North America


Name Est. City State/Province Type Notes
$100 Film Festival 1992 Calgary Alberta International Annual festival dedicated to screening short films on Super 8mm and 16mm film.
100 Words Film Festival 2014 Charlotte North Carolina International Celebrating concise storytelling, each film must contain exactly 100 spoken words. Held annually in November.
168 Film Festival 2003 Los Angeles California International International speed filmmaking competition and festival. Held annually in April.
Action On Film International Film Festival 2005 Pasadena California International Held annually in July, featuring independent and studio films.
American Movie Awards 1980 Las Vegas Nevada International Awards held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada.
American Black Film Festival 1996 Miami Florida International Held annually in various states, featuring African American throughout the film industry.
Ann Arbor Film Festival 1961 Ann Arbor Michigan International Longest-running film festival showcasing experimental and independent film in North America. Held annually in late March.
Arlington International Film Festival 2010 Arlington Massachusetts International Focuses on multicultural awareness and the artistic and educational value of films from all around the world. Held annually in October.
Ashland Independent Film Festival 2001 Ashland Oregon International Presents international and domestic shorts and features. Held annually in April.
Asian World Film Festival 2015 Los Angeles California International Held annually in October–November.
Atlanta Film Festival 1977 Atlanta Georgia International Held annually in April, featuring independent films of every genre.
Austin Film Festival 1994 Austin Texas National accepting international film entries Showcasing screenwriters in North America. Held annually in October.
Bel Air Film Festival 2008 Los Angeles California International An international festival held annually in November.
BendFilm Festival 2004 Bend Oregon Independent Held annually in October. It focuses on independent films. The BendFilm festival also includes filmmaking lectures and events.
Berlin & Beyond Film Festival 1996 San Francisco California Special Interest New films from Germany, Austria, Luxembourg and Switzerland.
Big Bear Lake International Film Festival 2000 Big Bear Lake California International Showcasing Independent filmmakers from around the world, and includes a screenwriting competition. Held each September.
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2003 Missoula Montana International/Non-Fiction Featuring non-fiction films, held each February.
Boston Film Festival 1984 Boston Massachusetts International Annually showcasing feature films, documentaries and shorts in September.
The Boston Jewish Film Festival 1989 Boston Massachusetts Jewish A non-competitive annual festival that screens contemporary films on Jewish themes from around the world. Held in November.
Boston Palestine Film Festival 2007 Boston Massachusetts International
Boston Science Fiction Film Festival 1976 Boston Massachusetts Special Interest A 10-day annual festival held every February, showcasing feature and short science fiction films.
Boston Underground Film Festival 1998 Boston Massachusetts International An annual festival that specializes in alternative film and video.
Boulder International Film Festival 2004 Boulder Colorado International Held annually over the Presidents’ Day weekend in February.
Buffalo International Film Festival 2004 Buffalo New York International 4 day festival held annually in the Fall (usually October) featuring mainstream and independent films.
Buffalo Niagara Film Festival 2007 Buffalo New York International 3 day festival held annually in the spring.
Burbank International Film Festival 2009 Burbank California International
Calgary International Film Festival 2000 Calgary Alberta International Held annually for 10 days in late September or early October.
Calgary Underground Film Festival 2003 Calgary Alberta International Held annually for 7 days in April.
California Film Awards 2010 San Diego California International Features new and cutting-edge American and foreign independent films in several competition categories.
Camden International Film Festival 2005 Camden Maine Documentary
The Camp Cult Classics Film Festival 2014 Los Angeles California International Featuring campy classic films and cult films.
Canada Independent Film Festival 2014 Montreal Canada International Annual International Film Festival
Canada International Film Festival 2007 Vancouver Canada International Annual international film festival.
Cape Cod International Film Festival 2014 Chatham Massachusetts International Annual high-curation-standard global boutique festival, early-mid October.
Castle Rock Film Festival 2009 Castle Rock Colorado Rocky Mountain Regional states Held annually in late September or early October.
Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival 2001 Cedar Rapids Iowa Regional/international Held annually the first full non-Easter weekend in April.
CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival 1994 Toronto Ontario International
Chicago International Children’s Film Festival 1983 Chicago Illinois International First competitive festival of films for children in the US. Held annually in late October for 10 days.
