While the Sundance film festival might get the most attention, many avid indie film fans will tell you that few independent film festivals match the excitement or overall variety and quality as the Tiburon film festival. Tiburon is located in California’s famed Marin County, overlooking San Francisco Bay. The Tiburon film festival was started by the town in 2002, and has rapidly grown into a diverse and popular international film festival that has gained attention world wide.
This film festival is usually held for a week in March of every year. The Tiburon film festival has a mission statement as being a festival that wants to see a broad range of films from a wide range of countries around the world. The motto for this film festival is: “Understanding the world through film,” and strongly reflects the direction this event has gone over the last eight years.
International films have been premiered at this festival from dozens of countries in nearly as many genres. Some film categories in that past have included fiction, documentary, shorts, animated shorts, experimental, surreal, student films, sports documentaries, music videos, and even children’s films. This wide blend of culture and genre allows the Tiburon film festival to claim a very unique level of originality and diversity.
Basically, if you’re a fan of independent films, both foreign and domestic, this film festival set in the town located just off San Francisco might be the perfect stop. The long tradition of artistic independence that San Francisco is known for continues to play out in neighboring Tiburon, and the Tiburon film festival continues to grow in scope, size, and cinematic quality with each passing year.
The logo of this festival shows a shark biting down on a reel of film, a nod to the town of Tiburon’s history, named after the local Carib Indian word for shark, as the bay around the town is known to be full of them. This fierce symbol is a good match for the fierce independence that the Tiburon film festival encourages.
For an event that has only existed since 2002, the Tiburon film festival has already had a remarkable impact on film and film careers alike. The academy award winner “West Bank Story” by Ari Sandel was premiered at this festival, as was the academy award nominee “Salim Baba” by Timothy Sternberg. In addition to these two remarkable works, many films that were viewed here for the first time were picked up for mainstream distribution, or invited as guests to other popular and well known film festivals.
The Tiburon film festival continues to run strong, and is a great event that should be a considered stop for anyone living, or traveling, in the area. It’s not often you can not only be part of a major event, but be in early on as it builds history.
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