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
Featuring: 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”

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Critical Role of Festival Programmers
Date: Friday, February 15, 2013
Featuring: 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”



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
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.