Jonathan Sehring of IFC Entertainment to Deliver Opening Keynote Presentation at International Film Festival Summit

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The International Film Festival Summit announced today that Jonathan Sehring, President, IFC Entertainment will deliver the opening keynote presentation for Day Three of their annual International Film Festival Summit December 6th, 2009 at 1:45pm.

The International Film Festival Summit announced today that Jonathan Sehring, President, IFC Entertainment will deliver the opening keynote presentation for Day Three of their annual International Film Festival Summit December 8th, 2009 at 10:00am.

As president of IFC Entertainment, Jonathan Sehring oversees multiple brands that are devoted to bringing the best of specialty films to the largest possible audience: IFC Film, IFC Festival Direct, IFC Productions, and the IFC Center.

Jonathan Sehring is considered a maverick among his peers for expanding the audience for independent films. He was part of the team that launched The Independent Film Channel in 1994 and later created IFC Entertainment and each of the brands it operates today.

In 2000, Mr. Sehring launched IFC Films, IFC Entertainment's foray into film distribution. Today, IFC Films is a leading U.S. distributor of independent and foreign films. Two IFC Films releases, After the Wedding and Days of Glory, received Academy Award® nominations in 2007.

Mr. Sehring is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, sits on the International Arts Advisory Committee of the Wexner Center in Columbus, Ohio, and serves on the Board of Directors for Film Independent. He was awarded the prestigious Chevalier of Arts and Letters by the French government in 1999 and the recipient of the Sarasota Film Festival's Filmmakers' Tribute Excellence in Producing Award, the Woodstock Film Festival's Industry Maverick Award and an IFP Gotham Tribute Award in 2007.

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 Access, ExtremeTix, 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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