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Film festival
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Film festival

A film festival is a mostly annual festival showcasing films, usually of a recent date, sometimes with a focus on a specific genre (e.g. animation) or subject (e.g. gay and lesbian film festivals).

The world's first major film festival was held in Venice in 1932; the other three major film festivals of the world (Cannes, Berlin and Locarno) date back to the 1940s and 1950s.

The festivals in Venice, Cannes, Berlin, Karlovy Vary and (since 2002) Locarno are listed as so-called "A festivals". New films may be screened at only one of these festivals.

See also: List of film festivals

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