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Summer 2016: FFA Updates and Transitions

 

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Happy Summer from the Film Festival Alliance!

We have some updates and news we’d like to share, and we’re also looking ahead to our upcoming in-person gatherings, including IFP Film Week in September in Brooklyn and the annual Art House Convergence in Utah in January.

First of all, we’d like to thank Colin Stanfield for the transitional leadership he provided as Interim Executive Director. Over the past eight months, he has guided us through our transformation into a stand-alone entity, creating a framework for membership, sponsorship and board development.

As Colin moves on to new endeavors, we are excited to share that as our new Program Director, Jon Gann will take the lead on (among many other things) both year-round programming and conference planning over the next six months, taking us through Art House Convergence in January. As usual, he is working with a crack team of organizers—if you’re interested in helping out, please let him know.

Over the next six months, we will be transitioning in other ways as well. The current members of the Executive Committee are ready to hand the reins over to those of you ready to step up and take our place. We feel a strong sense of pride in what we have achieved together, but we are excited to bring in new ideas and fresh enthusiasm—we will be looking for people with a broad range of skills to manage our multiple areas of need. So… If you are eager to take on a leadership role within our community, please let one of us know. (Some of you already have, and we will be reaching out!)

We hope to see you all and further our ongoing conversation at the following events:

IFP Film Week (September 17-22, 2016)

Among other programming for festival organizers, we will be hosting an event specifically for our colleagues:
Film Festival Alliance Breakfast and Diversity Talk
Thursday, September 22, 9:00am – 10:30am
All IFP Film Week registrants from film festivals are welcome at this breakfast, which will be followed by a conversation about ensuring diversity across the board at film festivals. We will also be providing more updates on Film Festival Alliance. More details to come!
Learn more about programming for festival professionals and register today!

Art House Convergence (January 16-19, 2017)

For the third year in a row, in conjunction with our art house colleagues, Film Festival Alliance will provide three days of programming with a specific eye towards film festivals. We are very eager to receive your thoughts and ideas on topics, panels, and participation, so please let us know if you’ll attend and how we can shape this conference to best serve you! As we hope you will agree, each year just keeps getting better and better.
Registration is now open!
Early Bird Rate: $525 through December 1
Special rate of $450/pp if you register yourself and two new participants (either from your organization — or others)

We look forward to connecting with you all in the months to come.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Best,
Jody, Anne, Jon, Tom, Deirdre, Kristin & Rosie

Countdown to Art House Convergence!

The countdown to the 2016 Art House Convergence is ON!

We’re looking forward to seeing SO many of you Monday in Midway, UT. To make sure you are fully prepared for the jam-packed agenda put together by the stellar Film Festival Alliance Programming Team, please study the following, and make room in your carry-on for the requested “bring-alongs.” It takes a village festival to raise a convergence… or something like that.

Download the agenda here.

Or click to see the entire agenda (only first page displayed):

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Click to keep reading…

Festival Alliance Programming Set for Art House Convergence 2016

The reviews are rave, the company is spectacular, and the shared knowledge is priceless.

Join festival colleagues from across the country (and beyond) for the only Festival Conference you need! Programming is set for the 2016 Art House ConvergenceJanuary 18-21 in Midway, UT, and we think you will find the far-ranging topics to be right up your alley.

Registration is now open!

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In the meantime, follow the Festival Alliance on Facebook and Twitter for ongoing conversations…

The ARTery Previewed Art House Convergence in Boston This Week!

Thanks to The ARTery for previewing this week’s Art House Convergence Regional Conference, held at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, MA.

Excerpt:

One notable area of growth is among film festival leadership. Brian Tamm and Nancy Campbell, who respectively head up the executive function and program of the Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston), attended this year’s Art House Convergence because of its track designed for festival staff by another national group, this time of film festivals, called IFP Festival Forum.

Festival Forum (currently a project of Independent Film Project; this fall it will become an independent nonprofit called Film Festival Alliance) joined forces with Art House Convergence and began programming at the annual gathering in 2014. This week marks the first time the entities will partner for a regional conference.

Collaborating with Festival Forum makes a lot of sense to Collins, who explains, “There’s karmic overlap and practical overlap, in terms of most festivals are housed in art house venues.”

Read the whole article here.


UPDATE:

We had a fabulous time in Boston—special thanks to the Brian Tamm, Nancy Campbell, and Anna Feder for making local arrangements (dinner! karaoke!) on the ground. And the entire Coolidge Corner Theatre staff made us all feel welcome in their classically cinematic digs.

One highlight was the Festival Track Mixer, where we saw some old friends and (hopefully!) forged some new collaborations.

