For film festivals and markets, all is chaos. Some say the show will go on, or at least some of the show; others are pivoting to a virtual experience, or postponing, or wait-and-seeing, or canceling altogether. Some are open only to industry members, while others offer free and paid programming for the general public. Some are restricted only to residents of specific countries. And all is subject to change.
It’s a lot to track, and we’ll keep doing just that in the weeks and months ahead. Here’s a list of film festivals and markets that have offered some indication about their plans; those not on the list are not necessarily canceled. Many continue to accept submissions, but are mum on how they plan to move forward. The list will be updated as event organizers release information on their plans.
Sundance Film Festival
Park City, Utah
January 28-February 3, 2021
For its 2021 edition, the festival is planning a truncated seven-day run, with a largely virtual program that could open the festival experience to a wide audience. In-person screenings, if they can happen, are expected to be limited; organizers are exploring collaborations with independent theaters around the world for
February 4-6, 2021
The Savannah College of Art and Design’s annual TV festival is going entirely virtual for its next edition, with screenings, panels, awards, and more.
Göteborg Film Festival
January 29-February 8, 2021
The 44th festival will be held virtually, along with the Nordic Film Market, TF Drama Vision, and 8th Nostradamus report.
Slamdance Film Festival
February 12-25, 2021
For its 27th edition, Slamdance will screen 25 features and 107 shorts and episodics in a hybrid event. All films, Q&As, and panels will be available online, while drive-in screenings will be held in Joshua Tree and Los Angeles. It will also launch a new program, Unstoppable, a showcase for creators with disabilities.
Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival
March 3-14, 2021
The festival’s 2021 edition will feature drive-in, cinema, and online screenings of Irish and international features and shorts. The closing gala film will be Rachel Carey’s “Deadly Cuts.”
Poppy Jasper International Film Festival
Morgan Hill, CA
April 7-20, 2021 virtually
PJIFF 2021 will include feature films, short films, panel discussions, and musical performances. Additionally, this year’s festival will host China day on April 10 and Mexico day on April 11.
Calgary Underground Film Festival
April 2021 (Dates TBD)
After going online and hosting drive-ins for its 2020 edition last June, the Calgary Underground Film Festival plans to return to the cinema while maintaining successful elements of the 2020 edition, such as panels with international high-profile guests and filmmaker Q&As. The lineup for the 18th edition will be announced in March 2021.
True/False Film Fest
May 5-9, 2021
The festival’s 18th edition, originally slated for May 2020, will not happen this year in favor of new dates in May 2021. With a theme of “The Nature of Uncertainty,” the festival will offer a largely outdoor program as well as drive-in and private screenings and an online component, The Teleported Fest.
Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival
May 21-June 30
In addition to an online program from October 1-11, Inside Out is offering a robust lineup of online programming in the spring, including a look at its 30-year history, a series of short film programs, its LGBTQ Finance Forum, and the Pitch, Please! pitch competition.
Lower East Side Film Festival
The 10th anniversary edition will occur online, with feature premieres, short film showcases, panels and conversations.
Nantucket Film Festival
NFF Now: At Home will offer an online program of features, shorts, Q&As, and conversations.
Frameline44 Pride Showcase
The San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival and the Castro Theatre will host a four-day virtual screening series online and at the West Wind Solana Drive-in Theater in Concord, California.
Cannes Marché du Film
Cannes Film Festival may not be happening, but its important market is going online. Thousands of film projects will be exhibited at virtual booths and pavilions, while the networking app Match&Meet will facilitate video calls for dealmaking, while film screenings and project presentations will take place in 15 virtual cinemas. A parallel market led by a coalition of US agencies will take place from June 22 – 28.
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival at Your Cinema
Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
July 3 – 11
Organizers canceled the annual summer festival and instead are programming a selection of films from around the world at nearly 100 Czech theaters.
Nevertheless Film Festival
Ann Arbor, Michigan
The festival focused on elevating the work of women will take place online. The festival requires that all films have at least 50 percent of behind-the-camera leadership roles be filled by women.
St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase
The annual presentation serves as a primary venue for films made by local filmmakers, this year it’s going online. The program includes narrative and documentary features, short programming blocks, and post-screening Q&As.
Japan Cuts: Festival of New Japanese Film
New York City
The American festival focused on Japanese cinema is going virtual with some 30 features and shorts, Q&As, discussion panels, and video greetings from filmmakers.
Classic French Film Festival
The annual festival is moving online, and because of its focus on older French works, its programming is being scaled back to fewer titles that are available to stream.
Gimli Film Festival
Gimli, Manitoba, Canada
Manitoba’s largest film festival will be held exclusively online this year. An on-demand platform will allow ticket- and pass-holders to stream over 130 films, while the live stream platform will over free worldwide access to films, short film programs, Q&As, panel discussions, and more.
