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TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

Join us at the Chicago Cultural Center for a full day of speakers, panels, and participatory sessions in which representatives from regional film festivals will share challenges and build strategies towards the common goal of sustainability.


LEARN - Morning Sessions

 

After a keynote address by Orly Ravid, attendees will break into small groups led by various speakers and facilitators from across the film industry.

 
 

SHARE - Lunch Session

After lunch, attendees will break out into discussion groups to share challenges, lessons learned, and best practices with one another.

BUILD - Afternoon Sessions

We will build towards actionable solutions based on our conversations throughout the day, identifying potential ideas that could help film festivals operate more efficiently and sustainably. With the support of a $25,000 grant from Arts Work Fund, one of these ideas will be beta-tested in 2020.

 

Themes/Structure

The day will be structured around four central themes:

  • FUNDING: HOW DO WE DEVELOP OUR REVENUE SOURCES AND PARTNERSHIPS? HOW DO WE BROADEN AND ENGAGE OUR BASE OF SUPPORTERS?

  • STAFFING: HOW DO WE OPTIMIZE OUR STAFFING MODEL TO FULFILL OUR MISSION?

  • OPERATING MODEL: HOW DO WE CREATE VIBRANT PROGRAMMING, OFFERINGS, AND EVENTS TO MEET THE NEEDS AND KEY TRENDS IN THE COMMUNITY?

  • AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT: HOW DO WE ENGAGE AND GROW OUR AUDIENCE BASE IN EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT WAYS?

 
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Keynote Speaker: Orly Ravid

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TFC

Born in Israel, raised in Manhattan, and living in Los Angeles, Orly Ravid is the Founder and Co-Executive Director of The Film Collaborative (TFC), an entertainment attorney at MSK (Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP), and the Director of the Biederman Entertainment & Media Law Institute at Southwestern Law School. Non-profit on purpose, TFC specializes in distribution of documentaries and arthouse cinema without taking filmmakers' rights. TFC is proud to have included on its slate such award-winning films as Crime + Punishment (Sundance), Always in Season (Sundance) and Angels Are Made of Light (Telluride).

Orly has over 20 years of experience in independent film as an acquisitions and business affairs executive, and her experience encompasses all aspects of distribution, domestic and international sales/licensing, development, production, grassroots marketing, and festival programming. Orly was a distribution executive at Senator Entertainment and Wolfe Releasing and served as a Programming Associate for documentaries at Sundance Film Festival and a programming consultant at Palm Springs International and the Middle East Film Festival. A regular panelist, educator, and blogger about digital distributing, splitting rights, and distribution in general at film festivals worldwide. Orly co-authored the book series Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul and recently contributed to How Not to Sign a Film Contract, and is a passionate advocate for filmmakers.