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We look forward to seeing many of you at IFP Film Week and the national Art House Convergence in January.

In the meantime, follow the Alliance on Facebook and Twitter for ongoing conversations, and check out the Film Festival Organizers private Facebook group, where pertinent questions are asked and answered everyday. Join us!

Registration Still Open for IFPFF @ Art House Convergence Regional Seminar

The IFP Festival Forum will be out in force August 12-13 at the Art House Convergence Regional Seminar in Boston, an opportunity for Festivals to sample Art House Convergence and Festival Track programming, and also forge deeper relationships with other festival organizers participating in Seminar.

What’s more, AHC has planned a terrific agenda, including pre-seminar tours of local art house institutions (Brattle! Coolidge! Somerville! Emerson!) and even the legendary Fenway Park (!).

Specific Festival track events are highlighted (highlit?) below.
Click here for full details and registration information.


 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Pre-Seminar Events

Daytime: Tours!

Evening: As part of the Festival Track, join festival organizers from DC Shorts, Hamptons, Film Society of Lincoln Center, SXSW and regional festivals to socialize, learn more about each other’s events and the forum.  Please email jodyarlington@mac.com if you would like to participate in this dinner (location TBD; pay your own way, first drink on us!).

Thursday, August 13, 2015
Regional Seminar

8:00AM – 9:00AM: Check-in and Register

9:00AM – 9:30AM: Tour of the Coolidge Corner Theatre

9:30AM – 10:30AM: A Conversation with Technical Wizard Chapin Cutler

10:30AM – 11:30AM: Building Fundraising Muscle Within Your Organization
From capital campaigns to membership drives, fundraising is a necessity for non-profit art houses (and festivals!). Learn from several theaters on how to build and manage your development staff effectively, leverage your community impact, and cultivate your audience in order to build up your fundraising muscle, and increase your fundraising dollars.

11:30 – 12:30 PM: Festival Track Mixer
Bring a stack of your festival programs, brochures, post cards and stories, to share with other Festival organizers from around the region and beyond, for this informal meet-and-greet and information sharing session replete with refreshments and materials on upcoming Festival Forum activities, and an exploration of greater regional collaboration. Representatives from at least a dozen festivals in attendance!

11:30AM – 12:30PM: Single Screen Theaters: Making The Most of Your Single Screen

12:30PM – 1:30PM: Lunch

130-1:30PM – 2:30PM: Building A Culture of Great Service
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 will be back again for a one-hour session focused on customer service. Learn how customer service begins within your organization and find out why it’s crucial to treat your staff with as much care as you treat your customers. With great techniques and new tools, you’ll leave with a refreshed perspective on your customer service and some plans for creating a more effective culture at your theater or festival.

2:30PM – 3:30PM: Session Five (TBA)

3:30PM – 5:00PM: Case Study of the Coolidge Corner Theatre

5:00PM – 6:30PM: Cocktail Reception at Osaka sponsored by Art House Cinema Solutions
Join us at Osaka Japanese Sushi & Steak House, across the street from the Coolidge, for drinks and sushi following the day’s sessions. Stop in for a drink before dinner or before heading back to the Coolidge for Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

Registration is now open. Hope to see you in Boston!

On the Horizon: IFP Film Week, Art House Convergence 2016

Though we’re deep in the throes of summer, don’t forget that the roller coaster of fall (into winter!) will be here before we know it. Please mark your calendars to join us at IFP Film Week and Art House Convergence. More info below. 

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IFP Festival Forum at IFP Film Week 2015: September 20-25

Taking place concurrent to Independent Film Week each year, IFP Festival Forum is the leading gathering of international and U.S. film festival leadership. This professional association advocates for the needs and interests of film festival organizers and also provides a collaborative platform for members to develop curatorial and operational efficiencies, professional standards and best practices, and leverage their collective interests to the international film community.

Note: Key dates for IFPFF programming at Film Week are Wednesday through Friday, September 23-25. More details to come…

Forum Member Festivals receive 40% off registration! Use code ah$s to register today.

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Art House Convergence 2016: January 18-21

As the largest annual gathering of Art House cinema and festival professionals, community leaders, service providers and suppliers, the conference attracts participants from across the world. By defining our field, creating a shared vision and vocabulary, and identifying best practices, the educational components of the Convergence’s annual conference strengthen efforts to sustain Art House cinemas and film festivals of various sizes, operating structures and programming philosophies.

Our tentative schedule includes programming around submissions, income, fundraising pitches, staffing, projection and much, more more!

Registration is now open!

