What is the Festival Forum?
A professional association that advocates for the needs and interests of Film Festivals and their organizers. The Festival Forum provides a collaborative platform for members to develop and share operational and curatorial efficiencies, set professional standards, and establish best practices. The Forum serves the collective priorities of its membership while leveraging its leadership, expertise, and vision within the international film community and the broader cultural landscape.
Founded in 2010, the Festival Forum includes over 200 U.S. & International festival programmers and executives, including representatives from Berlin, Cannes, Full Frame, Hot Docs, New York Film Festival, New Directors, Rotterdam, Slamdance, Sundance, SXSW, and Tribeca.
Why Come to Festival Forum at Independent Film Week?
Early Access to New Projects — Meet with 160+ new filmmakers and projects that will soon be on the festival circuit! See the list here.
Networking Opportunities — Connect with Festival Leaders from Top US & International Fests
The Festival Forum Open Source — An Afternoon of Exclusive Programming for Festival Professionals (full schedule here)
Access to IFP’s Project Forum Online — Videos from Hundreds of New Projects Soon Submitting to Fests
Dozens of Preview Screenings and Parties
2014 Festival Forum at Independent Film Week — Full Calendar Below:
Festival Forum 2014 Community ‘Open Source’
Tuesday September 16, 2014 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
The 5th Annual IFP Festival Forum Roundtable (11:30 AM – 11:55 AM)
The IFP Festival Forum Executive Committee will discuss with attendees the organization’s achievements and new initiatives for the year, including the operational survey and nomination process for new leadership in 2015.
Festival Budgets: Best Practices (12:00 – 1:15PM)
Creating an accurate budget for your film festival is one of the most important steps in building an effective, lasting organization. It also serves as an expression of your organization’s values, allowing a snapshot of priorities and managerial success for donors, sponsors, granting organizations, auditors and artists to review. But given the nature of festival production, where events and screenings often cost more than ticket revenue can provide, how can festivals develop budgets that showcase their priorities while also satisfying the need for transparency and fiscal responsibility? Join Film Society of Lincoln Center Executive Director Lesli Klainberg and New York Film Festival producer Colin Stanfield for an examination of best practices available to festival leaders looking to build a better budget.
Advocacy Tool Kit: Harmony Institute/Festival’s Impact (1:20 – 2:00PM)
How effective are films and film festivals at fostering positive change? How can that change be tracked over time with data that fosters new strategies for audience engagement and action? Join us for a presentation by Harmony Institute as they preview StoryPilot (storypilot.org), their forthcoming interactive platform for measuring the impact of film. It will be followed by a discussion on how film festivals can become more effective partners in tracking impact, delivering measurable outcomes for social transformation and leveraging impact metrics to demonstrate organizational effectiveness with sponsors, donors, distributors and other stakeholders.
Wednesday September 17, 2014 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Everyone is on the Marketing Team…and Social Media is Marketing! (11:00 – 12:15PM)
As social media tools continue to present inexpensive and effective opportunities for building audiences online, film festivals have developed all manner of ways to keep an ongoing connection with their audiences. But how can organizations continue to thrive in a constantly evolving social media landscape? Atlanta Film Festival’s Chris Holland, and Tribeca Film Festival’s former VP of Digital Media Kristin McCracken join forces to expand on their popular webinar to show how your Festival can reach potential customers all year long and make them fans for life. From programming to sponsorship to customer service, learn how to engage staff in all areas – and at all levels – to amplify your Festival’s message through embedded marketing strategies.
Festival Tools: Submission Survey (12:30 – 1:30PM)
In a world where everyone with a cell phone might be considered a filmmaker, the tremendous increase in film festival submissions has been fraught with mistrust between artists and festivals. As costs increase and the number of film festivals expands rapidly, the film festival submissions process has grown, vexing fests and filmmakers alike. But with new services and terms, expanded offerings, and emerging opportunities, festivals and filmmakers have more choices than ever before. DC Shorts impresario Jon Gann will present a survey of new services and strategies to increase your reach, find more diverse films, reduce the requests for fee waivers, and make stronger connections with filmmakers.
Community Discussion (1:35 – 2:00PM)
To close the day, we’ll open the floor up to our festival colleagues to discuss the issues covered during IFW – and the role that they’d like to see the IFP Festival Forum play in the community moving forward.
Thursday September 18, 2015 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Each year Festival programmers gain access to the IFP’s Project Forum filmmakers at Meet the Programmers, one-on-one 10-minute “speed dating” meetings set up exclusively for festival programmers attending Film Week. Details provided upon registration for IFW. Meet the Programmers is held at the Kaplan Penthouse, 165 West 65th Street New York, NY 10023.