List of film festivals in Europe

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Name Est. Location Type Details
Tirana International Film Festival 2003 Tirana International September
International Film Summerfest of Durrës 2008 Durrës International Annual


Name Est. Location Type Details
Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival 2004 Yerevan International Mid-July


Name Est. Location Type Details
Crossing Europe 2004 Linz European films Last week of April
Diagonale 1998 Graz Austrian films Annually in March.
VIFF Vienna Independent Film Festival 2015 Vienna International Annually in July.
Innsbruck Nature Film Festival 2013 Innsbruck Competition on the topics of nature and environment Annually in October
Viennale 1960 Vienna International Annually in October.
Vienna Shorts 2004 Vienna Special interest Annually in May.


Name Est. Location Type
Baku International Film Festival East-West 1991 Baku International
Baku International Tourism Film Festival 2013 Baku International


Name Est. Location Type Details
Minsk International Film Festival Listapad 1994 Minsk Competitive specialized film festival of Baltic countries, as well as countries of Central Asia, Central and Eastern Europe Beginning of November


Name Est. Location Type Details
Brussels Film Festival 1974 Brussels International-regional Formerly Brussels International Film Festival. Last edition: 2016.
Brussels Independent Film Festival 1974 Brussels Special interest
Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival 1983 Brussels Horror, thriller and science fiction April
Brussels International Film Festival 2018 Brussels International
Brussels Short Film Festival 1998 Brussels Short films
DOCVILLE - International Documentary Film Festival 2005 Leuven International-national, competitive
European Youth Film Festival 1989 Antwerp, Bruges International children/youth February–March
Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur 1984 Namur French speaking films September–October
Film Fest Ghent 1974 Ghent International October
Mons International Film Festival 1984 Mons Romantic films
Offscreen Film Festival 2008 Brussels Independent films
Ostend Film Festival 2007 Ostend International-National Mid-September
MOOOV Film Festival 2013[1] Turnhout, Bruges, Genk, Sint-Niklaas, Lier, Roeselare, Koersel-Beringen International

Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]

Name Est. Location Type Details
Al Jazeera Balkans Documentary Film Festival 2018 Sarajevo International documentary
Merlinka Festival 2013 Sarajevo LGBT 2nd week of December
Tuzla Film Festival 2012 Tuzla International (ex-Yugoslavia) Annually in September/October
Kratkofil 2007 Banja Luka
Sarajevo Film Festival 1995 Sarajevo International Annually in mid-August.
Sarajevo Fashion Film Festival 2015 Sarajevo International
Pravo Ljudski Film Festival 2006 Sarajevo International, human rights documentaries Annually in September.
Sarajevo Youth Film Festival 2008 Sarajevo International
VIVA Film Festival 2015 Sarajevo, Kakanj, Vareš International religious, ecological and touristic documentaries Annually in June, application during January and March


Name Est. Location Type Details
Golden Rose National Film Festival[2] 1961[3][4] Varna National
Sofia International Film Festival 1997 Sofia International Also known as Sofia Film Fest. Held annually in March. Competitive specialized festival for first and second feature films.


Name Est. Location Type Details
Animafest Zagreb 1972 Zagreb, Croatia International The second oldest and one of the most important animation film festival in the world. Held annually in June.
SUPERTOON 2011 Bol, Brač International Held annually in July
Split Film Festival 1996 Split International Held annually in late September.
Croatian Minute Movie Cup 1993 Požega
Kastav Film Festival 2009 Kastav International
Motovun Film Festival 1999 Motovun International Held annually in late July.
Pula Film Festival 1953 Pula Croatian, international Held annually in mid-July
Subversive Film Festival 2008 Zagreb
Vukovar Film Festival 2007 Vukovar International Held in late August
ZagrebDox 2005 Zagreb Special interest February–March
Zagreb Film Festival 2003 Zagreb International Held annually in October
Zagreb Jewish Film Festival 2007 Zagreb

