Nominations Now Open for International Film Festival Summit Excellence Awards and Audience Choice Awards

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The International Film Festival Summit announced today that nominations are now open for their two annual award programs to be given out at this years Summit taking place December 6-8, 2009 in Las Vegas

The International Film Festival Summit announced today that nominations are now open for their two annual award programs to be given out at this years Summit taking place December 6-8, 2009 in Las Vegas.

The two award programs for 2009 are the Excellence Awards and the Audience Choice Awards, and the deadline for submissions is November 10th, 2009.

For the third consecutive year, the IFFS Excellence Awards will honor and pay tribute to the dedicated professionals and executives managing film festivals. Festivals continue to provide a vital intersection where the major stakeholders in the entertainment industry converge. For decades the tireless work of the film festival professional has made monumental impacts on the industry for individual filmmakers, buyers, sellers, and countless organizations involved in entertainment.

After outstanding feedback last year, the Audience Choice Award will again be presenting two different awards, the Image Award and the Livre d'Or. The Image Award will be presented to the best festival movie poster, while the Livre d'Or Award will be given to the best festival program booklet. All finalists will be featured and displayed in the Festival Gallery onsite at the summit in Las Vegas. Attendees at this year's conference will have the opportunity to vote for each award, which will be presented at a reception and ceremony during the summit.

2008 winners included Keith Weckstein, Director of Ticketing, Tribeca Film Festival; Mark Fishkin, Founder & Executive Director, California Film Institute; Trevor Groth, Artistic Director, CineVegas Film Festival; Gabe Wardell, Executive Director, Atlanta Film Festival; Joanne Fienberg, Director of Programming, Ashland Independent Film Festival; and Lee Ann Kim, Founder & Executive Director, San Diego Asian Film Festival.

This year another exemplary group of individuals will be nominated and honored by their peers and an esteemed panel of judges. The awards will be announced and presented at a ceremony taking place during this year's IFFS in December.

The 2009 IFFS will feature the top industry leaders and directors attending including: SXSW, IFC, Cinetic Media, Aspen Film, San Francisco Film Society, Film Finders, New York Film Festival, HotDocs, Dallas International Film Festival, Enigma Research, Thompson On Hollywood, European Independent Film Festival, IEG, The Method Fest, Big Island Film Festival, The Woods Hole Film Feistval, Rochester High Falls Int'l Film Festival, Hollywood Black Film Festival, Big Apple Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Foundation, Ashland Independent Film Festival, Film Threat, Phoenix Film Foundation, Atlanta Film Festival, Palm Springs Int'l Film Society, Miami International Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, Silverdocs Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, and many many more.

Sponsors for the 2009 International Film Festival Summit include Kids First, K2 Imaging, InTicketing, Brown Paper Tickets, SCHED, Shubert Ticketing, ClickNPrint, Enta, Tessitura Network, Bag Tags Inc., MedTech, Karl's Event Rental, OSA Corp., Celebrity Aceess, and Production Hub.

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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