By Bryce J. Renninger | feelingsoblahg.blogspot.com June 3, 2010 at 5:2AM
indieWIRE's list of the top 50 film festivals in the world includes four which make their debut in June. Browse our festival guide and check out what June has to offer with the following four fests:
Dates: May 20, 2010 - June 13, 2010
Making its mark as the U.S.'s longest and most attended film festival, the Seattle International Film Festival is a three-and-a-half week juggernaut. This year, the event opened with the "American Splendor" directing duo Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's "The Extra Man." The fest ends with the Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek-starrer "Get Low," directed by Aaron Schneider. For indieWIRE's coverage of the Seattle lineup, click here.
Dates: June 16-27, 2010
Set in the idyllic Scottish city, the Edinburgh International Film Festival will celebrate its 64th year in existence in 2010. "The Triplets of Belleville" director Sylvain Chomet's animated "The Illusionist" will kick off this year's fest. A world premiere screening of Brit newcomer Hattie Dalton's "Third Star" will finish off the fest's latest installment. For the complete 2010 lineup from indieWIRE, click here.
Dates: June 17-27, 2010
San Francisco's premiere LGBT film festival, Frameline34, kicks off June 17 with James Kent's BBC drama "The Secret Diary of Miss Anne Lister." "Howl," the Allen Ginsberg biopic from Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, will close the film's run. Both films will screen in the city's huge(ly) historic Castro Theatre. For indiewire's coverage of the Frameline34 lineup, click here.
Dates: June 17-27, 2010
The Los Angeles Film Festival, headed downtown for this year's installment, opens with Lisa Cholodenko's "The Kids Are All Right," a Sundance favorite and closes with Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin's 3-D CGI feature "Despicable Me." The festival will also feature an invitation-only screening of the new "Twilight" film and gala screenings of the Duplass Brothers' "Cyrus" and Sundance wold narrative winner "Animal Kingdom." For indieWIRE's report on the 2010 lineup, click here.
Dates: June 21-27, 2010
Silverdocs, one of the U.S.'s leading documentary film festivals, is an essential stop for the year's strongest documentaries. "Freakonomics," from some of the nation's foremost documentarians heads to the nation's capital for the fest's opening night fete. The D.C. fest closes with Amir Bar-Lev's Pat Tillman profile, "The Tillman Story." For indieWIRE's report on the fest's lineup, click here.
Other June festivals of note:
Newfest (New York's LGBT Film Festival), June 3-13 (Website)
Aruba Film Festival, June 4-11 (Website)
Brooklyn's BAMcinemaFEST, June 9-20 (Website)
Human Rights Watch Film Festival: New York, June 10-24 (Website)
Waterfront Film Festival, June 10-13 (Website)
Southside Film Festival, June 15-20 (Website)
Edinburgh International Film Festival, June 16-27 (Website)
Maui Film Festival, June 16-20 (Website)
Provincetown Film Festival, June 16-20 (Website)
Nantucket Film Festival, June 17-20 (Website)
Palm Springs International ShortFest, June 22-28 (Website)
American Black Film Festival, June 23-26 (Website)