Every Film Festival and Market Still Happening in 2020, in Person and Online
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Harlem International Film Festival
The festival, founded in 2005, is planning an all-virtual event for this year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Global Peace Film Festival
Winter Park, Florida
September 21-October 4
Organizers are still working out details, but plan to add virtual elements to the festival.
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.
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.
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.
Zurich Film Festival
September 24-October 4
Organizers of the Swiss festival said a government ban on gatherings of over 1,000 people will not impact its late-September event.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Japan Connects Hollywood
The in-person festival has been canceled, but organizers are planning a series of online events this fall, with details to come. The festival is scheduled to return to Hollywood with an in-person program in 2021.
Asian American International Film Festival
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.
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.
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.
Festival of Cinema NYC
Queens, New York
This year’s festival will offer drive-in screenings at St. John’s University’s Queens Campus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
GEMS Miami Film Festival
For the festival’s seventh edition, organizers are planning a virtual event, with details to come.
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
Hamptons International Film Festival
East Hampton, New York
For its 28th edition, the festival will offer both virtual and drive-in screenings.
Heartland International Film Festival
The Midwest festival is planning a program of virtual screenings as well as drive-in screenings.
The TV festival originally planned for March has been rescheduled for early October, with in-person and online components.
The French festival along with its International Classic Film Market will both happen in person in October.
The world’s largest TV market, held parallel with Canneseries, will occur completely online.
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.
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.
Chicago International Film Festival
Organizers say they’re committed to producing the 56th edition of the festival in mid-October.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SCAD Savannah Film Festival
The Savannah College of Art and Design’s annual festival will be an entirely virtual presentation this year, with gala premiere screenings, competitions, events, and forums.
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.
Tokyo International Film Festival
October 31-November 9
The dates of the Tokyo festival remain the same and it is accepting submissions, but organizers say they will respond to conditions out of concern for safety, even if that means a cancelation or postponement.
St. Louis International Film Festival
Organizers have canceled the in-person festival in favor of a virtual one some time in November, with dates and more information to be announced.
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 continues to accept submissions and is preparing for scenarios where it must go fully or partially virtual.
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.
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. It will not require filmmaker attendance in favor of hosting remote Q&As and is slimming down its program to include 10 to 20 features and 15 to 25 shorts. It will continue its Pay the Artists! Fund, which typically awards honoraria to each visiting filmmaking team.
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.
Bentonville Film Festival
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.
NewFilmmakers LA Monthly Film Festival – InFocus: California Cinema, Los Angeles Storytellers and International Animation
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.
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