Watch Festival Movies Online

Festivals around the world provide access to their programs and show movies online.
The quarantine month is behind and right now we have an unprecedented opportunity to see film festival programs online.

At the end of May, We Are One: A Global Film Festival will begin, unite the programs of 20 famous film festivals: Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Locarno, Annecy and many others. Pay attention to that "must see" event.
Films participants of the Danish documentary festival CPH: DOX for 11 days — from March 18 to 29 — were watched by 113 000 people, and the organizers decided to extend it until April 30. Discussions and conferences, the recordings of which are now posted on the festival’s YouTube channel, attracted almost 60,000 views - they were seen by significantly more viewers than they would if the meetings were held in movie theaters. In April, the International Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand held live broadcasts of 4 programs, which included the winners of the international competition.

The online versions are also being announced by the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival in Bristol (September) and Krakow Film Festival (May 31 - June 7), the Documentary, Animation and Short Film Festival.

Festival life is on, and perhaps the formats of communication with the audience, authors, distributors, invented during these months of the pandemic, will change the face of the industry and after some time become traditional. In the meantime, you can not miss the new, rare, lively cinema that appears on short hours of online broadcasts, the programs of the contestants of the past years, collected by the most experienced selectors, and catching up with meetings with the authors who have become such cameras, despite the huge number of guests.

France (All)

The online-festival has already taken place this winter, but now it has made it publically available a large program of feature films and short films participating in the last ten MyFrenchFilmFestival STAY HOME festivals. Each film has several subtitle options, including English and Russian.

Dates: March 26 - May 25
Cost: Free

Ashland Independent Film Festival

USA (All)

Ashland Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in South Oregon, California. They say about him "like Sundance, only warmer. " Over 10,000 spectators annually participate in viewing and educational events. This year, the festival organizers gathered about 30 full-length and more than a hundred short films and documentaries, including 3 short-film programs for children of different ages, on the filmfestivalflix platform so that viewers can watch AIFF 2020 films while staying at home.

Dates: May 22 - June 14
Cost: 19.99 USD for a 3-week subscription (for students and spectators over 62 years old - 50% discount), 7.99 USD for a ticket for 1 movie

We Are One: A Global Film Festival
World (All)

The global film festival organized by the Tribeca Film Festival team will bring together the programs of the 20 best film festivals, including Cannes, Berlin, Venice, International Film Festivals in Toronto, Locarno and Karlovy Vary, Sundance, Tribeca, BFI London Film Festival. Broadcasts will take place without ads. A full impression program will be announced in the coming weeks.

Dates: May 29 - June 7
Cost: Free

France (Animation)

The Animated Film Festival, called "Animation Cannes," will be held online from June 15-30. Now the organizers are coming up with and testing a platform that would help implement all of its plans. The program and viewing conditions will be announced later.

Dates: June 15 - 30
Cost: 15 USD for the spectator / 110 USD for the professional

Nietherlands (Docs)

Documentary Film Festival, focusing on the originality and expressiveness of the selected films. It has been held since 1988. The festival will be held in November, but now the organizers have published a collection of films that can be watched for free or for little money, transferred directly to the director, distributor or other copyright holder.

Dates: Indefinitely
Cost: free
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Cost: ~ 4-5 USD
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Cleveland International Film Festival
USA (All)

The international film festival, which entered the top 50 best by the famous resource for independent filmmakers IndieWIRE. From April 15 to April 28, CIFF44 Streams broadcast over 125 feature films and nearly 200 short films selected for the festival program. Unfortunately, only Ohio residents could see them. Films of winners and participants of previous years are collected in the CIFF Alums section, almost everything can be watched for free on streaming services.

Dates: Indefinitely (only USA, Ohio residents)
Cost: Free
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Tribeca Film Festival
USA (All)

A festival founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Martin Scorsese and Craig Hutkoff after the events of September 11th. One short film appears on the festival's website daily, among which there are premieres. In addition, the Tribeca X award nominees awarded for the most successful advertising video were posted in open access.
Dates: Indefinitely
Cost: Free
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FEST — New Directors New Films Festival
Portugal (All)

The festival of young promising directors should be held in late June and has not yet announced the cancellation or postponement. Since April 4, FEST has been publishing five short films each week from its competitive and parallel programs of past years with short stories about them.

Dates: Indefinitely
Cost: Free
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Palm Springs International ShortFest
USA (Shorts)

The short film festival, with one of the strongest contests in North America, has not yet moved the dates and should be held in June. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, ShortFest launches new films from past festivals, with short stories about the fate of their filmmakers who are successful in the film industry.

