Film Festival Alliance

Regional Roundtables

Save the Date for these 2020 Regional Roundtables. More details coming soon!

Join fellow film festival organizers throughout the year for these affordable, capacity building, networking and programming opportunities, and an immersive way to experience the flavor and diversity of festivals across the country. Regional Roundtable format includes time for conversation and of discovery (festival, films and filmmakers) with some twists, turns and local flavor peppered throughout. Our Regional Roundtable series has become an important professional development tool for the festival industry and we expect this program to have a lasting effect on the film festival workforce in the coming years.


Upcoming Roundtables

Past Roundtables

Regional Roundtable: Sidewalk

Thu., August 22, 2019 – Sun., August 25, 2019

FFA presents our second Regional Roundtable of 2019, taking place August 22-25 at the 21st Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, Alabama.  The overall theme for this gathering is “Communication & […]

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Regional Roundtable: Cleveland

Fri., April 05, 2019 – Sun., April 07, 2019

FFA presents its first Regional Roundtable of 2019, taking place Friday, April 5th – Sunday, April 7th at the 43rd Cleveland International Film Festival. The overall theme for this gathering is Communication & Connectivity – with an emphasis on marketing, media, community engagement/ partnerships, branding, and publicity. Register here. (PLEASE NOTE: when travel planning, Roundtable Conversations will take place on Friday, April 5th and Saturday April 6th! We recommend a Thursday, April 4th arrival.)

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Regional Roundtable: Cucalorus

Thu., November 08, 2018 – Sun., November 11, 2018

FFA’s third roundtable of 2018 takes place November 8-11 at the 24th annual Cucalorus Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina, sponsored by Eventive and FilmFreeway. Open to all festival professionals, this 3-day workshop/festival experience will focus on the Human Capital it takes to run a film festival, with discussion topics including HR, seasonal staff, volunteer management and board partnerships, as well as specific sessions on data management, print traffic & DCP logistics. Additionally, the gathering will include networking events, group activities, FFA’s signature Meet the Festivals session, and a host of unexpected artistic collisions as we dive deep into the 24th annual Cucalorus Festival. Full agenda coming soon!

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Regional Roundtable: Woods Hole

Fri., July 27, 2018 – Mon., July 30, 2018

FFA’s second roundtable takes place July 27-30 at the 27th annual Woods Hole Film Festival in Massachusetts, with support from Elevent and Film Freeway. Registration is $75, or $50 for FFA members. Lodging information can be found here. Group discussions, centered around audience as stakeholders, take place on Saturday July 28th and Sunday July 29th along with FFA’s signature Meet The Programmers session. See the full agenda below.

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Regional Roundtable: SIFF

Fri., May 25, 2018 – Mon., May 28, 2018

FFA is excited to announce that registration is now open for our first Regional Roundtable conference at the 44th annual Seattle International Film Festival (May 25-28), sponsored by Elevent. Group discussions will take place on Saturday May 26 and Sunday May 27th, over the SIFF Shorts Weekend. In addition to conversation, the Regional will also include Meet Ups, a Meet The Programmers event with visiting short filmmakers and other networking opportunities.

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