Several people have asked me what is it like to attend a film festival. My answer always is the same: If you a true cinema lover, film festivals are your paradise. If you consider yourself a cinephile, I highly recommend that you should plan to attend a film festival. It is not that movie-viewing at a film festival is any different from the regular theaters you go to – if anything it is more chaotic – but the whole experience of mingling with other movie lovers and filmmakers is just amazing. For a few days, you talk, eat, sleep, drink movies. And that’s a fantastic feeling!
If you do plan to attend a film festival, there are plenty of options that you can choose from. Below are what I think the top 10 film festivals that are worth attending – they all are geographically spread across the world but they all cater to the same audience: movie lovers.
Nestled amongst the mountains of Shenondoah, Middleburgh might lay a strong claim over the most beautiful film festival location out there. It has got a laidback atmosphere perfect for movie lovers who want to avoid the crowds and enjoy movies in a more serene and peaceful surroundings. Despite the fact that it is the newest film festival on this list, it still manages to have a great lineup of films – from the awards contenders to the classics. If you want to start your film festival experience slow and relaxed before you jump onto the bigger and madder festivals, this is the place to be.