Festival Visions

Shining a light on exceptional films discovered in festivals around the United States.

See and Be Seen

For a filmmaker to turn an inspiration into a finished film, it takes a village. For an organization to turn an idea into a full-fledged event, it takes a village. For Film Independent to identify and showcase emerging artists, with the goal of bringing their work to a broader audience… well, you can see where this is going.

This year we’ve proudly partnered with six U.S. film festivals to amplify the voices of underrepresented filmmakers:

Atlanta Film Festival
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Hawaii International Film Festival
Seattle International Film Festival
Twin Cities Film Fest
Urbanworld Film Festival

These organizations provide crucial platforms for uniquely impactful films outside of the conventional film market and, with our new Festival Visions series, we’re excited to help expand the reach of these stories that are so deserving of attention and recognition.

Festival Visions screenings – free and available to all – are set to take place this summer. Two films will be featured each month, which will screen alongside one another in the Film Independent Presents Online Screening Room.

No need to register for both films in a given month… as long as you register for one, you’ll be able to see both!

Looking Back

For our first year of Festival Visions, we partnered with Bentonville Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Miami Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival and Outfest.

May 2023

Bentonville Film Festival
May 23-24: Liquor Store Dreams and Seasick

June 2023

Outfest and Miami Film Festival
June 22-23: Finding Her Beat and Monarcas

July 2023

New Orleans Film Festival and Chicago International Film Festival
July 27-28: Runner and House of Tulip
Discover more from last year’s Festival Visions below, or head over to our blog.

Bentonville Brings New Perspectives to Northwest Arkansas

Gain new insight into all things Bentonville Film Festival from the point of view of programmer Drea Clark.

Pride, Perspectives and Partying at Outfest

Mike Dougherty (Director of Programming, Outfest) shares an inside look at Pride, parties and perspectives at the premier LGBTQIA+ film festival in the United States.

Southern Charm at 24fps with New Orleans Film Fest

As part of the rich cultural tapestry of the Big Easy, The New Orleans Film Festival aims to represent its region with aplomb – an effort lead by New Orleans Film Society Artistic Director Clint Bowie.