Six Must-See Film Festivals
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Not only have film festivals brought some of the best filmmaking talent to the screen, including future Academy Award winners, but festivals also help tourism. They bring filmmakers and staff, as well as actors, writers, directors, producers, press and film lovers to the community to stay at local hotels and eat in local restaurants.
Here are six must-see film festivals taking place in October.
Hamptons International Film Festival: Come to the Hamptons from Oct. 6 – 10 to see the 24th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival, which will include 68 features and 58 shorts representing a total of 32 countries across the globe. There will also be such events as “A Conversation With…” where Hollywood notables stop by to talk about their movies and their careers. This year, Golden Globe-nominated actor Aaron Eckhart, Academy Award-winning actress and producer Holly Hunter, and three-time Academy Award-nominated actor, director, producer and activist Edward Norton will take part in the event.
Chelsea Film Festival: Located in Chelsea, New York, this growing film festival consists of four days of screenings of independent shorts, feature-lengths and documentaries from emerging directors. In between sessions, they host Q&A events, industry mixers and more. This year, there will be 23 feature-length films and documentaries shown.
The Food Film Festival: Yup, a festival all about deliciousness. The 10th annual Food Film Festival in New York City takes place over four days from Oct. 20 – 23 and includes such films as Fondue, Fried Pig Tails and Corn, How to Make a Turtle Burger, How to Prepare for a Midwinter Soup Frenzy, Ice Cream Picasso, and more.
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Woodstock Film Festival: This is my favorite on the list because it’s located right near my hometown and I’ve attended for several years in a row. The festival is held in Woodstock, New York, but first things first, Woodstock was not the home of the famous concert in the 1960s. That was located in Bethel, New York, but this Woodstock has definitely made a name for itself in the film community. Their festival, which is in its 17th year, includes features, shorts, animated shorts, documentaries and so much more. There are panels that will include Mary Stuart Masterson and Lori Singer, along with an awards gala. The festival opens with the world premiere of "Blind," a romantic feature starring Alec Baldwin, who is scheduled to attend the screening.
Heartland Film Festival: It’s the 25th anniversary of Indiana’s longest-running film festival. This event, which has grown from three to 11 days, will feature more than 130 independent films, 120 visiting filmmakers and 250 film screenings. The Heartland Film Festival is a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards in the Short Films category, so the films you see here might win an Oscar! The Opening Night Screening & After-Party takes place at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral and tickets are on sale soon.
Humphrey Bogart Film Festival: This festival is named after the actor best known for his role in “Casablanca,” “The Maltese Falcon,” and “The African Queen.” Taking place at Playa Largo Resort & Spa in Key Largo, Florida from Oct. 12 – 16, the festival presents a variety of special events including cocktail receptions — featuring Bogart's Gin — round table discussions, memorabilia, and more. Don’t forget to take a cruise on the original African Queen, which makes its home port in Key Largo. The festival is hosted by Stephen Bogart, son of Bogie and Lauren Bacall. This year, they will celebrate the 75th anniversary of "The Maltese Falcon" and the 70th anniversary of "The Big Sleep.”
Take time to tour each community where the film festivals are being held.
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