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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate in this dinner (location TBD; pay your own way, first drink on us!).
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
ZingTrain 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!