We hope to see you at these invaluable events. In the meantime, please join our community on Facebook and Twitter, and check out archived webinars on YouTube

Takeaways: Art House Convergence 2015

If you weren’t able to join us at the 2015 Art House Convergence in Midway, Utah (or even if you were!), please check out the following takeaways from our roundtable discussions, panels, and more. (More materials will be added as they become available.)

Roundtable Discussions (downloadable PDFs)

♦ Social Media & Guerrilla Marketing (& Merchandise!)

♦ Board Issues

♦ Staffing Issues

♦ Small Budgets, Big Events

♦ Ticketing Solutions

♦ Publications

♦ Sponsorship

Legal Clinic

♦ Listen on Soundcloud

Social Media Documents

Social Media for Filmmakers (sample)

Social Media for Sponsors (sample)

Social Media for Staff (sample)

Join us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for ongoing learning and conversations…

Film Festivals Converged with Art Houses at High Altitude

Well, that was fun, wasn’t it? If you’re like us, you’re still on a (re-oxygenated) high from the jam-packed trip to the mountains of Utah—a double dose of Art House Convergence and Sundance. If you’re lucky, you avoided the Park City Flu, and came back refreshed and ready to tackle another productive year of festival planning…

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we want to thank you all for your enthusiastic participation, your friendly good nature, and your endless stream of ideas. We always learn so well from each other—our collective knowledge is unstoppable—and we are energized by the camaraderie that comes from sharing our experiences. (It’s so good to know we are not alone!)

What came out of our Convergence? In addition to friendships forged and renewed, we have a few big announcements to share:

1. In the coming months, our organization will make the transition to an independent and vocal organization with a new name: we will soon become the Film Festival Alliance. As a community, we will benefit from strength in numbers as we advocate for best practices and symbiotic relationships with filmmakers and distributors.

2. What’s more, membership in the Film Festival Alliance just got a bit sweeter: entertainment legal eagles Michael Donaldson and Corey Field have offered their services as a first line of defense, should any of our member organizations face an unforeseen legal hurdle. This is huge.


Reminder: If you have not yet officially joined the IFP Festival Forum, what are you waiting for? (Membership will transition to the new organization automatically.)


During our time together, our panels—including a legal clinic from Donaldson and Field—covered the gamut, from rush lines to hospitality to Oscars to board management and beyond. Our roundtable discussions were especially fruitful this year, centering on topics such as social media, sponsorship, ticketing, tech, the (dreaded) program guide, and making the most of a small budget.

Once we got to Park City, we of course reconvened in line for Press & Industry screenings, and gathered more formally at what has becoming an annual tradition: our colleagues at the Sundance Film Festival showed off their terrific hospitality, hosting festival organizers at an intimate brunch last Tuesday. (Thank you!)

All of these conversations will continue throughout the year; we’re just getting started. In the weeks to come, we will compile the learnings from our various sessions, sharing the wealth with those who weren’t able to attend and serving as a concrete refresher (and to-do list) for the rest of us. Please stay tuned, and keep in touch on Facebook and Twitter, in addition to the comments selection below.

We’ve got a lot of work to do, and it’s easier to do it together. Happy New Year!

Transparency Project Announced: How Can We Help?

As the landscape of the business side of filmmaking—distribution, platforms, revenue streams—becomes more and more murky, Sundance Institute, Cinereach, and other organizations have launched The Transparency Project to counteract the complexity. Recently previewed at Art House Convergence and launched at Sundance, IFP Festival Forum has come on board as a collaborator in this nonprofit initiative, which explains itself with the following motto:

We empower filmmakers by creating tools to analyze independent films’ financial data.

As Anne Thompson outlines in her detailed piece introducing the project, the “goal is to collect and share current data on both revenue and expenses for independent film distribution in order to help filmmakers be more creative and efficient in funding, marketing and releasing their work.”

For the project to actually work, the filmmaking community (filmmakers, distributors and exhibitors—including film festivals, where applicable) needs to participate by submitting data about individual projects, specific production factors, and detailed revenue numbers.

So far, the following non-profits have come on board as collaborators, in addition to IFP Festival Forum:

Arthouse Convergence |Austin Film Society | Britdoc | IDA | IFP | ITVS | The Film Collaborative | FIND | POV | San Francisco Film Society | Tribeca Film Institute |WGA East | Film Society of Lincoln Center

In addition, the following “for-profit distributors and industry leaders have expressed their support of mission”:

Alchemy | Amplify | Bond 360 | Brainstorm | Cinedigm | Cinetic | Film Movement | Ocilloscope | Paladin | Preferred | Premiere Digital Services | Radius | Roco | Tribeca Film | Vimeo | VHX

For the project to take root and succeed in empowering the film community, all parties must agree to provide input. “The website is still being designed and updated,” Thompson explains, “but the idea is to fill in your budget and cast levels and genres, and when relevant, reviews and festival exposure, to see what numbers comparable projects obtained using different release platforms. The numbers will not—initially—reflect individual returns on iTunes, Hulu, Amazon etc., but rather throw them all into the same online platform bucket.”

