Paris 2013 Agenda

Thursday April 11, 2012


Registration and Exhibit Floor Opens

9:20am – 9:30am
Opening Remarks by Conference Chair

Bruno Chatelin, COO, &

9:30am – 10:00am
Introductory Session “Breaking the Ice”

Laurie Kirby, Esq, Executive Director, International Film Festival
Bruno Chatelin, COO, &
European Independent Film Festival

10:00am – 10:45am
Panel “Anatomy of a Film Festival: Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival”

This unique panel discussion will explore a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most successful film festivals. Panelists will discuss critical areas such as talent selection, corporate sponsorship, membership, filmmaker services and more. Attendees will learn how each department effectively works together, providing the best experience for film festivals and audiences alike.
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

10:45am – 11:15am
Morning Break

11:15am – 12:15pm
Panel “Festival Technology: Implementing New Technology & Software”

Now that you have your film program completed, web site and traditional media all ready to go, don’t forget to engage your biggest fans via social media. Engaging your audience to attend your festival and visit your web site is critical for a successful campaign. This year the IFFS is presenting a timely social media workshop to help festivals optimize content and buzz around their festival.

12:15pm- 2:00pm
Break for Lunch

2:00pm – 2:45pm

2:45pm – 3:40pm
Panel“The Art & Science of Programming Film Festivals”

This discussion will address the selection process and the merits and de-merits of programming based on talent. This seasoned group of professionals will share their insights and secrets surrounding the art of programming. Attendees will walk away with a cursory look into the behind-the-scenes decision-making process.

3:45pm – 4:05pm
Afternoon Networking Break

4:05pm – 4:25pm
Special Presentation “Trailers Museum: The Big Story on the Small Film”

Trailer Museum

4:30pm – 5:30pm
Panel “It’s Complicated: Defining the Relationship Between Festivals and Distributors”

This dynamic discussion will address the role of film festivals in theatrical distribution and their relationship with the key industry players.  Discussion points include frictions between festivals and distributors, festivals learning from distributor’s practices, defining “festival film”, latest trends in film distribution.

5:40pm – 6:00pm
Special Award Presentation “Best Festival Film of the Year Presentation & Conversation with Michel Hazanavicius”

Don’t miss the closing session of the first day in Paris, we will be honoring the team of The Artist with a special award for Best Festival Film of The Year.  Following the presentation, we will sit down with Michel and his team for an exclusive conversation about his festival strategy and their experiences on the circuit.

6:00pm – 7:00pm
Cocktail Reception

After a full day of presentations, interactive panel discussions and networking events take the edge off with a cocktail and toast an end to the second day of this year’s summit.  Take a tour of the exhibit hall and discover the products and services that can help take your festival to the next level!

Friday April 12, 2012


Registration Opens

9:30am – 9:45am
Opening Remarks

Laurie Kirby, Esq, Executive Director, International Film Festival Summit

9:45am – 11:00am
Fireside Chat “Adding a Market to your Festival”

Ask a festival what they wish and it is usually that they want to include a market to get more buyers and better films. But is it really achievable, practical and desirable?  How does one create a market and will it benefit the festival? Hear and learn from the world’s largest market directors about the challenges and benefits of the film market experience.

Host: Laurie Kirby, Esq, Executive Director, International Film Festival Summit

11:00am – 11:30am
Morning Networking Break

11:30am – 12:15pm

12:30pm – 2:00pm
Break for Lunch

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Panel Discussion “Stepping out of the Shadow: Making Your Festival Unique and Unforgettable”

How will the ailing European and world economy be impacted when the usual sources of revenue are drying up? What makes some festivals have a recognizable “face” while others struggle in the grey zone? Festivals need to stop thinking – whether openly or in secret – that to be perceived as unique, they need “stars” in the attendance. The true star of a festival is its atmosphere, and one strategy that has proven useful in achieving it is fostering a relationship with local authorities, from easing the considerable festival logistics to helping look for new ways to secure economic benefits. Leveraging local assets and markets will take you from the shadows into the spotlight and benefit you and your community. Learn from these savvy directors how they brought their festivals into the black.

3:00pm – 3:30pm
Afternoon Networking Break

3:30pm – 4:30pm
Panel “Sponsorship Strategy: Identification, Activation, and Retention”

Wondering how you can ink more sponsorship, sign multi-year deals or just trying to solidify your selling strategy? If you answered yes to any of these questions your festival can’t afford to miss this panel. Hear examples of proven branding and sponsorship strategies to target, pitch, contact, and retain sponsors year after year.

4:30pm – 5:00 pm
Closing Remarks