New York (PRWEB) March 16, 2009
The International Film Festival Summit (IFFS) announced that Frederic Maire, Artistic Director of the Locarno International Film Festival will present a Keynote at the 3rd Annual IFFS Europe this April 7-8, 2009 in Paris. http://www.filmfestivalsummit.com
Throughout its 62 year history, the Locarno International Film Festival has occupied a unique position in the landscape of the major film festivals. Every August, around 180,000 cinema-goers, 1,100 journalists, and 3,400 professionals converge on the small Swiss-Italian town of Locarno, right in the heart of Europe, which becomes the world capital of auteur cinema for eleven days.
During the day, a demanding selection of fearlessly radical films charting new trends in independent film initiates a journey of discovery of countries where film is fizzing, opens up to filmmakers who would struggle to find their voices heard elsewhere, offers opportunities to see both the first flashes of brilliance from talented young filmmakers and the challenges that established filmmakers continue to set themselves. Then, at nightfall, before an audience of 8,000 people, the famous open-air screenings in the extraordinary setting of the Piazza Grande are celebratory and magical occasions for all audiences.
This rich and bold programming mix mirrors the Locarno audience itself: diverse, open-minded, curious, keen for all kinds of experience; a knowledgeable audience, with whom filmmakers, actors and producers can develop a real dialogue.
Just as Locarno as carved out its own unique and extraordinary role in the global festival scene all fests regardless of size and history strive to do the same. The presentation entitled, "Research & Choices: Festival Selection and Programming" will address the dynamic and unique approach that Locarno's Artistic Director has applied to selection and programming.
The 3rd Annual International Film Festival Summit Europe will bring together festival leaders from across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East to address a wide range of topics. The 2009 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 the latest trends impacting the festival community.
The 2009 IFFS Europe will bring together professionals from some of Europe's most respected film festivals for two full days of networking, learning and sharing. At this year's summit you will have the opportunity to meet with and hear from: Venice International Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, Flanders International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Zurich Film Festival, YouTube, London Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival, Stockholm International Film Festival, Bebo.com, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Thessaloniki Film Festival and many, many more.
The 2009 IFFS Europe Presenting Sponsor is Withoutabox. Additional sponsors and partners include Sub-ti, Vast Blue, Filmfestivals.com, FilmMaker Magazine, FilmThreat, MovieMaker, NAMAC Production Hub and Variety.
About International Film Festival Summit (IFFS):
The International Film Festival Summit (IFFS) is the largest international organization representing the film festival industry. The IFFS mission is to promote and strengthen the global film festival industry through education, networking, dissemination of information, and the cultivation of high standards for the industry. The IFFS was founded in 2002 and provides the only annual conference & symposium for film festival professionals and entertainment executives to network, learn from one another, establish partnerships, and understand the latest trends in festivals and independent film. http://www.filmfestivalsummit.com