The three most prestigious film festivals in the world are generally considered to be Cannes, Berlin, and Venice, but for many producers they are just a distant dream.
However, the film industry in the United Kingdom has a burgeoning festival programme that could provide the next generation of producers with the perfect platform to progress their careers.
Read on as we look as look at some of the top film festivals in the UK.
UK Film Festival – London
The UK Film Festival (UKFF) aims to champion great films, but in particular seeks submissions from those film makers who might not yet have had the chance for a prestigious public screening of their work.
Screening in the heart of London, the festival celebrates the cultural diversity of films made in the UK and also welcomes films from all over the world.
The UKFF has established a tradition of promoting films that have subsequently gone on to be Oscar nominees and winners.
The festival has also connected new film makers to the television industry, including exposure by leading British broadcaster, Channel 4.
Raindance Film Festival – London
Raindance is dedicated to promoting independent film making around the world and rewarding the makers of the best movies of a particular year.
Based in the heart of London, the event combines Raindance Film Festival, training courses and the British Independent Film Awards.
The organisation was founded in 1992 by Elliot Grove as a thought experiment – can you make a film with no money, no training and no experience?
Now firmly established as a major festival in the UK calendar, Raindance offers a wide range of evening and weekend film training courses in cities across the globe, including London, Toronto, Los Angeles, Berlin and Paris – all taught by experienced film professionals.
Leeds International Film Festival – Leeds
Now in its 33rd year, the Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF) is a qualifying event for both the Oscars and BAFTAs.
LIFF presents an extensive and diverse programme of discovery that celebrates the achievements of new and established talent from around the world.
In 2018, LIFF received over 5,500 feature and short film submissions from 111 countries for its five programme sections, making it one of the busiest festivals of its kind.
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