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The Sundance Film Festival is the largest independent cinema festival in the United States, held each January in Park City, Utah, as well as in other satellite locations.  The festival is a showcase for new productions from American as well as international independent filmmakers.  Sundance is comprised of competitive sections for American and international dramatic and documentary films, both feature-length and short. It is often heralded as America’s most prestigious fest.  (If you can go, check out filmmatic.com’s annual opening-weekend networking event!)



The Midwest Independent Film Festival is the nation’s only film festival solely dedicated to the Midwest filmmaker, presenting audiences with regionally produced independent cinema every first Tuesday of the month at Landmark Century Centre Cinema, 2828 North Clark in Chicago.  (We can tell you first-hand that the monthly after-party is not to be missed!)



The Garden State Film Festival was founded to promote the art of filmmaking on all levels by showcasing a wide variety of film, video and animated works as well as provide educational programs in the creative arts to the public by industry leaders.  The Asbury Park festival location was selected to serve as an engine for the city’s revitalization through arts, commerce and culture, as well as a tribute to New Jersey’s legacy as a birthplace of the American filmmaking industry in Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratories where he invented the first film cameras and projectors, and Fort Lee, where his original studios were founded.




The Carmel International Film Festival, five days of independent film complemented by contemporary art, music, conversations, lecture series, and much more.  Watch a hundred or so of the world’s best film offerings from five different categories:  Narrative Feature, Documentary, Short, Animation and Student.  Follow up the entertainment with a trip to the popular Filmmaker’s Beach Dinner, a classic Carmel experience.



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