Christmas Festivals

A festival doesn’t have to be a movie festival to be awesome! Since the Xmas season is coming up, here’s a list of some of the best Christmas festivals around the world:

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, London, England.

Christmas Festival of Lights in Portland, OR.

Christmas festivals - Festival of Lights

Budapest Christmas Fair

Christmas festivals - Budapest Fair

Santa Claus Christmas Celebration in Santa Claus, IN

Christmas festivals - Santa Christmas Celebration

Santa’s Enchanted Forest in Miami, FL

Christmas festivals - Santas Enchanted Forest

Christmas in Ice at North Pole, AK


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  • Partnering these next months with the hottest festivals and markets so you can get full coverage.
    by Editor on May 24, 2020 at 9:32 PM

        We, at, are extremely proud of our relationships and partnerships with these amazing film events: AFM, Venice Production Bridge, Tallinn Black Nights International Film Festival, Industry@Tallinn,  FestForums Santa Barbara, FestForums New York, Montreal International Animation Film Festival - Animaze, WoFF Glasgow, UNAFF, Bridges Festival, Bahamas Int Film Festival, Houston WorldFest, Fantasporto, Global Content Bazar in Mumbai, Miami Short Film Festival, Mallorca Arts on Screen, Iranian Film Festival in San Francisco, Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival, Cannes Market, The New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival (NYSJFF), Positive Cinema Week in Cannes, AFI World Peace Initiative and of course Animation Day in Cannes for 5 years. We have also partnered for the past 5 years with key film events and forums organized by Winston Baker. Our contribution to the recruitement of their attendees has regularly been rated as the most important in terms of registrations, surpassing any orther prestigious international industry trade publications. We are partnering with the following events: TV Film and Finance Forum East (NY April 27th ) Immersive Forum and Film Finance Forum in Cannes (May 11th 2018), Annual Zurich Summit | September 30 - October 1, 2017,  Los Angeles  Entertainment Finance Forum March 2018 and Feb 2019, Cannes Film Finance Forum and Immersive Summit "We doubled registrations from your audience over last year and have generated more registrations through than any other partner including Variety". Katherine Winston - Winston Baker Happy to serve the community bringing industry news and dailies to our audience and newsletter subscribers (199 000)   &nbs

  • The 23rd UNAFF is calling for entries
    by UNAFF on May 2, 2020 at 7:23 PM

    Early Deadline – May 2, 2020* Regular Deadline – May 12, 2020* Late deadline – May 20, 2020 CONTACTS: Email I 650 724-5544 I CAW/UNAFF Stanford Arts Littlefield Center, room 241 365 Lasuen Street Stanford, CA 94305-2250 United States I Website I Facebook I Twitter I I SUBMIT We are delighted to announce the 23rd UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival), which was founded in 1998 by Stanford educator and film critic Jasmina Bojic in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The 23rd UNAFF will be held from October 15-25, 2020 in Palo Alto, Stanford University, East Palo Alto and San Francisco. This year’s theme THE POWER OF EMPATHY continues our two decades long celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, emphasizing our readiness to care about other people’s emotional experiences. Awards & Prizes Over the years UNAFF has screened some of the most awarded and talked about documentaries in the industry, including seven that went on to win Academy Awards and thirty that were nominated. AWARDS include a CASH prize • UNAFF Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary $2000 • UNAFF Grand Jury Award for Best Short Documentary $1000 • UNAFF Award for Best Cinematography $500 • UNAFF Award for Best Editing $500 • UNAFF Youth Vision Award $500 UNAFF provides filmmakers with pass credentials, guest festival passes and some assistance with lodging and airfare. In addition to screenings, UNAFF provides filmmakers the opportunity to present their work through panel discussions and Q&As and to meet distributors and leaders of community organizations. Rules & Terms 23rd UNAFF CALL FOR ENTRIES SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN for the 23rd UNAFF, which runs from October 15-25, 2020 in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, San Francisco and Stanford University. UNAFF celebrates the power of international documentary films dealing with human rights, the environment, refugees, famine, homelessness, racism, disease control, women's issues, children, universal education, war and peace. This year’s theme THE POWER OF EMPATHY continues our two decades long celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, emphasizing our readiness to care about other people’s emotional experiences. SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: • Documentaries only - but absolutely no films that are available online for free • No production year limit • No runtime limit – UNAFF accepts both shorts and longs • Rough-cuts or works-in-progress accepted, but please submit as close to the final cut as possible. UNAFF cannot accept updated versions of a film less than 10 days before the start of the festival Submission formats: - Blu-ray region 0 or 1 or DVD (NTSC/PAL) (see mailing address below) - Download-enabled online link with a password valid until July 31, 2020. Please email online link and password with attached signed submission form to - The language of the festival jury and audience is English, so if your film is in a different language, please translate the title and submit an English subtitled version, or send us an English SRT file. SUBMISSION PROCESS: - Submit online via FILMFREEWAY or - Send in your disc or downloadable link directly to UNAFF. Visit for the downloadable Entry Form, which must be filled out and signed and sent with all direct submissions, either printed included in your package, or as an attachment with your downloadable link. SHIPPING The entrant is responsible for the cost of shipping the entries to our office. Due to the volume of entries we CANNOT return preview discs. Unless otherwise requested, all submissions will become part of the UNAFF archive available for research and educational purposes only. Works submitted will be returned only if accompanied by insured self-addressed return packaging. SUBMISSION DEADLINE: • Early Deadline – May 2, 2020* • Regular Deadline – May 12, 2020* • Late deadline – May 20, 2020* (*Postmarked) Filmmakers will be notified about the status of their submission by August 2. WAIVER Entries will be handled with the utmost care, but UNAFF cannot assume responsibility for damage or loss of any film submitted to the festival. AUTHORIZATION As the producer's authorized representative, I accept the conditions described on this entry form. If this film is selected, I grant UNAFF the rights to publicly display it during UNAFF 2020 and in the UNAFF Traveling Film Festival and its programs internationally and in the US, as well as the permission to use any footage from the film and its publicity materials for UNAFF promotional purposes. UNAFF will not accept new versions of a selected film less than 10 days before the festival unless requested by the programming staff.   &nbs

