Commissioned through a partnership with Dear Producer and Film Festival Alliance.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the first Festival Impact on Filmmaker Sustainability Survey! 

Quick Facts
  • The survey should take you 10-15 minutes to complete.  
  • The survey is open to film festivals in the U.S. and Canada of any size; large or small, we want to hear from you.
  • Your answers are anonymous. We ask for your festival name in order to make sure the responses we get are from a variety of festivals and can be more widely applicable. The response to that question is uncoupled from the rest of your responses.
    • As a step toward transparency, we would like to publish the names of festivals that participate in the survey — again, this information will be uncoupled from responses and you can opt out if you are not comfortable with this at the end of the survey.
  • The survey closes at 9 p.m. (PT) May 27, 2021
If you have any questions, please email Barbara Twist at

Why This Survey?
In January 2021, Dear Producer released a Producers Sustainability Survey Report, revealing that 56% of producers earned $25K or less in 2020, with more than a quarter of producers earning less than $2,500. This report sparked conversations within the filmmaking community about how film organizations can do more to financially support filmmakers.

In the festival world, there are no set standards for filmmaker compensation best practices; this survey will provide an opportunity to understand the financial relationship between festivals and filmmakers, with a focus on 2020 — the year festivals transformed. The aim of this survey is to assess the impact festivals have on filmmaker sustainability, particularly in regard to financial compensation. We are asking about revenue sharing, screening fees, panel stipends, cash awards and travel and lodging paid out to filmmakers. 

Why Complete it? 
This data will establish a baseline during a pivotal year for our industry. It will also allow festivals to quantify their financial impact on filmmakers, compare to other organizations, and identify national trends and patterns in the industry. 

Question Title

* Is your organization based in either the United States or Canada?

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