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FFA Covid-19 Planning & Pivoting Call 4

On Friday, March 27th, FFA hosted our 4th Covid-19 Planning & Pivoting Call.

This call was dedicated to hearing from festivals who’ve already endured cancellations, postponements and are pivoting online. Thanks to Debby Samples (Marketing Director, Cleveland Intl. Film Festival) & Emily Foster (Marketing Director, Full Frame Documentary Festival), Alyssa Armand (Programming Director, Atlanta Film Society), Greg Sorvig (Artistic Director, Heartland Film), Patrick Shepherd (Associate Director, Cleveland Intl. Film Festival) and Ben McCarthy (McArts Consulting) for sharing their experiences.

The April 3rd call will focus on case studies of organizations who have and/or are taking their festivals online. Please reach out to us at any time with questions, comments, etc: info@filmfestivalalliance.org. This series of calls is open to ALL and recorded videos will be made available to the entire film festival (including non-members) community on our website.

Watch the recording here.

Festivals Pivot with Online Events

As hundreds of film festivals have been postponed or cancelled through the first half of 2020, many organizations are creating unique ways to take their programming online.

The 58th Ann Arbor is streaming their entire festival online,  and other FFA members have plans for streaming their films, to continue to support both independent filmmakers and their audiences. Aspen ShortsFest will also screen their festival online. Access codes to screen film programs are on sale now through aspenshowtix.com and people should buy in advance as there is a limited number per program – like a traditional festival. The festival is still able to have their jury review all films and denote award winners in 5 categories which are Oscar®-qualifying.

Anyone offering online programming is invited to add their events in this sharable document, available to all. The opportunity of course, is to gain new audience members from around the world!

Recording: FFA Pandemic Planning Call 3

For everyone who missed the call on Friday, March 20th, or might want to review, you can find the full recorded session here.

Many thanks to festival professionals from SIFF, The Roxie Theater, Indie Film Fest, Oxford Film Festival and Seed&Spark, and others, for sharing of their recent experiences.  In the last week alone, more than 100 independent film festivals from across North America have been forced to postpone or cancel. FFA will continue to support the entire film festival community as we navigate this new terrain.

FFA will host a  4th Group Think  on Friday, March 27th at 2:00pm EST/11:00am PST.

All are welcome to join.

 

 

FFA Takes Ashland Regional Online

In the wake of COVID-19 and social distancing, FFA will hold its first Regional Roundtable Ashland Independent Film Festival: HOME EDITION online on Friday, April 17th –  an online day of professional development. Along with group conversations and fun activities, we’ll be bringing a little bit of Ashland Independent Film Festival to you.

Regional Roundtables are open to all. FFA members pay a registration of $30, which includes access to anyone within their organization and to post-roundtable session recordings. Non-members pay $35. Register now.

Many thanks to our sponsors Eventive and Film Festival Flix, and our partnering festival Ashland Independent Film Festival.

Legislator Letter Template

During this period of economic uncertainty we encourage art houses and film festivals to reach out to tell their legislators to include arts nonprofits in economic relief and stimulus packages.

In partnership with  Art House Convergence, we have authored a letter that you can share with your representatives to advocate for arts funding. Download the editable letter template here (.txt.pdf), and find your legislators here.

Recording: FFA Pandemic Planning Call 2

For everyone who missed the call on Friday, March 13th, or might want to review, you can find the full recorded session here.

Many thanks to festival professionals from Cleveland, Ashland and Full Frame who shared some of their recent experiences.  In the last week alone, more than 75 independent film festivals from across North America have been forced to postpone or cancel. FFA will continue to support the entire film festival community as we navigate this new terrain.

FFA will host a 3rd webinar on Friday, March 20th at 2:00pm EST/11:00am PST.

All are welcome to join.

Health in the Workplace

American Alliance of Museums has an extensive resource guide  covering health in the workplace.

Although this guide is geared towards museums, the information will also be useful for film festivals, cinemas and gathering organizations.

Our partner, Art House Convergence, has also compiled Covid-19 preparedness resources.

This google document has a list of responses and action plans from museums around the country.

We will continue to post links on our Resources + Research Page.

FFA Pandemic & Contingency Call 1 Recording

On March 6th, FFA hosted a Pandemic Contingency & Planning Call/Brain Trust webinar. You can watch the watch the recording here. 

The Alliance is planning another call in the coming weeks and will facilitate as many conversations between festival organizers as needed. Check our Virtual Roundtable page, join our mailing list or follow us on social media for updates.

As the news rapidly changes and develops each moment about the spreading coronavirus, event-based organizations all over the world are scrambling to make decisions that keep in mind the best interests of their staff, patrons, stakeholders, and bottom lines. Let’s take a moment to connect with one another and share thoughts and ideas on how we’re handling these challenges. Moderated by Erica Thompson, Managing Director, Ashland Independent Film Festival.