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Welcome to the Film festivals task force of WikiProject Film!


This task force covers film festivals, including, but not limited to, articles for individual festivals, films, directors and awards. The primary focus is for competitive feature festivals listed in the {{Film festivals}} template:

Festival Month held Yearly article? Founded
Berlin February Yes 1951
Cannes May Yes 1946
Cairo November No 1976
Goa November No 1952
Karlovy Vary July No 1946
Locarno August No 1946
Mar del Plata November No 1954
Moscow July No 1959
Montreal August No 1977
San Sebastián September No 1953
Shanghai June No 1993
Tokyo October No 1985
Venice August Yes 1932
Warsaw October No 1985


Active membersEdit

To join the Film festivals task force, edit this section and add # {{User|yourusername}} and any comments to the following list of members in alphabetical order by username. Please add your username to Wikipedia:WikiProject Film/Participants also.

  1. А (talk · contribs)
  2. Androptrnt (talk · contribs)
  3. Belovedfreak (talk · contribs)
  4. Bharathprime (talk · contribs)
  5. Blofeld of SPECTRE (talk · contribs)
  6. Doctor Sunshine (talk · contribs)
  7. Kire1975 (talk · contribs)
  8. Lugnuts (talk · contribs)
  9. Theopolisme (talk · contribs)
  10. TomiGuarnaccia (talk · contribs)
  11. Wisekwai (talk · contribs)

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Tagging and assessmentEdit

Film festivals task force assessment statistics


Any article related to this task force should be marked by adding Festival-task-force=yes to the {{Film}} project banner at the top of its talk page (see the project banner instructions for more details on the exact syntax). This will automatically place it into Category:Film festivals task force articles.


Style guidelinesEdit

Article partsEdit

Articles about film festivals often lack reliable third-party references and often read like advertisements. Many are outdated. Yet film festival articles are useful, because the festivals themselves are notable events, with film premieres and awards that establish notability for films. The films and festivals go hand in hand. A well-crafted article about a film festival can provide linkage to films, directors and actors, and serve as a starting place for information that can be used to improve articles about films.

Standards have yet to be established as to what the festival articles should contain. Some festivals have separate articles for particular years. Some do not. Does Wikipedia need an article for every particular year of a regional short film festival? Probably not. But then articles on particular years for large international film festivals would probably be useful.


Aside from the key art of the festival logo or poster, there isn't much need to add images to film festival articles that aren't freely licensed. Film festivals are great potential sources of freely licensed images of actors and filmmakers. Organizers of film festivals should be actively encouraged to freely license their images, as the image description would always link back to the festival, thereby serving as a promotional tool for the festival, but also a great resource of images of notable public figures.

External linksEdit

This is pretty basic. Beyond the official site, and an IMDb link, if it exists, what else is really needed?



Ongoing projectsEdit

  • Creation of all film festivals for each year and films screened in the main competition sections of competitive feature festivals listed in the {{Film festivals}} template.
  • Article tagging is under way, and is far from complete. Feel free to browse through the film festival categories and lists and make sure the article's talk page is properly tagged. Wisekwai is working on Category:Film festivals in the United States, and has worked backward through alphabet to the letter T.
  • Go through Category:Film festivals and make sure each article has a class and importance rating assigned.

Category maintenanceEdit

  • Category:International film festivals has been created, and still needs to be populated. International film festivals are large film festivals, usually with "international" in their names. They are broad in scope, which differs from festivals that specialize in documentaries, short films, animation, genre films or special interests.
  • Category:Film festivals by type is another category that is helpful for organizing special interest film festivals.

Other tasksEdit

  • More interested editors are needed to join this project.
  • Collect categories, resource links, and templates.
  • Expand the open task listing, particularly targeting articles that could be expanded or need clean up.
  • An infobox template, {{Infobox Film Festival}}, exists. Does it fit the needs of this project? Have a look and discuss.
  • Create a user box.



Further readingEdit

  • Turan, Kenneth, Sundance to Sarajevo: Film Festivals and the World They Made, Los Angeles, University of California Press, 2002, hardback, ISBN 0-520-21867-1.
  • Watson, Nigel, "The Sense and Sensationalism of Film Festivals"