A guide to all the film festivals taking place in 2022

The annual Sydney Film Festival has officially started, just after the Cannes Film Festival at the end of May, and it reminds us of all the prestigious film festivals that take place throughout the year. From La Biennale di Venezia, the world’s oldest film festival, to local affairs, here’s your guide to all the film festivals happening in 2022 and when they’re happening.


Sundance Film Festival 2022

January 20-30, 2022

As one of the most prestigious film festivals in the United States, the Sundance Film Festival is one of the first of the year. Celebrating both American and international film titles, the Film Festival takes place in Park City, Utah each January. With a focus on independent cinema, Sundance spotlights documentary films, shorts, feature films and film premieres.

Rotterdam International Film Festival 2022

January 26 – February 6, 2022

Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival

January 28 – February 5, 2022

Berlin International Film Festival 2022

February 10-20, 2022

As one of the largest film festivals in the world, the Berlin International Film Festival is also referred to as the “Berlinale” and is open to the public for screenings. Each year, the Berlinale hosts up to 400 films each year, where the titles compete for the Golden Bear.


Glasgow International Film Festival 2022

March 2-13, 2022

Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2022

March 2-12, 2022

True/False Film Festival 2022

March 3-6, 2022

SXSW 2022

March 11-20, 2022

While SXSW is an event for many industries, the festival’s film offering has become one of its most important features. Each March, SXSW brings together independent films, music, comedy, games and technology while encouraging connection and collaboration among everyone.

CPH:DOX 2022

March 23 – April 3, 2022

Hong Kong International Film Festival 2022

March 31 – April 11, 2022


Visions of reality 2022

April 7-17, 2022

Pan-African Film and Arts Festival 2022

April 19 – May 1, 2022

2022 Atlanta Film Festival

April 21 – May 1, 2022

Hotdocs 2022

April 28 – May 8, 2022

Indie Lisbon 2022

April 28 – May 8, 2022

Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema 2022

April 30 – May 8, 2022


DOXA Documentary Film Festival 2022

May 5-15, 2022

Cannes Film Festival 2022

film festivals 2022May 17-28, 2022

Perhaps the most well-known film festival of all, Cannes is considered one of the big three, alongside Venice and Berlin, and undoubtedly attracts a huge amount of press and attention just on the red carpets. Taking place every year in early mid-May, films are entered to win the prestigious Palme d’Or and have the opportunity to showcase their work to a huge international audience.

Docaviv 2022

May 26 – June 5, 2022


Cologne International Film Festival 2022

June 1-4, 2022

Doc Edge 2022

June 1 – July 10, 2022

2022 Tribeca Film Festival

June 8-19, 2022

As one of the most prolific modern film festivals of its kind, the Tribeca Film Festival is best known for its commitment to showcasing independent films. Celebration of cinema each spring in New York and welcomes more than one hundred thousand spectators with more than 600 screenings.

Sydney Film Festival 2022

June 8-19, 2022

Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2022

June 13-18, 2022

Palm Springs ShortFest 2022

June 21-27, 2022

Sheffield Docfest 2022

June 23-28, 2022


Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2022

July 1-9, 2022

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

July 21-31, 2022


Locarno Festival 2022

August 3-13, 2022

Melbourne International Film Festival 2022

August 4-21, 2022

Sarajevo Film Festival 2022

August 12-19, 2022

Venice International Film Festival 2022

film festivals 2022August 31 – September 10, 2022

Founded in 1932, the Venice International Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world and takes place every summer at Venice Lido. The historic opening with Oscar-worthy films means that predictions for the upcoming awards season are often found in Venice during this time.


Telluride Film Festival 2022

September 2-5, 2022

Toronto International Film Festival 2022

film festivals 2022September 8-18, 2022

Every year in early September, the Toronto International Film Festival hosts dozens of premieres, and as a difference, festival attendees hand out the awards. Rewarded in three categories, the feature films compete for the People’s Choice Award. The Toronto International Film Festival also happens to be the busiest film festival event in North America, providing filmmakers around the world the opportunity to engage with audience commentary.

San Sebastian International Film Festival 2022

September 16-24, 2022

Zurich International Film Festival 2022

September 22 – October 2, 2022

Nordic Panorama 2022

September 22-27, 2022

New York Film Festival 2022

September 30 – October 16, 2022


BFI London Film Festival 2022

October 5-16, 2022

Zagreb Film Festival 2022

October 23-30, 2022

Lübeck Nordic Film Days

November 2-6, 2022

International Documentary Festival Amsterdam 2022

November 9-20, 2022

Norwich Film Festival 2022

November 11-20, 2022

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