Monthly Archives: January 2021

Film Festival Alliance Adds Three New Board Members for 2021

The Film Festival Alliance is happy to welcome three new board members, Bears Rebecca Fonte (AGLIFF), Terrence Stern-Enzi, and Leslie Raymond (Ann Arbor Film Festival).

Leslie Raymond, Ann Arbor Film Festival

Media artist and educator Leslie Raymond joined the Ann Arbor Film Festival as its executive director in August 2013. Before that, she founded a New Media Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio and served as assistant professor of art in digital video and new media art at Oakland University, where she was recognized with an Innovations in Teaching award. Raymond excels at organizing special projects that bring together practitioners to advance the conversation around contemporary cinema practice.

tt stern-enzi, Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival

Having spent 20 years as a freelance writer and film critic in the Greater Cincinnati region (covering the film industry & film festivals with the alt-weekly Cincinnati CityBeat and television affiliate Fox19, while earning distinction as an accredited critic on Rotten Tomatoes and membership in the Critics Choice Association), tt stern-enzi began curating film programs at the Mini Microcinema and other regional venues, serving on the advisory board for the University of Cincinnati Center for Film & Media Studies, and developing an educational curriculum for his WatchWriteNow initiative. These efforts have paved the way for tt to step into the role of lead programmer/curator for the rebranded Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival during its first two years before settling into the position of Artistic Director for the 2021 edition.

Bears Rebecca Fonté, All Genders, Lifestyles and Identities Film Festival (AGLIFF)

Bears Rebecca Fonté founded Other Worlds in 2014 after two years as the Director of Programming for AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL. In 2020 Other Worlds was named one of the World’s 50 Best Genre Fest by MovieMaker Magazine. Her SciFi shorts ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE, PRENATAL, and THE SECRET KEEPER have played 150+ festivals including Fantasia, SciFi London, Boston SciFi, FilmQuest, Austin Film Festival, and Dances With Films. Her LGBTQ Horror short CONVERSION THERAPIST made its world premiere at Inside Out in Toronto and US Premiere at aGLIFF. Her feature thriller iCRIME, which she wrote and directed, was released on DVD, VOD, and streaming by Breaking Glass/Vicious Circle Films in 2011. Bears Rebecca also was one of the producers on the Sundance Jury-Award Winning short THE PROCEDURE. Prior to arriving in Austin, she self-produced two web-series that were seen by a combined ten million viewers, wrote coverage for independent producers and coverage services in LA. She has served on the aGLIFF (the All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival) for four years, taught for their Queer Youth Media Project, and in 2020, helped guide the virtual pivot as Technical Director. She also represents Northwest Austin on the City of Austin Arts Commission.

FFA Announces FilmEx 2021 Opening Speakers

From January 11-15 2021, Film Festival Alliance, together with our industry partners, will present FilmEx (#FilmEx21), a virtual gathering for film exhibitors of all kinds. FilmEx will present conversations exploring the sustainability and future of the independent film exhibition industry and how it can and might be reimagined. The conference is designed for film festival and art house cinema professionals and our stakeholders.

Today, we’re thrilled to share our line up of conversations that will set the tone of each day of the conference.


Monday, January 11th (10:45 AM MST)

Join Oscar-winning filmmaker John Ridley and his sister/business partner Lisa Caesar in a conversation about their efforts to shift from in-house programming at their Milwaukee-based NO Studios to virtual events over the past year. As we look towards the future, how can an arts organization maintain the audiences and partners around the world that have been cultivated during this unprecedented time while embracing live events again? What will the new normal for programming and events be in 2021 and beyond?


Tuesday, January 12th (10:15 AM MST)

FFA Board Member and Executive Director/Founder of California Film Institute Mark Fishkin, will chat with world-renowned epidemiologist Dr. Larry Brilliant about what cinematic organizations can expect from 2021, a timeline for regathering around film, and his work as a consultant on the movie Contagion.


Wednesday, January 13th (10:15 AM MST)

From Art House to Film Festival, during a pandemic, we’ll hear from Gina, the Producing Director of the Sundance Film Festival, about the changing exhibition landscape.



Friday, January 15th (10:00 AM MST)

Join Gemma Gracewood, Editor-in-Chief of Letterboxd, along with filmmakers Jim Cummings (Thunder Road) and Isabel Sandoval (Lingua Franca), and screenwriter Keith Phipps for a conversation on the evolution of audience building and the changing  landscape of film (from distribution, criticism, and discovery) to be more inclusive and representative of film fans around the world


Along with these opening keynotes, FilmEx is hosting panels, happy hours, and general assemblies packed with some of the leaders in the industry of film exhibition. See the full program and details on registration here.