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A guide to all of the film festivals happening in 2022

film festivals 2022

Sydney's annual film festival has officially commenced, right off the tail of Cannes film festival in late May, and it's got us thinking about all of the prestigious film festivals that occur throughout the year. From La Biennale di Venezia, the oldest film festival in the world, to local affairs, below is your guide to all of the film festivals happening in 2022 and the dates they occur on.


Sundance Film Festival 2022

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20-30 January 2022

As one of the most prestigious film festivals in the United States, Sundance Film Festival is one of the first of the year. Celebrating both American and international film titles, the Film Festival takes place in Park City, Utah, each January. With a key focus on independent film, Sundance highlights documentary films, short films, feature films, and movie premieres alike.

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2022

26 January - 6 February 2022


Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival

28 January - 5 February 2022


Berlin International Film Festival 2022

10-20 February 2022

As one of the world's biggest film festivals, the Berlin International Film Festival is also referred to as the "Berlinale" and is open to the public for screenings. Each year, the Berlinale is host to up to 400 films each year, where titles compete for the Golden Bear.



Glasgow International Film Festival 2022

2-13 March 2022


Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2022

2-12 March 2022


True/False Film Fest 2022

3-6 March 2022


SXSW 2022

11-20 March 2022

While SXSW is an event for many industries, the festival's film offering has become one of its most important features. Every March, SXSW brings together independent film, music, comedy, gaming, and technology while encouraging connection and collaboration between each.


CPH:DOX 2022

23 March - 3 April 2022


Hong Kong International Film Festival 2022

31 March - 11 April 2022



Visions du réel 2022

7-17 April 2022


Pan African Film & Arts Festival 2022

19 April - 1 May 2022


Atlanta Film Festival 2022

21 April - 1 May 2022


Hotdocs 2022

28 April - 8 May 2022


Indie Lisboa 2022

28 April - 8 May 2022


Lucca Film Festival e Europa Cinema 2022

30 April - 8 May 2022



DOXA Documentary Film Festival 2022

5-15 May 2022


Cannes Film Festival 2022

film festivals 202217-28 May 2022

As perhaps the most well-known film festival of all, Cannes is considered among the big three, alongside Venice and Berlin, and undoubtedly brings a huge amount of press and attention along with it from the red carpets alone. Taking place each year early-mid may, the films are entered to win the prestigious Palme d'Or, and are presented with the opportunity to have their work on show to a huge international audience.


Docaviv 2022

26 May - 5 June 2022



International Film Festival Cologne 2022

1-4 June 2022


Doc Edge 2022

1 June - 10 July 2022


Tribeca Film Festival 2022

8-19 June 2022

As one of the most prolific modern film festival of its kind, Tribeca Film Festival is best known for its commitment to showcasing independent films. Celebrating cinema each spring in New York and hosts over a hundred thousand attendees with over 600 screenings.


Sydney Film Festival 2022

8-19 June 2022


Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2022

13-18 June 2022


Palm Springs ShortFest 2022

21-27 June 2022


Sheffield Docfest 2022

23-28 June 2022



Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2022

1-9 July 2022


Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

21-31 July 2022



Locarno Film Festival 2022

3-13 August 2022


Melbourne International Film Festival 2022

4-21 August 2022


Sarajevo Film Festival 2022

12-19 August 2022


Venice International Film Festival 2022

film festivals 202231 August - 10 September 2022

Founded in 1932, the Venice International Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world, and occurs at Venice Lido each summer. Historically opening with Oscar-worthy films means that predictions for the upcoming awards season are often found in Venice during this time.



Telluride Film Festival 2022

2-5 September 2022


Toronto International Film Festival 2022

film festivals 20228-18 September 2022

Every year in early September, the Toronto International Film Festival, rolls out dozens of premieres, and as a point of difference, the festival's attendees hand out the prizes. Awarded in three categories, feature films compete for the People’s Choice Award. The Toronto International Film Festival also happens to be North America’s most attended film festival event, offering filmmakers from around the world the opportunity to engage with audience feedback.


San Sebastian International Film Festival 2022

16-24 September 2022


Zurich International Film Festival 2022

22 September - 2 October 2022


Nordisk Panorama 2022

22-27 September 2022


New York Film Festival 2022

30 September - 16 October 2022



BFI London Film Festival 2022

5-16 October 2022


Zagreb Film Festival 2022

23-30 October 2022


Lübeck Nordic Film Days

2-6 November 2022


International Documentary Festival Amsterdam 2022

9-20 November 2022


Norwich Film Festival 2022

11-20 November 2022


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