Indy Shorts International Film Festival
The Oscar-qualifying shorts festival is running a hybrid model this year, with virtual screenings for its 128 short films in 18 programs, as well as five drive-in screenings. It will hand out $30,000 in cash prizes.
Frontières Co-Production Market
The annual market, typically held in conjunction with Fantasia International Film Festival, is going digital. Planned are a presentation of 10 European and 10 North American projects in development to a group of producers, financiers, agents, and distributors.
Cordillera International Film Fest
This year’s festival features nine feature films curated from leading festivals, with 67 percent directed by women. The festival will offer a hybrid of in-person and online programming.
NewFilmmakers LA Monthly Film Festival – InFocus: Canadian Cinema
The monthly film festival, with a focus on Canadian films, will be available on Seed&Spark’s online platform.
Greenpoint Film Festival
Brooklyn, New York
The ninth annual festival will be built around a drive-in theater at a parking lot on Meserole Ave. and Jewel Street. The festival will screen eight features and 27 shorts and include guest speakers and socially distant gatherings. Those without cars will be able to use a row of parked vehicles that are cleaned between screenings.
Hip Hop Film Festival
Harlem Film House’s fifth annual event is going virtual with screenings, virtual DJ battles, master classes, and more. Ice Cube and Omari Hardwick will be honored.
South East European Film Festival
Through August 16
The 15th annual celebration of South East European film includes an online program with the US online premieres of over 50 films from 20 countries.
Israel-Jewish International Film Festival
July 19-August 13
The virtual festival will open with the North American premiere of “Asia,” starring Shira Haas from Netflix’s “Unorthodox,” and conclude with a series of films that explore the relationship between the Jewish and Black communities.
BMO IFFSA Toronto
North America’s largest South Asian film festival will be held online this year, with screenings of over 100 films in 16 languages and over 50 events.
The sixth annual festival, co-founded by Geena Davis, is adopting a hybrid model for this year, with digital screenings, panels, and events alongside in-person premieres and conversations. Over 80 percent of the festival’s 68 films are women-directed, 65 percent are from people of color, and 45 percent are from LGBTQ filmmakers.
Women Texas Film Festival
For its fifth year, the festival is offering on-demand film streaming and Q&As. To qualify for entry, films must have women in at least one key creative role: writer, creative producer, director, cinematographer, editor, and/or composer.
Locarno Film Festival
Organizers canceled the in-person event this year, which was supposed to take place in August, in favor of a series of initiatives termed Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films. Full details haven’t been announced, but the festival’s short film section, Pardi di domani, will be accessible from August 5-15 online, with a limit of 1,590 viewers per film. From August 5-15 at the GranRex, PalaCinema 1 and Muralto PalaVideo will host a dozen screenings daily, including premieres and repertory selections.
Florida Film Festival
The festival will screen 151 films on the Eventive streaming platform.
Sarajevo Film Festival
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
The festival in Bosnia & Herzegovina is slated to move forward along with its Talents Sarajevo, which welcomes up-and-coming filmmakers and critics from Southeast Europe and Southern Caucasus.
Scandinavia’s biggest genre festival will take place entirely in person, with screenings of 23 features and six shorts.
The monthly film festival will be available on Seed&Spark’s online platform.
July 7-August 31
In a follow-up to the Chinese-focused festivals full festival presented earlier this year, the festival is offering a mini edition available only through mobile devices.
Fantasia International Film Festival
August 20-September 2
The genre festival will offer an online program open to those residing in Canada that includes the world premiere of Vincent Paronnaud’s “Hunted” alongside screenings of over 100 features and 200 shorts, and panels including a masterclass from John Carpenter.
BlackStar Film Festival
This year’s celebration of Black, brown, and indigenous film will be held virtually, with 90 films, live panels, and special events. Additionally, the festival will host drive-in screenings of “Be Water,” “The Forty-Year-Old Version,” and “Miss Juneteenth.”
Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival
Organizers are planning to take advantage of streaming and physical events, as allowed, for this year’s Outfest. In addition to screening features and shorts, other events include the third-annual trans summit and conversation and first-ever women and filmmakers of color summits and conversations.
American Black Film Festival
Miami Beach, Florida
An online edition of the festival will include independent black films, studio premieres, conversations, panels, business seminars, and virtual networking events.
Sidewalk Film Festival
This year’s festival will screen over 150 features and shorts at The Grand River Drive-In in Leeds, which has four screens.
Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FILMART)
Originally scheduled for the end of March, FILMART is set to move forward in August. Details forthcoming.
From Italy with Laughter: A Comedy Film Festival — Online with the IIC Los Angeles
July 31-September 5
The Italian Cultural Institute Los Angeles showcases a series of Italian comedy premieres, with two movies playing online once each weekend.
