ScreenAnarchy's Best Of 2013 - Best Festival

U.S. Editor; Los Angeles, California (@benumstead)
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The year that was 2013 has almost run its course, so the time has come for Team ScreenAnarchy to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special tribute to those films that have made a particularly strong impact over the past twelve months.

One could argue that the backbone of what many of us do at ScreenAnarchy is made up of the myriad festivals we attend each year. While many may talk up Cannes, Toronto or Sundance, it's quite clear from our picks that great festival going experiences come in all shapes and sizes.

Fantastic Fest

Todd Brown - Founder and Editor
I'm biased as all hell as a programmer here, but it's the most fun I have every year.

Peter Martin - Managing Editor
From my admittedly limited perspective, the festival consistently programs nearly all the films I want to watch, has allowed me to discover a treasure trove of new talent, and given me time to spend with friends both old and new.

James Marsh - Asian Editor
Austin, TX is certainly the furthest I travel each year for a film festival, in fact I think geographically it is the furthest I can travel from Hong Kong before I begin inadvertently coming home again. But almost nowhere am I welcomed so warmly and made to feel so at home than during those eight long, alcohol, BBQ and movie-fuelled days in the Lone Star state. The programming (over and above my own small contribution) is always outstanding, the parties phenomenal, the venue - even this year when FF was displaced to the strip malls of North Austin - is a cinematic Mecca, while the bearded, tattooed and all-round awesome folks who attend make the whole adventure....wait for it...fantastic.

J. Hurtado - Contributing writer

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  • Thomas Zack

    What about Pollygrind?

  • Ard Vijn

    I'd add CAMERA JAPAN Rotterdam and IMAGINE Amsterdam if it were a top 3. Hell, I'd want to make it a three-sided tie but the IFFR wins because of sheer size.

  • Jake Brandman

    No New York Asian Film Festival???

  • Sadly, I haven't made it to the NYAFF for several years but it is pretty damn great.

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