Chicago International Film Festival 1965 Chicago Illinois International
Chicago International REEL Shorts Festival 2003 Chicago Illinois International Annual short film festival.
Chicago Palestine Film Festival 2002 Chicago Illinois International
Cincinnati Film Festival 2010 Cincinnati Ohio International
Cine Las Americas International Film Festival 1997 Austin Texas International Held annually in the spring showcasing Latin American, Latino and indigenous films.
Cinequest Film Festival 1990 San Jose California International The 13-day festival focuses on narrative films and includes shorts and student film programs.
CinErotic FilmFest 2010 Atlanta Georgia International Featuring sex-positive, erotic cinema and performance by amateurs and independent artists.
City University Film Festival 2009 New York City New York Regional, special interest Official festival of CUNY featuring films by student filmmakers.
Cleveland International Film Festival 1977 Cleveland Ohio International
COLCOA 1997 Los Angeles California International A week of French film premieres in Hollywood – in April.
Columbus International Film & Video Festival 1953 Columbus Ohio International North America’s oldest film festival, held annually in November. As a competition festival, it is also known as The Chris Awards.
Crested Butte Film Festival 2011 Crested Butte Colorado International Held annually in September and the ACT Now award.
DALLAS International Film Festival 2006 Dallas Texas International
Dances With Films 1998 Los Angeles California International The festival of unknowns (i.e. no celebrities).
DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival 2011 Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. International
DC Shorts Film Festival 2003 Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. International The largest short film event on the East Coast of the US.[3]
Denver Film Festival 1978 Denver Colorado International Held annually in November.
Denver Underground Film Festival 1997 Denver Colorado International Showcasing independent filmmakers and avant-garde cinema since 1997. Held in October.
Detroit Windsor International Film Festival 2008 Detroit Michigan International Held annually in June; hosts the annual DWIFF Challenge.
Disposable Film Festival 2007 San Francisco California International Held annually in January.
Dominican International Film Festival 2004 Puerto Plata Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic) International Held Annually in December for Spanish and Latin Independent Films.
DOXA Documentary Film Festival 1998 Vancouver British Columbia International Documentary film festival held annually for ten days in May.
Edmonton International Film Festival 1986 Edmonton Alberta International
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital 1993 Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Special interest, international The largest and longest running environmental film festival in the United States.
Etheria Film Night 2014 Los Angeles California International Features fantasy, horror, science fiction, thriller, and action short films directed by women.
Fairhope Film Festival 2013 Fairhope Alabama International Held the second weekend of each November.[4]
Fantasia Festival 1996 Montreal Quebec Special interest Devoted to fantasy, horror, martial arts, and science fiction genres.
Fantastic Fest 2005 Austin Texas International, genre
Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 1971 Montreal Quebec International An annual independent film festival featuring independent films from around the world.
Festivus film festival 2006 Denver Colorado National
Florida Film Festival 1992 Maitland Florida International An annual international film festival.
Frameline Film Festival 1976 San Francisco California Special interest, international The longest-running LGBT film festival in the world.
French Film Festival – Richmond, Virginia 1993 Richmond Virginia French Held the last week-end of March, featuring world and American premieres of French-language features and shorts.
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 1998 Durham North Carolina International An annual international event dedicated to non-fiction cinema.
GI Film Festival 2005 Washington District of Columbia International Held each May, the only film festival in the nation to focus on preserving the stories of American veterans.
Gotham Screen Film Festival & Screenplay Contest 2007 New York City New York International Featuring new American and international cinema, with a competitive screenplay contest.
Green Mountain Film Festival 1997 Montpelier Vermont International Featuring local, domestic and international films (features, documentaries, shorts, animation).
Guadalajara International Film Festival 1988 Guadalajara  Mexico International A week-long film festival held each March.
Guanajuato International Film Festival 1997 San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato  Mexico International Held annually in July.
Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival 1999 Seabrook Texas International Featuring new and emerging artists.
Hamptons International Film Festival 1993 East Hampton New York International
Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) 1981 Honolulu Hawaii International Held annually in the fall for two weeks, it shows features, documentaries and shorts from Asia the Pacific, and Hawai`i.
Heartland Film Festival 1991 Indianapolis Indiana International Held annually, featuring independent films.
High Falls Film Festival 2001 Rochester New York International Featuring films by women filmmakers.
Highway 61 Film Festival 2011 Pine City Minnesota National Held annually in mid-October, featuring filmmakers in East Central Minnesota and other mid-western American cities.