Dances with Films
August 27-September 6
For its 23rd year, the festival is planning a virtual event with over 200 titles streamed live, alongside virtual red carpets, trivia nights, Q&As, panels, and more.
Venice International Film Festival
For its 77th edition, the festival is moving forward with an in-person, slimmed-down program. It’s forgoing the Sconfini section, which typically includes arthouse and genre films, as a means to dedicate screening times to repeat screenings of main-section films.
Harlem International Film Festival
The festival, founded in 2005, is planning an all-virtual event for this year.
Loudoun Arts Film Festival
End of August-September 19
The annual festival is operating with a hybrid model this year, with a virtual festival beginning at the end of August and concluding September 19. Drive-in screenings will take place September 10-13 and 17-19.
San Francisco Documentary Film Festival
SF DocFest is planning a virtual edition for its 19th year and will screen 25 features, 20 shorts, and offer special events and Q&As. Highlights: Joshua Tsui’s “Insert Coin,” Hannah Jayanti’s “Truth or Consequences,” Chelsea Christer’s “Bleeding Audio.”
Toronto International Film Festival
North America’s largest festival will split its programming between digital screenings and five days of socially distanced, in-person presentations. The lineup has been dramatically reduced from previous editions, with 50 new feature films and five short film programs. By contrast, the 2019 festival hosted over 300 films.
DC Shorts International Film Festival
The annual festival is moving online this year, with more than 150 short films from over 30 countries. The program includes the juried Filmmaker Awards Brunch, Screenplay Competition, free filmmaker workshops, panels, and talkbacks.
New York Latino Film Festival
The festival is offering both virtual and in-person events, with a series of drive-in feature screenings in the South Bronx. Highlights: HBO Latino’s “Habla Now,” Angel Manuel Soto’s “Charm City Kings,” John Leguizamo’s “Critical Thinking.”
Brooklyn Science Fiction Film Festival
Brooklyn, New York
The festival will stream for free online. Highlights: Robert Mockler’s “Like Me” and Mark Neale’s “No Maps for These Territories.”
Mammoth Lakes Film Festival
Mammoth Lakes, California
After initially being postponed, the festival is moving to an online-only format with screenings, live Q&As, panels, meet-ups, and virtual wine tastings. Highlights: Merawi Gerima’s “Residue,” Marjorie Conrad’s “Desire Path,” and Elegance Bratton’s “Pier Kids.”
The LGBTQ film festival, which bills itself as the world’s largest, will be held virtually this year. Planned are 18 premieres, scores of other screenings, a gala, live auction, Q&As, and other programming. Highlights: D’Arcy Drollinger’s “Shit & Champagne,” two episodes of HBO Max’s “Equal,” and Lauren Fash’s “Through the Glass Darkly.”
Atlanta Film Festival
After rescheduling the festival from the spring, organizers are planning a to host both drive-in and virtual screenings. The festival’s lineup includes 150 films and 20 educational events as part of its Creative Conference. Highlights: Casimir Nozkowski’s “The Outside Story,” Stephen Robert Morse and Nick Hampson’s “In the Cold Dark Night,” and Varda Bar-Kar’s “Fandango at the Wall.”
Catalina Film Festival
Movie lovers from around the world can log on to stream 119 official selections, as well as drive-in screenings. The $49 all-access pass allows you to stream films via FilmFestivalFlix.com, and provides entry into digital industry events and exclusives.
Created this year as a companion festival to the flagship Doc10 Film Festival, the Doc5 event will screen five nonfiction films in person. Highlights: Garrett Bradley’s “Time,” Matt Yoka’s “Whirlybird,” and Laura Gabbert’s “Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles.”
Urbanworld Film Festival
The 24th annual festival will be held virtually, with a slate of over 100 films, panels, and conversations. Highlights: David Oyelowo’s “The Water Man,” Justin Simien’s “Bad Hair,” and Angel Manuel Soto’s “Charm City Kings.”
Deep in the Heart Film Festival
The festival is planning a virtual event for this year, with a promise of adding “quirky and colorful elements” to its online presentation. Highlights: Christopher J. Hansen’s “Seven Short Films About (Our) Marriage” and O. Corbin Saleken’s “The Dummy Factor.”
Boston Film Festival
For its 36th edition, the festival will offer a virtual program that includes screenings, Q&As, and other events. Highlights: Niels Mueller’s “Small Town Wisconsin,” Inon Shampanier’s “Paper Spiders,” and John Ippolito’s “25.”
Global Peace Film Festival
Winter Park, Florida
September 21-October 4
This year’s festival will offer both online and in-person screenings, as well as filmmaker talks and panels. Highlights: Sam Bathrick’s “16 Bars,” Samuel George’s “Swing State Florida,” and Abby Ginzberg’s “Waging Change.”
