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Art House Convergence Schedule Live Today!

The Art House Convergence full schedule is now live, and you don’t want to miss this year’s event. We’ve programmed the sessions based on your interests and are commingled across the conference. We’ve pulled out some of the festival-specific programming below.

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Festival-Specific Programming

Welcome Keynote
Tuesday, January 20 | 9:00 – 9:50 a.m.

New to the Conference? New to the Art House and Festival Forum world? Come meet some of your fellow colleagues in this informal session about how to get the most out of your four days of the 2015 Art House Convergence.
With Russ Collins (Michigan Theater), Stephanie Silverman (Belcourt Theater) and Jody Arlington (IFP Festival Forum).

Festival Roundtables
Tuesday, January 20 | 10:00 – 10:50 a.m.
Join your peers at one of the structured Roundtable discussions. Every day, topics will be discussed at multiple tables, each moderated by a member of the Festival Forum. Notes will be shared among all Art House Convergence attendees. Bring your best tips and suggestions, as well as the tough issues you want addressed.

•  Social Media and Guerrilla Marketing
•  Tech and Projection Issues
•  Board Activation and Staff Motivation

Festivals and Oscars: A Dynamic Duo
Tuesday, January 20 | 3:00 – 3:50 p.m.

Festivals have become the default distribution model for most independent films. Learn how the Oscars, together with key events, help to extend the buzz for many films—and how your event can benefit from the national exposure.
With Tom Oyer, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Festival Roundtables
Tuesday, January 20 | 4:00 – 4:50 p.m.
Join your peers at one of the structured Roundtable discussions. Every day, topics will be discussed at multiple tables, each moderated by a member of the Festival Forum. Notes will be shared among all Art House Convergence attendees. Bring your best tips and suggestions, as well as the tough issues you want addressed.

•  Ticketing Solutions
•  Big Events with Small Budgets
•  Mastering the Beast: The Program Guide
•  Sponsors and Partnerships

Beyond the Hospitality Suite
Wednesday, January 21 | 10:00 – 10:50 a.m.

What does being a “filmmaker-friendly festival” really mean? Come learn how to win the adoration of filmmakers, and you’ll discover the key to strengthening your festival’s reputation, increasing submissions, and attracting new sponsors.
With Clint Bowie (New Orleans Film Festival), Dan Brawley (Cucalorus Film Festival), Tracy Lane, (True/False), and moderator Jolene Pinder (New Orleans Film Festival).

Mastering the Rush Line and Managing Audience Expectations
Wednesday, January 21 | 3:00 – 3:50 p.m.

You programmed so many fabulous films that there are no seats remaining! The challenge of managing audiences goes far beyond queuing them in line. And for those who can’t get in, or did and were disappointed, your ability to accommodate might be the key to future successes. Panelists to be announced. Led by Gary Meyer, Telluride Film Festival.

Legal Clinic
Wednesday, January 21 | 4:00 – 4:50 p.m.

From human resource issues in your office to verifying music clearances to protecting your event from feuding filmmakers, all festivals need to consider the legal ramifications of their actions. Learn from festival-savvy attorneys about recent challenges—and bring your own concerns for discussion. With Corey Field, Ballard Spahr (Sundance); Michael Donaldson, Donaldson + Callif, LLP (Los Angeles Film Festival); and Deirdre Haj (Full Frame Documentary Festival).

Festival Roundtables
Wednesday, January 21 | 5:00 – 5:50 p.m.
Join your peers at one of the structured Roundtable discussions. Every day, topics will be discussed at multiple tables, each moderated by a member of the Festival Forum. Notes will be shared among all Art House Convergence attendees. Bring your best tips and suggestions, as well as the tough issues you want addressed.

•  Topics TBA
•  (Will repeat most popular ones from prior sessions)

Festival Forum’s Future
Thursday, January 22 | 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

The annual meeting for the Festival Forum allows for paid members to nominate and vote on new Board and Committee members—and for all in attendance to have the opportunity to comment on what YOU want from the organization.

Other combined Festival Forum-Art House Convergence panels include:

Social Media Metrics
Tuesday, January 20 | 3:00 – 3:50 p.m.

Twitter and Instagram have become some of the fastest growing platforms for local business marketing. We will be going over 9 in-depth strategies for using Twitter and 17 in-depth strategies for using Instagram in your theater. There will be case studies presented from both the exhibitor and the film festival point of view on the topic. We will also allow time at the end for questions and answers. With Sean Wycliffe (Dealflicks); Chris Collier (Renew Theaters); and Jon Gann (DC Shorts).

A Different Audience: Managing Your Board
Wednesday, January 21 | 2:00 – 2:50 p.m.

As a non-profit, your interactions with your Board are much different than your interactions with your daily audience and yearly donors. How do you manage these Board relationships effectively to yield the Board involvement you would like? With both festival and art house representation, hear from four panelists on how they manage expectations, encourage involvement, and build trust with their boards. With Colin Stanfield (New York Film Festival) and Dylan Skolnick (Cinema Arts Centre).

Check out the full schedule here.

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