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    Five top film festivals in North America

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    SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

    Park City, Utah

    The birthplace of the US indie film movement, the 10-day festival has introduced global audiences to such groundbreaking films as “Sex, Lies, and Videotape,” “Maria Full of Grace,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” and “An Inconvenient Truth.”

    www.sundance.org/festival

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    TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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    Toronto

    Launching pad for first-rate, international, US, and Canadian cinema, the 2012 festival featured 372 films from 72 countries and was attended by more than 400,000 people.

    www.tiff.net

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    TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL

    Telluride, Colo.

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    Founded 40 years ago, the world-famous and highly-regarded festival premieres critically acclaimed works in a picturesque, mountain town setting.

    www.telluridefilmfestival.org

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    ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL

    Ann Arbor, Mich.

    Founded in 1963, it’s the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America, known for its artsy, avant-garde lineup.

    www.aafilmfest.org

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    PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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    Palms Springs, Calif.

    One of the largest film festivals in North America, showcasing new and celebrated international features and documentaries, also known for its Black Tie Awards Gala honoring top actors and actresses.

    www.psfilmfest.org

    DIANE BAIR AND PAMELA WRIGHT