Top 10 Festival Films You Need To See Asap

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10. BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD – Directed by Benh Zeitlin

If you heard anything about this year’s Sundance Film Festival, you probably heard about BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, which won over audiences, then critics, then two prizes — a Feature Grand Jury Prize and the Best Cinematography Award — in approximately that order. The film sounds like nothing you’ve ever seen before: a blend of whimsical fantasies and terrifying apocalypses, intimate family drama and huge, earth-shattering cataclysms. If you missed it at Sundance and New Directors / New Films it’s not the end of the world; Fox Searchlight will release BEASTS on June 27th.

searching_for_sugar_manMemorial Day is less than a month away and summer movie season is just around the corner.  But if super-heroes ain't your cup of cinematic tea, don't fret: there are some excellent independent films coming out in the weeks and months ahead, and no one wears tights in any of them.

In honor of the Tribeca Film Festival, which is rolling through New York City this week, here's a list of some of 2012 festival favorites -- from Tribeca, Sundance, South by Southwest, New Directors / New Films, and Cannes -- hitting art house screens in the near future.  With movies like these to keep you busy, it'll be Labor Day (and Oscar Season) before you know it.

Author: Matt Singer10. BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD - Directed by Benh Zeitlin9. COSMOPOLIS - Directed by David Cronenberg8. GIMME THE LOOT - Directed by Adam Leon7. LOLA VERSUS - Directed by Daryl Wein6. MUD - Directed by Jeff Nichols5. SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED - Directed by Colin Trevorrow
4. SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN - Directed by Malik Bendjelloul3. TAKE THIS WALTZ - Directed by Sarah Polley2. 2 DAYS IN NEW YORK - Directed by Julie Delpy1. YOUR SISTER'S SISTER - Directed by Lynn Shelton