Hollywood East Film Festival 2008 Brookfield Connecticut International Featuring independent film makers from the northeast and New England.
Hollywood Film Festival 1997 Los Angeles California International Annual film festival.
Honolulu Film Awards 2007 Honolulu Hawaii International International film festival.
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 1993 Toronto Ontario International North America’s largest documentary film festival.
Independent Film Festival of Boston 2003 Boston Massachusetts International Independent films. Also known as IFFBoston or IFFB. Held annually in April.
Indianapolis International Film Festival 2004 Indianapolis Indiana International
Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 2003 Los Angeles California International
Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival 1991 Toronto Ontario International Featuring LGBT films, held over 11 days in May.
Israeli Film Festival of Philadelphia 1996 Philadelphia Pennsylvania International Israeli films. Held annually in February–March.
Ivy Film Festival 2001 Providence Rhode Island Student
Jacksonville Film Festival 2003 Jacksonville Florida International Held annually for 4 days in mid-May.
KahBang Film Festival 2009 Bangor Maine International Held annually August, a four-day music, art, and film festival.
L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival 2007 Los Angeles California International Held annually in the spring. Largest comedy short film festival in the United States.
Little Rock Film Festival 2006 Little Rock Arkansas International Featuring regional, national and international filmmakers. Held annually in early June.
Long Beach International Film Festival 2012 Long Beach New York International Held annually in late September, featuring independent, studio films, and films on the beach.[5]
Los Angeles Film Festival 1995 Los Angeles California International Held annually in June. Showcases independent, feature, documentary and short films, as well as music videos.
Louisiana Film Prize 2012 Shreveport Louisiana International A narrative short film contest.
Love Your Shorts Film Festival 2011 Sanford Florida International Held around Valentine’s Day. Features only short films under 30 minutes in length.
Macabre Faire Film Festival 2012 Long Island New York International Held twice a year for independent films of the horror, sci-fi, and fantasy genres.
Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival 2009 Seattle Washington Special interest Devoted to action, animation, fantasy, horror, and science fiction cinema.
Magnolia Independent Film Festival 1997 Starkville Mississippi International and regional Held annually in February for one weekend, featuring short and experimental films.
Marda Loop Justice Film Festival 2006 Calgary Alberta International Featuring films dealing with human rights, environmental, and social issues.
Marfa Film Festival 2008 Marfa Texas International Annual film festival.
Margaret Mead Film Festival 1976 New York City New York International The longest-running festival for international documentaries in the US.
Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival 2006 Vineyard Haven Massachusetts International Held annually in September, featuring world cinema feature and short films.
Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival 2001 Chilmark Massachusetts International Held annually in March, featuring action/activism-inspiring films.
Maryland Film Festival 1999 Baltimore Maryland International Held annually for 4 days each May.
Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival 2004 Mexico City Mexico City International Also known as FICCO, it is hosted by Cinemex.
Miami International Film Festival 1983 Miami Florida International Held annually for 10 days in March.
Miami Short Film Festival 2002 Miami Florida International Held annually for 10 days in mid November.
Midwest Ski Film Festival 2008 Milwaukee Wisconsin Regional Takes place each October.
Mile High Horror Film Festival 2010 Denver Colorado International Featuring independent horror, thriller, and sci-fi films from around the world. It takes place annually each October.
Mill Valley Film Festival 1978 Mill Valley California International Takes place each October, hosted by California Film Institute.
Milwaukee Film Festival 2009 Milwaukee Wisconsin International Takes place each September and October.
Milwaukee Short Film Festival 1999 Milwaukee Wisconsin Regional Takes place each September.
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival 1983 MinneapolisSt. Paul Minnesota International Held annually in the spring.
Mods & Rockers Film Festival 1999 Los Angeles California Special interest Featuring rock music culture films.
Montclair Film Festival 2012 Montclair New Jersey International An annual, community-based film festival featuring international filmmakers.
Montreal World Film Festival 1977 Montreal Quebec International Largest North American competitive festival. Held late August to Labor Day. Focuses on films from around the world.
Monument Valley Film Festival 2007 Kayenta Arizona International Held annually in the summer, it is the only film festival on the Navajo Nation.
Moondance International Film Festival 2000 Boulder Colorado International An independent annual film festival and awards competition that takes place in the fall.