Athens International Film Festival
September 23-October 4
For its 26th edition, the festival is offering both in-person screenings and virtual offerings of over 80 films. Highlights: Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese’s “This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection,” Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland,” and Christian Petzold’s “Undine.”
Celebration of Fantastic Fest
September 24-October 1
Alamo Drafthouse’s annual genre festival will offer a completely free online program this year, with five world premieres, four shorts blocks, and more. Highlights: Brandon Cronenberg’s “Possessor,” Jim Cummings’ “The Wolf of Snow Hollow,” and the Boukherma brothers’ “Teddy.”
Out on Film
September 24-October 3
For its 33rd year, the LGBTQ festival is expanding from eight to 11 days and is newly Oscar-qualifying. Highlights: Ebs Burnough’s “Capote Tapes,” Alan Parker’s “Fame,” and Megan Daniels’ “Proper Pronouns.”
Zurich Film Festival
September 24-October 4
The Swiss festival will occur in person. Highlights: Eliza Hittman’s “Never Rarely Sometimes Always,” Chaitanya Tamhane’s “The Disciple,” and Fernanda Valadez’ “Identifying Features.”
Vancouver International Film Festival
Vancouver, British Columbia
September 24-October 7
For its 39th festival, VIFF is offering an online program of 100 features, shorts, creator talks, as well as experiential and educational programming and some in-person screenings. Highlights: Viggo Mortensen’s “Falling,” Brandon Cronenberg’s “Possessor,” and Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw’s “The Truffle Hunters.”
Calgary International Film Festival
September 24-October 4
Geoblock: Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba
The festival is offering both in-persona and virtual screenings for its 21st edition. Highlights: Thomas Vinterberg’s “Another Round,” Kim A. Snyder’s “Us Kids,” and Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw’s “The Truffle Hunters.”
Imagine This Women’s Film Festival
Brooklyn, New York
September 25-October 4
For its fifth edition, the festival will virtually screen over 70 films, panels, chats, and other events. Highlights: Sharon Yaish and Yael Shachar’s “A Whore Like Me,” Jolanta Warpechowski’s “Red Yellow Pink,” and Dana H. Glazer’s “A Case of Blue.”
AFI Latin American Film Festival
Silver Spring, Maryland
September 25–October 7
Typically hosted at the AFI Silver Theatre, the Latin American-focused festival will be offering an online program for its 31st year. The majority of the 26-film program will be available online from anywhere in the US. Highlights: Pablo Larraín’s “EMA,” Alfredo León León’s “Submersible,” and Michèle Stephenson’s “Stateless.”
Woodstock Film Festival
Woodstock, New York
September 30-October 4
For its 21st edition, the festival will offer a hybrid program with online screenings, Q&As, and panels alongside films screened at several drive-ins. Highlights: Shalini Kantayya’s “Coded Bias,” Noah Gilbert’s “Horse Latitudes,” and Heidi Ewing’s “I Carry You With Me.”
Chesapeake Film Festival
For its 13th edition, the festival is offering an online selection of 46 films that are available for free, without registration and around the world. Among those streaming include a selection of seven films focused on environmental issues. Highlights: Stefan Schwartz’ “About Us,” Chantal Potter’s “Balloon Man,” and Brian Ivie’s “Emanuel.”
Moscow International Film Festival
Originally slated for April, the Russian festival will now take place during the beginning of October.
GI Film Festival San Diego
After postponing this year’s event in favor of a May 2021 date, the festival focused on military/veteran-made films is hosting a series of online screenings this October. Highlights: Denton Adkinson’s “In Their Own Words: The Tuskegee Airmen,” Justin Roberts’ “No Greater Love,” and Norm Anderson’s “The Donut Dollies.”
Festival of Cinema NYC
Queens, New York
This year’s festival will offer drive-in screenings at St. John’s University’s Queens Campus. Highlights: Paul Tanter’s “Stealing Chaplin,” Kirby Atkins’ “Mosley,” and Hasan Oswald’s “Higher Love.”
The US’ most popular genre festival will screen selections at the Mission Tiki Drive-In. Highlights include world premieres of Christopher Landon’s from Blumhouse “Freaky,” Adam Egypt Mortimer’s “Archenemy,” and Jim Cummings’ “The Wolf of Snow Hollow.”
Georgia Latino Film Festival
For its 24th edition, the festival is offering an online program
WYO Film Festival
The festival says it’s the only one in Wyoming planning on hosting an in-person festival this year. Each of the 13 features and shorts will screen twice in theaters with reduced seating capacity. Highlights: Bud Force and John Langmore’s “Cowboys,” Brian Morrison’s “Bastards’ Road,” and Dan Wayne’s “Big Fur.”
