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July 27, 2010

An overview of the most prestigious movie awards around the world

Getting bored by the standard MTV Movie awards and Academy Awards? Well there are alternatives. The beautiful thing about movies is that just about everyone in the world can appreciate a good movie, so movie awards and festivals abound across the globe. Some selections include:

Sundance Festival- this is one of the most prestigious film awards in the world. It is the largest independent film festival in the United States, and is held each year in Utah.

Slamdance International Film Festival-was created to give filmmakers who are not trendy enough for the Sundance Festival a chance, it is held each year in Park City, Utah.

Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival-this festival has been held every year in April since 1999. Francis Ford Coppola and Paul Morrissey were among the guests at the first one.

Cannes Film Festival-one of the world’s most prestigious film festivals. It began in 1939, and is held each year in Cannes, France. It is a private festival.

Mainichi Film Festival- a series of annual animation awards sponsored by Mainich Shinbun. It started in 1961 following the death of Ofuji Noburo, one of the earliest japanese animators to hit the international scene.

Venice International Film Festival- is the oldest and one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. It was founded in 1932 and takes place each year in late August or early September. Its two principle awards are the Golden Lion and the Coppa Volpi.

Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards-takes place in Taiwan each year. The winners are chosen through voting by fellow colleagues. It is the culmination of a month long festival showcasing the nominated films.

Bollywood Movie Awards-contrary to what you might think they are actually held in the United States to recognize the members of the Indian Motion Picture Industry.

Berlin International Film Festival- or Berlinale is one of Europe’s leading film festivals and has the most visitors worldwide. It has been held annually in February since 1951.

Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou-this is the largest African film festival and is held biannually in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. It focuses upon African filmmakers, and is the largest cultural event on the African continent.

Goya Awards-have been taking place in Spain since 1987. It is Spain’s most important movie award, and takes place towards the end of January.

British Independent Film Awards-was created by Elliot Grove in 1993 to celebrate independently funded British movies. The awards take place in November each year.

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