Czech Republic[edit]

Name Est. Location Type Details
Academia Film Olomouc 1966 Olomouc Special interest
Animefest 2004 Brno Special interest Japanese animation and culture program, AMV and cosplay competitions, held annually in May.
Bollywood Film Festival 2004 Prague Special interest Presents Bollywood films to Czech audiences.
Cinema Mundi International Film Festival 2010 Brno International
Febiofest 1993 Nationwide International
Finále Plzeň Film Festival Plzeň April
Fresh Film Festival 2004 Karlovy Vary Special interest
International Festival of Animated Films AniFest Třeboň
Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival 1997 Jihlava International Held annually in October.
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 1948 Karlovy Vary International Held annually in July.
Mezipatra 2000 Brno/Prague Special interest / LBGT Held annually in November.
One World Film Festival Prague Screens documentaries on human rights
Prague Independent Film Festival 2016 Prague International Held annually in August
Zlín Film Festival 1961 Zlín International Has competition, held annually in late May.


Name Est. Location Type
Cyprus International Film Festival 2006 Nicosia International
Cyprus International Short Film Festival 2008 Nicosia International


Name Est. Location Type Details
Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival 2003 Copenhagen Special interest
Copenhagen International Film Festival 2003 Copenhagen International Discontinued
Odense International Film Festival 1975 Odense International Short film festival held annually in August
NatFilm Festival 1990 Aalborg, Copenhagen, Odense


Name Est. Location Type Details
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2002 Tallinn, Tartu International Held annually in November and December; has touring screenings in cities throughout Estonia.
International Random Film Festival 2009 Anija International Held annually in a randomly selected location. Selection process is random.


Name Est. Location Type Details
Animatricks Animation Festival 2000 Helsinki Special interest Annual. Programme consists of feature animations, short animation screenings and competition screenings.
Cinemaissí 2005 Helsinki International
Espoo Ciné International Film Festival 1990 Espoo International
Helsinki International Film Festival 1988 Helsinki International
Midnight Sun Film Festival 1986 Sodankylä International
Night Visions 1998 Helsinki Special interest
Oulu International Children's and Youth Film Festival 1982 Oulu International
Tampere Film Festival 1969 Tampere Special interest
Vinokino 1991 Turku, Helsinki Special interest


Name Est. Location Type Details
Angers European First Film Festival 1989 Angers European films
Annecy International Animation Film Festival 1960 Annecy Special interest
Brest European Short Film Festival 1986 Brest Special interest Short films from Western and Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean and Scandinavia in the European Competition
Cannes Film Festival 1939 Cannes International One of the world's oldest, most influential and prestigious festivals, it is held annually (usually in May) at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès
Chéries-Chéris 1994 Paris International Annual, devoted to LGBT films
Créteil International Women's Film Festival 1978 Créteil Special interest Showcase of films by female directors
Deauville American Film Festival 1975 Deauville Special interest Annual, devoted to American cinema.
Deauville Asian Film Festival 1999 Deauville Special interest Annual, devoted to Asian cinema
ÉCU The European Independent Film Festival 2006 Paris International Annual, devoted to independent films
Festival du Film Merveilleux 2010 Paris International Annual film festival celebrating the imaginary, the wonder and magic from all over the world
Festival des Cinémas d'Afrique du pays d'Apt 2003 Apt International Annual film festival of African cinema
Festival international du film fantastique de Gérardmer 1994 Gérardmer Special interest Annual, devoted to horror and fantastic cinema (Festival du Film Fantastique) cinema
Festival International du Film Panafricain 2006 Cannes African cinema Aka International Pan-African Film Festival; Dikalo Awards[8] by Eitel Basile Ngangue Ebelle; still in existence as of 2022.[9]
Lumière Film Festival 2009 Lyon Historical film
Paris International Fantastic Film Festival 2011 Paris Special interest Annual, devoted to horror and science-fiction films
Paris Lesbian and Feminist Film Festival 1989 Paris International Women-only festival featuring films by and about lesbians and feminism
Paris Independent Film Festival 2015 Paris International Annual festival.
Toulouse Spanish Film Festival (Cinespaña) 1996 Toulouse Spanish films
Three Continents Festival 1979 Nantes Special interest Annual, is devoted to the cinemas of Asia, Africa and Latin America.
War on Screen 2013 Châlons-en-Champagne Special interest Annual international film festival devoted to conflicts.


