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Join an FFA Committee!

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Now that the Film Festival Alliance is a stand-alone organization, we have a lot of work to do as a community. As such, we are pleased to announce the initial Committee structure discussed at the Art House Convergence. These committees will certainly shift and shimmy over time, but we identified these topics of immediate concern.

For the time being, acting board members will chair these committees; over time, however, we plan to engage a broader range of members in leadership positions. As well, we expect that each Committee will refine its individual mission over time.

Please note: Committees are open to Film Festival Alliance members in good standing.


Board Development, Governance & Membership

As the Film Festival Alliance transitions into a fully independent nonprofit, issues around governance and board development become more critical. We are currently considering new candidates for board of directors seats and looking to put a committee together to create a strategy around composition, recruitment, and duties and responsibilities. This committee would also be involved with researching and recommending governance policies and discussing and recommending potential amendments to the current bylaws.

Want to join? Contact Chair Colin Stanfield.


Ethics/Advocacy

This far-reaching Committee will focus on issues that cut across film festivals both internally and externally. Some areas of focus will be standardizing how attendance is reported; ensuring that FFA member festivals have procedures to ensure fair treatment of filmmakers; and establishing base best practices for venues, submissions, and festival operations.

The Committee will also address external issues that film festivals, as a whole, need to respond to, such as AMPAS grant or qualification changes for festivals; ADA compliance in art houses or make-shift festival venues; theater safety concerns; and more.

It is important to note that the FFA currently neither requires nor has the resources to police these issues festival by festival. Therefore, this Committee will come up with a list of best practices that member festivals can agree to implement according to their budget level and resources; we will then determine if any reporting of errors on behalf of the festival can take place.

Want to join? Contact Chair Deirdre Haj.


Development

Made up of film festivals nationwide, this Committee seeks to find funds for the Alliance and our member festivals, and also to identify and outline ways that festivals of all sizes can get access to much needed funding from national resources.

The Committee will also offer educational forums on development, detailing how to market your festival to patrons, members, sponsors, foundations and individuals.

Want to join? Contact Chair Anne Chaisson.


Membership Benefits

By working with partner festivals, companies and sponsors, the Benefits Committee seeks to create and establish a ongoing structure of membership benefits, opportunities, and privileges to be enjoyed by participating and current FFA members.

Want to join? Contact Co-Chairs Tom Hall and Rosie Wong.


Programming

This Committee will brainstorm, plan and develop diverse and wide-ranging programming—identifying topics and recruiting participants for panel discussions, presentations, roundtables and more—for the annual in-person gatherings of the Film Festival Alliance. These events currently include the annual Art House Convergence in January and IFP Film Week in September.

The Committee will also work with AHC to plan and develop regional conferences, which offer terrific opportunities for local festivals and theaters to connect and collaborate.

Throughout the year, the Committee will work with the Communications and Professional Development Committee to develop monthly webinars, white papers on best practices, and members-only forum discussions.

Want to join? Contact Chair Jon Gann.


Communications and Professional Development

This Committee will develop internal communications for the Alliance—including newsletters, website, social media and publicity. The Committee will also manage external communications, including press releases and broader public-facing messaging, on behalf of the Alliance’s ongoing organizational and advocacy work.

Throughout the year, the Committee will work with the Programming Committee to offer professional development, including but not limited to monthly webinars, white papers on best practices, and members-only forum discussions. In monthly calls, the Committee will identify areas of development of interest to our members, and recruit presenters, authors and moderators for these topics of discussion.

Want to join? Contact Co-Chairs Jody Arlington & Kristin McCracken.

AFI DOCS Seeks Head Programmer

The American Film Institute is seeking candidates for Head Programmer for its annual documentary film festival, AFI DOCS. AFI DOCS is a five-day international documentary film festival that takes place at landmark venues in Washington, DC, and the world-class AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD.

The Head Programmer is responsible for curating film programs for the annual festival and year-round programming, overseeing the festival’s film submissions and selection process, as well as editorial content for AFI DOCS publications and other communication. The Head Programmer also collaborates with the AFI DOCS team on special events during the festival and throughout the year.

For a detailed job description, qualifications and application information, please visit this link.

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…

2014 IFP Festival Forum: Takeaways

Thanks for joining us in NYC for the 2014 IFP Festival Forum!

Welcome to the takeaway page…
In the coming days, we will continue to list follow-up documents and contacts here for the various panels, workshops and presenters.

Film Festival Programming: Best Practices

Click to download document:

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Festival Budgets: Best Practices

Lesli Klainberg, Film Society of Lincoln Center | @lklainberg | @FilmLinc
♦ Colin Stanfield, New York Film Festival | @colinstanfield | @TheNYFF

Click for their presentation:

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Advocacy Tool Kit: Harmony Institute / Festival’s Impact

♦ Harmony Institute | Facebook | @HInstitute
StoryPilot
Debika Shome (presenter): email

Sign up to be a beta user at storypilot.org.

Everyone is on the Marketing Team

♦ Chris Holland | Atlanta Film FestivalFilm Festival Secrets | @ffsecrets
♦ Kristin McCracken | Hamptons International Film FestivalMcCrackHouse.com | @kmc1213

♦ Link to Social Media Handbook for Crowdfunding Filmmakers (c/o Seed & Spark)

Click for their presentation:

Everyone is on the Marketing Team

Festival Tools: Submissions Survey

♦ Jon Gann | DC Shorts | Film Festival Organizers (Facebook) | @jongann

Click for his presentation:

       Acquiring Festival Submissions IFPFF 2014


And of course, please make sure you follow IFP Festival Forum on Facebook and Twitter!