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Top Film Festivals

Combine the glitz of Hollywood, top movies from around the world, and some of the best celebrity spotting anywhere, and it’s easy to understand why California’s film festivals draw serious cinefiles and casual fans alike. Some of California’s festivals let you get a jump on the pre-Oscar buzz with premieres and screenings of soon-to-be contending films—plus appearances by stars and leading directors. Plus they’re set in star locations, like Palm Springs and Santa Barbara, so there’s plenty to do before and after you go to the movies.


A celebration of the best in independent and world cinema, this high-powered but low-key event always attracts major filmmakers and stars, as well as some of the hottest independent talents in the...

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Here’s a film festival with an entertaining twist—it’s got music videos too. This long-running weeklong event, presented at downtown’s Nokia Theatre/L.A. Live complex, includes a diverse mix of...

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Two weeks of big names, films, and music

With a history ranging from Alfred Hitchcock classics to the latest Planet of the Apes blockbusters, San Francisco boasts an impressive moviemaking and cinematic tradition all its own....

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