and screens up to 400 films from across genres each year. The Golden Bear (Goldener Bär) is the top prize, with Iranian film Taxi, directed by Jafar Panahi, taking the award in 2015. Alfred Hitchcock opened the first Berlinale back in 1951.

February 11–21 
berlinale.de

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Venice Film Festival

The oldest film festival in the world, Venice exudes old-world charm while packing plenty of modern day movie star glamor. And the films? We daresay that selections get more daring and interesting each year, as competition increases and tastes change.

August 31–September 10
labiennale.org/en/cinema

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