The 2019 Film Festival Symposium will bring together Chicago-area film festivals to hold an industry-wide discussion addressing shared challenges and opportunities. In order to make the Symposium as constructive as possible, we need your input!

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* FUNDING

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Contributed Revenue 
Who gives and why? How do we best express our value proposition to potential funders?
Contributed Revenue 
How do we continue to cultivate and grow partnerships with individuals, foundations, corporations?
Earned Revenue 
What are some good ways to increase ticket sales and subscriptions?
Earned Revenue Pop-up vs. year-round programming?
Earned Revenue What other events can we use to generate revenue in addition to screenings?

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* STAFFING

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Staffing
How do we acquire, incentivize, and retain staff?
Staffing
How do we develop effective succession plans for festival leadership?
Staffing
How can we effectively manage a mix of interns, contractors, and vendors?
Volunteers
How do we acquire, motivate, and manage our volunteers?
Volunteers
How do we engage volunteers for yearly events vs. year-round programming?
Volunteers
How do we deepen engagement and develop leaders?
Boards
What skills, expertise and representation do we need on our board?
Boards
How do we deepen the boards’ engagement so that they give of their time, talent, and/or treasure?

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* OPERATING MODEL

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Mission
What is our mission and how do we fulfill it?
Mission
Does it need to change to meet current needs or trends?
Programming
What are some successful models/formats for screenings, panels, special events, etc.?
Programming
How can we track progress and measure success?
Partnerships
Who should we partner with and what benefits do we offer each other?
Partnerships
How do we work together to create action, change, or a movement if that is our mission?
Audience
Who do we serve? What tools and processes do we use to collect and analyze audience data? How do we target our audiences by interests and behavior patterns?
Audience
How do we reach underserved populations or new geographies?
Audience
How can we engage audiences through the use of digital screening platforms after the festival?
Marketing
How do we engage press for festival publicity?

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* We're working hard to make this as meaningful as possible to all attendees. Please share any questions, comments, ideas or concerns in the open text box below:

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* Would you be interested in taking on a more substantial role in the Symposium?

i.e. breakout session facilitator, speaker, note-taker, etc.

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