FFA’s 2019 Virtual Roundtable video conversations are free and open to all festival professions, and recordings are accessible for FFA members on the FFA Member Resource page shortly thereafter. Members can visit the archive of webinars on the resource page, once logged in.
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June 12, 2019: Trash Talk: Evolving Towards A Greener Film Festival (1:00pm EST/10:00am PST)
Join Roslyn Chao, Principle, Insight + reDesign Consulting, LLC, for a case study on her work with the Cleveland International Film Festival, where she designed and implemented a waste diversion program for their 43rd festival, diverting over 4.5 tons of waste for composting and recycling. Roslyn will share an overview of the program along with ideas that can be easily implemented to more in-depth programs involving educational and sponsorship opportunities and more.
May 15, 2019: Working With Academic Institutions to Engage Students (1:00pm EST/10:00am PST)
Join FFA member Anna Feder, Director of Programming in the Visual Media Arts Department ay Emerson College, and curator of the school’s Bright Lights Screening Series, for a conversation about engaging students within your festival and organization. From building institutional relationships with faculty and administration to providing opportunities for students to volunteer and attend, Anna will share her experiences and invite virtual roundtable attendees to share theirs, so that we can work towards promoting the value of cinema culture to younger generations.
April 17, 2019: The F Word (Fee Waivers) (1:00pm EST/10:00am PST)
A civilized conversation on the “F” word, aka Fee Waivers. It’s a hot topic amongst film festival organizers and filmmakers. Now is the time to share your opinion. Should there be a standardization of fee waivers amongst festivals, should there be a barter or exchanges system, or should every festival just do what they’d like? There are advocates for all of these ideas, and we want to know what you think!
March 20, 2019: The Gender Parity Pledge: A Case Study (1:00pmEST/10:00amPST)
As we celebrate women’s history month, our March Virtual Roundtable conversation takes an inside look at Heartland Film’s decision to publicly take the Gender Parity Pledge. From demystifying the pledge itself, to potential obstacles and why it made sense for their organization, this webinar will focus on Heartland Film’s commitment to achieve parity by 2020 and the strategies they are employing to achieve that goal. The conversation will be moderated by Linda Broker (Executive Director, Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival) and will feature Heartland Film’s Director of Programming Greg Sorvig.
February 20, 2019: Defining Our Industry (1:00pm EST/10:00am PST)How do we define a ‘film festival’ and how can we use specific language to shape our ecosystem within the greater film industry? How do we best advocate for our sector of the industry as a sustainable means for the distribution of creative storytelling, and within our own communities? How do we harness the collective power of the Film Festival Alliance to tell our own story? Join us to share your ideas and thoughts as we work towards better illustrating the enormous impact of film festivals on cities and towns, audiences, storytellers and other industry stakeholder.