2021 in film

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List of years in film

2021 in film is an overview of events, including award ceremonies, film festivals, a list of country-specific lists of films released, and notable deaths.

2021 is scheduled to release numerous notable films that were originally scheduled for release in 2020, but were postponed due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cinema and the film industry.

Highest-grossing films in 2021[edit]

film currently playing indicates films playing in theaters around the world in the week commencing 17 September 2021.
Highest-grossing films of 2021
Rank Title Distributor Worldwide gross
1 Hi, Mom Lian Ray Pictures $822,009,764
2 F9 Universal $716,500,000
3 Detective Chinatown 3 Wanda Pictures $686,257,563
4 Godzilla vs. Kong Warner Bros. / Toho $467,863,13
5 Black Widow Disney $377,870,901
6 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings film currently playing $320,600,000
7 Free Guy film currently playing 20th Century Studios $298,300,000
8 A Quiet Place Part II Paramount $297,400,000
9 Cruella Disney $233,274,812
10 Jungle Cruise $204,600,000

2021 box office records[edit]

  • The Japanese anime film Demon Slayer: Mugen Train (2020) released in North America in April 2021, with its opening weekend gross of $19.5 million setting the record as the biggest opening for any foreign-language film released in North America.[2][dubious ]

Scheduled award ceremonies[edit]

Award ceremonies[edit]

2021 film award ceremonies
Date Event Host Location(s)
February 28[3] 78th Golden Globe Awards Hollywood Foreign Press Association Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
March 7[4] 26th Critics' Choice Awards Broadcast Film Critics Association Santa Monica, California, U.S.
March 21 73rd Writers Guild of America Awards Writers Guild of America, East
Writers Guild of America West
Ceremony held virtually
March 24 32nd Producers Guild of America Awards Producers Guild of America Ceremony held virtually
April 4[5] 27th Screen Actors Guild Awards SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles, California, U.S.
April 10 73rd Directors Guild of America Awards Directors Guild of America Ceremony held virtually
April 11[6] 74th British Academy Film Awards[7] British Academy of Film and Television Arts London, England, UK
April 16[8] 48th Annie Awards ASIFA-Hollywood Los Angeles, California, U.S.
April 22 36th Independent Spirit Awards Independent Spirit Awards Santa Monica, California, U.S.
April 24 41st Golden Raspberry Awards Golden Raspberry Awards Foundation Los Angeles, California, U.S.
April 25[9] 93rd Academy Awards Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Los Angeles, California, U.S.
May 3 67th National Film Awards Directorate of Film Festivals New Delhi, India
September 18–19[10] 9th and 10th South Indian International Movie Awards Vibri Media Group Hyderabad, Telangana, India
October 3[11] 8th Platino Awards Entidad de Gestión de Derechos de los Productores Audiovisuales Madrid, Spain
October 8 15th Asian Film Awards The Asian Film Awards Academy Busan, South Korea
TBA 46th Saturn Awards Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films TBD

Film festivals[edit]

List of some of the film festivals for 2021 that have been accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF).

2021 film festivals
Date Event Host Location
January 28–February 3 2021 Sundance Film Festival Sundance Film Festival Park City, Utah, United States
March 1–5 71st Berlin International Film Festival Berlin International Film Festival Berlin, Germany
July 6–17 2021 Cannes Film Festival Cannes Film Festival Cannes, France
August 4–14 74th Locarno Film Festival Locarno Film Festival Locarno, Switzerland
September 1–11 78th Venice International Film Festival Venice Film Festival Venice, Italy
September 9–18 2021 Toronto International Film Festival Toronto International Film Festival Toronto, Ontario, Canada
October 6–15 26th Busan International Film Festival Busan International Film Festival Busan, South Korea
November 20–28 52nd International Film Festival of India Directorate of Film Festivals Goa, India

2021 films[edit]

By country[edit]