Name Est. Location Type Details
Berlin Independent Film Festival 2010 Berlin International
Berlin International Directors Lounge 2005 Berlin International
Berlin International Film Festival 1951 Berlin International
Dok Leipzig 1955 Leipzig Special interest
European Media Art Festival 1981 Osnabrück Special interest Annual experimental film and media art festival.
Feminale Cologne Special interest Annual feminist film festival.
Filmfest Dresden 1989 Dresden International International short film festival.
Filmfest Hamburg 1992 Hamburg International and German cinema Held annually in September/October, focused on feature films.
Filmfest München 1983 Munich International
Filmfest Oberursel 2010 Oberursel International Held annually
filmkunstfest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 1992 Schwerin German and international film
Hof International Film Festival 1967 Hof International
International Cycling Film Festival 2005 Herne Special interest
Internationales Festival der Filmhochschulen München 1981 Munich International
International Film Awards Berlin (ifab) 2012 Berlin International
International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg 1952 Mannheim, Heidelberg International
International Short Film Festival Oberhausen 1954 Oberhausen Special interest
NaturVision Fimfestival 2002 Ludwigsburg International Competition for Filmmakers on the Subject of Nature, Animal and Environment
Nippon Connection 2000 Frankfurt Special interest world's biggest festival showing exclusively Japanese film[10]
Nordische Filmtage 1956 Lübeck Special interest Held annually in November, spotlighting the cinemas of Scandinavia and the Baltic states.
Oldenburg International Film Festival 1994 Oldenburg International
SCHLINGEL International Film Festival 1996 Chemnitz International
B3 Biennial of the Moving Image 2013 Frankfurt International Held every two years, since 2019 annually in October, focused on new narration techniques


Name Est. Location Type Details
Drama International Short Film Festival 1978 Drama International
International Thessaloniki Film Festival 1959 Thessaloniki International Held annually in November.
Mykonos Biennale 2013 Mykonos International Held bi-annually in June.
Santorini Film Festival 2018 Santorini International Held annually in June.
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 1999 Thessaloniki Special interest
Thessaloniki Video Dance Festival 2000 Thessaloniki Special interest Dance festival with a showcase of dance films.


Name Est. Location Type Details
Kecskemet Animation Film Festival 1985 Kecskemét Special interest biennial; June festival; associated with the Festival of European Animated Feature Films and TV Specials
Media Wave International Film Festival 1991 Győr Special interest annual; April–May festival; associated with the Visual Arts


Name Est. Location Type Details
Reykjavík International Film Festival 2004 Reykjavík International
Stockfish Film Festival 2015 Reykjavík International International feature films, with a short film competition reserved for Icelandic films.


Name Est. Location Type Details
Cork French Film Festival 1989 Cork Celebrating French and Francophone films
Cork Film Festival 1956 Cork International
Darklight Film Festival 1999 Dublin Special interest
Fingal Film Festival 2012 Dublin International
Fresh Film Festival 1996 Limerick Special Interest
Galway Film Fleadh 1989 Galway International
GAZE International LGBT Film Festival Dublin or "GAZE" 1992 Dublin International / LGBT
Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2002 Dublin International
Waterford Film Festival 2007 Waterford
Mid Ulster Film Festival 2004 Omagh
Galway African Film Festival 2008 Galway African Film


Name Est. Location Type Details
Al Ard Film Festival 2002 Cagliari Special interest


