5th Annual International Film Festival Summit Announces 2008 Conference Agenda and Topics

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The 5th Annual International Film Festival Summit (IFFS) announced its agenda and topics for the upcoming summit taking place this December 7-9, 2008 in Las Vegas.

The 5th Annual International Film Festival Summit (IFFS) announced its agenda and topics for the upcoming summit taking place this December 7-9, 2008 in Las Vegas. http://www.filmfestivalsummit.com

2008 marks the 5th annual summit since the IFFS was launched over 5 years ago. Since that time the summit has grown significantly year after year bringing together some of the most accomplished film festival professionals and entertainment executives in the industry. This year will be the largest and most dynamic conference to date presenting a wide range of topics in a functional conference curriculum.

"The International Film Festival Summit brings together the community of film festivals to share valuable perspectives and gain practical insights", said Christian Gaines, Director of Festivals at Withoutabox, a division of IMDb.com. "It's a process that can only improve the film festival experience and thus advance the cause of filmmakers in finding their audiences. In the process, it engenders an atmosphere of camaraderie, friendship and respect among film festivals. Withoutabox is thrilled to play a central role in helping film festivals to raise the bar, and participating in the International Film Festival Summit is one way of doing that."

This year's IFFS will have industry leaders discussing the latest trends in funding and sponsorship, programming, operations and management, publicity and public relations, acquisition and distribution, technology solutions, long-term planning and sustainable growth, and executive management.

Topics at this year's summit include: Festivals: Distribution Revolution or Evolution?, Sustainability and Long Term Planning, The Art and Philosophy of Curating a Film Festival, Filmmaker Professional Development and the Festival Experience, Board Development for Your Festival, Year Round Festival Programs, Membership & Giving Programs, Creating Value for Festival Sponsors, Building a Culture of Community Outreach, Festival Standards and Formats, Success Metrics: Where to Set the Bar, indie 2.0, Connecting the Dots: Distributors and Festivals, Budgeting Workshop, Dynamic Programming Issues, Unlock Your Festivals Ticketing Potential and Greening Your Fest.        

Some of this year's attendees include: AFI Fest Presented by Audi, Atlanta Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, Bside, Starz Denver Film Festival, FilmThreat, Palm Springs International Film Festival, River Run International Film Festival, San Diego Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Gen Art, San Diego Asian Film Festival, DC Shorts Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, AFI Dallas International Film Festival, SXSW, Variety, Withoutabox and many, many more.

The 2008 IFFS Presenting Sponsor is Withoutabox. Platinum sponsors include B-side with Gold sponsors Enta USA and The NEB. Other sponsors include: Agile Ticketing, Eyesoda.com, inticketing, Festival Media Corporation, Filmfestivals.com, FilmMaker Magazine, FilmThreat, MovieMaker, NAMAC Production Hub and Variety.    

"We're very excited that the summit is now in its fifth year and what that means for the future. We expect this year to be very special with several new formats, awards and a wonderful line-up of festivals participating," said Waco Hoover, President and Co-Founder, IFFS.    

About International Film Festival Summit (IFFS)

The International Film Festival Summit is the only annual conference and trade show for professionals from the film festival industry. The IFFS provides a platform for the community to explore ways to collaborate and promote the advancement of the film festival industry. This is a place to dialogue with your peers, share insights and gain knowledge that will help you grow your film festival and foster sustainability. The IFFS is dedicated to providing resources, information and avenues of communication for industry professionals and the entertainment industry. For IFFS Europe visit http://www.iffseurope.com. For IFFS North America visit http://www.filmfestivalsummit.com.

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