By genre[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Month Date Name Age Nationality Profession Films
January 1 Mark Eden 92 English Actor
4 Tanya Roberts 65 American Actress
4 Barbara Shelley 88 English Actress
4 Gregory Sierra 83 American Actor
4 Karl-Heinz Vosgerau 93 German Actor
5 James Greene 89 Northern Irish Actor
5 John Richardson 86 English Actor
6 Antonio Sabàto Sr. 77 Italian-American Actor
7 Michael Apted 79 English Director, Producer
7 Thomas Gumpert 68 German Actor
7 Marion Ramsey 73 American Actress, Singer
8 Steve Carver 75 American Director
8 Mike Henry 84 American Actor
8 Diana Millay 85 American Actress
9 John Reilly 86 American Actor
11 Tord Peterson 94 Swedish Actor
11 Stacy Title 56 American Director
14 Peter Mark Richman 93 American Actor
15 Dale Baer 70 American Animator
16 Charlotte Cornwell 71 English Actress
17 Jacques Bral 72 French Director, Screenwriter
18 Jean-Pierre Bacri 69 French Actor, Screenwriter
18 Perry Botkin Jr. 87 American Composer
18 Juan Carlos Tabío 77 Cuban Director, Screenwriter
20 Mira Furlan 65 Croatian Actress
21 Nathalie Delon 79 French Actress
21 Rémy Julienne 90 French Stuntman
23 Walter Bernstein 101 American Screenwriter, Director
23 Tony Ferrer 86 Filipino Actor
23 Alberto Grimaldi 95 Italian Producer
23 Hal Holbrook 95 American Actor
23 Trisha Noble 76 Australian Actress, Singer
23 Sumiko Sakamoto 84 Japanese Actress, Singer
24 Bruce Kirby 95 American Actor
24 Gunnel Lindblom 89 Swedish Actress
27 Cloris Leachman 94 American Actress
28 Vasily Lanovoy 87 Russian Actor
28 Cicely Tyson 96 American Actress
29 Jeremy Lubbock 89 English Composer
30 Allan Burns 85 American Screenwriter, Producer
February 1 Jonas Gricius 92 Lithuanian Cinematographer
1 Robert C. Jones 84 American Film Editor, Screenwriter
3 Haya Harareet 89 Israeli Actress
5 Isa Bellini 98 Italian Actress, Singer
5 Christopher Plummer 91 Canadian Actor
7 Giuseppe Rotunno 97 Italian Cinematographer
7 Moufida Tlatli 73 Tunisian Director, Film Editor
8 Jean-Claude Carrière 89 French Screenwriter, Actor
9 John Hora 80 American Cinematographer
11 Joan Weldon 90 American Actress, Singer
12 Antonio Giménez-Rico 82 Spanish Director, Screenwriter
12 Christopher Pennock 76 American Actor
12 Lynn Stalmaster 93 American Casting Director
15 Sandro Dori 82 Italian Actor
15 Lucía Guilmáin 83 Mexican Actress
17 Martha Stewart 98 American Actress, Singer
18 Andrey Myagkov 82 Russian Actor
22 Giancarlo Santi 81 Italian Director
24 Alan Robert Murray 66 American Sound Editor
24 Ronald Pickup 80 English Actor
27 Ng Man-tat 70 Hong Kongese Actor
March 1 Enrique San Francisco 65 Spanish Actor
2 Gil Rogers 87 American Actor
3 Katharina Matz 85 German Actress
3 Nicola Pagett 75 Egyptian-English Actress
4 Tony Hendra 79 English Screenwriter
5 David Bailie 83 South African Actor
8 Leon Gast 85 American Documentarian
8 Trevor Peacock 89 English Actor
9 Isela Vega 81 Mexican Actress
11 Isidore Mankofsky 89 American Cinematographer
11 Peter Patzak 76 Austrian Director, Screenwriter
11 Norman J. Warren 78 English Director
