About Us

The International Film Festival Summit (IFFS) is the largest international organization representing the film festival industry. Through collaborative efforts the IFFS provides programs that drive innovation, education, and provide a critical understanding of how film festivals play a crucial role in independent film and foster growth in the arts and cinema.

The IFFS was founded in 2002 and provides the only annual conference & symposium for film festival professionals and entertainment executives to network, learn from one another, establish partnerships, and understand the latest trends in festivals and independent film.

The mission of the International Film Festival Summit is to promote and strengthen the global film festival industry through education, networking, dissemination of information, and the cultivation of high standards for the industry.

Providing Collaboration Opportunities
Collaboration with key industry leaders, leading filmmakers, and other innovators addressing best practices and future trends meetings in North America and Europe.


Providing Resources
Disseminate knowledge, tools and resources that professionals and organizations can utilize to navigate the artistic, operational and financial aspects of film festivals.


Industry Research
Working with industry leaders, professionals, academic institutions and other organizations to provide new ideas and perspectives transforming how film festivals engage the entertainment industry.


Industry Leadership
Provide leadership and direction for initiatives and programs that enable sustainability and growth of film festivals.



Continuing Education Programs
Webinars, seminars, and other partnerships that provide relevant and valuable educational opportunities for individuals, organizations and their employees.



Fostering Innovation
Providing open avenues of communication and opportunities for entrepreneurs and technologists to engage film festival stakeholders.


Identifying Key Drivers & Distribution Trends
Key drivers and trends effecting the distribution of content will continue to impact future innovation and emerging festival models. Fostering dialogue and collaboration with film buyers, sellers and distributors at all levels is an important avenue for festivals to provide unique and valuable programs.


The IFFS engages multiple stakeholders, including:

Film Festivals · Producers · Directors · Filmmakers · Corporate Sponsors ·Non-profit Supporters of the Arts · Audiences · Content Owners · Alternative Media