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2020 SIO Diversity Pass Recipients

In an effort to increase the diversity of film festival professionals, organizers and programmers with access to Sundance Industry screenings, FFA partnered with the Sundance Industry Office for the second year, to award 10 FFA members who identify with historically underrepresented communities with 5 comp and 5 half-priced SIO Passes. FFA is pleased to congratulate the recipients of the 2020 SIO Diversity Pass Program.

Of the 2020 recipients, all are women, four identify as queer, and the group represents African-American, Asian-American, Latina, Afro-Caribbean, Black-Canadian cultures, the Immigrant population, the over-50 population and the disabled community. Of the 10 recipients, 8 are first time Sundance attendees. We’ll see you in the industry tents!

Melanie Addington, Executive Director, Oxford Film Festival, Oxford, MS
Sabrina Avilés, Festival Director, Boston Latino International Film Festival, Boston, MA
Opal Hope Bennett, Programmer (Aspen ShortsFest, Athena, DOC NYC, Nantucket Film Festival; Consultant, March on Washington Film Festival), NYC, NY
CR Capers, Founder/CEO Harlem Film House, Hip Hop Film Festival, NYC, NY
Camille Johnson, Festival Programmer, Regent Park Film Festival, Toronto, Canada
Wendy Keeling, Creative Director, Orlando International Film Festival, Orlando, Florida
Kiyoko McCrae, Filmmaker Labs Manager, New Orleans Film Society, New Orleans, LA
Shakira Refos, Education Manager, California Film Institute, Mill Valley, CA
Susan Sullivan, Founder and Executive Director of the Women Sports Film Festival, San Francisco, CA.
Brighid Wheeler, Director of Operations & Senior Programmer Indie Memphis Film Festival, Memphis TN.

Call for Panelists: Art House Convergence!

We’re excited to announce the film festival track panels for the 2020 Art House Convergence, and are looking for a wide variety of film festival professionals who are interested about speaking on the topics below. If one of these panels speaks to you, please complete this very brief form by October 15th.

Panel Description (with working titles):

Shared Responsibility: Filmmaker & Festivals
It’s time to end “us” vs. “them” mentality and foster a collaborative environment. What responsibilities do festivals owe filmmakers, and vice versa? Dive into the economics and ethics of this relationship including ever-present discussions like screening fees and programming transparency. We’ll also examine our power as micro-distributors, the value festivals can bring to filmmakers, and the value filmmakers bring to festivals. How can we effect change and achieve mutually beneficial outcomes for us all?

Cultivating Your Community The Other 360 Days A Year
Many festivals take place once a year… so how do festival organizers maintain their curation aesthetic for audiences and filmmakers, when their physical presence disappears for 11 months, and why is this so important? From finding people and touch points in our community for collaborations, to social media and non-traditional or abstract ideas, we’ll hear how festivals are uniquely maintaining their brand presence within their communities and securing buy-in for next year.

Mission, Vision & Leadership
An organization can outlast its founder, and sometimes needs to. How can leadership change affect, develop or reinforce the values upon which an organization is built… or go terribly wrong? When is it time to evolve to enable growth? How do we shape leadership change and legacy planning, particularly when staff and board have an even faster turnover? We’ll give panelists and attendees permission to speak in rough draft about this potent, often emotional topic.

Know Your Role
Just because we aren’t a ‘Market’ Festival, or don’t have high-profile industry in attendance doesn’t mean we don’t matter. In fact, we may be the most important tastemaker in town! As part of the majority of festivals sustaining our industry, we can drive a dialogue where premiere status and red carpets aren’t of tantamount importance, but collaboration is. Let’s discuss how we fit in to our communities and the larger eco-system of film consumption, and how we can sustain our role within both.