14 Henry Darrow 87 American Actor
15 Yaphet Kotto 81 American Actor
17 Antón García Abril 87 Spanish Composer
18 Richard Gilliland 71 American Actor
22 Susana Canales 87 Spanish Actress
22 Pierick Houdy 92 French Composer
22 May Wynn 93 American Actress
23 George Segal 87 American Actor
24 Craig Grant 52 American Actor
24 Kunie Tanaka 88 Japanese Actor
24 Jessica Walter 80 American Actress
25 Larry McMurtry 84 American Screenwriter
25 Bertrand Tavernier 79 French Director, Screenwriter
April 1 Lee Aaker 77 American Actor
1 Biff McGuire 94 American Actor
3 Lois de Banzie 90 Scottish-American Actress
3 Gloria Henry 98 American Actress
3 John Paragon 66 American Actor, Writer, Director
4 Zygmunt Malanowicz 83 Polish Actor
5 Robert Fletcher 98 American Costume Designer
5 Paul Ritter 54 English Actor
6 Walter Olkewicz 72 American Actor
7 James Hampton 84 American Actor
8 Richard Rush 91 American Director, Screenwriter
9 Earl "DMX" Simmons 50 American Actor, Singer
11 Giannetto De Rossi 78 Italian Make-Up Artist
11 Enzo Sciotti 76 Italian Poster Artist
11 Joseph Siravo 66 American Actor
16 Helen McCrory 52 English Actress
16 Anthony Powell 85 English Costume Designer
16 Felix Silla 84 Italian-American Stuntman, Actor
16 Mari Törőcsik 85 Hungarian Actress
20 Monte Hellman 91 American Director, Screenwriter, Producer
21 Thomas Fritsch 77 German Actor
22 Charles Fries 92 American Producer, Executive
24 Yves Rénier 78 French Actor, Director
29 Johnny Crawford 75 American Actor, Singer
29 Billie Hayes 96 American Actress
29 Frank McRae 80 American Actor
May 1 Olympia Dukakis 89 American Actress
1 Willy Kurant 87 Belgian Cinematographer
2 Jacques d'Amboise 86 American Choreographer, Actor
7 Tawny Kitaen 59 American Actress
8 Graeme Ferguson 91 Canadian Producer, Cinematographer
9 Neil Connery 83 Scottish Actor
11 Norman Lloyd 106 American Actor
11 Buddy Van Horn 92 American Stunt Coordinator, Director
15 Roy Scammell 88 English Stuntman, Actor
18 Charles Grodin 86 American Actor
19 Paul Mooney 79 American Actor
24 Desiree Gould 76 American Actress
24 Robert Green Hall 47 American Make-Up Artist
24 Samuel E. Wright 74 American Actor, Singer
26 Isabella De Bernardi 57 Italian Actress
26 Jerome Hellman 92 American Producer
26 Paul Soles 90 Canadian Actor
27 Shane Briant 74 English Actor
29 Gavin MacLeod 90 American Actor
31 Peter Del Monte 77 Italian Director, Screenwriter
31 Arlene Golonka 85 American Actress
June 3 Damaris Hayman 91 English Actress
3 Ernie Lively 74 American Actor
4 Clarence Williams III 81 American Actor
5 Paulo Thiago 75 Brazilian Director, Screenwriter
7 Ben Roberts 70 Welsh Actor
9 Cynthia Hargrave 64 American Producer
9 Libuše Šafránková 68 Czech Actress
10 Joyce MacKenzie 95 American Actress
11 John Gabriel 90 American Actor
11 Kay Hawtrey 94 Canadian Actress
12 Dennis Berry 76 American-French Actor, Director
13 Ned Beatty 83 American Actor
13 David Lightfoot 61 Australian Producer
14 Lisa Banes 65 American Actress
16 Frank Bonner 79 American Actor
16 Allen Midgette 82 American Actor
20 Joanne Linville 93 American Actress
21 Nina Divíšková 84 Czech Actress
