Film Festival Alliance


On Sunday July 30th, FFA sponsored a Meet The Festival Directors & Programmers panel at the University Film and Video Association Conference in Los Angeles. The panel gave film teachers a chance to meet and ask questions of film festival professionals. Participants included programmers from the Bentonville Film Festival, the Utah Film Awards, Outfest, the Pasadena International Film Festival and the Dallas VideoFest. Over the 90 minutes of conversation, the filmmakers/ teachers learned about our various programming processes and the discussion continued over drinks nearby. Cards were exchanged, friendships were made, and we had fun – as film fest folks do!

Festival Folks:  Are you a Former (or Current) Filmmaker?

As part of this year’s Film Festival Alliance conference, we’re introducing a new evening shorts program, comprised of films made by YOU!  Submit your short for “Directors on Directing: Shorts from Recovering Filmmakers.” The program will be curated by Jon Gann, founder of the DC Shorts Film Festival and short film programmer extraordinaire.


  • Submissions are open to anyone who works for an FFA member festival
  • Shorts must be 15 minutes or less (unless it’s REALLY good)
  • Screeners must be available online or downloadable
  • Send links to
  • Super Duper Extended Deadline: December 31, 2017
  • There is no submission fee and NO waivers will be extended
  • The screening will be followed by a Q&A with all attending filmmakers
  • A prize will be given to the Audience Award Winner
  • The film must have been made and completed between 1957 – 2017.

Registration is now open for the 2018 Art House Convergence and Film Festival Alliance conference.

Register by September 30th and receive Early Bird pricing. FFA Members receive Early Bird through November 30! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Early Bird + : $495/individual | 3 or more from the same organization
Early Bird: $575/individual

The registration price goes up after September 30th for non-FFA Members. See price schedule below:

October 1 – November 30
Individual: $675
Two or more from the same organization: : $625

December 1 – Conference
Group: $775
Two or more from the same organization: : $725

What does the registration fee include?

  • Complimentary bus to/from the Zermatt & Homestead Resorts from downtown Salt Lake City (More details on pick-up and drop-off location will be sent prior to conference) *only available on Monday and Thursday of the conference*
  • Most meals from Monday evening through Thursday lunchtime (think lunch, dinner, and some light breakfast + Art House Lounge snacks!)
  • Drink tickets for use at events throughout the conference
  • All the coffee your brain desires! (or tea!)
  • Access to all education sessions, workshops, and keynote speakers
  • Access to all evening events, like film screenings, trivia and karaoke
  • Conference Attendee bag, including program guide, Art House swag, and other educational materials (we’ve been known to have *pretty cool* swag…)
  • Online access to speaker and panel presentations following the conference
  • And so much more…

What does the registration fee NOT include?

  • Hotel reservations (see below)
  • Festival Organizer’s Dinner
  • Airfare/your mode of transportation to Utah
  • Transportation to/from the Zermatt & Homestead Resort when our complimentary buses are not running.

Make Your Hotel Reservations Today

Zermatt Resort
784 W Resort Dr
Midway, UT 84049
Rooms start at $149/night
*NEW: There is a 3-NIGHT minimum at the Zermatt Resort*
To make your reservations at the Zermatt, click here
Homestead Resort
700 Homestead Dr
Midway, UT 84049
Rooms start at $129/night
To make your reservations at the Homestead, call 1-800-327-7220

*Make sure to mention Art House to get the discounted rates. There are no minimum nights at the Homestead.

The 5th annual Film Festival Alliance conference in conjunction with the Art House Convergence invites film festivals and organizations to submit session and workshop proposals for the January 15-18, 2018 gathering in Midway, Utah.

The largest annual meeting of Film Festival professionals, FFA @AHC continues to define our field, and provide professional development opportunities to film festivals, film societies, art house cinemas and other exhibition-oriented organizations. Together, we build our collective networks, work to identify our common challenges, and celebrate the unique characteristic that make every attendee a valuable member of our community.

The deadline for proposals is July 31, 2017.

Submissions will be reviewed and speakers will be notified by early September. Please note we cannot accommodate every session proposal. (View the 2017 program.)

FFA Members receive discounted registration – more information coming soon. See you in Midway!

Film Festival Alliance is excited to announce our renewed partnership with FilmFreeway, the word’s leading submission platform, including a special expansion of discounted pricing and free marketing on FilmFreeway exclusively for current FFA members.

