Glitz and glamour galore get celebrated along with some of the world's most promising new films. This is the space station of festivals; no other has higher prestige.
Big name black stars and filmmakers gather in a reputed tropical paradise to expose new work and re-charge their creative batteries.
CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The world comes to the Midwest when this high-profile Windy City fest screens cinematic offerings from the earth's nooks and crannies.
LOS ANGELES INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
Film Town's indy flick festival gives the little guy and gal a chance in the land where big moguls roam.
SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Unusual entries from all over the world makes the SDIFF anything but a standard multiplex experience. Among last year's prizewinners: a work called "My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts."
AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE'S FILM FESTIVAL
What separates the American Film Institute's event from the rest of the fest pack is the incorporation of the "Screenwriter's Weekend." Thus it tosses a bone of respect to the people who, according to one writer, are treated on a film set as if they're significantly less important than the star's hairdresser.
TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL
At the Labor Day weekend event held in an idyllic Colorado mountain town, every film is truly a surprise. That's because the list of movies to be shown is kept secret until opening day.
MADCAT WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
With screenings divided between San Francisco and Berkeley, MWIFF showcases unusual works by women filmmakers. Madcat's programmers purr-fer the experimental and avant-garde.
BLACK PANTHER FILM FESTIVAL
It's a gun blast from the past as New York's Schomburg Center hosts documentaries about the Panthers and other revolutionary groups.
HOLLYWOOD BLACK FILM FESTIVAL
Samuel L. Jackson plays a Julliard-trained musician who descends into homelessness and lives in a cave in the opening night offering of this chic noire fest.
CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL
From a usually R-rated art, this fest plucks some G-flavored entertainment for the wee ones.
AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL - NEW YORK
A spicy combination of African, South American and Caribbean cinema mix and mingle in the city that's itself a cultural "mosaic."
FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
With a run of 28 days, Fort Lauderdale boasts the world's longest film fest.
AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL
Who says New Jersey has nothing to offer? An annual February happening held in Newark, AAFF spotlights independent black filmmakers.
FOUNTAINHEAD TANZ THEATRE
XVI BLACK INTERNATIONAL CINEMA
American expatriates founded this Berlin fest that features a sampling of black films from the US and Germany.
DENVER PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL
A cluster of educational events - lectures, readings and workshops - accompanies a collection of distinctive films at this April adventure in the Mile High City.
TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL
A Hollywood experience in Canada, the star-powered TFF always presents a black cinema program.