Aug. 21-Sept. 1
Montreal World Festival

Celebrating its 38th year with a distinctly Gallic flavor, MWFF will open with "We Love You, You Bastard," from French director -- and longtime festival supporter -- Claude Lelouch. Montreal closes with a tribute to another French legend, the late Alain Resnais and his last film, "Life of Riley." But it's not all France all the time. The fest is dedicated to the late Latin American literary icon, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and will be developing the new European Films Screening section, along with greater co-production ties with a large Chinese delegation of key industry players.

Aug. 29-Sept. 1
Telluride Film Festival

Telluride has always been an intimate, casual, carefully curated festival that doesn't announce its sked until the day before it begins. The festival's reputation -- it has hosted several Oscar winners and nominees over the years -- means that cinema lovers don't mind going in blind. For its 41st incarnation, Telluride has selected the husband and wife team of artist-writer-filmmaker Guy Maddin and critic Kim Morgan -- both longtime festival boosters -- as guest directors. They will serve as key collaborators in the festival's programming decisions.

Sept. 4-14
Toronto Intl. Film Festival

TIFF, the largest of all the North American fests, will open with the Warner Bros. drama "The Judge" starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, and has programmed a mix of awards contenders, star-powered indies and international arthouse fare in its Gala and Special Presentations, including Denzel Washington's "The Equalizer," a pair of Reese Witherspoon projects and closing-night film "A Little Chaos," Alan Rickman's period pic starring Kate Winslet. A couple of directing rookies are also unspooling there: Jon Stewart with "Rosewater," being sold by Sierra-Affinity, and Chris Evans with "Before We Go." Industry events also cater to a global audience with guest speakers such as filmmaker and vfx artist Douglas Trumbull, CEO of IM Global Stuart Ford, Claudia Bluemhuber of Silver Reel, Secret Cinema founder Fabien Riggall and exec director of Eurimages Roberto Olla. Also returning are popular biz programs Producers Lab Toronto, Asian Film Summit, Docs Conference, Talent Lab and Intl. Film Finance Summit. This year's City to City focus is Seoul, South Korea, while the influential Midnight Madness unspools Kevin Smith's "Tusk."

Sept. 17-24
Pyongyang Intl. Film Festival

The biennial event, which began in 1987, marks one of the extremely rare cultural exchanges between the secretive North Korea and the rest of the world, and this year's theme is Independence, Peace and Friendship. "Bend It Like Beckham," "Mr. Bean," "Bride and Prejudice" and "March of the Penguins" are among the films that have unspooled at the festival. PIFF includes competitions for features, documentaries and shorts.

Sept. 25-Oct. 5