Take flight with these top film and music festivals from around the globe. There’s something for every film and music type from the sleepy-town adventurer (see Telluride Film Festival) to the eclectic music enthusiast (check out the Mysteryland in The Netherlands). Wherever you want to go in the coming months, there are amazing places to see and explore.
From the land of movie magic, there’s a plethora of film festivals throughout the year. The Hollywood Film Festival, October 16-19, 2014, showcases independent, socially conscious filmmakers. Connect with the filmmakers who are using their work to help change lives. Last year the film Autumn Blood directed by Markus Blunder won Best Narrative Feature and went on to win three more awards. This year is bound to showcase even more talent than last year. See where to stay in Los Angeles.
August 27 – September 6, 2014 find yourself in scenic Venice, Italy at the Venice International Film Festival. In its 71st year, the festival spans across four theaters in Venice Lido (take a boat there if you like). The films in this competition come from some of the rising stars in the international film industry. In 2013, actress Elena Cotta won the Pasinetti Award for Best Actress for her role in Via Castellana Bandiera and was also nominated for a Golden Globe. See who will top the lists internationally at this year’s festival. Find a home in Venice.
Many are familiar with the New York and Toronto Film Festivals, however, the Chicago International Film Festival, October 9-23, 2014, is a festival to be noted. This rising film festival in the heart of the Midwest is celebrating its 50th anniversary. In 2013, there were over 140 filmmakers presenting, including director Jerome Bonnell of the award-winning film “Just a Sigh”. Go meet the filmmakers and watch hundreds of full and short-length films while enjoying the diverse sites of Chicago. Stay in Chicago.
One of the biggest film festivals is the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival taking place October 8-19, 2014. Line up to see the stars and filmmakers make their grand entrance on the red carpet and then be the first to see amazing movies (like last year’s big winner Ilo Ilo written and directed by Anthony Chen which went on to receive 20 more awards and 10 nominations). With over 300 films from around the world, you’re bound to discover new filmmakers and actors as well as see some of your favorites. Check out where to stay in London.
The Telluride Film Festival, August 29-September 1, 2014, is in its 37th year and gives you the opportunity to relax and enjoy the show. Held in the beautiful mountain town of Telluride, Colorado, you will feel at home. Some folks have even remarked it felt like summer camp for cinephiles. This year Guest Directors, Guy Maddin and Kim Morgan, will be selecting a series of films to present at the festival. Find a home in Telluride.
For those of you who are big EDM fans, Outlook Festival in Pula, Croatia is a must! From September 3-7, 2014, check out the latest music and shows with over 300 artists, 12 stages in a 2,000 year old amphitheatre. There are even over 40 boat parties. This year’s star-studded line up includes Ms. Lauryn Hill, Busta Rymes, Dub FX and Barrington Levy. Find yourself at home in Pula.
Experiencing music is the theme at Mysteryland the electronic music cultural and arts festival in Haarlemmermeer. It’s happening August 23 for only 11 intense hours. On the main stage, you’ll see Hardwell, Steve Aoki, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Nervo (plus many more on other stages). Meet open-minded travelers and explore music in a wide variety of shows, stages and life-altering, musical experiences. Only 30 minutes from Amsterdam, you’ll be sure to find a great place to stay. Stay in Amsterdam.
Relax by the ocean in Monterey and attend the Monterey Jazz Festival. From September 19-21, 2014 explore the breadth and depth of this American style of music. After 57 years, this festival has it all with over 500 artists performing nonstop on 8 stages as well as amazing food. See Herbie Hancock, Robert Glasper Experiment, Booker T. Jones and Cecile McLorin Salvant at the Arena. There’s even more brilliant talent throughout this event. This is hands down one of the best jazz festivals. Find a home in Monterey.
A socially conscious music festival, Rock in Rio is celebrating 29 years as a leader in changing how we interact with music from September 12-14. It’s easy to get swept away in the hundreds of thousands of event goers as well as get entranced by big name performers, like Beyoncé, David Guietta and Ivete Sangalo, that all descend onto beautiful Rio. Get a great place to stay in Rio.