Annual film festival for films about Palestine and the Arab world mainly focused on documentaries
CinemadaMare Film Festival 2003 Annual, for amateur youth filmmakers
Courmayeur Noir Film Festival 1991 Courmayeur Film noir
Fantafestival 1981 Rome Special interest Annual, of science fiction, horror and thriller films.
Far East Film Festival 1999 Udine Special interest One of the biggest events promoting Asian Cinema in Europe.
Festival del Cinema all'Aperto "Accordi @ DISACCORDI" 2000 Naples Special interest
Annual three months outdoor Film Festival
Flaiano Film Festival 1974 Pescara International Annual International festival with prizes for the films, the foreign film, interpreters male and female roles, male and female interpreters, not actors, directors, photographers, editing, soundtrack, set design, costumes. Also, we assigned the special jury prize, best film debut and also the career award.
Giffoni Film Festival 1971 Giffoni Valle Piana International One of the largest film festivals for kids, held annually in July, with short films and features from around the world.
Il Cinema Ritrovato 1986 Bologna Rare and restored films Held annually in August.
Io Isabella International Film Week 2005 Special interest Spotlights the work by and about women, particularly documentaries.
Ischia Film Festival 2005 Ischia International Focuses on film locations
Ischia Global Film & Music Festival 2003 Ischia International
Lucca Film Festival 2005 Lucca International
La Guarimba International Film Festival 2013 Amantea International La Guarimba is a cultural association and an international film festival that takes place annually in August and screens short films from all over the world.
Milan International Film Festival 2000 Milan International
Pordenone Silent Film Festival 1982 Pordenone Silent film Held annually in October.
Religion Today 1997 Trento International The first film festival about religion and dialogue, held annually in October.
Rome Independent Cinema Festival 2018 Rome International Held annually in August.
Rome Independent Film Festival 2001 Rome International Held annually in November.
Sport Movies & TV - Milano International FICTS Fest 1983 Milan International The world's final of the "World FICTS Challenge", the Worldwide Championship of Cinema, Television and Sport Culture, organized by the FICTS.
CINEMA. Festa Internazionale di Roma 2006 Rome International Held annually in October.
Taormina Film Festival
Trieste Film Festival 1989 Trieste International The leading Italian event on central and eastern European cinema, held annually on the thirst week of January.
Trieste Science+Fiction Festival 2000 Trieste International, Special interest Held annually in November, it is a multidisciplinary event devoted to the exploration of the realms of the “fantastic” genre
Torino Film Festival 1982 Turin International Held annually in November
Venice Film Festival 1932 Venice International The world's oldest film festival, it is held annually in late August or early September on the island of the Lido.


Name Est. Location Type Details
Dokufest – International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2002 Prizren International Held annual in the summer, e.g. August. The festival spans nine exciting days filled with captivating events, including documentary photo exhibitions, engaging debates, informative master classes, and vibrant music performances. DokuFest offers a diverse and immersive experience, celebrating the art of filmmaking while fostering dialogue and appreciation for the cinematic arts in the region.


Name Est. Location Type Details
Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) 2014 Riga International Held annually in October, this is the biggest film event in Latvia. The main competition awards the best feature film, while two competitions select best national and international short film and the fourth awards the best Baltic music video.[11]
Riga International Short Film Festival 2ANNAS 1996 Riga International An annual film festival for short films.


