_Films are like mini vacations an escape into another world that can be romantic, educational, hilarious, and at times dangerous. If this is true then film festivals are the cruises of the film world where everything is neatly packaged up for people to be able to sample all kinds of new worlds. Many in-the-know travelers plan their trips to certain destinations to be able to attend all or part of these festivals. You remember what happened last year when you showed up at the Tanzania International Film Festival! But let's not go into that again. The three major film festivals are Cannes, Berlin, and Venice. However, there are tons of festivals out there from the chic Telluride Film Festival that gets the likes of Colin Firth to the World’s Smallest Film Festival there is something for just about everyone. Here is a list of Film Festivals around the world so you can find one that suits you.
The Tribeca Film Festival is currently on in NYC showcasing a wide assortment of mini vacations this year. So far my favorite film is the French film, Romantics Anonymous. Who doesn't love a film about fears and chocolate?
_I hope to see the documentary: In the Spirit of Laxmi. Gerard is an amazing guy that I had the pleasure of meeting in India at Aman-i-khas. You get a glimpse of what a great guy he is in the trailer. But the best way to get to know him is to visit his property. Don't worry, I'll set handle it. You should focus on more important things, like watching the trailer for the movie.
_For many, the main reason to attend a film festival is the opportunity mingle with the film world. But for others it is actually about the special films. In reality it is a great way to ask questions of the directors or producers during some of the Q&A sessions. Q1. How much of the films budget is in your bank account? Hmm..maybe not. Regardless, you never know who you’ll run into at the screenings with so many of the Producers, Directors, Actors, and even the odd Grip in attendance. So far the most entertaining person I met is a professional matchmaker who was attending TFF with VIP status thanks to one of her “clients.” Hmmm...I wonder which director that was...
Do you have a favorite film festival? Or a favorite Film Festival story?