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The Film Festivals You Can (and Should) Attend

Sundance and Cannes are for suits and celebrities. If you want to see movies, hit these fests instead.

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MARFA
Claim to fame: Only three years old, this five-day affair thrills crowds with a mix of Texas-centric independent films and outdoor viewings of classics like The Last Picture Show.
Past screenings: There Will Be Blood (2008) got a warm welcome at one of its shooting locations.
May 5-9, Marfa, Texas; marfafilmfestival.org

SEATTLE INTERNATIONALl
Claim to fame: The largest festival in the country, SIFF is known for having significant Sundance crossover and for playing host to breakout documentaries.
Past screenings: Last year's slate included a slew of Oscar nominees, including The Hurt Locker, In the Loop, Food, Inc., and The Cove.
May 20-June 13, Seattle; siff.net

TRAVERSE CITY
Claim to fame: Star backers like cofounder Michael Moore and board members Larry Charles and Terry George (Hotel Rwanda) bring the gravitas.
Past screenings: Borat (2006) and Religulous (2008) had their world premieres here, and the first clips of Bruno were unveiled last year.
July 27-August 1, Traverse City, Michigan; traversecityfilmfest.org

Photographs courtesy of Marfa Film Festival, SIFF, Traverse City Film Festival

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