SAVE THE DATES: January 19-23, 2020 Midway, Utah
See the FULL 2020 CONFERENCE LINEUP here, including 55 sessions across 7 tracks.
As the largest annual gathering of art house cinema and festival professionals, community leaders, service providers and suppliers, the Annual Conference attracts participants from across the world. By defining our field, creating a shared vision and vocabulary, and identifying best practices, the Art House Convergence Annual Conference strengthens efforts to sustain art houses cinemas and film festivals of various sizes, operating structures, and programming philosophies. The goal of the Annual Conference is to engage art house theaters, film festivals, film societies, museums, and other exhibition-oriented organizations in conversations of great relevance to our field.
2020 Film Festival Panels:
Bread & Butter: Festivals and Filmmakers
It’s time to end “us” vs. “them” mentality and foster a collaborative environment. What responsibilities do festivals owe filmmakers, and vice versa? Dive into the economics and ethics of this relationship including discussions about screening fees and programming transparency. We’ll also examine our power as micro-distributors, the value festivals can bring to filmmakers, and the value filmmakers bring to festivals. How can we effect change and achieve mutually beneficial outcomes for all?
Breaking Ground: From Festival to Cinema
Hear from film festival organizations who have taken the plunge into cinematic waters. What does a cinema look like? Should we do this, and if so why? Learn from festival panelists in various stages of starting or operating cinemas about budgeting, planning, and earning buy-in from your staff, board and community. Then decide if this is the right option for you.
We the Tastemakers
Just because we aren’t a ‘Market’ Festival, or don’t have high-profile industry in attendance doesn’t mean we don’t matter. In fact, we may be the most important tastemaker in town! As part of the majority of festivals sustaining our industry, we can drive a dialogue where premiere status and red carpets aren’t of tantamount importance, but collaboration is. Let’s discuss how we fit in both our community and the larger ecosystem of film consumption.
The Other 360 Days A Year
Many festivals take place once a year… so how do festival organizers maintain their curation aesthetic for audiences and filmmakers, when their physical presence disappears for 11 months, and why is this so important? From finding people and touch points in our community for collaborations, to social media and non-traditional or abstract ideas, we’ll hear how festivals are uniquely maintaining their brand presence within their communities and securing buy-in for next year.
Exit/Enter: Effective Leadership Change
An organization can outlast its founder, and sometimes needs to. How can leadership change affect, develop or reinforce the values upon which an organization is built… or go terribly wrong? When is it time to evolve to enable growth? How do we shape leadership change and legacy planning, particularly when staff and board have an even faster turnover? We’ll give panelists and attendees permission to speak in rough draft about this potent, often emotional topic.
2020 Conference Updates:
- Registration: ADVANCED REGISTRATION Expires December 12th!
- Travel + Accommodations: If you haven’t yet booked your lodging, we have some new options and Airbnb has options available as well.
- Complimentary bussesWe will offer complimentary shuttle service from the SLC airport to the Zermatt and Homestead Resorts on Sunday, January 19 and Monday, January 20. On Thursday, January 23, we will offer complimentary shuttle service to the SLC airport and to Park City for the Sundance Film Festival. You must RSVP by December 16 to use AHC’s shuttle service.
Why you Should Attend:
- Everyone Speaks Film: At FFA@AHC, everyone speaks film exhibition. Programming includes sessions geared solely for festivals, as well as sessions for independent movie theaters, and crossover panels, so that we’re all learning from one another. With over 500 participants from across North America, there are many new connections ripe for the making.
- Events from $30k to $3 Million – We Program For You: We know that not everyone has a budget over $1M..or even over $100K. Which is why every session is designed to address the needs of all festivals. Panels include organizers from very small events to larger industry leaders — and participants are accessible and friendly.
- Created for Festival & Art House Folks… By Festival & Art House Folks: Both the Art House Convergence and Film Festival Alliance tracks of the annual conference are programmed by working professionals, who are keenly aware of industry trends and hot topics, and the necessity of our community to come together to create a space that is inclusive and welcoming for festivals big and small, old and new, and everyone in between.
- Interface with Your People: It’s said that there are 3,000 film festivals — and 2,999 way to run one. Meet fellow organizers throughout the conference, exchange ideas and successes, collaborate on future events — and make friends with the one group of people who truly understands what you do, and the trials and tribulations that challenge us every day.