FFA Member Exclusive Benefits:

  • $250 credit to be used for any FilmFreeway marketing services.
  • Special discounted commission rate:
    • Standard rate: 8.5%
    • FFA Members: 7%
  • Special discounted rate on ticketing services:
    • Standard rate: 3% plus $0.99 cents
    • FFA Members: 2% plus $0.69 cents (All inclusive rate with NO credit card processing fees.)

FFA Members, activate your new benefits today!

Sunday July 30th
2:30pm – 4:15pm
Cal State – Los Angeles

This is your opportunity to address university film and video teachers from around the country. Bart Weiss, from member organization Dallas VideoFest, has arranged for festival programmers and organizers to meet and hold a panel in front of the UFVA (University Film and Video Association) during their annual conference.

After an opening discussion about the FFA and our role in the industry, each festival will be able to address the audience about their events, what they are looking for, and suggest ways to better work with film and video schools. After the session, there will be ample time to talk informally with one another, and build new relationships.

For more information or to be included on the panel, contact Bart at

For the second year in a row, FFA has partnered with Spotlight Cinema Networks to bring our member festivals the Spotlight Support Program –  a great way for Film Festival Alliance (FFA) members to generate self-earned revenue by leveraging unused/underused screen time during their events.

“Spotlight Cinema Networks matched us up with a high-profile company and even found  a second choice when the first sponsor was problematic for our venue due to circumstances out of our control.  We loved having a national company associated with our brand and I think it helped festival goers see us in a new light, said Bears Fonte, Founder/Director of Programming of the Other Worlds Austin Sci Fi Film Festival.

Our friends at Art House Convergence are giving away a FREE REGISTRATION for the AHC Regional Seminar in Philadelphia to one lucky Film Festival Alliance Member.

The 3-day seminar includes networking, a Festival Operations Panel presented by the Philadelphia Film Society, a Fundraising Panel, a special event with the inventor of the Steadicam, a group photo on the “Rocky Steps” & much more.

To enter the giveaway, just fill out our quick FFA Q&A (please complete the quick survey even if you can’t make it – your feedback is deeply valuable!)  We’ll announce the selected entrant on Wednesday, Thursday May 18th to allow plenty of time for travel arrangements.

Make sure to renew your membership or join today to be eligible for this special giveaway!


Following a successful 4th annual conference in conjunction with the Art House Convergence in January, the Film Festival Alliance (FFA) is building on its established foundation to become North America’s preeminent film festival service organization, strengthening this vital segment of the film exhibition industry, and providing even more robust resources to help mission-driven film festivals meet their community needs.

The newly elected Board of Directors includes President Dan Brawley (Cucalorus Film Festival), Vice President Andrew Rodgers (Denver Film Society), Treasurer Anne Chaisson (Hamptons International Film Festival and FFA founding member), Secretary Judy Laster (Woods Hole Film Festival, FFA founding member) and Jon Gann (Founder DC Shorts Film Festival, Past Program Director, FFA.) Members at large include Beth Barrett (SIFF), Clint Bowie (New Orleans Film Society), Mark Fishkin (Califiornia Film Institute) and Josh Leake (Portland Film Festival.)

FFA has hired Lela Meadow-Conner (Tallgrass Film Association) to serve in a consulting role as the Acting Executive Director. A founder of Wichita’s Tallgrass Film Festival, its former Executive Director, and current Creative Director, she brings her entrepreneurial spirit and love of film festivals to the FFA. FFA’s founding members created a strong framework and the group will focus on constructing a productive and valuable organization for all film festival folks. “It’s important to us that we are an inclusive group for all film festival professionals and that we recognize our common threads, and appreciate those characteristics that make every festival unique,” said Meadow-Conner.

“Along with developing the best programming for our 5th annual conference in January, 2018, we’ll be focusing on learning from our members how best we can help service our industry and advocate for film festivals of all sizes and genres across the country,” said Brawley.

We want to hear from you! Tell us how you’d like to see the Film Festival Alliance evolve and better serve your organization. Email Lela @, or 323.810.6909, or email  Dan @

The Film Festival Alliance, in coordination with Anna Feder (Emerson College, Wicked Queer), is conducting a survey to collect information about shorts programming at festivals throughout the U.S. The findings will be presented by Anna during SXSW this March, and published anonymously on the FFA website shortly after.

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