We encourage all IFP Festival Forum members to become more acquainted with the project. Together, we can make a collective difference.

First step: Please read Anne Thompson’s full article by clicking on the following image.

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Second, sign up for their mailing list, and get involved.

And please: let us know what you think, either via the comments section below, on Facebook or Twitter, or via email.

WATCH the December Webinar with Ira Deutchman: Can Festivals Afford Not to Converge?

If you missed our webinar, you can watch the archived version below!

Festivals: Can You Afford Not to Converge?

Have you already signed up to join the arthouse theater community and fellow festival staff at Art House Convergence 2015? Or are you still on the fence? Either way, our December webinar makes the case for why AHC is a can’t-afford-to-miss pre-game for your Sundance experience… and why it’s worth even a stand-alone trip out west in January!

Reason #1: Daily festival-specific panels

Reason #2: The extraordinary networking opportunities

Reason #3: The chance to learn what you need to know to make your festival a success

Ira Deutchman is the Managing Partner of Emerging Pictures, a New York-based digital exhibition company. He is also Chair of the Film Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Ira was the keynote speaker at last year’s AHC—which art house professionals and film festival staff alike agree was an unprecedented success—which makes him the perfect person to provide the skinny on the conference. As our guest at the webinar, he spoke to the practical benefits of attending AHC and also the extraordinary opportunity to discuss topics at the forefront of the ongoing developments in our dynamic industry.

In addition, IFP Festival Forum Executive Committee members Jody Arlington, Colin Stanfield, Kristin McCracken and Chris Holland walked us through logistics, the attendee list, and the contextualized agenda we have planned for our 3+ days together.

Note: If you’re ready to register for Art House Convergence now, remember to use code IFP2015 to receive the early bird registration rate through December 31. Register here. 

Hope to see you in Utah!

Look Who’s Coming to Art House Convergence 2015!

One of the great things about Art House Convergence is that you can take half your planned Sundance meetings with distributors and other colleagues in a casual and convivial setting, before 40,000 others with the same idea descend on Park City. Join your festival and film society colleagues (bolded in the list below) for a conference you don’t want to miss!

On the fence about joining us in Utah? Learn more in our upcoming webinar!

If you’re ready to register now, use code IFP2015 to receive the early bird registration rate through December 31. Register here. 

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4th Row Films
a/perture cinema
Abramorama
Alamo Drafthouse
Americans for the Arts
Amherst Cinema
Amplify
Animas City Theatre
Arena Cinema Hollywood
Artrain
Arts Alliance Ltd
ArtsQuest
Aspen Film
Athena Cinema
Avalon Theatre

B
Balcony Booking
Ballantyne Strong, Inc.
Bama Theatre
BAMcinematek
Belcourt Theatre
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
Boston Underground Film Festival
Bryn Mawr Film Institute

C
California Film Institute
Camera Cinemas
Cape Cinema
Capri Theatre
The Cary Theater
Casablanca Ventures
Chatham Film Club & Crandell Theatre
Chincoteaguer Island Arts Organization
CICAE – International Confederation of Art Cinemas
Cinema Arts Centre
Cinema Center
Cinema Falls
Cinemapolis
Circle Cinema
Clinton Street Theater
The Clover Theater
Cohen Media Group
The Colonial Theatre
Coolidge Corner Theatre
Coral Gables Art Cinema
Cornerhouse and HOME

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DC Shorts Film Festival
Dealflicks Inc
Dedham Community Theatre
Denver Film Society
Distrib Films

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EatDrinkFilms
Egyptian Theatre Preservation Association
Enzian Theater
EW Booking

F
Fandor
Film Forum
Film Hub North
Film Society of Lincoln Center
Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul
Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater
Fractured Atlas
The Frida Cinema
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

G
Gateway Film Center
Gold Town Theater
The Grand Cinema

H
Hammond Entertainment
Hamptons International Film Festival
Hollywood Theatre
Honolulu Museum of Art Doris Duke Theatre
Hopkins Center Film
Hot Docs

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IDP/Samuel Goldwyn Films
IFC Center
IFP Festival Forum
Images Cinema
Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston)
Indiana University Cinema
Indiegogo

J
Jacob Burns Film Center
Jacobs Entertainment Inc
Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center
Janus Films

K
Kalamazoo Film Society
Kristin McCracken, Former VP Tribeca

L
Lark Theater
Lefont Theaters/Lefont Film Society
Living Room Theaters
Loft Cinema, Inc.

