Film Festival Alliance


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.

12 Questions. 12 minutes. 
Thank you.



Earlier this fall, 60 festivals participated in FFA’s first salary survey. The results are in — and instead of a dry report with graphs and numbers, we are allowing you to play with the data.

Using Airtable technology, you can sort, group, and filter to work your way through the data to see how other festivals compensate Executive Directors/Sole Operators and other main staff members. There is a table of all relevant data, and each position is also detailed in separate tables accessible by clicking the dropdown menu on the upper left. By default, the data is grouped by festival budget size to compare numbers and benefits within a cohort of similar organizations. For best viewing, click on the “View Larger Version” button at the bottom right. Note: This works best from a computer screen. The mobile view is limited.

Let us know what you think — and please participate in the 2017 survey which will launch during the summer.

Thank you to all of the festivals who participated.



Happy Summer from the Film Festival Alliance!

We have some updates and news we’d like to share, and we’re also looking ahead to our upcoming in-person gatherings, including IFP Film Week in September in Brooklyn and the annual Art House Convergence in Utah in January.

First of all, we’d like to thank Colin Stanfield for the transitional leadership he provided as Interim Executive Director. Over the past eight months, he has guided us through our transformation into a stand-alone entity, creating a framework for membership, sponsorship and board development.

As Colin moves on to new endeavors, we are excited to share that as our new Program Director, Jon Gann will take the lead on (among many other things) both year-round programming and conference planning over the next six months, taking us through Art House Convergence in January. As usual, he is working with a crack team of organizers—if you’re interested in helping out, please let him know.

Over the next six months, we will be transitioning in other ways as well. The current members of the Executive Committee are ready to hand the reins over to those of you ready to step up and take our place. We feel a strong sense of pride in what we have achieved together, but we are excited to bring in new ideas and fresh enthusiasm—we will be looking for people with a broad range of skills to manage our multiple areas of need. So… If you are eager to take on a leadership role within our community, please let one of us know. (Some of you already have, and we will be reaching out!)

We hope to see you all and further our ongoing conversation at the following events:

IFP Film Week (September 17-22, 2016)

Among other programming for festival organizers, we will be hosting an event specifically for our colleagues:
Film Festival Alliance Breakfast and Diversity Talk
Thursday, September 22, 9:00am – 10:30am
All IFP Film Week registrants from film festivals are welcome at this breakfast, which will be followed by a conversation about ensuring diversity across the board at film festivals. We will also be providing more updates on Film Festival Alliance. More details to come!
Learn more about programming for festival professionals and register today!

Art House Convergence (January 16-19, 2017)

For the third year in a row, in conjunction with our art house colleagues, Film Festival Alliance will provide three days of programming with a specific eye towards film festivals. We are very eager to receive your thoughts and ideas on topics, panels, and participation, so please let us know if you’ll attend and how we can shape this conference to best serve you! As we hope you will agree, each year just keeps getting better and better.
Registration is now open!
Early Bird Rate: $525 through December 1
Special rate of $450/pp if you register yourself and two new participants (either from your organization — or others)

We look forward to connecting with you all in the months to come.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Jody, Anne, Jon, Tom, Deirdre, Kristin & Rosie