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Some of the most influential and well-known film festivals can be found in Europe, showcasing a range of shorts and feature-length movies of every genre imaginable. Check out our list of the ones not to miss and maybe you can catch one on your European rail trip.
Head to a film festival on your European rail trip
IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam (16th - 27th November)
This is one of the world's leading documentary festivals with the majority of screenings held in the charismatic Pathé Tuschinski in Amsterdam's centre. The festival hosts a range of workshops and talks, with filmmakers opening the floor to questions after some screenings. On the final Sunday of the festival, there's a screening of the most popular films as voted by the public – a great way to catch the best of the festival.
Visit the IDFA website
Berlin International Film Festival (9th - 19th February)
Also called the "Berlinale", this annual film festival is one of the world’s largest publicly-attended with screenings in cinemas across the city. You'll be treated to a broad range of genres, format and length covering anything from experimental and avant garde to art house cinema. During the week's events, there's a programme of workshops and discussions from industry experts.
Visit Berlin Film festival website
Cannes Film Festival (16th - 27th May)
It's one of the world's oldest and most prestigious festivals, held annually at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. The main festival is reserved for industry professionals only, however if you fancy soaking up the glitzy atmosphere head on down to Cannes, where you can hang out at the red carpet or sip cocktails in the classy bars along the Croisette. Also, for non-industry people, there is the Cinéma de la Plage (Cinema on the Beach) where you can lie back on the beach and watch a movie. There's a screening each night, weather permitting.
Visit Cannes Film Festival website
Venice Film Festival (September, date to be confirmed)
The world's oldest film festival is held annually in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi, located on Venice's Lido island – perhaps the most beautiful locations for such an event. Come and enjoy one of the most influential festivals on the calendar and brush shoulders with the rich and famous. There's also a programme of screenings for the public.
Visit Venice Film Festival website