Film FestivalsFilm festivals are regular events organized by local municipalities, community groups, universities, national organizations, arts organizations and/or film societies and are regularly attended by a wide range of people. They give an opportunity for movie producers and other movie distributors to have their movies screened in front of an actual live audience and to be reviewed by independent, professional movie critics. The films are often from local, low budget productions. There are also national and international film festivals that are very popular among movie lovers. In a typical film festival, movie stars and director will come together to display their latest movies and the audience will vote on their favorite films. This is usually done with the help of a variety of media such as television, newspapers and magazines, websites and more. Film festival organizers organize everything from the screening of the films to the marketing and advertising of the event. Usually these events are organized before a large crowd, to avoid long lines and to make the viewing experience more enjoyable. Film festivals are the ideal venue to showcase new and upcoming films. The films are often from the latest Hollywood releases or independent or foreign films. Many times films are previewed prior to their official premiere at a specialized screening center. Some film festivals even allow viewers to see the movies before they are released in selected theaters nationwide. Sometimes, special shows and pre-televised screenings are included in the package so you don't have to wait until the movies arrive in your area to see them. Film festival organizers typically offer many benefits for participating in their events. Some are providing financial aid for low budget films or for independent films that would not normally be screened in mainstream theaters. Others provide scholarships and other forms of entertainment benefits to filmmakers that attend the event. Often, film festival organizers invite top films from overseas that are exhibited at the event. For example, the Largo Film Festival in Florida features films from countries such as India and Mexico. Other events may feature local and regional talent. Film festivals are an ideal way to network with other film producers and executives. Attending one of these events provides an opportunity to meet industry leaders and learn about what is currently on the industry scene. Participating in such events may also expose budding filmmakers to people with the connections and power to produce their own films. During a film festival, viewers are exposed to a variety of films from different genres. You are also sure to find some familiar names from the Hollywood scene, including actors, directors, and producers. In the process of enjoying the films, you will have the chance to meet other festival goers and exchange ideas. If you are an aspiring filmmaker, the experience you gain at the event can help you develop your film career. Many festival organizers provide opportunities to present your film for sale to anyone who wishes to buy it after the screening. The most successful films at international film festivals are those that are artistic, commercial, and culturally relevant. These types of movies are usually about issues related to current events or social problems. Your film can be screened for exposure, and if it wins a prestigious award at the festival, it may also generate interest from film investors and producers. Most film festivals are free to attend, although some require a registration fee. If you are a filmmaker, you will be able to attend to obtain information about the type of events and other information that are available at the festival. Most filmmakers agree that the experience is very beneficial, as it gives them the opportunity to make contacts and meet other like-minded people. If you have never been to a festival, you should consider doing so. It can be a great learning experience. You will learn more about the industry, about the audience, and about the films that are and aren't likely to win awards.