Monthly Archives: February 2021

2021 Member Event Schedule

Monthly Member Happy Hours!

FFA Member Happy Hours will take place the last Wednesday of each month at 5:30PM CST. Catch up with your peers and mingle with our FFA sponsors as we continue conversations about the ever-changing landscape of 2021.

Happy Hours are scheduled for March 31, April 28, May 26, June 30, July 28, August 25, September 29, October 27, November 17, and December 29, 2021.

Working Groups 2021

The initial brainstorming meeting of the FFA’s Working Groups to Provide Best Practice Guides yielded excellent ideas from our membership. Designed to be living resources for FFA members, by FFA members, the group decided to begin with four main categories: Accessibility, Filmmaker Relations, Human(e) Resources and Logistics. Each of these groups will be spearheaded by volunteer co-chairs, who will meet as a group next to determine the best practices for each working group.

The goal of the working groups (by Dec. 2021):

  • Begin to compile Best Practices resources/documents for membership to live on FFA website members-only page
  • Refine Vision Statements which become the base-level standard for our members (and hopefully industry standard)
  • Identify key industry partners and stakeholders who should be part of these conversations/provide assets
  • Determine how we keep these working groups active and cycle on new members
  • April 2: 4:00pm EST/3:00pm CST/1:00pm PST: Logistics + Humane Resources
  • April 9: 4:00pm EST/3:00pm CST/1:00pm PST: Filmmakers + Accessibility

Learn more about the Working Group Vision Statements and sign-up to participate by visiting our Members Resources section.

2020 Film Festival Organizer, Audience and Filmmaker Survey Results

We’re thrilled to present some key takeaways from our 2020 Film Festival Organizer, Audience, and Filmmaker survey, conducted by Avenue ISR in partnership with The Gotham Film & Media Institute.

These results were initially presented at the 2021 FilmEx Conference.

The objectives of these surveys were:
1.) Understand how key film festival audiences are responding to the moment in 2020.
2.) Learn what is going well for festivals, filmmakers, and audience members…and where there are challenges.
3.) Identify actionable opportunities to strengthen festivals and the festival experience – both live and virtual.

A profound thank you to the 6 festival organizers and 5 filmmakers who participated in in-depth interviews to shape key questions, 18 film festivals who partnered to help field the audience survey, 61 festival organizers, 46 filmmakers, and 2,200 audience members who completed online surveys with detailed and thoughtful responses, and of course our partners at Avenue ISR and The Gotham Film & Media Institute for sponsoring this work.

View Festival Organizer Survey Results and Analysis.

View Filmmaker & Audience Survey Results and Analysis.

2021 Annual Report

The 2021 Annual Report was presented in January 2021 at the FilmEx Conference.

In this report, we celebrated a successful end to 2020 and mapped out for our members and board our goals and priorities as a team for 2021.

View the full annual report here.