Continuing in our series of blogs talking about the best film festivals from around the world, we are now onto our 3rd and final part. Those who have read the first 2 will have seen we have covered some of the biggest, best and well-known festivals. As a reminder we reviewed Sundance, the Cannes Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and the Berlin Film International Festival.
Hong Kong International Film Festival
The festival regularly airs over 330 films from over 50 countries, making the Hong Kong International Film Festival easily the island’s largest cultural event. 5000 Film professionals are usually in attendance, showcasing some of the very best Chinese cinema around. The event is organized and managed by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) which is a not for profits registered charity. The group have held an annual event in February that goes back over 4 decades. Such is the reach of the festival it now has a reach of over 600,000 people, with more than 5,000 executives in attendance.
Rotterdam Film Festival
Since its inauguration back in 1972, the Rotterdam Film Festival has firmly established itself as one of the most important events on the movie calendar. Held towards the end of each January, the festival stakes a keen focus on emerging independent filmmakers. Don’t expect to see a red carpet for the stars, in fact you are much more likely to see the celebrities mixing with fans.A unique atmosphere which is much loved by its fiercely loyal fans helps to ensure that the Rotterdam Film Festival remains one of Europe’s most valued events. During the festival there are 7 locations that work is screened, as follows:
- Lantaren Venster – This is the most remote location of the 7 as it can be found on the other side of the Maas River, this theatre is used as a performing arts location and is best known for producing art house programming and non-mainstream productions
- Old Luxor Theatre – Dating back to 1917, the Old Luxor is one of the most impressive of theatres in Rotterdam. Still able to lend a very special touch to cinematography, over the years this venue has been renovated many times
- WORM – Home to the “starting from scratch” and the meeting point for activities in the lab
- Cinerama – Boasting over 100 seats and more than 7 screens, Cinerama is a fantastic older cinema with well-stocked reading tables and comfortable lounges
- De Doelen – This area is the central box office
- Rotterdamse Schouwburg – This area offers a wide range of critically acclaimed theatrical, opera and dance, located in the very heart of Rotterdam
- The Pathé cinema at Schouwburgplein – With its dominating square and fantastic night lighting, the Pathé cinema at Schouwburgplein is one of the biggest cinemas and houses some of the largest screens in the country
We hope that you have enjoyed finding out a little more about the best film festivals. What would you say is your favourite?