In a recent post for Indiewire, IFP Festival Forum Executive Committee member Deirdre Haj outlines the work that we do and makes the case for why festivals are a crucial piece of the filmmaking ecosystem. We’ve excerpted a few key quotes below, but please find the entire article here.
“I am proud to say that the 200 members of the IFP Festival Forum (soon to be a stand alone organization called the Film Festival Alliance) believe in collaboration, not competition, and this is a very good thing for filmmakers on the festival circuit and for the audiences who come to see films.”
“Up until now, there has been no formal way for film festival professionals to communicate and learn from one another on a consistent basis.”
“The film festival circuit in the United States is vibrant, healthy and a more powerful distribution tool for independent film than a short run in New York or LA.”
“The plethora of established and humming film festivals in the United States is testament to the fact that audiences still want to see films together in a theater, and if they can hear from the filmmaker firsthand, they will come and pay to do so.”
“The Festival Forum will work to make sure that the filmmaker experience is the best one possible, and that our fellow festival organizers have the tools and resources to deliver the best event for them and their audiences. That’s why we do our jobs in the first place.”
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