Join us for two days of thought-provoking, challenging conversations with industry peers and allied thinkers.
- All sessions will be hosted on Zoom in Mountain Time.
- Times are subject to change. The full line-up of speakers & official times will be posted mid-June 2021.
- Registration is now open – secure your team’s spot here.
Day One: Wednesday, July 14th
NEA Accessibility Workshop
The National Endowment for the Arts Accessibility Team, along with filmmakers and festivals, presents information on accessibility standards for film fests.
WHY-brid? Returning to An IRL Fest
How do we migrate back to in-person events and maintain the importance of physical connection around cinema?
Definition: Executive Director
Becoming an Executive Director can be the chance of a lifetime to understand your community and how art serves it. In reality, the job description often differs from the actual responsibilities of the role with an ED being expected to wear many more hats. What are the core functions of this leadership role and the universal truths about marrying service and business? As we see a greater turnover of ED positions across our industry, what can we learn from the old guard and how can we look at new models of leadership to ensure that we are educating and nurturing the ED’s of our future?
Framing the Future: Hiring Your Next Executive Director
With a large number of ED vacancies, we’ll examine best hiring practices from head hunters across our own and other industries, about what organizations should be looking for in filling this leadership role.
Who Should Alan Hire? Designing An Org Chart From the Ground Up
In this hypothetical exercise, Alan LaFave (Hell’s Half Mile) has been given various sums of money to make the first hires for his all-volunteer-run festival. This workshop will allow participants to create a dream org chart from the ground up.
Peace Out: Do You Believe in Life After Fests?
Leaving a festival, or even the industry, on your own accord or through the decision of others, can be fraught with fear, confusion, and doubt. How do you transfer the incredible skill set developed while running a festival, and learn how to present and adapt them for other sectors of our industry or other industries altogether? We’ll hear from festival folks who’ve made the decision to move on!
Short Circuit: Maintaining the Spark/Avoiding the Burnout
Join us for an off-the-record conversation around what contract workers hope will change (unionizing?!) as our industry moves forward?
Day Two: Thursday, July 15th
Show Me The Money: A Case Study
FFA and New Orleans Film Society will discuss the implementation of payroll and transparency-pay within their organizations.
DEI @ Sundance: A Case Study
FFA Vendor Roundtable + Bingo
Hear what our vendor partners have been up, what discounts they’re offering to our members, and win some prizes!
Show THEM The Money: Why Filmmaker Compensation Matters
A conversation about the results of FFA & Dear Producer‘s Filmmaker Compensation Survey and why we need to be paying attention to this topic if festivals want to remain critical to independent film distribution.
Bang for Your Buck: The New Social Media
We’ll hear from festivals who’ve gone beyond the traditional socials and are using platforms like Clubhouse, TikTok and Letterboxd to build and engage new audiences. Has it been successful and is it worth your time?
Both…And: Thinking Outside the ‘Category’
A continuation of our FilmEx January conversations around programming categories and awards. Are we alienating audiences and filmmakers with tags and labels?
Get to know your fellow FilmExers and film festival folks!
Ghost Tour II
Resident Ghost Hunter Gina Cuomo takes us on another tour of some of our favorite haunted art house cinemas.