Denver Film Society | July 11 – 12, 2016

Representing independent cinema and festival professionals from North America, the Art House Convergence supports the art house community by hosting educational events throughout the year, including rotating regional seminars. From Long Island to San Francisco, the regional seminars are an opportunity for independent theaters and festivals to gather regularly to discuss current issues, engage directly with regional colleagues, and create sustainable and effective partnerships.

Thank you to all of those who joined us in Denver for our second regional seminar of 2016!

Who's Coming?

The following organizations/companies will be attending the Denver Regional Seminar:

Agile Ticketing Solutions
Art House Cinema Solutions
Arts Alliance & Park Circus
Austin Film Society
Boston Light & Sound
CineConductor / Eclair
Coolidge Corner Theatre
Denver Film Society
FUNimation Films
Gunnison Galaxy
Magnolia Pictures
Malibu Film Society
Mary D. Fisher Theatre/Sedona International Film Festival
Michigan Theater
Mortell Development
Nashville Film Festival
Philips LightVibes
Roadside Attractions
Screenvision Media
Sidewalk Film Festival
Spotlight Cinema Networks
Texas Theatre
Tivoli Cinemas

Monday, July 11, 2016

Denver, CO

12:00PM - 4:30PM: Theater Tour

Hop on the tour bus and explore the history of Denver through a tour of local movie theaters, including some historic movie palaces.

6:00PM - 11:00PM: Film on the Rocks Screening

Join us for a screening at the Red Rocks Ampitheatre as part of the Film on the Rocks program. We will provide transportation to and from the event as well as your admission.

Film on the Rocks is a collaborative production of the Denver Film Society and Denver Arts & Venues and was created to provide an affordable opportunity for the community to enjoy films and live entertainment at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

The first film screened in the program was Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather. In 2014, more than 65,000 people attended Film on the Rocks events.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Sie FilmCenter (Denver Film Society)

8:00AM - 9:00AM: Check-in and Register

Pick up your badge and conference materials for the day. Then, take a moment to introduce yourself to your fellow attendees over coffee before the day gets started.

9:00AM - 10:00AM: Tour of the Denver Film Society

Opened in 2010, the Sie FilmCenter is the newest home for the Denver Film Society, previously housed at Starz FilmCenter. From projection booths to auditoriums, we’ll see the place from top to bottom on this tour!

10:00AM - 11:00AM: Behind-the-Scenes at the Denver Film Society

Since 1978, the Denver Film Society has worked to promote the medium as both an art form and a civic forum, developing a program that includes year-round screenings, community outreach projects and renowned special events. In 2010, the Denver Film Society moved from its previous home at the Starz FilmCenter to the Sie FilmCenter. Staff members will give an overview of the history and current operation of the Denver Film Society, which includes the Sie FilmCenter, the Denver Film Festival, and several other major events and programs throughout the year.

11:00AM - 12:00PM: Mini Festivals in Your Theater - Building A Marketing Plan

In this workshop, attendees will be divided up into teams to design a marketing plan for a mini festival. From audience outreach to funding, it is up to YOU to determine your event’s success. With guidance from the Denver Film Society, each team will create and present their marketing plan.

12:00PM - 1:00PM: Lunch @ DFS

Catered lunch will be provided.

2:00PM - 3:00PM: Your Screen Away From Screen: Off-Site Programming

From outdoor movies with the parks department to a pop-up screening in a local gallery, getting outside of your space can be fun, engaging, and introduce you to a new audience. This session dives into some examples of ways you can program for non-theatrical sites and gets into the marketing and promotional benefits for your organization.

3:00PM - 4:00PM: Fundraising: Your Most Important Source of Income - Developing Your Fundraising Strategy

In this workshop, attendees will be divided up into teams to develop a fundraising strategy for a sample theater. Armed with a budget, mission statement, and some brief community data, each team will develop a fundraising strategy and present it to the rest of the group. Led by Russ Collins of the Michigan Theater, this workshop will examine different fundraising approaches and help theaters identify ways to improve their own fundraising strategies.

4:00PM - 5:00PM: Utilizing Your Event Space (Even When You Think You Don’t Have Room)

“Eventizing” is the exhibitor’s buzzword: Showing a modern classic? Make a drink that matches the mood. Showing a foreign film? Cater a dinner from a local restaurant. Showing a kid’s film? Set up a space for kid activities before the film. While all of these ideas help eventize your screening and distinguish your screenings from the average experience, where do you do any of these? And if your lobby/event space is non-existent, then where do you do them at all? Join us in the Sie FilmCenter’s “Henderson Lounge” to see how you can utilize existing space in your theater for events like parties, post-film discussions, and more.

5:00PM - 6:30PM: Cocktail Reception

Join us for a glass of wine or a beer and light appetizers in the Denver Film Society’s bar as we celebrate the art house community.

Hotel Accommodations

Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown
1845 Sherman Street
Denver, Colorado 80203
Tel: +1-303-864-8000
Fax: +1-303-864-8199

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