Lights, Camera, Travel – Directs Film Buffs to Budget-Friendly Film Fests Across North America | 08/30/17

Get full access to these film festivals without breaking the bank

TORONTO, Aug. 30, 2017 /CNW/ – As Toronto gets set to host the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, sandwiched between film fests in Venice and New York, A-listers are going to have their fill on travel and entertainment in the coming weeks. But what about the everyday movie fan? There’s a line-up of great film fests with fun themes, cool locales and affordable prices where the all-access, jet-setting experience awaits for a fraction of a big-event budget. The travel experts at have compiled their picks for Fest for less: 11 top budget-friendly film festivals worth the trip where movie lovers can revel in the festival experience (and destination) with full access passes for under US$500. Film buffs get ready to take your love of film to the next level.

While the fall is packed with film festivals, there are plenty of travel-worthy options throughout the year. To help those who need a little advanced planning time, below are 5 film festivals for our list to put in your calendar for 2018:

  • Slamdance Film Festival, Park City, Utah, U.S. – Jan. 18-25, 2018Skip the costs and crowds of Sundance and head to the other film festival happening in Park City, UT, this January. Slamdance Film Festival runs from Jan. 18-25 and its name is no coincidence. The festival was started by a group of innovative filmmakers who weren’t accepted into Sundance. Instead, they started their own festival, which favours unique and eclectic independent films (and even includes television pilots and music videos). All-access passes to the fest are around US$350, or about CA$440, and include all screenings, discussions, events and the closing night party. Compared with the US$3,000 or so price tag of Sundance, there’s a lot to like about the approachable, inclusive nature of Slamdance.
  • Florida Film Festival, Maitland, Florida, U.S. – April 6-15, 2018 The Florida Film Festival is the perfect…

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