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IFFS 2014 // December 7-9 // Austin, Texas

The 11th Annual Film Festival Summit will be the most informative and fun filled conference to date. We are excited to announce new topics and speakers at the annual conference, insuring that attendees at all levels – first-timers and repeat attendees, new to the industry or seasoned professional – can all find the answers and creative new ideas that they are looking for. With scores of keynote presentations, informative panel discussions, breakout sessions, social activities, and much more you won't want to miss the IFFS this year!

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Why Attend IFFS 2014?
  • Discover the latest event technology in social, streaming, analytics & branded experiences.
  • Learn how each department at a film festival can effectively work together to provide the best experience for audiences.
  • Explore how to create a win-win situation between film festivals and filmmakers and distributors.
  • Hear examples of proven marketing, branding and sponsorship strategies to target, pitch, contact, and retain sponsors year after year.
  • Walk away with a number of proven solutions to program, staff, budget for and keep your festival strong.


Program Schedule
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04:00 PM TRACK 1 – The Songs in the KEY (of Life) Note

As we program our festivals, we know that music, sound and soundtracks play a vital role in the feel and emotional tone of the films we select. It manipulates us, and our audiences, in ways we can’t even imagine. What films got it right? Think CRASH, The Illusionist, Silver Linings Playbook, August:Osage County and The Tillman Story. Who got it right? Our keynote, Richard Glasser, who music supervised CRASH & The Illusionist and produced film soundtrack albums for Silver Linings Playbook, August Osage County and The Tillman Story. Hear him tell us how he connects with music and musicians for films and why the paradigm is shifting in the world of film and music.

11:30 AM TRACK 2 – The Greatest Show on Earth Programming the Film Festival

Premieres, stars, competing festivals, submissions vs. curated, studio vs indie, audience vs auteur. Let’s get to the bottom of it all, if we can…

11:30 AM TRACK 3 – Special Challenges of Large Film Festivals ($500k + budget)

How do festivals deal with the battle over premieres? What policies should be in place regarding protection from piracy of the film that balances the needs of the distributor vs. the audience? Should festivals function as a distributor? Does a simultaneous day and date hurt a filmmaker’ s chance with distributors?

There are a myriad of issues that larger festivals must contend with that include premiere status, piracy, distribution and simultaneous streaming during the festival. Let’s dig in and find some ways to solve them with our panel of experts.

Speaker Lineup
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Joshua Nordin

NEPS Worldwide, Business Development Director

Joshua has long-standing interests in anthropological perspectives on institutions, ...
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Anna Germanidi

Festival Director, Slamdance Film Festival

As the director of the Slamdance Film Festival, Anna Germanidi guides the operations of ...
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