How to find good films on iTunes and Netflix

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Filmster is a smart way to find the best movies on iTunes and Netflix, in competition at top international Film Festivals and Award Ceremonies, and favorited by leading experts and directors. Discover many great films to enjoy with your friends!

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Film competitions

To find movies with Filmster, use the left panel to select your favorite film festivals and award ceremonies:

The Cannes Film Festival is the most prestigious film festival in the world. It was founded by Jean Zay (not to be confused with Jay Z) with the support of the Americans and British as a reaction to the domination of fascist Italian and German governments on the Venice Film Festival. In the 1950s the Cannes Film Festival became the largest cinema event in the world. It played an important role in the birth of the Nouvelle Vague movement, and in the discovery of major directors such as Andrei Tarkovsky, Quentin Tarantino, François Ozon, and Alejandro González Iñárritu. Its mission is to reveal and valorize masterpieces in order to serve the evolution of cinema and celebrate its diversity as an art form. Around twenty films are selected each year for the Official Selection through a long and careful process, often in interaction with directors and productors. A jury composed of a wide range of international artists chooses which films receive awards, the most important of which is the Palme d'Or for the best film.
Founded in 1932, the Venice Film Festival (Mostra) is the oldest film festival. The main award is the Golden Lion, considered as one of the most important from the point of view of film critic. It contributed to the rise of the cinema of Japan (Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi) and India (Satyajit Ray) in the 1950s. Many new talented filmmakers received their big break the Venice Film Festival.
The Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) is one of the "Big Three" film festivals (along with Cannes and Venice). The movie Rebecca by Alfred Hitchcock opened the first Berlinale in 1951. Films in competition are selected by a committee of film experts. The awards, in particular the Golden Bear for the best film, are presented by a jury composed of internationally recognised personalities from the arts and culture.
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is North America's most popular film festival. Each year hundreds of carefully selected films from all over the world are screened in a variety of programmes. TIFF is non-competitive, which means that there is no jury. The audiences vote for their favorite movies and the movie with the highest rating receives the People's Choice Award. Filmster contains almost 600 films that were shown at TIFF since 2000. For concreteness, the films are taken from the two most important programmes: Gala Presentation (major movies), and Masters (art-house filmmakers). The names of the awards have been standardized, so that Best Film corresponds to the People's Choice Award, and Best Director to the First Runner Up. The Midnight Madness Award and Documentary Award are also sometimes included.
The Sundance Film Festival is the largest film festival in the United States. It presents new movies by American and international independent directors. Many original storytellers were revealed at Sundance, including Joel Coen, Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, or Jim Jarmusch.
The Oscars (Academy Awards) ceremony is the oldest and most prestigious cinema awards ceremony in the world (first held in 1929). Millions of movie lovers around the world watch the glamorous Oscar ceremony to discover the winners of the highest honors in the film industry. The nominees and winners are determined by two rounds of voting by the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. john Ford is the director with the largest number of Best Director Oscars (4), followed by Frank Capra (3) and William Wyler (3). In the category Best Foreign Language Film the record-holders are Federico Fellini, Vittorio De Sica, and Ingmar Bergman.
The César Awards are the French equivalent to the American Oscars. They reward the most significant artistic works and achievements in cinema.

Then choose your favorite award categories. The names of the awards have been homogenized — for example, the Best Film award is called the Palme d'or in Cannes, the Golden Lion in Venice, the Golden Bear in Berlin, and so on. You can also adjust the editions of the competitions that most interest you. Now click the button

and Filmster finds the matching films that are available on your iTunes Store or on Netflix.

Note that in order for you to rent or buy a movie on the iTunes Store, it has to be in the approriate country. So don't forget to set the country of your iTunes Store before clicking the search button!

Beware that for Netflix some movies may be missing in certain countries.

Top film lists

Another way to find exciting movies with Filmster is to look at the Top film lists on the right panel. They have been established by world-leading critics and directors:

The influencial French film magazine "Cahiers du Cinéma" was founded in 1951 by André Bazin and friends. Early writers included Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Éric Rohmer, Jacques Rivette, and Claude Chabrol, who all went on to become revolutionary directors of the Nouvelle Vague (New Wave). Their critical focus on film direction led to the re-evaluation of Hollywood filmmakers such as Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, and Nicholas Ray. They also championed the masterpieces of Jean Renoir, Roberto Rossellini, Kenji Mizoguchi, and Jean Cocteau, among many others. Each year, the Cahiers du Cinéma publish a ranking of the top 10 films, usually consisting of an eclectic selection ranging from art-house gems to Hollywood superproductions. In 2008, they also gave a list of the 100 best movies of all time.
Every decade, the film magazine Sight & Sound (published by the British Film Institute) asks international critics and directors to vote for the Greatest Films of All Time. The result has come to be regarded as the most respected poll of great movies. The latest Sight & Sound poll was conducted in 2012, when Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock) replaced the long-standing number one Citizen Kane (Orson Welles) as the best film of all time.
In addition, Sight & Sound published in 2014 a list of the 50 Greatest Documentaries of All Time, with Dziga Vertov's masterpiece Man with a Movie Camera (1929) at the top.
You can also let famous directors, from Woody Allen to Apichatpong Weerasethakul, recommend their favorite films to you. Most lists come from the 2012 Sight & Sound poll.

These trusted movie lovers will point you towards the most powerful and inspiring masterpieces ever.

Emmy Awards for television

If you are interested in TV series, Filmster recommends the Primetime Emmy Awards, which are the television equivalent to the Oscars for film. The award categories are essentially split into Drama and Comedy, and are awarded for Outstanding Programs, Directing, Writing, and Acting.

Enjoy many beautiful films with Filmster!

Screenshot from Godard's film A Bout de Souffle

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