Thought Leadership Series
The 2013 International Film Festival Summit (IFFS) Online Thought Leadership Series is comprised of 60-minute interactive webinars covering current issues and industry trends for film festival executives. Each program is presented by leading industry experts in the field, and managed and operated by the IFFS staff.
Funding & Sponsorship, Programming, Operations & Management, Marketing & Public Relations, Acquisition & Distribution, Executive Management
The Role of a Festival in a Filmmaker’s Life
Date: Thursday, May 16, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST
Festivals need filmmakers (content) & filmmakers need festivals (platform). Yet how do they play nice & maximize the symbiotic relationship for a win-win? Learn from major industry insiders on what exactly the role of a festival is in a filmmaker’s life and how the exposure buoys the film and galvanizes the community.
Sam George, writer and director: Writer, Riding Giants; Writer/director, The Lost Wave; Writer, Crips and Bloods: Made in America; Co-Director and Writer, Hollywood Don’t Surf!; Director and Writer, “Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau”
Basil Tsiokos, documentary programming associate for the Sundance Film Festival, shorts & panel programmer for DOC NYC.
Laurie Kirby, Executive Director, International Film Festival Summit
Critical Role of Festival Programmers
Date: Friday, February 15, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST
With film festivals being an essential piece of the distribution puzzle and providing a communal platform of discovery for film buffs, critics and audiences, the importance of the festival programmer has increased. As gatekeepers to the world of independent film, how do festival programmers make their decisions, please audiences, critics, distributors and maintain their identities?
In this free webinar hear from Jon Gann, DC Short Film Festival founder, filmmaker and author of “Behind the Scenes: Programmers Reveal How Festivals Really Work” and Jeffrey Ruoff, film historian, documentary filmmaker at Dartmouth College, and editor of “Coming Soon to a Festival Near You: Programming Film Festivals” as they unveil the critical role of the festival programmer in shaping the cinematic culture.
Fundraising for the Festival – Sources of Income
Date: July 19, 2012 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST
Featuring: Nancy Kennedy, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Seattle International Film Festival
Film Festival Executive Management – Featuring Austin Film Festival
Date: March 15, 2012 1:00pm – 2:00pm EDT
Featuring: Barbara Morgan, Director & Co-Founder, Austin Film Festival
Programming an Awards Show
Date: January 19, 2012 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST
Featuring: Rose Anderson, Executive Director, New York Festivals – International Television & Film Awards
The Secret: Cash, Cache, Creativity & Credibility
Date: July 26, 2011 1:00pm – 2:00pm EDT
Featuring: Paul Cohen (FSU College of Motion Picture Arts), Robin Bronk (Creative Coalition), Keith Weckstein (Tribeca Film Festival)
Increase Festival Efficiency – Learn how to create time and save money
Date: November 1, 2010 1:00pm – 2:00pm EDT
Featuring: James Waters, Former Associate Festival Director, Edinburgh International Festival
A Youth Education Program for your festival: How to create one and why it is important
Date: October 13, 2010
Featuring: Eileen O’Brien, Director, Members & Volunteers, Denver Film Society
Reinventing the film festival: Using technology to engage audiences
Date: October 15, 2010
Featuring: Brian Newman, Founder, sub-genre
Interested in Presenting or Participating?
Interested in Presenting or Participating? IFFS welcomes webinar submissions from film festival directors and executives on topics such as: Funding and Sponsorship, Programming, Operations & Management, Marketing & Public Relations, Acquisition & Distribution, Digital Technology Solutions, Long Term Planning & Sustainable Growth, and Executive Management. Click Here to Make a Webinar Submission.