22 Antonio Salines 84 Italian Actor
23 Clare Peploe 79 English-Italian Screenwriter, Director
23 Robert Sacchi 89 American Actor
25 Olga Barnet 69 Russian Actress
25 John Erman 85 American Actor, Director
26 John Langley 78 American Producer
27 Alison Greenspan 48 American Producer
29 Stuart Damon 84 American Actor
July 4 Luminița Gheorghiu 71 Romanian Actress
5 Raffaella Carrà 78 Italian Actress, Singer
5 Richard Donner 91 American Director, Producer
5 Vladimir Menshov 81 Russian Director, Actor
5 William Smith 88 American Actor
6 Suzzanne Douglas 64 American Actress
7 Robert Downey Sr. 85 American Director, Screenwriter, Actor
7 Chick Vennera 74 American Actor
11 Charlie Robinson 75 American Actor
15 Libero De Rienzo 44 Italian Actor
17 Pilar Bardem 82 Spanish Actress
17 Jacqueline Sassard 81 French Actress
20 Françoise Arnoul 90 French Actress
23 John Cornell 80 Australian Screenwriter, Producer, Director
24 Herbert Köfer 100 German Actor
24 Jackie Mason 93 American Actor
25 Doug Falconer 69 Canadian-American Producer
26 Rick Aiello 65 American Actor
27 Saginaw Grant 85 American Actor
27 Jean-François Stévenin 77 French Actor, Director, Screenwriter
28 Barbara Połomska 87 Polish Actress
30 Jack Couffer 96 American Cinematographer, 2nd Unit Director
31 Alvin Ing 89 American Actor, Singer
31 Mark Tarlov 69 American Producer
August 3 Jørgen Langhelle 55 Norwegian Actor
7 Brad Allan 48 Australian Stuntman, Stunt Coordinator
7 Markie Post 70 American Actress
7 Jane Withers 95 American Actress
9 Alex Cord 88 American Actor
9 Pat Hitchcock 93 English-American Actress
9 Ken Hutchison 72 Scottish Actor
10 Dilys Watling 78 English Actress
11 Peter Fleischmann 84 German Director, Screenwriter, Producer
12 Una Stubbs 84 English Actress
14 Piera Degli Esposti 83 Italian Actress, Screenwriter
15 Gianfranco D'Angelo 84 Italian Actor
17 Rock Demers 87 Canadian Producer
19 Sonny Chiba 82 Japanese Actor
19 Li Hsing 91 Taiwanese Director, Producer
23 Brick Bronsky 57 American Actor
23 Michael Nader 76 American Actor
23 Rosita Quintana 96 Argentine-Mexican Actress, Singer
25 Zdenka Procházková 95 Czech Actress
26 Sompote Sands 80 Thai Director
29 Ed Asner 91 American Actor
29 Peggy Farrell 89 American Costume Designer
31 Michael Constantine 94 American Actor
31 Ferhan Şensoy 70 Turkish Actor
September 2 Mikis Theodorakis 96 Greek Composer
5 Ion Caramitru 79 Romanian Actor
5 Tony Selby 83 English Actor
6 Jean-Paul Belmondo 88 French Actor
6 Nino Castelnuovo 84 Italian Actor
6 Michael K. Williams 54 American Actor
8 Franco Graziosi 92 Italian Actor
8 Art Metrano 84 American Actor
11 Gloria Warren 95 American Actress, Singer
12 Fran Bennett 84 American Actress
12 Ben Best 46 American Actor, Writer
13 Don Collier 92 American Actor
14 Norm Macdonald 61 Canadian Actor
15 Marthe Mercadier 92 French Actress
16 Jane Powell 92 American Actress, Singer
18 Mario Camus 86 Spanish Director, Screenwriter
20 Anthony Johnson 56 American Actor

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

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