Twice a year the curators of FestForums unites cutting-edge tech with key players who drive the future of the entertainment industry. For this upcoming think tank, the synergy will be spooling up in Santa Barbara, CA from November 16th to 18th at the The Fess Parker Resort.

This year, FestForums sparks up thought provoking topics around learning how to maximize success in producing festivals.

At both the NYC and Santa Barbara gatherings, the creators will be unveiling a comprehensive program on how to create the ultimate festival gathering. The panels will discuss vital subjects such as, Solving Special Challenges Of Smaller/Niche Film Festivals and Lights! Camera! Releases! Filming Your Festival 2.0.

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An all-encompassing conference for music, food, beverage, and film festival industry leaders, FestForums engages attendees on a multi-faceted level, providing enlightening talks, panels, and open networking opportunities to educate professionals, ensuring the festival market continues to thrive.

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Watch FestForums’ official announcement video below: 

Our commitment to empowering festivals with networking and educational opportunities is at the core of what FestForums does best. – Laurie Kirby, Co-Founder and Co-President, FestForums

FestForums Santa Barbara showcases unique opportunities as the role of film continues to expand in the festival space.

To help evolve the relationship between the longstanding independent cinema industry and festival culture, the curators have coalesced experts from some of the most well known film festivals in the world, including Seattle Film Festival, Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival, Lexus Film Festival (curated by The Weinstein Company), California Film Institute, Tribeca, plus 100’s more in attendance.

Leading these conversations are seasoned, successful vets in the film and cinema realm.

For one, you will get to hear and speak with Founder and CEO of Revolution Media, CR Capers (aka Cha-Boogie). You will also get the coveted opportunity to learn and network with the likes of Gary Meyer, Eat Drink Films, entertainment lawyer William Hochberg of Greenberg, Glusker and the head of Rhino Films, and Stephen Nemeth just to name a few.

Over the past three years, FestForums’ intensive schedule has incorporated powerful panels with industry leaders such as Quentin Tarantino, Fisher Stevens, Matthew Modine, Weinstein’s Richard GlasserBruce Dern, and Sundance Productions co-partner Laura Michalchyshyn that center on film’s growing importance to festival culture as well as played host to film premieres.

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In addition to the wealth of knowledge being granted from the panels, FestForums will also be hosting exclusive screenings using state of the art cinematic technology provided by Cinetransformer. Attendees will relax and enjoy this one of a kind cinematic experience with complimentary movie theater snacks in an ultramodern “cinema on wheels”.

FestForums is also excited to announce the screening of one film in the Emmy Nominated film series: American Epic.

Watch the trailer for American Epic:

Surpass watching American Epic, attendees will get the unique opportunity to engage in a Q&A with the film’s producer and writer Allison McGourty and director Bernard MacMahon. Executive produced by Jack White, T. Bone Burnett, and Robert Redford and directed by Bernard MacMahon; American Epic seeks to resurrect America’s lost musical history as it traces the evolution of blues, country, and more.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Burnett said of the film:

All of us have a common foe, and that’s forgetfulness – where you forget where you came from and who you are. We all appreciate that link to our history. We need that.

Register today for FestForums this November 16-18th in Santa Barbara.

We cannot wait to be “swimming in the right pool” at The Fess Parker Resort later this fall. Be on the lookout for upcoming announcements regarding the music, food & beverage, and more festival educational tracks.

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