24 January 2012

2012′s International Film Festivals

It’s a fabulous time to be a film fan, as the awards season gets going full swing, with the BAFTAs and the Oscars to come. As excited as we are here at PINCH about the up and coming award ceremonies, it’s the commencement of a year of film festivals that’s got us all sparkly eyed and bushy tailed. And the beautiful thing is that there are festivals taking place all over the world all year round, so you can go crazy-film-fan mad and go to them all. We’ve selected a few to tickle your film & travel tastebuds at the same time, because we’re flirty like that.

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL, UTAH, U.S.A, Until 29th January 2012

This illustrious film festival is taking place this very minute, so you need to be quick to catch it before it’s over for another year. Arguably one of America’s most important film festivals, the destiny of many films currently showing on the big screen are decided at Sundance. While on location why not take in all the beauty of Park City from high up in the winter sky in a hot air balloon ride. Click here for details.

Watch the trailer for Rodrigo Cortés’s, Red Lights, starring Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver and Robert de Niro, here.

Click here to buy tickets.

CALIFORNIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL, THE NEW RHEEM THEATRE, MORAGA, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A, 10th-16th February 2012

One of California’s fastest growing film festivals, CAIFF has been steadily gathering prestige since its inception back in 1997. The seven day programme features documentaries, shorts and seminars, as well as special award events. Feature films include, Jucy, Monsieur Lazhar, Pearls of the Far East, Tilt and Hermano. While you’re in California why not live the ultimate Hollywood fairytale. Bouffe your hair, slip on that slinky evening dress and those killer heels, (men stick on that handsome suit and shine your shoes) and get ready to indulge in the glamour of Hollywood as seen on the silver screen.

Watch the trailer for the opening night film, Monsieur Lazhar, here and buy tickets here.

Keep up to date with all the CAIFF happenings by following the festival on Twitter.

NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, VARIOUS DESTINATIONS, July-November 2012

From July to November the New Zealand International Film Festival will be screening all over New Zealand. The two main screening destinations are Auckland (19th July- 5th August) and Wellington (27th July- 12th August) presenting a programme of between 150-170 features. A smaller programme then travels to 12 further centres throughout New Zealand. If you head to Auckland for the festival take a day to explore the magnificent vineyards of Waiheke Island and quaff a glass of wine or two, or three.

Watch the trailer for the South Korean thriller, The Man From Nowhere, here.

Register here, to keep up to date with all the regular festival updates.

CLERMONT-FERRAND INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, CLERMONT-FERRAND, FRANCE, 27th January – 4th February 2012

2012 heralds the 34th year of this leading short film festival.The festival will be hoping to discover the next big thing in the 40 minute or under cinematic format. Attracting over 100,000 visitors a year, the festival is a must for any short film enthusiast. While in this beautiful region of France pay a visit to the Chaine des Puys, the chain of magnificent volcanoes that surround the city.

Click here to watch a selection of clips from shorts from the festival, and click here to buy tickets.

LONDON INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL, LONDON, 12th-23rd April 2012

Celebrated for championing independent filmmakers, and giving special attention to first and second time directors, the London Independent Film Festival provides a platform for films that may not get coverage through other channels. The Roxy Bar and Screen in Borough and Shortwave in Bermondsey will play host to this year’s festival. While in lovely London why not treat yourself to a cocktail on the roof of Somerset House, as you watch the Spring sun settle over the city.

To watch the trailer for the festival click here. For tickets, click here.

OSAKA ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL, OSAKA, JAPAN, 9th-18th March 2012

In its 7th year, the OAFF prides itself on screening quality Asian films. The theme and tag-line of the festival is ‘From Osaka to all of Asia‘. Under this theme the festival organisers intend to screen Japan-premiere films in the hope introducing new films into the cinematic bloodstream of Japan and subsequently all of Asia. The festival will also include special events with guest filmmakers. While in Osaka a visit to the gorgeous Osaka Castle is a must, have a picnic in the surrounding Nishinomaru Garden amongst the 600 plus cherry blossom trees, which hopefully at the time of the festival, will be in bloom.

BERLINALE, BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, BERLIN, 9th-19th February 2012

Berlin is somewhat of a cultural honeypot, and when it comes to film and cinematics, its 62nd Berlinale, one of the most important calender dates for the film industry, doesn’t fail to impress. The festival shows about 400 films per year of every genre, length and format within the festivals categories, Competition, Panorama, GenerationPerspektive Deutsches Kino, Forum and Berlinale Shorts. Continue your cultural Berlin adventure with a visit to the C/O Gallery. This beautiful gallery, housed inside a stunning, elaborate brick building, specialises in photography, supporting young up-and-coming artists as well as attracting some of the bigger names in the industry.

To watch the trailer for the Berlinale, click here. To buy tickets, click here.

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