Top 15 film festivals around the world in October

With September's high-profile film festivals from Toronto and Venice over, more significant cinema events roll out, including more than a dozen in October around the world. Most schedule line-ups will be available on the festival websites:

The 6th annual Zurich Film Festival
September 23-October 3
The festival features work of young, upcoming filmmakers from around the globe and aims to promote an exchange between established film personalities and young talent. There is also a Master Class and the competition hands out the Golden Eye award.

The 48th annual New York International Film Festival
September 24-October 10
In conjunction with Lincoln Center, feature films, documentaries and shorts are screened to recognize and support new filmmakers with special programs, panel discussions and the experimental film showcase. The opening film is David Fincher's The Social Network about the founding of Facebook with the filmmaker present. Closing with Clint Eastwood's Hereafter and with a special presentation of Julie Taymor's The Tempest.

The 29th annual Vancouver International Film Festival
September 30-October 15
The event opens with Barney's Version starring Paul Giamatti and closes with The Illusionist ( L'illusioniste) by Sylvain Chomet. There are several categories of films screened including Africa Today, Ecologies of Mind, Canadian Images, the largest selection of East Asian films outside of Asia, Spotlight on France, and Documentaries.

The 10th annual Beirut International Film Festival
October 6-13
A platform for films from young talent in the Middle East and North Africa region in the competition program, as well as international films and an organic culinary section.

The 14th annual Pusan International Film Festival
October 7-15
This South Korean festival screens 300 international and domestic films for an audience of almost 200,000. The Window on Asian Cinema highlights independent films by young directors. Established Asian filmmakers addressing social or historical issues are also featured. Films that represent the current trends in Korean cinema as well as the world cinema are shown along with shorts, animation, and other genres. There is a retrospective and Open Cinema films screened outdoors.

The 54th BFI London Film Festival
October 13-28
There are 70 films screened, featuring British, European, French and international selections for the 116,000 attending the event. Galas, speakers and a master class are included in the program as well as archival films, experimental fare, shorts and animation. Festival favorites Danny Boyle's 127, Black Swan with Natalie Portman and the Toronto winner The King's Speech with Colin Firth are among the highlights.

Viennale - The 48th annual Vienna International Film Festival
October 21-November 3
With screening of over 300 feature films, documentaries and short films, this festival programs mostly independent films. It attracts a largely young audience of more than 90,000 visitors and includes tributes, special programs and retrospectives. This year, Éric Rohmer - one of the five major directors of the French Nouvelle Vague or New Wave along with François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Rivette and Claude Chabrol  - will be the featured filmmaker.

The Mumbai Film Festival
October 21-28
The Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI) organizes this event in five categories. The program features an International Competition for directors' first features, "World Cinema" films with award-winning and critically-acclaimed films from other festivals, a retrospective, and an Indian Showcase. There is also a competition for students and media professionals under 25.

The 34th annual Sao Paulo International Film Festival
October 22-November 4
With screenings of 329 films and 180,000 attendees, this event in Brazil is the biggest in South America. The program is divided into two sections, a competition for new filmmakers of fiction and documentaries and an international panorama of films from the last two years which compete for an audience award. Special presentations and workshops are also a part of the event.

The 14th annual Hollywood Film Festival
October 22-25
This event screens features, documentaries, shorts, and music videos, in addition to conference panels with guest speakers, and the awards ceremonies. Finalists' films are culled from the global creative community. The program tries to bridge the gap between established Hollywood and independent filmmakers.

The 23rd annual Tokyo International Film Festival
October 23-31
One of the 12 largest film festivals, the program features screenings of more than a hundred feature films with 80,000 film fans attending the event. In the competition section, films from around the world are judged for the Sakura Grand Prix with Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan ( The Crying Game) as president of the jury. Other sections include Special Screenings of unreleased films, the "Winds of Asia" representing Asian trends in film, and "Japanese Eyes" focused on new Japanese movies. Also a retrospective of Hong Kong actor Bruce Lee's films is scheduled.

Among other festivals happening this month, here are a few more highlights:

T he 46th Chicago Film Festival, October 7-21,

The 21st New Orleans Film Festival, October 14-21,

The 17th Austin Film Festival and Conference, October 21-28,

The 25th Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, October 22-November 11,


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