Name Est. Location Type Details
VIFF Kino Pavasaris 1995 Vilnius International
Kaunas International Film Festival 2007 Kaunas International


Name Est. Location Type Details
Monaco International Film Festival 2003 Monte Carlo Special interest
Monaco Music Film Festival 2006 Monte Carlo Special interest


Name Est. Location Type Details
Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival Amsterdam Special interest
Arab Film Festival Rotterdam Special interest
CinemAsia Film Festival Amsterdam Special interest
Dejima Japanese Film Festival Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht Special interest
Film by the Sea 1999 Vlissingen International Held annually in September
ShortCutz Amsterdam 2013 Amsterdam Special interest
International Film Festival Rotterdam 1972 Rotterdam International
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 1988 Amsterdam Special interest
KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival 2007 Amsterdam International
Latin American Film Festival Utrecht Special interest
Leiden International Film Festival Leiden International
Leiden International Short Film Festival Leiden Special interest
Netherlands Film Festival 1982 Utrecht Regional
Pluk de nacht 2003 Amsterdam International
SCENECS International Debut Film Festival 2006 Amersfoort International
Go Short - International Short Film Festival Nijmegen 2009 Nijmegen International Held annually in April - May

North Macedonia[edit]

Name Est. Location Type Details
Manaki Brothers Film Festival 1979 Bitola International


Name Est. Location Type Details
Arctic Film Festival 2019 Svalbard International
Bergen International Film Festival 2000 Bergen International
Norwegian International Film Festival 1973 Haugesund International
Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards 2010 Oslo International
Kosmorama Trondheim International Film Festival 2004 Trondheim International
Tromsø International Film Festival 1991 Tromsø International


Name Est. Location Type Details
Ale Kino! International Young Audience Film Festival 1969 Poznań International, children's film Films addressed to children and young adults
Animator 2008 Poznań International, animation The most important animated film festival in Poland
American Film Festival 2010 Wrocław American film Showcases films from the United States
Camerimage 1993 Toruń International, cinematography Dedicated to the art of cinematography; the host city changed as follows: 1993–1999 Toruń, 2000–2009 Łódź, 2010–2018 Bydgoszcz, 2019–present Toruń
Etiuda&Anima International Film Festival 1994 Kraków International, short film
Five Flavours Film Festival 2007 Warsaw Asian film Dedicated to the cinema of Southeast and East Asia
Gdynia Film Festival 1974 Gdynia National The main event celebrating Polish live-action films
International Cycling Film Festival 2012 Katowice Special interest Bicycle-related films; in Poland, Germany and the Netherlands
Jewish Motifs International Film Festival 2003 Warsaw International Jewish-themed films
Kraków Film Festival 1960 Kraków International, short film Short film festival of global importance; the oldest film event in Poland
New Horizons Film Festival 2001 Wrocław International, avant-garde One of the biggest and most influential cultural events in Poland
Off Camera 2008 Kraków International, independent film
Short Waves Festival 2009 Poznań International, short film Short film festival; started as a multi-location event held in numerous cities around the globe; since 2016 it is held only in its original headquarters of Poznań
Tofifest 2002 Toruń International, independent film
Transatlantyk Festival 2011 Łódź International Moved from Poznań to Łódź in 2016
Warsaw International Film Festival 1984 Warsaw International Held annually in October


Name Est. Location Type Details
Caminhos do Cinema Português 1988 Coimbra Special Interest An international festival for Portuguese films.
Doclisboa 2004 Lisbon Special interest An international film festival for documentaries.
Douro Film Harvest 2009 Douro International Held annually in September
Estoril Film Festival 2006 Estoril International Held annually in November, the competition section is open to international films, animation, fiction and documentaries
Fantasporto 1982 Porto International Fantasy, horror, action and science-fiction festival.
Festróia - Tróia International Film Festival 1985 Setúbal Special interest Held annually during the first week in June, the competitive section is open to films from countries producing less than 30 features per year.
Lisbon Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 1996 Lisbon Special interest Dedicated exclusively to screening gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and transsexual themed films.
Olhares do Mediterrâneo - Cinema no Feminino 2014 Lisbon Special interest An international film festival for films made by women of Mediterranean countries.
Moinho Cine Fest 2019 Matosinhos International Held annually in November, the competition section is open to national and international experimental, films, animation, fiction and documentaries


Name Est. Location Type Details
Comedy Cluj 2009 Cluj-Napoca International International film festival of comedy film organized annually in October.
F-Sides 2020 Bucharest Romanian cineclub and feminist film festival.
Gay Film Nights 2004 Cluj-Napoca Special interest LGBT themed film festival.
Transilvania International Film Festival 2002 Cluj-Napoca International International film festival, most important film-related event in Romania.


