Ameritania Hotel (230 W 54th St.)
For the first time at Independent Film Week, the IFP Festival Forum Executive Committee will present a full afternoon of exclusive panels, discussions, and resources exclusively for festival professionals.
Schedule of Events
The 4th Annual IFP Festival Forum Roundtable (1PM – 1:30PM)
The IFP Festival Forum Executive Committee, headed by new interim director Jody Arlington will lead a discussion with attendees on the group’s progress, discussing new benefits, goals, and initiatives for the coming months and years.
Festival Programming: Best Practices (1:35 – 2:35PM)
With more filmmakers than ever submitting their films to an ever-increasing number of film festivals, the competition for festival slots is greater than ever. But how can filmmakers be sure they are getting a fair shake? And what systems and standards can festival programmers create and implement that will ensure their films are properly considered? Featuring: Sadie Tillery, Full Frame; Dan Brawley, Cucalorus FF; Jason Guerrasio, Journalist; Joanne Feinberg, Ashland FF; Tom Hall, Sarasota FF.
Advocacy Tool Kit: Expanding Your Festival’s Impact (2:40 – 3:40PM)
Join Deirdre Haj, Executive Director of Full Frame and Shelly Green, President & CEO of the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau for a discussion on how festivals can define the economic and social impact they have on local and national communities, and how they can leverage this impact towards further success.
The DCP Survival Guide (3:45 – 4:45PM)
As more and more art-house theaters adopt DCP projection, the effects of this transition on the festival landscape have been deeply felt. Colin Stanfield (Managing Director, San Francisco Film Society) will moderate a workshop with Sarah Pearce, Co-Managing Director, Sundance Film Festival, DCP expert Karl Mehrer (Technical Director, Tribeca Film Festival/K2 Imaging), and Marc Balgavy (Director, Worldwide Delivery and Lab Services, The Weinstein Company) about transitioning your festival with respect to DCP exhibition. Workshop will cover strategies and tactics relevant to established and emerging festivals.
Community Discussion (4:50 – 5:30PM)
To close the day, we’ll open the floor up to our festival colleagues to discuss the issues covered during today’s meeting – and the role that they’d like to see the IFP Festival Forum play in the community moving forward.