Dates: Indefinitely
Cost: Free
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Animafest Zagreb
Croatia (Animation)

The second oldest animation festival in Europe was forced to postpone the dates from June to a later date, and in the meantime introduced the Animafest Insights program to recall the achievements in animation in recent years. Film screenings accompany interviews with their authors.

Dates: Indefinitely
Cost: Free
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Short of the Week

Short of the Week is a launching platform for young filmmakers, which publishes short films by directors from more than 50 countries. It is rather challenging to get through their selection and be accepted to youtube channel. On the YouTube channel films are watched by almost 300 thousand subscribers.

Dates: indefinitely
Cost: Free
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Vision du Reel (Switzerland): April 17 - May 2, free
One of the largest documentary film festivals in Europe has been held since 1969. The international competition includes full-length, experimental, debuts, medium and shors. Since April 17, the festival has opened access to all the films of the international full-length competition and the competition of experimental films Burning Lights. The national competition, the international competition of medium and shorts can be seen until April 29.

In addition, master classes by directors Claire Denis, Peter Mettler, Petra Costa will be held as part of a retrospective. Access to shows and other events available by registration on the festival website. At one session, no more than 500 spectators can virtually “attend”.

Dates: April 17 - May 2
Cost: Free
SXSW (USA): April 27 - May 6, free
One of USA's largest independent film festivals (should took place in March) was canceled. Now 39 fiction, documentary feature films and short films participating in SXSW 2020 can be viewed for free on Amazon Prime Video by all registered users of the platform.

Almost all the films of the short competition became available on April 7 on the Mailchimp website, and on April 14, Vimeo published episodes of the series selected for the SXSW pilot competition. Look at MailChimp

Dates: April 27 - May 6
Cost: Free
Go Short (Netherlands): April 15 - May 13, 10 EUR
Short film festival for young filmmakers from all over Europe in the oldest city in the Netherlands. This year the competition is held online, and the programs include more than 150 films, 66 of which are premieres.

Dates: April 15 - May 13
Cost: 10 EUR per subscription for the entire festival
Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (Germany): May 5 - 10, free / 9.99 EUR / 19.99 EUR
The festival has assembled a special program ITFS: OnlineFestival, which includes films of the competitive selection of 2020, as well as student films, animated classics cartoons, and animation clips. Interviews, discussions, live performances, short films of parallel programs, as well as awards ceremonies of various competitions will be freely available. In the GameZone section, it will present selected games, including tutorials, seminars and lectures, game studios, and Animated Games Awards 2020 nominees.

Cost: Free

Selected films and ITFS entries: short films from the international competition, student films competition Young animation, animation programs for children and Trickstar Nature, as well as films from the AniMovie competition, can be seen by paying for an OnlineFestival + subscription.

Cost: 9,99 EUR

There is a section for professionals - OnlineFestival Pro. In addition to OnlineFestival +, you can access the market for animated videos, conferences and information relevant to industry experts; a platform where you can see all the entries submitted by ITFS.

Price: 19,99 EUR
Dates: May 5 - 10
GoEast (Germany): May 5 - 11, free / 6.5 EUR
Film Festival from Central and Eastern Europe. The program includes films from the mainstream to the arthouse and experimental VR. Starting May 5th, it will be possible to watch some festival programs both by ticket and for free. Václav Marhoul’s workshop, Radu Jude’s workshop and other discussion panels can be joined simply by registering. Films selected for goEast competition will be presented to Wiesbaden viewers in November 2020 at the exground filmfest.

Dates: May 5 - 11
Cost: 6.5 EUR for 1 impression. There are free sessions
Oberhausen IFF (Germany): May 13 – 18, 9.99 EUR for the entire festival subscription
The oldest festival of avant-garde, innovative short films from May 13 to 18 will be held online. In addition to 136 films included in five competition programs, archive films from Poland and Russia will be shown, new ones - Documentary Spotlight and Country Focus; eleven international distributors of experimental films present their catalogs. Thus, viewers will see more than 350 paintings. Directors will personally present their works.

Dates: May 13 - 18
Cost: 9.99 EUR for the entire festival subscription

You can watch the 12 most interesting German videos of the year, nominated for the MuVi Online Audience Award, awarded as part of the festival, right now.

Dates: April 15 - May 15
Cost: Free


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May 1, 2020
Text: Alexandra Filatova