International Film Festival Summit Announces Faculty for the Certified Film Festival Professional Program

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The International Film Festival Summit (IFFS) has announced the faculty for the Certified Film Festival Professional (CFFP) Program, a two-day course that provides a comprehensive training curriculum for film festival professionals, that will take place this December 4-5, 2009 in Las Vegas.

The International Film Festival Summit (IFFS) has announced the faculty for the Certified Film Festival Professional (CFFP) Program, a two-day course that provides a comprehensive training curriculum for film festival professionals, that will take place this December 4-5, 2009 in Las Vegas.

The CFFP Program is a two-day course that provides an in-depth training curriculum covering the most important elements involved in film festival work. The course content for each section is developed by a top professional in that field and will be taught using lecture and small group session formats.

The course is designed for film festival professionals and anyone interested in acquiring more knowledge about film festival work, particularly those who aspire to a career as a film festival founder, director, or staff member.

"We're thrilled to be working with some of the most accomplished festival professionals from across North America who will serve as faculty for the CFFP," said Waco Hoover, Co-Founder & President of the International Film Festival Summit. "The CFFP is the only course of its kind providing a comprehensive training program for professionals working in the film festival industry. The program will provide unparalleled training that will serve professionals for the duration of their careers."

The faculty consists of some of the most esteemed and accomplished professionals from the industry. Each faculty member has a minimum of fifteen years of full time festival experience in the core areas of management. The four festival professionals chosen for the inaugural CFFP Program are: Mark Fishkin, Founder and Executive Director of the California Film Institute, Carl Spence, Artistic Director for the Seattle International Film Festival, Graham Leggat, Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Society, and Bonnie Voland, head of International Marketing and Publicity for IM Global.

Mark Fishkin is the founder and Executive Director of the California Film Institute, a not-for-profit institution which maintains the Mill Valley Film Festival, the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, and an Outreach and Education Program for the cultural benefit of the Bay Area. Under his direction, the Mill Valley Film Festival has garnered a reputation as a favorite among filmmakers, and one of the most influential festivals in North America. He has been recognized by the Mill Valley Arts Commission with a "Milley" Award, for his contribution to the creative life of the community. He has also received awards from the Marin Cultural Center and Museum for his distinguished cultural contribution to Marin County and from the Marin Arts Council for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts. In September 2003, he received an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Dominican University of California. In December of 2008 Mr. Fishkin received the Director's Award of Excellence/International Category at the International Film Festival Summit held in Las Vegas, NV.

Carl Spence is currently the Artistic Director of the Seattle International Film Festival, and the Lead programmer for the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Carl previously spent eight years at the Seattle International Film Festival as a programmer and head of marketing and promotions. In 1998 he was promoted to Associate Director of the organization. He began his career curating film programs, concerts, and live performances at the University of Washington. He has also studied film at the NYU Tisch School for the Arts and has studied and lived abroad in Japan.

Graham Leggat is currently the Executive Director for the San Francisco Film Society. He has nineteen years of experience in the nonprofit arts world, including executive positions at the American Museum of the Moving Image, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. He also has board fixtures at the Media Alliance and the Association of Independent Film and Videomakers. His first novel, Song of a Dangerous Paradise, was published in 2007.

Bonnie Voland currently heads international marketing and publicity for IM Global, and consults for several other companies, including PorchLight Entertainment. Prior to IM Global, Voland was founder and principal of B. Voland International, an international publicity, marketing, sales, and co-production consulting company. Her clients included First Look Studios, Palm Pictures, Live Entertainment, and Fine Line Pictures. She also worked with many independent films, for both U.S. distribution and international sales, at the most renowned film festivals and markets around the world, including Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, and Venice. Before owning her own company Voland headed the international publicity department at Buena Vista International, handling all releases for the Disney, Touchstone, and Hollywood Pictures divisions.

Enrolled festival professionals will explore principal topics in-depth including: film festival operations and management, marketing & PR, funding & sponsorship, programming, acquisition & distribution, digital technology solutions, executive management, and long term planning. Operational overviews from film festivals, case studies, and other information will be used to supplement the course materials. Enrollment is limited to 30 seats providing an interactive and engaging learning environment for program participants.

The CFFP Program will be offered immediately preceding the 2009 International Film Festival Summit in Las Vegas that will take place December 6-8, 2009. To learn more about the course and reserve your seat, please contact Wyatt Royce at (561) 337-9221 or info@filmfestivalsummit.com.

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.

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