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.

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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