Mountainfilm in Telluride 1979 Telluride Colorado Independent The oldest film festival celebrating the genre of mountain film in the US.
Nantucket Film Festival 1996 Nantucket Massachusetts International Held annually in June. Has both film and screenplay competitions.
Naperville Independent Film Festival 2008 Naperville Illinois International Annual film festival featuring the work of independent filmmakers.
Nashville Film Festival 1969 Nashville Tennessee International Founded in 1969 as the Sinking Creek Film Celebration. Features feature-length and short films from around the world.
National Film Festival for Talented Youth – NFFTY 2007 Seattle Washington International Showcases work by international filmmakers age 24 and under.
Native American Film and Video Festival 1979 New York City New York Indigenous Cinema Bi-annual film festival featuring indigenous works from throughout the Americas.
Nevada International Film Festival 2009 Las Vegas Nevada Independent Annual film festival, featuring American and International cinema.
New England Festival of Ibero American Cinema 2010 Providence Rhode Island Latin American Annual competitive film festival featuring Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American films.
New Orleans Film Festival 1989 New Orleans Louisiana International Annual film festival, featuring international feature films and short films.
Newport Beach Film Festival 1999 Newport Beach California International Founded in 1999, featuring studio and independent films.
New York Asian Film Festival 2002 New York City New York Special interest Features Asian cinema, especially horror, action, and martial arts genres.
New York Film Festival 1962 New York City New York International One of North America’s oldest film festivals.
New York International Children’s Film Festival 1997 New York City New York International Features short films and features from around the world.
New York Polish Film Festival 2005 New York City New York Special interest Dedicated to the cinema of Poland.
Northeast Film Festival 2013 Teaneck New Jersey International Competition in features, shorts, documentaries and student films. Held annually in September.
Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival 1973 Portland Oregon Independent Competition in features, shorts, and documentaries made by filmmakers in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska and British Columbia. Held annually in November.
Orlando Film Festival 2006 Orlando Florida International Held annually in October/November.
Oaxaca Film Fest 2010 Oaxaca  Mexico International Held annually in November.
Palm Springs International Film Festival 1989 Palm Springs California International
Pan African Film Festival 1992 Los Angeles California The largest black film festival in the United States.[6]
Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival 2008 Philadelphia Pennsylvania Special interest
Philadelphia Film Festival 1991 Philadelphia Pennsylvania International
Philadelphia QFest 1995 Philadelphia Pennsylvania International Originally the Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
Project Twenty1 Film Festival 2006 Philadelphia Pennsylvania International Includes the 21-Day Filmmaking Competition and the Philadelphia Filmathon.
Provincetown International Film Festival 1999 Provincetown Massachusetts International Held annually in June. American and international narrative features, documentaries and short films.
Québec City Film Festival (QCFF) 2011 Quebec City Quebec International Held annually in September, screens short and featured films in the Old Québec.
Red Rock Film Festival 2004 Zion Canyon, St. George, Springdale, Ivins Utah International Held annually by the majestic red mountains of Zion National Park in November, Red Rock’s mission is to show films that portray the human race in a positive light.
Reel Rock Film Tour 2006 Boulder Colorado International Held annually, Reel Rock brings the best climbing and adventure films of the year to live audiences throughout the world.
Reel Shorts Film Festival 2007 Grande Prairie Alberta International Festival of short films held annually for 5 days in early May “REELING:
ReelWorld Film Festival 2001 Toronto Ontario International Screens films and music videos by filmmakers from racially diverse communities.
Rhode Island International Film Festival 1997 Providence Rhode Island International Held annually for 6 days during the second week of August
RiverRun International Film Festival 1998 Winston-Salem North Carolina International Held annually each Spring, devoted to the role of cinema as a conduit of powerful ideas and diverse viewpoints.
Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival 1987 Colorado Springs Colorado International Held annually in early November showcasing films made by women.
Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival 1997 Champaign Illinois Special interest Founded by the film critic.
The Rome International Film Festival 2003 Rome Georgia International
Rooftop Films 1997 New York City New York International A summer-long outdoor festival that screens new independent films on rooftops and other outdoor spots.
Sacramento Film and Music Festival 2000 Sacramento California International Juried, all genre, includes student section, 10 days, late July.
