The Art House Convergence (AHC) is an association dedicated to advancing excellence and sustainability in community-based, mission-driven media exhibition. Each year our annual conference, regional seminars, and programs provide networking opportunities, educational resources, and define best practices for hundreds of theaters and festivals located throughout North America. Collectively, our constituents host over 30 million audience members annually.

Art House Cinemas

Art house cinemas are united by a commitment to fostering appreciation for cinema’s cultural heritage, producing exemplary theatrical experiences, and serving their communities. These exceptional exhibitors bring international, independent, and critically-acclaimed films to communities around the world.  

Community-Based, Mission-Driven

Our international network of theaters, museums, film societies, universities, film festivals, and micro-cinemas are guided by the principles of being community-based and mission-driven.

Community Based
We value collaboration and shared experiences. By prioritizing open communication and public engagement, we encourage programming that responds to the needs, creativity, and experiences of audiences.

Mission Driven
Cinemas thrive when they operate with ethical and creative purpose. We encourage art houses to commit to pursuing integrity, enrichment, diversity, and artistic vitality.

History

Art House Convergence was founded in partnership with Sundance Film Festival in 2006 when a group of fourteen independent cinemas including the Michigan Theater, Belcourt Theatre, and Ragtag Cinema were brought together by Sundance Institute’s Art House Project. For two years, this small group of exhibitors met annually at Sundance to discuss independent film and independent film exhibition, opening dialogues and lines of communication between cinemas around the US.

In 2008, these cinemas decided to take it upon themselves to expand the project and hosted the first Art House Convergence conference in Salt Lake City, UT, with 25 attendees. Over the next several years, the conference attendance grew exponentially and it moved to the Zermatt & Homestead Resorts in Midway, UT in 2010. In partnership with the Film Festival Alliance, the Art House Convergence has welcomed film festivals to the conference with programming and events especially for festivals.

In 2020, over 750 attendees from theaters, film festivals, distributors, vendors, and allied organizations joined for a sold-out Annual Conference with over 75 panels and roundtables and over 140 speakers.

Having grown into a year-round organization, Art House Convergence has expanded its work to include a traveling regional seminar every summer, Art House Theater Day, the Visiting Members Program, and more.

Art House Convergence relies on a team of one staff member and a large number of volunteers to coordinate and plan all the events and programs. The organization is currently based out of and staffed by its founding institution, the Michigan Theater Foundation. The organization strives to reflect its core intention, community-based, mission-driven, in all its programs, seminars and conferences.