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There are many excellent film festivals and markets around the world and throughout the year.
Some of the key events you should be aware of are:
Sundance is a leading showcase for new films, particularly emerging directors, and the key de-facto marketplace for American and international independent movies.
Rotterdam has emerged as a crucial festival for bold international cinema.
The Berlinale ranks in the top tier of European festivals and arguably in the top five worldwide.
Arguably the world's leading festival devoted to short films, Clermont-Ferrand in France is a vital showcase and marketplace.
Hot Docs is North America's largest documentary film festival and conference.
The Cannes Film Festival is the pinnacle of the world's top tier film events.
Founded in 1932, the Venice Film Festival is the world's first film festival.
The Melbourne International Film Festival has been running for 60 years and is the most significant screen event in Australia.
The Toronto International Film Festival is a key festival for launching independent productions.
The Busan International Film Festival has grown to become Asia's largest film festival.
AFM is the world's larget film market.
Alongside Hot Docs, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam is considered the most important documentary festival.
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