- 68th Venice International Film Festival begins on August 31 and continues through September 10. Highlights include Polanski’s Carnage, Soderbergh’s Contagion, Clooney’s The Ides of March, and Madonna’s directorial debut about Wallis Simpson, W.E.
- Telluride Film Festival starts on September 2 and runs through the 5th.
- Toronto International Film Festival kicks off on September 8 and runs through September 18.
These festivals (plus the slightly smaller Deauville Festival du Cinema Americain) pave the way for the New York Film Festival (September 30-October 16), the Aspen Film Festival (September 21-25), the AFI Fest (November 3-10) and the other festivals that litter the fall movie season.