Seattle International Film Festival: The SIFF is the largest film festival in the United States, screening the most films and welcoming the highest number of attendees. The festival screens 400 films in the period of a month across the city of Seattle. The 38th edition of this festival will take place in 2012 on 17 May to 10 June.
Vancouver International Film Festival: The goal of the festival is to promote the art of filmmaking and encourage the understanding of other countries through cinema. The festival screens all genres of films. In 2012 the festival will take place on 29 September to 14 October.
Zero Film Festival: This is the only film festival in North America that accepts films that are financed by the film-makers themselves. Therefore, there is no pressure on festival organisers to screen the films that sponsors and funders want. The festival is held in Los Angeles, Toronto, New York and London. The Los Angeles-leg takes place on 15 March to 21 March 2012.
Ann Arbour Film Festival: A great festival for those who enjoy experimental films and independent films, founded in 1963, the Ann Arbour Film Festival is one of the longest running festivals of its kind in North America. In 2012 the 50th edition of the festival will take place on March 27 to 1 April.
San Francisco International Film Festival: This festival is the oldest running film festival in North America and was founded in 1957. It is a platform to showcase the latest trends in international films and video production amongst films that have not received distribution in America. The next festival will take place on 21 April to 5 May 2012.