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We are gearing up for the 5th annual Film Festival Alliance @ Art House Convergence (FFA@AHC), which is packed to the brim with many great sessions and panels — including new discussions on Workplace Harassment, and Persevering Through Natural Disasters.

PLUS, we’re adding two special events:

SOCIAL FABRIC: T-SHIRT EXCHANGE
We know you love your event’s shirts — and want other festival professionals to sport them in their towns. Fill the empty space in your luggage with a few extra shirts, and exchange them with other festivals at our official T-shirt Exchange (time TBD.) You may go home with a new wardrobe AND some clean clothes!

BEFORE THEY RAN THE PLACE: SHORT FILM PROGRAM
Before you became a festival professional, were you a director, actor, producer or worked on a short film? If so, send a link to jon@filmfestivalalliance.org, and we will showcase during a special screening. If possible, send your shorter works so we can show as many as possible in 60 minutes. All entries accepted (the easiest festival you ever entered).

AIRPORT/SUNDANCE SHUTTLE
If you have not yet completed the form to reserve a space on the shuttles — DO SO NOW before space fills up.

LODGING:
It appears that the Zermatt and Homestead are SOLD OUT. We recommend checking Airbnb. If you are in need of a roommate or have extra space, please let us know and we will try and help out!

More information is forthcoming — we will send updates as more events and sessions are confirmed and you can check out the Full Conference Schedule.

We look forward to seeing you in a few weeks and hope you enjoy a happy & peaceful holiday season.

Cheers!

Jon Gann & Lela Meadow-Conner
Conference Organizers

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Confirmed Panels to date include:

SESSIONS AND PANELS

Past participants tell us that it is the best event of the year — and allows them to interact with their peers across the country in a relaxed, productive and non-competitive atmosphere.

MAKING YOUR FESTIVAL ‘FESTIVE’
How do you keep the “festive” in festival? Beyond programming, how do you attract new audiences? Hear out-of-the-box presenters share their favorite special events: parties, seminars, live comedy performances, BBQs, bar crawls, talks, staged readings, hula hooping — and beyond —  to target active and passive entertainment seekers.

LET’S TALK DISTRIBUTION
Acknowledging the elephant in the room, no cell phones, no social media – just an honest, closed-door session where film festivals and distributors can openly discuss everything from scheduling, marketing, distribution strategies, and the necessity of screening fees. Our goal is for this frank talk discussion to create more transparency on both sides of the invoice, helping make negotiations easier for all parties.

REAL DATA = REAL GROWTH
Learn how Indie Memphis and others use a data-driven approach to audience development and ticket sales for film festivals and weekly screenings. Analytics are used to better understand each individual attendee, fine tune sales and outreach, activate sponsorship and maximize attendance for each event.

BUILDING A FUTURE: DEVELOPING A LOVE OF CINEMA AMONG CHILDREN
Most children only see three films a year in a theater, vs 20+ on tablets and TV. How do we create culture of cinema to ensure future audiences for theaters and festivals alike? Learn how we can work together to develop new programs and activities that encourage long-term affiliation and appreciation of cinema as a shared cultural experience.

TURNING NON-TRADITIONAL SPACES INTO SUCCESSFUL SCREENING VENUES
Not every festival is able to use the local cineplex or DCI-compliant theater. Discover how other festival organizers and tech staff turn high school cafeterias, church basements, empty storefronts and other raw space into facilities that welcome audiences, and honor the work of filmmakers through extraordinary presentation.

WHO’S AFRAID OF THE BIG BAD WOLF?
With Netflix, Amazon and other snapping up properties before their festival runs are over, many programmers are skeptical to include these titles in their final lineups. Hear from festivals who eschewed traditional thought — with runaway sales and success.

FESTIVAL TALES
In these rapid-fire presentations, hear how three festivals (small, medium and large) tackle everything from programming to marketing to audience development, and presentation. This is the first year that festivals will been included in the storied Art House Tales program — where there is much to learn from both festivals and theaters alike.

MARKETING DEEP-DIVE
Everything is marketing — and marketing is everything. Hear from theaters, festivals, and marketing professionals about strategies, techniques and new software solutions to engage your audience, drive up sales, and decrease your day-to-day work. Attendance to this special double session is limited. Please sign up in advance.


SPECIAL EVENTS & CONNECTIONS

FILM FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS’ DINNER
The conference gets underway with a delicious buffet dinner in which all attending festivals introduce themselves, their event — and their hopes for the week.

PRODUCT DEMOS
Take a break between sessions to visit one of the sponsoring vendors to demo various software solutions for ticketing, film trafficking, review panels and other festival administration.

ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL ALLIANCE MEETING & ELECTION
Discover what FFA has planned for 2018 and beyond, and reflect on the past year’s programming efforts. The Annual Meeting is open to all attendees, with the election of a new board limited to FFA members.

EVENING COCKTAIL RECEPTIONS
After a day of panels and seminars, relax before dinner (included) with a glass of wine or a stiff cocktail. Whatever your poison, relax and mingle with festival crew from around the country.

INTERFACE WITH YOUR TRIBE
It’s said that there are 3,000 film festivals — and 2,999 way to run one. Meet fellow organizers throughout the conference, exchange ideas and successes, collaborate on future events — and make friends with the one group of people who truly understands what you do, and the trials and tribulations that challenge us every day.

PLUS DOZENS OF OTHER SESSIONS ORGANIZED BY ART HOUSE CONVERGENCE — ALL OPEN TO YOU!

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Email us! We’re seeking festivals professionals of all kinds to join in sharing your knowledge with the tribe. Confirmed Panels to Date Include:

  • Making Your Festival Festive/Programming Beyond the Films How do you keep the “festive” in festival? Beyond programming, how do you attract new audiences? Hear out-of-the-box presenters share their favorite special events: parties, seminars, live comedy performances, BBQs, bar crawls, talks, staged readings, hula hooping — and beyond — to target active and passive entertainment seekers.
  • Let’s Talk Distribution Acknowledging the elephant in the room, no cell phones, no social media – just an honest, closed-door session where film festivals and distributors can openly discuss everything from scheduling, marketing, distribution strategies, and the necessity of screening fees. Our goal is for this frank talk discussion to create more transparency on both sides of the invoice, helping make negotiations easier for all parties.
  • Real Data Means Real Growth Learn how Indie Memphis and others use a data-driven approach to audience development and ticket sales for film festivals and weekly screenings. Analytics are used to better understand each individual attendee, fine tune sales and outreach, activate sponsorship and maximize attendance for each event.
  • Building a Future: Developing a Love of Cinema among Children Most children only see three films a year in a theater, vs 20+ on tablets and TV. How do we create culture of cinema to ensure future audiences for theaters and festivals alike? Learn how we can work together to develop new programs and activities that encourage long-term affiliation and appreciation of cinema as a shared cultural experience.
  • Festival Tales In these rapid-fire presentations, hear how three festivals (small, medium and large) tackle everything from programming to marketing to audience development, and presentation. This is the first year that festivals will been included in the storied Art House Tales program — where there is much to learn from both festivals and theaters alike.

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.

FAQ’s

  • 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 info@filmfestivalalliance.org
  • 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
1-866-937-6288
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
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Homestead Resort
700 Homestead Dr
Midway, UT 84049
1-800-327-7220
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 bart@videofest.org


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.