Film Festival Alliance

Film Festival Alliance is a non-profit networking organization that develops and fosters collaboration among mission-driven film festivals across North America. FFA offers resources to strengthen the film festival industry, and advocates for a sustainable and inclusive environment for film festivals and the people who run them.
With a current membership of more than 150 organizations and individuals - representing a diverse array of size, geographic location and annual budget - FFA presents year-round organizational development and engagement opportunities around the country, offers valuable money-saving benefits and creates a collective community for festival professionals.

Meet Our Members

From the Blog…

Regional Roundtable: Cucalorus Schedule is Live!

FFA’s third roundtable of 2018 takes place November 8-11 at the 24th annual Cucalorus Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina, sponsored by Eventive and FilmFreeway. Open to all festival professionals, this […]

Exclusive SXSW Discount Offers for FFA Members

FFA has partnered with SXSW to extend discounted rates on registrations to attend the 2019 South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference & Festivals. FFA members will be able to access exclusive […]

FFA Partners with Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission for Festival Workshop

FFA has announced a new partnership with the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, the official arts and film agency for the state of Kansas, which is dedicated to supporting the […]

Early Bird Registration Now Open for 2019 FFA Annual Conference/Art House Convergence!

As the largest annual gathering of Art House cinema and festival professionals, community leaders, service providers and suppliers, the annual conference attracts participants from across the world. By defining our […]

From the Blog…

Regional Roundtable: Cucalorus Schedule is Live!

FFA’s third roundtable of 2018 takes place November 8-11 at the 24th annual Cucalorus Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina, sponsored by Eventive and FilmFreeway. Open to all festival professionals, this […]

Exclusive SXSW Discount Offers for FFA Members

FFA has partnered with SXSW to extend discounted rates on registrations to attend the 2019 South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference & Festivals. FFA members will be able to access exclusive […]

FFA Partners with Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission for Festival Workshop

FFA has announced a new partnership with the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, the official arts and film agency for the state of Kansas, which is dedicated to supporting the […]

Early Bird Registration Now Open for 2019 FFA Annual Conference/Art House Convergence!

As the largest annual gathering of Art House cinema and festival professionals, community leaders, service providers and suppliers, the annual conference attracts participants from across the world. By defining our […]

FFA on Instagram

In 2017, FFA member festivals watched and reviewed 159,024 movies to select the final 21,448 films screened to enthusiastic audience of 22,400,000. Through educational and filmmaking programs, an additional 14,2876 people and 9,200 filmmakers benefited. The impact of festivals is impressive: Member festivals’s 408 full-time staff and more than 2008 part-time and seasonal workers programmed films, marketed the festival, developed partnerships, tech-checked and projected screenings — while putting a total of $98,994,220 back into their local economies, the film exhibition business and the independent filmmaking community.

Featured Member

Durango Independent Film Festival

Joanie Leonard

Joanie brings experience and passion to the festival, having studied film at the University of Utah and worked on several film projects. She became hooked on film festivals and independent filmmaking after attending Sundance in 1994. An original Durango Film founder, Joanie has worked as a volunteer in the trenches, first in programming, then Festival Coordinator, and Executive Director beginning in 2008. She has been a juror for the Santa Fe Film Festival and the Knoxville 24-hour Film Festival. In 2011, she was tapped by Colorado Creative Industries to visit and assist area festival start-ups as a Peer Assessment Network consultant. In 2013 she helped to launch the AMFM Fest in Cathedral City, CA. and has extensive experience networking with other film festivals. Prior to working full time for the festival, Joanie owned and operated Mountain Pearl Appraisals, Inc., a residential appraisal company in Durango. She was also a Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser in Park City, Utah.

Featured Partner

Spotlight Cinema Networks

Spotlight Cinema Networks is a sponsor of the Film Festival Alliance and has launched the Spotlight Support Program as an exclusive FFA film festival member benefit. Spotlight offers an ancillary revenue generating opportunity for U.S. Film Festival Alliance Organizational Members. The Spotlight Support Program is a great way for festivals to generate self-earned revenue by leveraging unused/underused screen time during their film festivals. Sign up here.