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.
Overall Theme: Learn, Share, Build
Learn about the ecosystem, key stakeholders, and top trends
Share opportunities, challenges, and ideas about promising and best practices
Build connections, networks, and enduring initiatives together
Opening remarks & Keynote Speaker orly ravid
film festivals and the ecosystem
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m
Learn about the ecosystem, key stakeholders, and top trends from Orly Ravid, the Founder and Co-Executive Director of The Film Collaborative (TFC) and an entertainment attorney at MSK (Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP). Full bio below.
Learn from the fielD
10:40 a.m. - 11:50 A.m.
Hear and interact with industry experts in sessions that focus on:
FUNDING - This panel will address key funding questions such as: How do we develop our revenue sources and partnerships? How do we broaden and engage our base of supporters? What are innovative approaches for both Earned Revenue, Contributed Revenue, and In-Kind support? For more information on the panelists, click here.
STAFFING - This panel will address key staffing questions such as: How do we acquire, incentivize, and retain staff? How do we acquire, motivate, and manage our volunteers? How do we most effectively work with our Boards to help lead/support the organization? For more information on the panelists, click here.
PROGRAMMING MODELS - This panel will address key programming questions such as: How do we create vibrant programming, offerings, and events to meet the needs and key trends in the community? How will we track progress and measure success? How do we create a portfolio of offerings that helps generates regular cash flow and capital to reinvest in the organization? For more information on the panelists, click here.
AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT - This panel will address key audience development questions such as: What do we know about who we serve? What tools and processes do we use to collect and analyze the data? What are some promising practices to help grow awareness and increase our audiences? For more information on the panelists, click here.
Sponsored by elevent
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Share challenges and Promising practices
1:10 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Facilitated groups in each of focus areas of Funding, Staffing, Programming Models, and Audience Development will address shared challenges and opportunities for growth.
2:45 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.
Facilitated groups in each of focus areas of Funding, Staffing, Programming Models, and Audience Development will take some of the promising ideas from the Share sessions and work together to create some innovative solutions that can be executed in the next year.
results, Reflections & Closing Remarks from
4:10 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Close out the day with some words from DCASE Commissioner Mark Kelly (bio below) and share proposed solutions and reflections from the day’s sessions.
Sponsored by Art house cinema solutions
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Orly Ravid
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.
Closing Remarks: Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly is the Commissioner of the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), which presents and promotes high-quality free festivals, exhibitions, performances and holiday celebrations each year in parks, the historic Chicago Cultural Center and other venues throughout the city. He was appointed to the post by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in July 2016.
Kelly previously served as the Vice President for Student Success at Columbia College Chicago, where he fostered and oversaw an immersive arts experience for Columbia’s burgeoning student body, across its 100 different degree programs. For more than 30 years, Kelly served in numerous leadership roles at Columbia, supporting students who view the world through a creative lens in attaining a world-class education that blends creative and media arts, liberal arts and business.
Kelly has amassed more than 40 years of experience working as an academic administrator, with prior positions at Wayne State University and City Colleges of Chicago. Kelly was the founder of the Wabash Arts Corridor (WAC) initiative, and he created the artistic vision for the Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade. He is a percussionist who worked with free form jazz artist Hal Russell, and he had the honor of bringing percussion to an Allen Ginsberg performance. Kelly holds a master of arts in counseling from the University of Cincinnati and a bachelor of arts in sociology from John Carroll University.