select - Film Festival
Written by Brian Johnston
The first ever film festival was held in Venice in 1932. These annual events now run in cities all over the world, reaffirming our global fascination with the silver screen.
London Young Film Festival
You may have to be under 26 to enter, but anyone can enjoy the offerings at the London Young Film Festival, running over six days between November 8 and 13. It’s a leading European youth film festival that focuses on harnessing the creativity and innovation of young directors, giving audiences the chance to see what the future of cinema might hold. This year, more than 100 films from a dozen countries are screening in categories that include feature films, long and short documentaries, short films, and music videos.
Distance: 5,219 km
Flight Time: 7 hours, 35 minutes
Frequency: 5 flights a day
World Film Festival of Bangkok
For a look at independent films beyond the Asian and wider international mainstream – mostly from emerging directors – Bangkok is the place to be from November 5 to 11, when more than 80 movies from around the world are screened, ranging from short and animated films to experimental pieces and documentaries. Workshops, talks on films, and events featuring directors and movie stars are in abundance.
Distance: 5,268 km
Flight Time: 6 hours, 15 minutes
Frequency: 4 flights a day
Stockholm International Film Festival
Running for more than 20 years and this year screening from November 7 to 18, this festival offers a broad selection of Swedish films as well as international offerings. While many mainstream films are shown, there is also an emphasis on cutting-edge independent movies, making for a pleasing contrast of choice. Seminars with filmmakers also feature.
Distance: 4,585 km
Flight Time: 6 hours, 50 minutes
Doha Tribeca Film Festival
The fourth such festival – held November 17–24 – is the culmination of the year’s events in celebrating film culture in Qatar. Both emerging and established talent showcase narrative, documentary, and short films, and the event includes a family day, themed nights, and special galas. There is also a special category devoted to films made by Qatar residents or shot on location in Qatar.
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