Camden International Film Festival
For its 16th edition, the festival is expanding into 12 days of programming with 60 titles screened at the Shotwell Drive-In Theatre. The Points North Forum will run from October 5-9 with over a dozen masterclasses and panels. The festival will close with a special program celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day on October 12th. Highlights: Frederick Wiseman’s “City Hall,” Nathan Grossman’s “I Am Greta,” and Garrett Bradley’s “Time.”
Asian American International Film Festival
Geoblock: Varies by title, mostly US and Canada
For its 43rd edition, the festival is offering an online program with over 15 features, 10 blocks of shorts, panels, Q&As, and workshops. It will also feature a pop-up market with products from local and small businesses by Asian diaspora artisans and artisans of color who have been impacted by the pandemic. Highlights: Ramona Diaz’ “A Thousand Cuts,” Shalini Kantayya’s “Coded Bias,” and Bao Tran’s “The Paper Tigers.”
The LGBTQ festival is planning an online-only program for this year, its 30th anniversary, with screenings, special events, and Q&As. It’s also programming a night of free programming at the CityView Drive-In on July 29. Highlights: Jen Rainin and Rivkah Beth Medow’s “Ahead of the Curve,” Gabriel Range’s “Stardust,” and Isabel Sandoval’s “Lingua Franca.”
The virtual festival will include live premieres, Q&As, panels, networking, yoga, and parties.
GlobeDocs Film Festival
The Boston Globe-hosted festival will screen 35 films virtually for its sixth edition. Highlights: Shalini Kantayya’s “Coded Bias,” Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar’s “9to5: The Story of a Movement,” and Frederick Wiseman’s “City Hall.”
Louisiana Film Prize
Billed as a one-of-a-kind festival/competition, this year’s event will be a hybrid of online and in-person screenings. Twenty filmmaking finalists will vie for a $25,000 grand prize based entirely on audience voting.
GEMS Miami Film Festival
For the festival’s seventh edition, organizers are planning a hybrid event with both drive-in and virtual screenings, along with competitions and panels. The festival focuses on the gems of the fall festival season. Highlights: HBO’s Frank Marshall-directed “The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart,” Emma Seligman’s “Shiva Baby,” and Darius Marder’s “Sound of Metal.”
The festival is going virtual for its 17th annual edition and will also host drive-in screenings. Many programs and panels will either be paused this year or switched to a virtual model, including the BIPOC filmmaker grant pitch. Highlights: Loki Mulholland’s “After Selma,” Piotr Dylewski’s “Rotten Ears,” and Jim Cricchi’s “Can You Hear Us Now?”
Hamptons International Film Festival
East Hampton, New York
For its 28th edition, the festival will offer both virtual and drive-in screenings. Highlights: Regina King’s “One Night in Miami,” Nathan Grossman’s “I Am Greta,” and Garrett Bradley’s “Time.”
Los Angeles Greek Film Festival
The 14th annual festival will be held virtually, with 53 films screening online. Highlights: Marco Gastine’s “As Far as the Sea,” Rinio Dragasaki’s “Cosmic Candy,” and Zacharias Mavroeidis’ “Defunct.”
Coalition of South Asian Film Festivals
The coalition is a group of seven American and Canadian South Asian Film Festivals — Seattle’s Tasveer South Asian Film Festival, Chicago South Asian Film Festival, Washington DC South Asian Film Festival, Toronto’s Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival, Maryland’s Nepal America International Film Festival, South Asian Film Festival of Montreal, and Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival — that have come together to offer an online festival featuring online screenings, Q&As, and industry panels. Highlights: Baba Azmi’s “Mee Raqsam,” Shirish Gurung’s “Lato Kosero,” and Prateek Vats’s “Eeb Allay Ooo!”
BFI London Film Festival
The 2020 edition of the festival will include both virtual and in-person screenings, Q&As, roundtable discussions and more. Additionally, the LFF in Cinemas initiative will include festival preview screenings programmed at theaters across the UK. Highlights: Miranda July’s “Kajillionaire,” Bill and Turner Ross’ “Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets,” and Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland.”
Heartland International Film Festival
The Midwest festival is planning a program of virtual screenings as well as drive-in screenings. Highlights: Edward Hall’s “Blithe Spirit,” Gabriel Range’s “Stardust,” and Lee Isaac Chung’s “Minari.”
Satisfied Eye International Film Festival
For its third edition, the festival will offer its programming in person at the Odeon Epsom cinema. Highlights include a wide range of shorts programs, Matías Ganz’ “A Dog’s Death,” and Martha Shane’s “Narrowsburg.”
The TV festival originally planned for March has been rescheduled for early October, with in-person and online components. Highlights: Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Nat Saunders, and James Serafinowicz’ “Truth Seekers,” Marc Maurino’s “#FREERAYSHAWN,” and Alexander Eik’s “Atlantic Crossing.”
