A film festival is an organised, extended presentation of films in one or more movie theaters or screening venues, usually in a single locality. Increasingly film festivals show part of their films to the public by adding outdoor movie screenings. The films may be of recent date and, depending upon the focus of the individual festival, can include international releases as well as films produced by the organisers' domestic film industry. Sometimes there is a focus on a specific film-maker or genre (e.g., film noir) or subject matter (e.g., horror film festivals). A number of film festivals specialise in short films, each with its defined maximum length. Film festivals are typically annual events.
Probably the best-known and most noteworthy film festival in the world is the Cannes Film Festival. Other important and prestigous film festivals include that held in Berlin and Venice (oldest film festival).
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—British Board Of Film Censors. Quoted in Halliwells Filmgoers Companion (1984)
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