Cucalorus lands on Top 50 list




April 28, 2021 – MovieMaker Magazine announced that Cucalorus Film Festival has been named one of MovieMaker’s 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2021, a year that nearly everyone expects to be better than the one before.

MovieMaker determined the winners of the annual list using festival surveys, filmmaker testimonials and independent research. The full list of festivals is below.

“I expect film festivals to come roaring back in the coming months — but smartly, and safely, balancing our love of film with our top priority, protecting everyone’s health,” said MovieMaker editor-in-chief Tim Molloy. “These festivals have supported their communities, audiences and filmmakers with never-give-up innovations to celebrate our love of movies. Some of the things they perfected in 2020, like virtual screenings, are here to stay, even for festivals that return to in-person, indoor showings. 

“But we didn’t just choose these festivals based on their handling of the pandemic. They made this list by proving themselves to be of serious value to the next generation of moviemakers, through awards, prizes, distribution deals, and meetings with future collaborators and friends.”

Managing Director at Cucalorus Rachel Taylor shared, “It’s such an honor to be included with these other great festivals. Cucalorus is constantly working to make the festival circuit better for filmmakers in terms of charging fair entry fees, being transparent about our selection process, and making sure that filmmakers get paid for their work. The festival in November is more like a creative retreat, encouraging collaboration and friendship. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for this year.”

MovieMaker’s 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee 2021, which can be seen in detail at

MovieMaker is dedicated to the art and craft of making movies.The 2021 list of 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee appears in the Spring 2021 issue, with a cover story on Dasha Nekrasova and her feature directorial debut, The Scary of Sixty-First. The issue is available on newsstands on April 27.

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