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Hot Springs, Arkansas
For its 29th edition, the festival is holding both drive-in and virtual screenings. Highlights: Mary Wharton’s “Jimmy Carter, Rock & Roll President,” Laura Gabbert’s “Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles,” and Julia Reichart and Steve Bognar’s “9to5: The Story of A Movement.”
FILM-COM 2020 and FILMOLUTION
Now in its 11th year, the international market and conference is presenting a virtual program that includes over 140 industry experts and projects available for packaging, financing, co-production, and distribution.
The French festival along with its International Classic Film Market will both happen in person in October. Highlights: a film-concert of “Flesh and the Devil,” a 20th anniversary celebration of Wong Kar-wai’s “In the Mood for Love,” and the premiere of Sofia Coppola’s “On the Rocks.”
The world’s largest TV market, held parallel with Canneseries, will occur completely online.
NALIP Media Fest
The National Association of Latino Independent Producers’ annual festival will virtual this year, featuring Latinx short films, TV pilots, digital content, and VR/AR/XR.
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
For the festival’s 12th edition, organizers are planning a program that will include socially distant screenings, discussions, drive-ins, and events. Some programs may be available only online. Highlights: Jonathan Wysocki’s “Dramarama,” Peter Raymont and Nancy Lang’s “Margaret Atwood: A Word after a Word after a Word is Power,” and Ryan Spindell’s “The Mortuary Collection.”
The web series and indie TV festival will offer a virtual program for its third year, with screenings, workshops, panels, an industry marketplace, live pitch competition, and awards ceremony planned.
Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival and Symposium
The festival’s sixth edition will be held virtually, with film screenings and the symposium. Highlights: Hao Wu’s “76 Days,” Sam Pollard’s “MLK/FBI,” and Sonia Kennebeck’s “Enemies of the State.
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
September 24-October 31
For its 36th edition, the festival is presenting a virtual program that includes screening of 225 films across five weekends. Iram Parveen Bilal’s “I’ll Meet You There,” Ramona S. Diaz’ “A Thousand Cuts,” and Mallorie Ortega’s “The Girl Who Left Home.”
Chicago International Film Festival
The festival is offering a virtual program this year, including screenings and the annual Industry Days. Dede Gardner, John Logan, and Effie Brown are among the speakers. Highlights: R.J. Cutler’s “Belushi,” Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland,” and Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel’s “The Road Up.”
Film Fest 919
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
The festival’s third edition will feature drive-in and outdoor screenings.
Nordic International Film Festival
For its sixth edition, the showcase of Scandinavian film will offer both virtual and drive-in screenings. Highlights: Ari Aster’s “Midsommar,” Jan Vardoen’s “Oslo Copenhagen,” and the anthology series “Force of Habit.”
SOHO International Film Festival
The festival will offer a virtual program this year of over 100 films to stream worldwide. Highlights: Guy Davies’ “Philophobia,” Julie Rowen’s “The Air Of The Time,” and Andre Welsh’s “Disrupted.”
San Diego International Film Festival
The festival will offer more than 70 features and shorts both online and at drive-in screenings. Highlights: Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland,” Ekwa Msangi’s “Farewell Amor,” and Talya Lavie’s “Honeymood.”
Middleburg Film Festival
The festival is offering a largely virtual program this year, in addition to several drive-in and outdoor screenings. Highlights: Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland,” Lee Isaac Chung’s “Minari,” and Regina King’s “One Night in Miami.”
The festival for its 17th edition will offer an online program. Highlights: Julia Hart’s “I’m Your Woman,” Errol Morris’ “My Psychedelic Love Story,” and Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer’s “Fireball.”
Meet the Press Film Festival
Now in its fourth year, this year’s Meet the Press Film Festival will appear as part of AFI Fest. The festival will include 19 issue-based documentary shorts. Following the festival, some titles will be available to stream on NBC News apps through Election Day.
Montclair Film Festival
Montclair, New Jersey
The festival will screen this year’s selections online via Montclair Film Virtual Cinema as well as at a drive-in. Highlights: Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland,” Derek DelGaudio’s “In & Of Itself,” and Regina King’s “One Night in Miami.”
Home Is Distant Shores Film Festival
Cary, North Carolina
The festival highlighting immigrant and refugee experiences in the US will feature 24 films screened online. Tickets are free. Highlights: Laura Nix’s “Walk Run Cha-Cha,” David Quint’s “Father Unknown,” and Miao Wang’s “Maineland.”
Tallgrass Film Festival
The 18th annual festival will be held virtually this year, with extended dates for online film screenings, Q&As, parties, and other events.
The New York LGBTQ film festival will virtually screen 100 films, panels, and online events for its 32nd edition. The full lineup will be announced September 23.
