FFA will expand its membership opportunities to mission-aligned film organizations and festival professionals around the world. The move comes amidst a growing desire for greater global connection from festivals outside of North America, and the shared intention of advocating for a sustainable and inclusive environment for the film festival industry within the cinema exhibition ecosystem. Members share common mission-driven values and adhere to ethical practices in order to build lasting and transparent relationships with film industry stakeholders, developing a sustainable network of support and trust.
“In addition to all of the literal membership benefits, the greatest is the sense of kinship that is fostered by the group, and the solidification that film festivals of all types and sizes play an essential role in the independent filmmaking community,” said FFA Executive Director Lela Meadow-Conner. The majority of FFA’s current benefits will be available to global members as well.
“The Alliance has grown steadily over the past five years, and now there is an increased interest in widening our membership reach,” said FFA Board President & Cucalorus Festival’s Chief Instigating Officer Dan Brawley. “As an organization, we’ve created a collective voice for film festivals and we want to expand that conversation so that we can share stories, resources, and challenges with our peers around the world. We see this as an essential step in order to address the constant shifts in our industry related to technology, consumption, and culture.”
“We understand that there are some fundamental differences with festivals outside of North America – namely in funding and programming structure – but the commonalities of our digital world are overwhelming,” Meadow-Conner continued. “We’re looking forward to learning new perspectives from our international colleagues and as we grow our membership, we’ll plan to have a greater presence at festivals around the world, setting our sights on holding a Regional Roundtable outside of North American in 2021.”