Name Est. Location Type Details
Festival of Festivals, Saint Petersburg 1993 Saint Petersburg International
Kinoshock 1995 Anapa International Open Film Festival of CIS and Baltic countries
Kinotavr Film Festival 1991 Sochi International
KROK International Animated Films Festival 1989 Cities along the Volga or Dnieper rivers Special Interest International animation festival which is held in Russia on even years and in Ukraine on odd years. It takes place on a cruise ship and visits various cities.
Message to Man 1988 Saint Petersburg International
Moscow International Film Festival 1935 Moscow International
Open Russian Festival of Animated Film 1996 Suzdal Special Interest
Side by Side Lesbian and Gay International Film Festival 2008 Saint Petersburg International
Sozvezdie 1989 Various International
Stalker International Film Festival on Human Rights 1995 Moscow and regional cities International Focusing on human rights, the festival opens on International Human Rights Day, 10 December, each year


Name Est. Location Type Details
Niš Film Festival 1966 Niš International
FEST 1971 Belgrade International Conceptualized as "the festival of festivals". Screening a selection of award-winning films from recent top international festivals as well as currently trending films. Belgrade's best-known film festival.
Palić Film Festival 1992 Palić International "Golden Tower" award. Held annually in July.
Cinema City 2007 Novi Sad International "Ibis" award
Küstendorf 2008 Drvengrad International Held annually in January. Short films enter competition for the festival main award – the Golden Egg. The festival is organized and run by Emir Kusturica.
FreeNetWorld International Film Fest 2008 Niš International The best FNW film award. The best documentary film. The best animated film. The best fiction. The best music video/experimental film. Audience award.
Free Zone Film Festival 2005 Belgrade International


Name Est. Location Type Details
Art Film Fest 1992 Trenčianske Teplice, Trenčín International
Golden Beggar 1995 Košice International
International Film Festival Bratislava Bratislava International
International Film Festival Cinematik 2006 Piešťany International


Name Est. Location Type Details
Filofest 2006 Ljubljana Special interest
Ljubljana International Film Festival 1989 Ljubljana International
Grossmann Film and Wine Festival 2005 Ljutomer Regional


Name Est. Location Type Details
Animac – Catalunya International Animation Film Festival 1996 Lleida Special interest
BCN Film Fest 2017 Barcelona International
Gijón International Film Festival 1963 Gijón International
Huelva Ibero-American Film Festival 1975 Huelva Ibero-American
Málaga Film Festival 1998 Málaga Spanish and Latin American
Marbella Film Festival 2006 Marbella International
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival 2000 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International
San Sebastián International Film Festival 1953 San Sebastián International Supervised by the FIAPF, the annual festival is one of the most important in Europe.
Seville European Film Festival 2004 Seville European Held annually in November
Sitges Film Festival 1967 Sitges Special interest
Valladolid International Film Festival (Seminci) 1956 Valladolid International


Name Est. Location Type Details
BUFF International Film Festival 1984 Malmö Special interest
Filmörnen 1978 Värmland Special interest
Gothenburg Film Festival 1979 Gothenburg International
HBT-GBG 2007 Gothenburg Special interest
Lund International Fantastic Film Festival 1995 Lund Special interest
Malmö Arab Film Festival 2011 Malmö Special interest
Nordisk Panorama Film Festival 1990 Malmö Special interest Festival for Nordic documentaries and short films. Held annually in September.
Raketfilm 2011 Karlstad Special interest Short films
Stockholm International Film Festival 1990 Stockholm International
Uppsala International Short Film Festival 1982 Uppsala Special interest
International Random Film Festival 2009 Garpenberg International