  • The San Sebastian and Cinélatino, Rencontres de Toulouse festivals will no longer jointly organise Films in Progress
    by SanSebastian on April 9, 2020 at 4:35 PM

      The San Sebastian Festival and Cinélatino, Rencontres de Toulouse created, in 2002, Films in Progress, a pioneer industry activity which has inspired similar formats at numerous international markets and festivals. It was born with the intention to back the production of Latin American cinema and to achieve the completion of films at the post-production stage. This activity was held twice-yearly: the first coinciding with the dates of the Toulouse festival in March and the second, in San Sebastian, in September. From now on, the San Sebastian Festival will no longer form part of the Films in Progress structure, although the initiative will continue to run in Toulouse, revamped with new collaborations. In the changing context of production and distribution in the audiovisual market, the San Sebastian Festival has decided to promote a new work in progress focussed on Latin American cinema, the details of which will be announced in the coming weeks. The Films in Progress success stories Of the 209 films selected in these 18 years of the Films in Progress initiative, 95% have been completed. 114 have been screened at the San Sebastian Festival and 112 at Cinélatino. Following their completion, 106 have been selected for other prestigious international festivals, such as Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Sundance, Locarno and Rotterdam. Among the films bearing the Films in Progress stamp are Historias mínimas (Intimate Stories) by Carlos Sorín, Special Jury Prize at the San Sebastian Festival; La sombra del caminante (The Wandering Shadows),by Ciro Guerra; Sangre (Blood), by Amat Escalante, screened in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Festival; Tony Manero by Pablo Larraín, selected for the Directors' Fortnight; Gloria, by Sebastián Lelio, winner of the Silver Bear for best actress in Berlin; Pelo malo (Bad Hair) by Mariana Rondón, Golden Shell in San Sebastian; Ixcanul, the first film by Jayro Bustamante, Silver Bear for outstanding artistic contribution; and Rara, the debut by Pepa San Martín, Generation KPlus awardwinner, also in Berlin. More recently, El verano de los peces voladores and Los perros (The Summer of Flying Fish and The Dogs) by Marcela Said, selected respectively for the Directors' Fortnight and the Critics' Week in Cannes; Desde Allá (From Afar), by Lorenzo Vigas garnered the Golden Lion in Venice; Temporada de caza (Hunting Season), by Natalia Garagiola, People's Choice Awardwinner at the Critics' Week in Venice; Los Silencios, the debut by Beatriz Seigner, screened at the Quinzaine; Los Tiburones (The Sharks), first work by Lucía Garibaldi, best director award at the Sundance Festival; Ceniza negra (Land of Ashes) first work by Sofia Quiros Ubeda screened at the Critics' Week in Cannes, Blanco en blanco (White on White) by Théo Court, winner of the FIPRESCI Prize and best film in the Orizzonti section of the Venice Festival; Algunas bestias (Some Beasts) by Jorge Riquelme, New Directors Award in San Sebastian, and Sin señas particulares (Identifying Features), first work by Fernanda Valadez, winner of the audience and best screenplay awards at Sundance. San Sebastián and Cinélatino will continue to support Latin American cinema with the same determination as they have shown throughout the 37 editions of Films In Progress, based on mutual friendship and collaboration, each one continuing to follow its own path. The two festivals would like to acknowledge the companies and institutions to have backed this programme over all these years and, particularly, in Spain, the companies Ad Hoc Studios, Deluxe, Dolby, Laserfilm Cine y Vídeo, Nephilim Producciones, No Problem Sonido y Wanda Visión, the Programa Ibermedia and Europa Creativa MEDIA and in France, the Centre National du Cinéma et de l'image animée (C.N.C) - Région Occitanie - Conseil Départemental de la Haute-Garonne - Mairie de Toulouse -  Activités Sociales de l'énergie (C.C.A.S) - CINÉ + - Eaux Vives Productions - Confédération Internationale des Cinémas d'Art et d'Essai (C.I.C.A.E) - Europa Distribution - French Kiss Studio-Saraband -  Studio Mactari - Titrafilm - Bureau des Tournages Toulouse: agence d'attractivité - La Cinéfondation – Gaumont Wilson - Producers Network (Festival de Cannes).       &nbs