Session Addressing Maximizing the Filmmaker's Festival Experience will take place at the 2008 International Film Festival Summit

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The 5th Annual International Film Festival Summit (IFFS) announces that Variety, Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, Film Threat, and AFI Dallas International Film Festival will take part in a panel discussion that will take a look at professional development as a part of the festival experience at the summit taking place December 7-9, 2008 in Las Vegas.

The 5th Annual International Film Festival Summit (IFFS) announces that Variety, Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, Film Threat, and AFI Dallas International Film Festival will take part in a panel discussion that will take a look at professional development as a part of the festival experience at the summit taking place December 7-9, 2008 in Las Vegas. http://www.filmfestivalsummit.com

The session entitled "Filmmaker Professional Development and the Festival Experience" will take place Monday, December 8th at10:45 am and be moderated by Mike Jones, Managing Editor, Film Festivals Variety.

Developing programs to set your festival apart and educate the filmmaker can be a key component to any festival. This panel will address what can and should you do to properly enhance the filmmaker experience. Hear from established fests how year after year they continue to create an exceptional filmmaker experience.

"Few fests can boast to being a market. Even at the major events, traditional acquisitions are at an all-time low. Yet every festival is a step for a filmmaker toward building an audience and a career. As film distribution becomes more DIY, filmmakers understand that fests directly cultivate the art film crowd. Every fest serves a vital role of connecting the filmmaker to specialized audiences and sometimes the only art film opportunity in town," commented Mike Jones, Managing Editor, Film Festivals, Variety.

Panelists include Catherine Pfitzer, Executive Director, Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, Chris Gore, President & Founder, FilmThreat, Michael Cain, Artistic Director & CEO, AFI Dallas International Film Festival and Janet Pierson, Conference & Festival Experience, SXSW.

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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