Name Est. Location Type Attendance Details
Fantoche 1995 Baden Special interest 21,500 (2022)[12] Held annually in September. Specialises in animation.
Fribourg International Film Festival 1980 Fribourg International 43,000 (2022)[13] Held annually in March.
Geneva International Film Festival 1995 Geneva International 40,000 (2021)[14] Held annually in November. Festival devoted to cinema, television, and digital creation. Includes a Digital Market programme dedicated to new digital trends.
Lausanne Underground Film and Music Festival 2000 Lausanne Special interest 11,000 (2022)[15] Held annually in October. Film and music festival devoted to underground culture.
Locarno International Film Festival 1946 Locarno International 128,500 (2022)[16] Held annually in August.
Mobile Motion Film Festival 2014 Zürich Special interest 1,000 (2021) Held annually in November. Specialises in films shot with a mobile phone.
Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival 2000 Neuchâtel Special interest 50,000 (2022)[17] Held annually in July. Genre festival for fantasy, horror, sci-fi and cult films.
Queersicht 1997 Bern Special interest 2'745 (2021)[18] Held annually in November. Oldest LGBT film festival in Switzerland.
shnit international shortfilmfestival 2003 Bern Short film 20,000 (2019)[19] Held annually in October. Has not been held since 2019, future in doubt.
Solothurn Film Festival 1966 Solothurn Swiss film 55,000 (2023)[20] Held annually in January. Most important festival for Swiss cinema
Visions du Réel 1969 Nyon International 46,000 (2022)[21] Held annually in April. Most important documentary film festival in Switzerland.
Zurich Film Festival 2005 Zürich International 137,000 (2022)[22] Held annually in September. Switzerland's most attended film festival since 2020.


Name Est. Location Type Details
Ankara Flying Broom Women's Film Festival 1997 Ankara Special interest
International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival 1963 Antalya International
Istanbul International Film Festival 1982 Istanbul International
Istanbul Animation Festival 2003 Istanbul International
Adana Golden Boll International Film Festival 1993 Adana International
International Labor Film Festival 2006 Istanbul, Ankara, İzmir International


Name Est. Location Type Details
Molodist 1970 Kyiv International The oldest and the most well-known Ukrainian film festival
Kyiv International Short Film Festival 2012 Kyiv International Short films festival
Odesa International Film Festival 2010 Odesa International The widest and most popular festival in Ukraine
KROK International Animated Films Festival 1989 Cities along the Volga or Dnieper rivers Special Interest International animation festival which is held in Russia on even years and in Ukraine on odd years. It takes place on a cruise ship and visits various cities.
Mute Nights Festival 2010 Odesa Special Interest International silent film festival which is held in Odesa on the third week on June.
Stozhary 1995 Kyiv Special interest An actors' film festival, in which actors' performances on film are the focus of jury assessment and awards.
Wiz-Art 2008 Lviv International International short film festival
Children KinoFest 2014 Kyiv International International children's film festival

United Kingdom[edit]


