LOS ANGELES – April 26, 2021 – MovieMaker Magazine today announced that Queens World Film Festival has been named one of MovieMaker’s 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2021, a year that nearly everyone expects to be better than the one before.

MovieMaker determined the winners of the annual list using festival surveys, filmmaker testimonials and independent research. The full list of festivals is below.

“I expect film festivals to come roaring back in the coming months — but smartly, and safely, balancing our love of film with our top priority, protecting everyone’s health,” said MovieMaker editor-in-chief Tim Molloy. “These festivals have supported their communities, audiences and filmmakers with never-give-up innovations to celebrate our love of movies. Some of the things they perfected in 2020, like virtual screenings, are here to stay, even for festivals that return to in-person, indoor showings.

“But we didn’t just choose these festivals based on their handling of the pandemic. They made this list by proving themselves to be of serious value to the next generation of moviemakers, through awards, prizes, distribution deals, and meetings with future collaborators and friends.”

Here are MovieMaker’s 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee 2021, which will be posted at noon ET on Monday, April 26 at MovieMaker.com:

  • Albuquerque Film & Music Experience
  • American Film Festival
  • Ann Arbor Film Festival
  • Ashland Independent Film Festival
  • Atlanta Film Festival
  • Austin Film Festival
  • BendFilm Festival
  • Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
  • Brooklyn Film Festival
  • Calgary Underground Film Festival
  • Camden International Film Festival
  • Cucalorus
  • Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival
  • Fantasia International Film Festival
  • Female Eye Film Festival
  • Filmfestival Kitzbühel
  • FilmQuest
  • FIN Atlantic International Film Festival
  • Frameline: The San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival
  • Galway Film Fleadh
  • Hamptons International Film Festival
  • Heartland International Film Festival
  • HollyShorts Film Festival
  • Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
  • Indie Memphis Film Festival
  • Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
  • Kraków Film Festival
  • Locarno Film Festival
  • Louisiana Film Prize
  • Mammoth Lakes Film Festival
  • Miami Jewish Film Festival
  • Nashville Film Festival
  • Nevada City Film Festival
  • New Hampshire Film Festival
  • New Orleans Film Festival
  • Ottawa International Animation Festival
  • Oxford Film Festival
  • Poppy Jasper International Film Festival
  • Portland Film Festival
  • Queens World Film Festival
  • San Luis Obispo International Film Festival
  • SCAD Savannah Film Festival
  • Slamdance Film Festival
  • Tallgrass Film Festival
  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival
  • Torino Film Festival
  • Vancouver International Film Festival
  • Victoria Film Festival
  • Warsaw International Film Festival
  • WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival

MovieMaker is dedicated to the art and craft of making movies. The 2021 list of 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee appears in the Spring 2021 issue, with a cover story on Dasha Nekrasova and her feature directorial debut, The Scary of Sixty-First. The issue is available on newsstands on April 27.