Busan International Film Festival
Busan, South Korea
Organizers for Asia’s largest film festival are planning an in-person event with 300 films screened to over 10,000 attendees. Highlights: Ann Hui, Sammo Hung, Ringo Lam, Patrick Tam, Johnnie To, Tsui Hark, John Woo, and Yuen Woo-Ping’s “Septet: The Story of Hong Kong,” Isshin Inudo’s “Josee, the Tiger and the Fish,” and Wong Kar-wai’s “In the Mood for Love.”
Austin Film Festival
For its 27th year, the festival will offer an online program and writers conference. Highlights: Jonah Malak’s “Dave Not Coming Back,” Maureen Bharoocha’s “Golden Arm,” and Chelsea McEvoy’s “Re-Inventing The Wheel.”
imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
Geoblock: Ontario and US
This year’s festival will be virtual and include work from 153 indigenous artists working in 23 languages from 13 countries and 97 indigenous nations. Among the selections are 10 features, four shorts programs, two guest curated programs, and one artist spotlight. Highlights: Michelle Latimer’s “Inconvenient Indian,” Loretta Todd’s “Monkey Beach,” and Sterlin Harjo’s “Love and Fury.”
LA Brazilian Film Festival
For its 13th edition, the festival will offer a virtual program that includes films, music, and a film market. Highlights: Claudio Assis’ “Mercy,” Allan Fromberton’s “Pacarrete,” and Camila de Moraes’ “The Case of the Wrong Man.”
Virginia Film Festival
For its 33rd edition, the festival is offer a virtual and drive-in program with over 50 films. Highlights: Regina King’s “One Night in Miami,” Francis Lee’s “Ammonite,” and Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland.”
Bushwick Film Festival
For its 13th edition, organizers are presenting an online edition with over 100 films streaming along with live music, contests, and other events.
Indie Memphis Film Festival
The festival will offer screenings online, at drive-ins, and at outdoor venues. Its selection of over 230 features, shorts, and music videos focuses on women and filmmakers of color. Highlights: Trimiko Melancon’s “What Do You Have to Lose?,” Lynne Sachs’ “A Film About a Father Who,” and Emma Seligman’s “Shiva Baby.”
BedStuy Film Festival
Brooklyn, New York
October 23-November 25
The third annual festival will be held virtually. Highlights: Katherine Murray-Satchell’s “Cycles,” Xan Black’s “A Smaller World,” and Prentiss L. Thompson’s “I.C.U.”
SCAD Savannah Film Festival
The Savannah College of Art and Design’s annual festival will be an entirely virtual presentation this year, with 20 narrative films, 17 documentaries, and 111 shorts. Highlights: Julia Hart’s “I’m Your Woman,” Regina King’s “One Night in Miami,” and Lee Isaac Chung’s “Minari.”
New York City Drone Film Festival
Billing itself as the first event dedicated to the celebration of drone cinematography, this year’s event will be streamed live and include master classes, panels, live chats, and more.
Asian Contents & Film Market
Busan, South Korea
Organizers for Asia’s largest film festival moved the dates later in October. All outdoor events are canceled to avoid crowds gathering and no parties or receptions are planned. International guests are not invited.
Moving Parts Film Festival
The festival will offer a virtual program with 45 films, workshops, and Q&As.
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival
Jihlava, Czech Republic
October 27-November 1
Organizers of the Czech festival say they plan to adapt their plans as necessary, including by limiting venue capacity, setting up additional venues, and holding repeat screenings. They’re looking into accommodations for those vulnerable to infection, including seniors and those with illnesses.
Raindance Film Festival
October 28-November 7
The annual British gathering will hold an in-person/virtual hybrid festival for this year’s edition. Highlights: Sabrina Van Tassel’s “The State of Texas vs. Melissa,” Don Hardy’s “Citizen Penn,” and Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe’s “He Dreams of Giants.”
Peachtree Village International Film Festival
October 29-November 1
For its 15th edition, the festival will offer a virtual program
Japan Connects Hollywood
October 30-November 1
An online edition will include screenings, a talent competition, video editing masterclass, and panels. Highlights: Ema Ryan Yamazaki’s “Koshien: Japan’s Field of Dreams” and Otsuichi’s “Stare.”
Tokyo International Film Festival
October 31-November 9
The festival will hold its 33rd edition in person. Highlights: Masaharu Take’s “Underdog” and Hajime Hashimoto’s “Hokusai.”
Glimmerglass Film Days
Cooperstown, New York
This year’s event will be available online. Highlights: Sara Dosa’s “The Seer and the Unseen,” Werner Herzog’s “Family Romance, LLC,” and Peter Hutchison’s “Healing from Hate: Battle for the Soul of a Nation.”
Louisville International Film Festival
The festival will offer a virtual program for its 11th edition.
