2008 International Film Festival Summit Addresses Building a Culture of Community Outreach at Film Festivals

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The 5th Annual International Film Festival Summit (IFFS) announces that the San Diego Asian Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival, and KIDS FIRST! Film Festival will take part in a panel discussion that will take a look the correlation between community outreach and Festival engagement at the summit taking place December 7-9, 2008 in Las Vegas.

The 5th Annual International Film Festival Summit (IFFS) announces that the San Diego Asian Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival, and KIDS FIRST! Film Festival will take part in a panel discussion that will take a look the correlation between community outreach and Festival engagement at the summit taking place December 7-9, 2008 in Las Vegas. http://www.filmfestivalsummit.com

The session entitled "Building a Culture of Community Outreach" will take place Monday, December 8th at 3:45 pm.

"Year round screenings of your children and family films are a great way to keep your festival's name in the forefront of the minds of both your sponsors and your audience. Schools, libraries, Girl Scouts, community centers and similar venues are great places to screen new film releases and generate interest in your festival. Many sponsors will kick in an additional sponsorship to cover events such as these. Or, some of these host agencies will jump at the opportunity to do a fund-raiser," commented Randy Levy, Director, KIDS FIRST! Film Festival.

Community involvement is a vital component of any successful film festival. Partnering with other local organizations, working with schools, education outreach programs are just a few of the ways that festivals can engage and support its community. This accomplished group of panelists will discuss how their festivals give back to community resulting in better attendance and increased support.

Panelists include Lee Ann Kim, Executive Director, San Diego Asian Film Festival, George Marshall, Executive Director, Rhode Island International Film Festival and Randy Levy, Director, KIDS FIRST! Film Festival.

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, Avid, AAA Flag & Banner, Eyesoda.com, inticketing, Festival Media Corporation, Filmfestivals.com, FilmMaker Magazine, FilmThreat, MovieMaker, NAMAC, Production Hub, Qube Digital Cinema and Variety.    

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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