Film Festival Alliance

Monthly Archives: January 2020

FFA Welcomes Two New Board Members

The membership of the Film Festival Alliance elected two new members to their Board of Directors in January. Joining the board are Kathryn Spitz Cohan, Executive Director of Film Pittsburgh, and Ben McCarthy of McArts Consulting, based in North Carolina.

Re-elected for their second three-year terms are Beth Barrett (SIFF), Dan Brawley (Cucalorus), Judy Laster (Woods Hole), Mark Fishkin (Mill Valley) and Andrew Rodgers (Festival Consultant.)

2020’s Executive Committee consists of Cara Ogburn, President (Milwaukee Film), Alyx Picard-Davis, Vice President (deadCenter), Beth Barrett, Secretary (SIFF) and Ryan Watt, Treasurer (IndieMemphis.)

Learn more about all of our current board members here.

FFA Launches Inside Film Festivals Podcast

Welcome to the first season of the Film Festival Alliance’s podcast: Inside Film Festivals, sponsored by Film Festival Flix.

Each episode will feature film festival professionals talking about a variety of aspects, and trends within our industry.

Our host is Kevin Sampson, founder of the DC Black Film Festival and Film Festival Alliance Board member. He is also founder of Picture Lock, an entertainment website, radio show, podcast and TV show featuring film reviews, news and interviews.

Inside Film Festivals Episode 1: What is Film Festival Alliance?
We go inside the Film Festival Alliance to get an understanding of what the organization does and where it’s headed from two people who know best. Executive Director, Lela Meadow-Conner, and President of the Board of Directors, Dan Brawley, give their perspectives on the organization and why festivals should join. Click here to listen!

FFA Welcomes New Director of Membership

FFA is excited to announce the hiring of film exhibition veteran and filmmaker Barbara Twist as our Director of Membership. Twist will begin in the newly created position on January 6 and will be primarily responsible for growing & managing the organization’s membership and membership benefits. FFA currently serves more than 200 member organizations and individuals from 40 states, Canada and the UK and recently opened its doors to global members.

“I am so thrilled to be working with Film Festival Alliance and their membership,” said Twist. “Film festivals are a vital part of the exhibition industry, discovering new filmmakers, cultivating movie-going audiences through curation, and serving as place-makers in their own neighborhoods. I look forward to supporting the growth of the festival community.”

Twist began her career at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor where she assisted with special programs, including the Cinetopia Film Festival. She then spent five years working with Art House Convergence, most recently as its Managing Director during years of significant growth, before pursuing her Masters in Creative Producing at Columbia University (2020.) She also currently works with Tales of Europe, a traveling film series developed to promote European cinema within the US, and serves on the board of the Ann Arbor Film Festival.

“Barbara will be an excellent addition to our team,” said FFA Executive Director Lela Meadow-Conner. “Not only does she bring with her great experience from her time with AHC – where we worked together for several years, she brings invaluable perspective as a filmmaker. The Alliance is focused on growing its membership to be evermore inclusive and accessible, and also finding ways to support festival stakeholders – filmmakers being one of the most vital. Barbara’s experiences align with our goals.”