Name Est. Location Type Details
Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2011 York Independent Film
Bath Film Festival 2012 Bath, Somerset Previews Features Docs and Shorts film festival. Categories for Art & Design, Sci-Fi, Bath Debuts
Birds Eye View London Special interest For emerging women directors.
British Urban Film Festival 2005 London Independent film Also called BUFF, the festival is held every year around September
Cambridge Film Festival 1977 Cambridge Annual festival, 3rd oldest in the UK after London and Edinburgh Public festival.
Colchester Film Festival 2012 Colchester, Essex Independent film International, UK, and local films alongside filmmaking workshops and masterclasses
East End Film Festival 1991 London Independent film International, UK, and local East London films alongside music and industry events
Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival 1995 Bristol International Annual international film festival. Qualifying competition for BAFTAs, Oscars and European Film Awards.
Flatpack Film Festival 2006 Birmingham International Held annually in March.
Flip Animation Festival 2004 Wolverhampton International Held annually in October.
FrightFest 2002 London Special interest Annual horror and fantasy festival.
From Page to Screen Festival 2011 Bridport Special interest Celebrates and rewards excellence in film adaptation of books, affiliated with the Bridport Prize fiction competition.
Insight Film Festival 2007 Manchester International Biennial, interfaith festival for short films on the theme of 'faith'
Kendal Mountain Film Festival 1980 Kendal Mountain film third weekend in November
Leeds International Film Festival 1986 Leeds International Largest film festival in England outside London.
London Asian Film Festival 1999 London International Held annually in spring at the BFI or BAFTA.
London Image Festival London Special interest Dedicated to photography and cinematography.
London Independent Film Festival 2007 London International Held annually to support independent films and screenplays
London Indian Film Festival 2010 London South Asian Cinema Focuses on Indian independent film.
London Film Festival 1956 London International Held annually by the British Film Institute.
London Fashion Film Festival 2014 London International Held annually by the London Fashion Film Festival.
London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 1986 London International Held annually by the British Film Institute.
London Turkish Film Festival 1993 London International Selection of Turkish features, documentaries and short films, with many UK premieres and directorial debuts.
Meniscus Film Festival 2001 Grimsby International Held annually by film fans, filmmakers and volunteers.
Moves - International Festival of Movement on Screen 2004 Liverpool International Largest exhibition platform for experimental short film and screen based video works centred around movement on screen. Annual festival (April time)
Norwich Film Festival 2009 Norwich International BIFA (British Independent Film Awards) qualifying short film festival that champions independent film. Annual, held in November.
onedotzero London Special interest Worldwide digital short film festival.
Pennine Film Festival 2006 Lancashire Community Exhibitor and all-round film education resource for the independent film.
Public Health Film Festival 2014 Oxford Community Free festival featuring screenings, talks and workshops around health related films.
Raindance Film Festival 1993 London Special interest A festival for independent films, the festival is also the founder of the British Independent Film Awards.
Romford Film Festival 2017 London International Held annually to support independent films
Sheffield Doc/Fest 1994 Sheffield International The UK's biggest documentary festival and the third largest in the world. Held annually in June.
Slapstick Festival 2005 Bristol Special interest A film festival celebrating silent comedy films, as well as films that feature physical and visual comedy.
The End of the Pier International Film Festival 2002 West Sussex Special interest An independent film festival, it shows work by local filmmakers, as well as international shorts and features.
Walthamstow International Film Festival 2010 London International An annual independent film festival, with a focus on short films by local and international filmmakers.
Underwire Film Festival 2010 London International An annual independent film festival, dedicated to promoting and celebrating female talent within the film industry.
Wildscreen Festival 1982 Bristol International, Special interest A film festival consisting of the Panda Awards and an Official Selection. It recognises the best in the global wildlife and environmental film industry and celebrates creative storytelling.

Northern Ireland[edit]

Name Est. Location Type Details
Belfast Film Festival Belfast
CineMagic 1988 Belfast Special interest
Mid Ulster Film Festival 2004 Omagh
Foyle Film Festival 1987 Derry


Name Est. Location Type Details
Africa in Motion 2006 Edinburgh African cinema
Dead by Dawn 1993 Edinburgh Special interest
Deep Fried Film Festival 2004 Coatbridge International
Edinburgh International Film Festival 1947 Edinburgh International
Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival 2003 Edinburgh International
Glasgow Film Festival 2005 Glasgow
International Film Festival of St Andrews 2022 St Andrews International Held annually in Spring at the University of St Andrews


Name Est. Location Type Details
Abertoir 2006 Aberystwyth Horror films Held annually in October
Cardiff Film Festival 1989–2006 Cardiff October
Wales International Film Festival 2017 Swansea International October
Wales One World (WOW) Film Festival c.2001 Aberystwyth International February–March


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