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iW’s Guide to July Fests: Galway, Outfest, Karlovy Vary, Melbourne, Sarajevo, SF Jewish, & More

iW's Guide to July Fests: Galway, Outfest, Karlovy Vary, Melbourne, Sarajevo, SF Jewish, & More

Six of indieWIRE‘s 50 film festivals make their debut this July. Among the list of festivals are Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic, Galway in Ireland, Sarajevo in Bosnia and the Melbourne Film Festival down under. Stateside, check out Stony Brook in New York, Outfest in L.A. and Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival in Michigan.

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Dates: July 2-10, 2010

As one of the oldest and most respected European festivals nestled in a beautiful Czech town, Karlovy Vary is a fun festival on the cheap. For our coverage of the fest’s 2010 lineup, click here.

Galway Film Fleadh

Dates: July 6-11, 2010

With a spotlight on new Irish cinema and the burgeoning host city, the Galway Film Fleadh (that’s Irish for Festival) is both an experience made for the local Galwegians and an extremely welcoming event for outsiders, a true filmmaker’s film festival. The fest is paired with the Galway Film Fair, a development and co-production market. Click here for indieWIRE‘s report on this year’s lineup.


Dates: July 8-18, 2010

One of the U.S.’s premiere LGBT film festivals, Los Angeles’s Outfest, HQ’ed at the DGA in West Hollywood is a true Hollywood event. It’s still one of the largest and longest-running festivals on the west coast and promises to deliver again this year, with “Howl” and “Spork” bookending the 2010 edition (full lineup story here).

Melbourne International Film Festival

Dates: July 23-August 8, 2010

Showcasing Australian’s finest and interntational gems, the Melbourne International Film Fest is the island continent’s largest.

Sarajevo Film Festival

Dates: July 23-31, 2010

Recovering from its wartorn past, the Sarajevo Film Festival is a bright spot in the city’s quickly recovering cultural scene. Howard Feinstein, the curator of the fest’s international program, brings a stellar lineup year in and year out.

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Dates: July 24, 2010-August 9, 2010

With the distinction of being the world’s largest and oldest Jewish film festival, the SF Jewish FF presents its bigger films in the city’s epic Castro Theater.

Other July festivals of note:

Libertas Film Festival Dubrovnik, July 2-6, 2010 (Website)
Festival International du Documentaire de Marseille, July 7-12, 2010 (Website)
Jerusalem Film Festival, July 8-17, 2010 (Website)
Fantasia Fest, July 8-28, 2010 (Website)
Philadelphia QFest, July 8-19, 2010 (Website)
New Zealand International Film Festival (Auckland), July 8-25, 2010 (Website)
Pärnu International Documentary and Anthropology Film Festival, July 11-25, 2010 (Website)
Message to Man International Documentary, Short, and Animated Films Festival, July 15-22, 2010 (Website)
LA ShortsFest, July 22-30, 2010 (Website)
Stony Brook Film Festival, July 22-31, 2010 (Website)
Traverse City Film Festival, July 27-August 1, 2010 (Website)

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