Film Societies/Festivals


Film Societies/Festivals

Web sites for film festivals, groups and theaters devoted to the showing of old and hard-to-locate movies.

Alex Film Society

A showcase group for classic films operating from the historic Alex Theater in Glendale, California.

The Austin Film Society

The nationally-respected group from Austin, Texas presents themed film series, such as this summer’s tribute to Universal horror films like The Mummy and Bride of Frankenstein.

Bradford-On-Avon Film Society

Web site for the group in Wiltshire, Britain, a two-time winner of the British Film Society of the Year award, which also publishes a quarterly magazine.

Canterbury Film Society

This 45-year-old society’s mission is to screen interesting films (foreign films in particular) which would not otherwise be seen in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Cheltenham Film Society

The 53-year-old film society in the UK shows primarily “newish” films with the occasional classic.

Edinburgh University Film Society

Past winner of the British Film Society of the Year award, EUFS has a very nice site which includes reviews of films shown during the past few years.

Enzian Film Society

Located in Central Florida, USA, Enzian shows primarily current alternative films.

As advertised, this site is devoted to news about film festivals all over the world, many of which are devoted fully or partly to classics. The site also offers thoughtful reviews and services for professionals.

The Great Lakes Cinephile Society

Located in Michigan, the Society sponsors an annual Cinesation festival to promote silents and early talkies, held in a theater. This year’s Cinesation takes place in Massillon, Ohio, and features an excellent program. You can also purchase silent films on VHS or DVD. All proceeds benefit film restoration.

Inside Film Online

A great directory of film festivals and screenwriting events all over the world, plus news, books, articles, and links of interest to filmmakers and fans.

The International Silent Film Festival, Forssa, Finland

While you may not be in a position to travel to Finland this summer, you’ll definitely want to visit this imaginative site and at least enjoy the introductory animation and the “Cinema” page, which tells the story of the first moving picture theatre in Finland, recently renovated for this festival.

Film Society of Greater Kansas City

A film society located in Missouri. The extensive site includes information about their film festivals, discussion groups, and other activities. Some pages were under construction when we visited.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center

Take your choice: the New York Film Festival, the New York Video Festival, the annual Galas, Film Comment Magazine, and the daily schdule of mostly classic films at the Walter Reade Theater.

Manchester University Film Society

Voted the UK’s Best Student Film Society the last two years, with 50+ years of history behind it, MUFS has an extensive schedule of mixed newer and older films, with short reviews.

The Miami Film Festival

Site for FIA, the group that sponsors the Miami Film Festival, held in late January and early February. Includes retrospectives.

Napier University Film Society

Web site for the film society located in Edinburgh, Scotland, which features mostly newer films, but some classics from time to time.

Port Townsend Film Festival

Film society located in Washington state near Seattle which sponsors a yearly film festival.

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Home page of the Festival which takes place annually in July, but which is now focused on their special presentation of the rediscovered Rudolph Valentino/Gloria Swanson love story Beyond the Rocks (1922), which will take place on Sunday, November 13 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco.

Stanford Film Society

Home page of the film society at Stanford University in California.

Winslow Film Festival

This annual four-day festival is held in October at (where else?) the Rialto Theatre in Winslow, Arizona (remember the Eagles’ song about standing on the corner there?). Features films from all genres, though mostly of current vintage.

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