The Film Festival Guide: For Filmmakers, Film Buffs, and Industry Professionals

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To garner the attention and recognition that will get a film distributed, entering film festivals is a must. With more than 500 festivals worldwide, each listing features detailed information, including contact names, addresses, Web sites, entry materials, entry deadlines, and fees. Insider information for each festival is also included, such as what types of features are shown most frequently, festival reputations, noteworthy celebrity sightings, location details, and more than a dozen interviews with festival industry professionals. It includes a listing of the 16 best festivals including the hugely diverse Berlin International Film Festival, the revamped and vastly improved Chicago International Film Festival, and the Valladolid International Film Festival, where A Clockwork Orange premiered. This book also includes a handy guide for film buffs who want to plan a vacation around an interesting festival in a marvelous setting, as well as film house listings for a great escape into the dark for a movie fix.

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Adam Langer is a filmmaker, actor, playwright, radio producer, theater director, and stand-up comedian.

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If you have patrons who welcome the thought of spending day and night in darkened rooms, eyes glued to the big screen, this book will help them find their next fix. Author Langer is a filmmaker who compiled this directory to film festivals worldwide when he could not find such data gathered in one location. Chapters include "Best of the Fests" (Langer's personal favorites), followed by chapters on North American, European, Asian, African and Middle Eastern, Australian, and South American festivals. Within chapters on geographic areas, there are two lists arranged alphabetically by festival name, one for detailed entries and one for brief entries. It would be more convenient to search an integrated list.

Detailed entries note place, time (e.g., first week of November), background (a descriptive paragraph giving the flavor of the fest), major award winners (although the year is not specified), number of films, celebrity sightings, ticket prices, and, for filmmakers, how to enter a film, contact information, and deadline. Brief entries have an address and often include phone, fax, e-mail, URL, and entry deadline and/or date of festival. Everything's here, from the big and famous (Cannes) to the small and specialized (Insect Fear Film Festival). Six interviews with festival directors are scattered throughout, and a final chapter is a guide to the best art-house movie theaters in more than 100 cities worldwide. The index follows the same arrangement as the rest of the book, with the various festivals grouped under chapter titles. An index listing all the festivals in a single alphabet would be a useful feature in the next edition; as it is, there is no way to locate the Insect Fear Film Festival without first knowing that it takes place in North America (Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, to be exact). Also useful would be a detailed geographic index. Although the book is arranged in broad geographic areas, it is not possible to look up more specific locations, such as Pennsylvania or France. Despite these shortcomings, any library with travel or film reference collections will want to consider adding this guide.

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