Convergence is the watchword at this series of festivals that draws large numbers from the music, movie, and interactive media worlds.
Film panels, film screenings, a film title sequence design competition, and general schmoozing are all part of the South by Southwest Film event (12-20) which first launched in Austin in 1994.
A relatively small film festival in the Canadian West Coast ski resort of Whistler that attracts lots of the local industry, particularly as the three day fest has a filmmaker forum attached. Cash prizes for filmmakers.
Berlinale is Germany's most prestigious film festival and one of Europe's leading film festivals. Good quality English-language films often surface first here.
True to form, it was documentaries that swept up most of the awards at this year's VIFF. There were plenty of docs to chose from this year with nearly half of the festival’s feature and mid-length films being nonfiction (there were 103 nonfiction and 134 dramas in total).
After the sudden death of lead actor Heath Ledger Terry Gilliam said he was in no mood for completing his film. Under the circumstances, the fact that he has done this well is a hugely impressive achievement.
The 2009 Raindance Film Festival drew to a close with the screening of Steven Soderbergh's film "The Girlfriend Experience" on the evening of Sunday 11 October.