M
Magic Theatre
Magna-Tech Electronic
Maiden Alley Cinema
Majestic Theatre
Manhattan Short Film Festival
Maroon Peaks Entertainment
Martha’s Vineyard Film Center
Mary D. Fisher Theatre and Sedona International Film Festival
Maryland Film Festival
Merrill Theatre Corp.
Michigan Theater
Monclair Film Festival
Monument Releasing
Mortell Development Inc.
Movies of Delray
Moxie Cinema

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New Orleans Film Festival
newportFILM
Nickelodeon Theatre
The North Group Inc.

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Pacific Film Resources
Park Circus Limited
Park City Film Series
Participant Media
Philadelphia Film Society
Pickford Film Center
Picturehouse Entertainment
Pittsburgh Filmmakers
ProludioRagtag Cinema

R
Ready Theatre Systems
Real Art Ways
Renew Theaters
Riverrun Film Festival
Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Institute

S
Salem Cinema
San Francisco Film Society
San Francisco Indie Fest
Shoreline Entertainment
SpectiCast
State Theatre of Modesto
Studio Movie Grill
Sub-Genre
Summerfield Cinemas

T
Tallgrass Film Association
Tampa TheatreThe Moviehouse
Theatre Properties Corp
Toronto International Film Festival
Tropic Cinema
True/False Film Fest

U
The United Theatre
Utah Film Center

W
Westport Cinema Initiative
Wilmette Theatre
Woods Hole Film Festival

Z
Zoetropolis

Festival Forum at the 2015 Art House Convergence

Annual Conference For Festival Organizers

For the second consecutive year, the IFP Festival Forum is partnering with the Art House Convergence (AHC) to offer a series of panels, events and professional development opportunities for film festival leaders and staff during the 2015 AHC, January 19-22, 2015 in Midway, Utah. The AHC provides a unique opportunity to meet with colleagues, film industry professionals and leaders in the non-profit film exhibition community, and to discuss our shared challenges and successes.

Set during the days before the Sundance Film Festival, the AHC offers a relaxed atmosphere for meetings and conversations before the business of Sundance begins. It is also a chance to combine a terrific conference and Sundance into one plane ticket, an efficiency we can all appreciate!

This year, the Festival Forum will offer a set of panels integrated into the AHC’s overall agenda, with a diverse group of speakers, experts and panelists on hand, allowing delegates to focus on issues specific to film festivals as well as broader issues of non-profit management in the film community.

If you have a panel idea you would like to propose, or if you are interested in participating on a panel as a panelist, please download the submission form here (festivals may ignore the deadline).

Also, if you are willing, please take a moment to share this post with your colleagues, as we would love to expand our pool of attending festivals.

Finally, it is important to say that the Festival Forum receives no financial support from the AHC and receives no money from this event. Your event registration fee goes directly to the AHC, covering the cost of putting on the conference, and includes your meals. The AHC itself is a non-profit conference; our shared goal is to keep costs low and the event accessible to as many organizations as is possible while still putting on a meaningful event.

As such, The AHC is offering Film Festival delegates the $450 rate until December 31, 2014. This represents a significant savings and gives delegates time to plan their trip.

If you are interested in attending, please click here or check out the flyer below to register.

We look forward to the opportunity to spend time together with our festival colleagues and hope you will join us for another wonderful conference.

See you in Midway!

IFP Festival Forum Executive Committee

P.S.  If you weren’t able to join us at the IFP Festival Forum at Independent Film Week, check out our Takeaways post, including full presentations and contact info for the presenters!

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IFP Festival Forum at Art House Convergence A Success!

For the first time the IFP Festival Forum partnered with the Art House Convergence to present a Film Festival track at the annual conference January 13-15 in Midway, Utah.  The IFP Festival Forum at the Art House Convergence conference featured inspirational speakers, informative sessions and panel discussions that provided productive tips about programming, marketing, fundraising, technology and industry trends to help improve the quality and effectiveness of festivals. Over 50 film festival organizers attended the inaugural event, and over 70% of the art houses in attendance present or host film festivals, creating a vibrant exchange of best practices, curatorial efficiencies, research and advocacy discussions.  Plans to make next year’s Festival Forum at the Art House Convergence even more meaningful and accessible to members are underway.

Following the Art House Convergence, more than 150 festival organizers had the opportunity to convene again at the annual Sundance Film Festival Organizer Brunch, held during the Sundance Film Festival.  See photos below from the conference.  We hope to see you at both events again next year!