9:00AM - 5:00PM
Gene Siskel Film Center
📍1164 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601
Accessibility: The Film Center is fully ADA accessible.
Doors open to the Gene Siskel at 9:00 AM. Come early, and pick up your FilmEx swag and a cup of coffee as we prepare for the first day of the Summit.
We’ll start off the day discussing our thru-lines as leaders, what drives us to do the work we do, and how we ended up here, now. Plus, you’ll get a chance to meet your fellow participants and introduce yourself.
Sound Bite with B Glick
A short talk with B. Glick, president of GQue Films, on accessibility and exhibition.
Shifting Our Mindset
Dr. Grishma Shah (Artist, Psychologist, DEIA Consultant) leads us through new ways of thinking about accessibility. Join us for a session on "Shifting Our Mindset" as we explore the relationships we have with our audiences and the mindsets we carry as film festival organizers and exhibitors.
We’ll lunch together at the Gene Siskel and take an opportunity to compare notes from our morning’s sessions. Lunch generously supported by Elevent.
Sound Bite with Milwaukee Film
A short talk between Cara Ogburn, Artistic Director, and Jonathan Jackson, Executive Director, of Milwaukee Film, on operating as both a film festival and year-round venue.
Afternoon Workshop - TBA
We’ll wrap up the first day with two breakout sessions. You’ll meet with a cohort to dive into one of several pressing topics, ranging from staff management to business growth to audience development. Now is the time to get specific and ask the same of your colleagues.
Opening Keynote Dinner
7:00PM - 10:00PM
Chicago Cultural Center
📍78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602
Join us down the street at the beautiful Chicago Cultural Center for our opening night dinner. We’ll be welcomed to the city by Jonah Zeiger of the Chicago Film Office, followed by a keynote address from Sundance Film Festival's Eugene Hernandez. Dinner and drinks are generously supported by Eventive.
Accessibility: The wheelchair-accessible entrance, located street level at Garland Court and Randolph Street, leads to the westernmost Randolph Square entry doors which have power-assisted openings. All restrooms and elevators in the Chicago Cultural Center are wheelchair accessible.