San Antonio Film Festival 1994 San Antonio Texas International Held annually in the month of June. Awards
San Diego Black Film Festival 2002 San Diego California International
San Diego Film Festival 2001 San Diego, La Jolla California International Held in September, a five-day independent film festival.
San Francisco Frozen Film Festival 2006 San Francisco California Special interest, independent
San Francisco Green Film Festival 2011 San Francisco California Special interest, international Dedicated to environmental films.
San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival 1982 San Francisco California Special interest, international Dedicated to Asian and Asian American films.
San Francisco International Film Festival 1957 San Francisco California International
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 1980 San Francisco California Special interest, international
Santa Barbara International Film Festival 1985 Santa Barbara California International
Santa Fe Film Festival 1999 Santa Fe New Mexico International Highlighting New Mexican film, new American and foreign films.
Sarasota Film Festival 1999 Sarasota Florida International
Science Fiction Fantasy Short Film Festival 2006 Seattle Washington Special interest Devoted to action, animation, fantasy, and science fiction cinema.
Seattle International Film Festival 1976 Seattle Washington International
Sedona Film Festival 1994 Sedona Arizona International
Slamdance Film Festival 1995 Park City Utah International Focused on emerging filmmakers and low-budget independent films.
Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival 1999 Birmingham Alabama International Held annually the last weekend in August.
Sonoma Valley Film Festival 1996 Sonoma California International
South by Southwest 1987 Austin Texas Special interest A set of film, interactive, and music festivals.
Southern Utah International Documentary Film Festival (DOCUTAH) 2009 St. George Utah International Held annually for one week in September.
Springfield and the Ozarks 48-Hour Film Festival 2006 Springfield Missouri Special interest Create a short film entirely from scratch over the course of 48 hours.
Sundance Film Festival 1978 Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, Sundance Utah International Held annually in January, Sundance is the largest independent film festival in the United States.
Tallgrass Film Festival 2003 Wichita Kansas International This four-day festival, held in October, screens independent short and feature films.
Telluride Film Festival 1974 Telluride Colorado International Held annually over Labor Day Weekend.
Three Rivers Film Festival 1982 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania International Emphasizing independent film.
Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2006 Toronto Ontario Special interest Annual festival of horror, sci-fi, action, and cult cinema.
Toronto International Film Festival 1976 Toronto Ontario International One of the most prestigious festivals, it is held annually in September.
Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival 1997 Toronto Ontario Special Interest Featuring Asian films.
Toronto Student Film Festival 2005 Toronto Ontario International Screens films made by students from 12–18 years old.
Traverse City Film Festival 2005 Traverse City Michigan International
Tribeca Film Festival 2002 New York City New York International Founded by Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro.
True/False Film Festival 2004 Columbia Missouri Documentary Documentary film festival.
Vancouver Asian Film Festival 1995 Vancouver British Columbia International Asian film festival. Held annually for 4–5 days in November.
Vancouver International Film Festival 1982 Vancouver British Columbia International Held annually for two weeks in late September and early October.
Vancouver Queer Film Festival 1988 Vancouver British Columbia International LGBT film festival. Held annually for eleven days in late August.
Ventura film festival 2004 Ventura California International
Vietnamese International Film Festival 2003 Los Angeles California Vietnamese Biennial film festival for Vietnamese filmmakers.
Virginia Film Festival 1987 Charlottesville Virginia International Hosted by the University of Virginia.
Waterfront Film Festival 1999 Saugatuck Michigan International An independent film festival, held annually in early June.
Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema 2001 Waterloo Ontario International Screens feature animation. Held annually in November.
Whistler Film Festival 2001 Whistler British Columbia International
Wisconsin Film Festival 1999 Madison Wisconsin International Screens independent and international documentary, narrative, experimental, student and animated films.
Woodstock Film Festival 1999 Woodstock New York International Features independent films.
World Music & Independent Film Festival 2009 Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. International Screens independent and international music videos and independent films
Yorkton Film Festival 1950 Yorkton Saskatchewan Independent Features Canadian films and filmmakers.
The YoungCuts Film Festival 2005 Montreal Canada International Focuses on young filmmakers.
Young People’s Film Festival 1976 Portland Oregon Youth, regional Features works of filmmakers grades K-12 living in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
Zero Film Festival 2007 New York City, Los Angeles, Miami Beach New York, California, Florida Self-financed cinema First and only festival exclusive to self-financed filmmakers.