St. Louis International Film Festival
For its 29th edition, the festival will offer a virtual event with screenings, mater classes, and talks. Highlights: The Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert-directed Dave Chappelle special “8:46,” Alex Bayer, Jonathan Mann, and Mary Anne Rothberg’s “The Oratorio,” and Sam Pollard’s “MLK/FBI.”
Four of the UK’s regional festivals — Bath, Brighton, Cambridge, and Cornwall — have banded together for a collective virtual festival. Highlights: Viggo Mortensen’s “Falling,” Zeina Durra’s “Luxor,” and Maite Alberdi’s “The Mole Agent.”
American Film Market
Santa Monica, California
After initially remaining committed to holding the 41st film market in person, organizers announced it would instead be held online.
HollyShorts Film Festival
The Oscar-qualifying shorts festival is going virtual for its 16th edition vis the Bitpix platform, available on Apple, Android, and many streaming devices.
The market held in conjunction with the Tokyo International Film Festival opened its call for projects in March for the first edition of the Tokyo Gap-Financing Market. The market aims to support Japanese, Asian, and International producers secure financing for up to 20 film and TV projects through one-on-one meetings.
The festival will move to a primarily online format for its 11th year. Closer to November, organizers will reevaluate the feasibility of holding additional in-person events.
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
November 13-November 29
The festival is holding a hybrid edition this year.
Northern Virginia International Film & Music Festival
For its sixth edition, the festival is offering a virtual program.
Key West Film Festival
Key West, Florida
The Florida festival is planning an in-person event, with a socially distant program held at all-outdoor venues, and virtual Q&As and panels.
Sheffield Doc/Fest and Marketplace
Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Digital Industry Pass offers paid access to a slate of online programs from the UK festival that begin in June. Up first are market events. The MeetMarket nonfiction pitching forum will see 48 projects presented to industry representatives from June 8-10. Alternate Realities Talent Market includes 20 teams matched with curators, exhibitors, galleries, museums, international festivals, broadcasters, funding bodies, NGOs, and distributors.
Screening platform Doc/Player will offer a slate of noncompetitive films through August 31. Talks and panels will stream throughout June, July, and August. Access to pre-recorded pitches, The Whickers Pitch, and Chicken & Egg Pictures (Egg)celerator Lab Pitch, will be available in June, and streaming of weekend panels will be available in the fall.
CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival
November 25-December 1
For its 8th edition, the documentary festival presented by the Calgary Underground Film Festival will offer both virtual and in-person screenings. The program includes over 15 features, shorts, and Q&As.The lineup will be announced mid October.
Films Across Borders
Now in its sixth year, this film showcase hosted by American University and 19 embassies, is going virtual. This year’s theme is centered around stories of resilience and hope. Highlights: Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts’ “For Sama,” Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing,” and National Geographic’s “Last Wild Places: The Americas.”
Sweded Festival for Creative Re-Creations
Beginning November 30
Pittsburgh-based theater and distributor Row House Cinema is programming this feature-length compilation in virtual cinemas and select independent theaters. Through December 31, anyone is welcome to submit a “Sweded” film — a short, cheap, and “out of control” re-creation of existing movies, a concept popularized in Michel Gondry’s “Be Kind, Rewind.”
Whistler Film Festival
Whistler, British Columbia
The festival’s 20th edition will be held online and in person with screenings, an industry Content Summit, and market-driven talent programs.
The inaugural festival, built on Filmocracy’s online platform, will offer 44 films from a dozen countries plus panels, Q&As, and networking. Highlights: Cecilia Aldarondo’s “Landfall,” Michael Leoni’s “When Today Ends,” and Frank Licari and Helen Murphy’s “José Feliciano: Behind This Guitar.”
Female Voices Rock Film Festival
The festival is offering an online program this year featuring films in which at least two key creative roles are filled by women.
DC Chinese International Film Festival
The festival is planning a virtual program for its fifth edition.
NFMLA Film Festival InFocus: Middle Eastern, Arab & Dutch Cinema
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles, the Dutch consulate, and the Arab Film and Media Institute are hosting a virtual edition of the annual celebration of Middle Eastern, Arab, and Dutch filmmaking. The lineup includes three shorts programs, filmmaker Q&As, and panels.
GuadaLAjara Film Festival
The Festival International de Guadalajara in Los Angeles is rebranding for this year’s festival, which will be completely online for it 10th year celebrating Latin American film. Highlights: Conor Allyn’s “No Man’s Land,” Rodrigo Reyes’ “499,” Carlos López Estrada’s “Summertime.”
New Directors/New Films
Film at Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art’s 49th annual event, originally slated to occur in March, will now take place in December virtually. The event, which celebrates daring work, will screen 24 features and 10 shorts. Highlights: Zheng Lu Xinyuan’s “The Cloud in Her Room,” Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss’ “Boys State,” and Maya Da-Rin’s “The Fever.”