Five Avant-Garde Film Festivals for Art Appreciation Month

August 26, 2014

August is Art Appreciation month and in commemoration of the arts, we have made a list of five great avant-garde film festivals around the world.

AVIFF Cannes Art Film Festival: Marseille, France

Held every May in the south of France, “The AVIFF-Art Film Festival Cannes has become one of the preferred places of promoting contemporary art in the field of video art film associated with a changing art market.” AVIFF hosts feature and short art films from all around the world.


Photo courtesy of Limkokwing.

Carmel International Film Festival: Carmel, California

The Carmel International Film Festival highlights film, art, photography and music. Held October 15-19 this festival includes venues on the white sands beach of Carmel-by-the-Sea. For five days it hosts “groundbreaking art, exclusive premiers and one-of-a-kind encounters with today’s leading artists, filmmakers and industry professionals.”

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Photo courtesy of Opening Our Eyes.

World Arts Film Festival: Jacksonville, Florida

The World Arts Film Festival is hosted by the non-profit organization World Arts Education. The festival invites established and first-time filmmakers along with a diverse mix of filmmaker of different ages, backgrounds and those with special needs. “The organization is dedicated to a global message of inclusion through the arts and education.”

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Image courtesy of Image Live.

New Art Film Festival: Champaign, Illinois

The New Art Film Festival showcases the art cinema of local Illinois independent filmmakers. The festival takes place at The Art Theater Co-op in downtown Champaign, two hours south of Chicago. The festival “treats its audiences to  mix of shorts, features and live presentations, all drawn from a homegrown film culture.”

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image courtesy of Art Theater Co-op.

Art Film Festival: Trencin, Slovakia

Slovakia has a long standing tradition of art-house cinema making. Located outside of Bratislava, The Art Film Festival is as old as Slovakia itself, having also been founded in 1993. “The festival is aimed at presenting a wide spectrum of world cinema, from feature films to documentaries, from shorts to experimental movies, including special sections presenting the new Slovak cinema and historical retrospectives.”

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Photo courtesy of Art Film Festival.

Check an archive of art films from our library:

Within the Shadows-The Kingdom of Bahrain

This experimental film is shot without dialogue and in black and white.
This short is about a quirky artist from Tokoyo.
Alley Alley
This experimental film follows the happenings inside a karaoke bar.
This beautiful short follows the life of two snails.
Mechanic Originale
In this short a Milanese mechanic and madman lives out his own unique version of la dolce vita.
Dark Junk and Light 
A film about a marching band that uses non traditional instruments to give people a feel of the unique music.
Shell Game
An art film the impact of nuclear bombs on history.
Missing Pieces
A short about an artist who paints portraits of missing women.


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