Do you hear that? It’s the big screen calling your name.
If you’re hunting for a novel vacation idea, desire a deeper dive into cinematic culture, or both, then consider the film festival. These wide-ranging events held all over the U.S. not only offer a peek at award-season contenders before they land in the theaters, but attendees also learn about the craft first-hand from writers, actors and directors. Plus, all the action lets you see a host city through a whole new lens.
But how to best navigate the line-up? Are back-to-back screenings the way to go? And just how do you get into those festival parties? Here’s everything you need to know — with insights from film festival pros — on how to make your first festival experience smooth from start to fin.