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International Film Festival Association |

Interested in joining IFFA?


The International Film Festival Association (IFFA) provides a global forum for the discussion of issues related to film festivals.  Membership is limited to organizations and individuals that represent film festivals, filmmakers, marketers, and distributors, in any country.


IFFA members enjoy a number of benefits. Some of these include:

  • Education and guidance on operational management; 

  • Representation of festival interests with distributors;

  • Research and develop data on the film festival industry;

  • Extensive training programs to improve business operations, marketing and sales;

  • Eligible to vote in annual IFFA Best Films of the Year awards;

  • VIP seating and complimentary tickets to select high-level events and receptions.

IFFA members can join specialty councils with focus areas such as festival management, marketing, filmmakers, and distribution. IFFA councils and other special interest groups target specific disciplines within the industry and give members with common interests the opportunity to exchange ideas, further their education, and develop policies that benefit their areas of interest. Learn more about each of the councils to see which one is the right fit for you.



  • Global Film Festival Council

  • Awards Council

  • Global Marketing Council

  • Global Filmmakers Council

  • Global Distributors Council

  • Global Student Council


Throughout the year, IFFA members also enjoy customized programs through their international membership with IFFA. Staff help coordinate members’ onsite visits to IFFA events as well as to other organizations of interest, and can arrange customized seminars and individual meetings for a discounted rate. Plus, members get direct access to IFFA experts – advocacy, communications, economics, and more – at no additional cost.


Leading industry suppliers and marketers can participate in IFFA activities, affect festival issues, and gain direct access to IFFA members by joining the The IFFA Marketing Council.

To learn more, please contact Len Cripe at or 1-929-373-4332 (IFFA).



Every day, high school and college students in filmmaking programs are learning skills to prepare for the exciting opportunities within the entertainment industry. IFFA's Student Chapter program is dedicated to enriching students’ educational experience, and offers first-hand exposure to the real world of the filmmaking industry through membership, educational programming and networking opportunities.

IFFA members get the very best information, advocacy, education and networking opportunities in thier three-in-one membership!

  • Critical news and Information through specialty newsletters, social media, alerts and exclusive website content. Up-to-date information, when you want it, how you want it!

  • Invaluable networking opportunities. With more than 8,000 festivals from all areas of the world, IFFA is a one-stop networking shop! From networking receptions to special-interest councils, IFFA provides hundreds of ways for you to meet and build relationships with fellow professionals and future partners.

  • Access to IFFA Expert Advisors who can address your specific business questions. When you become an IFFA member, you get access to our research staff, financial experts and technical specialists.

  • Exposure to the latest products and services through direct contact with industry vendors.

  • Professional recognition through a multitude of IFFA groups. Members can enhance their professional credibility and visibility by belonging to a respected trade association. Not sure how to do that? Get involved. Join a committee. Join a council. Teach a seminar. Join your colleagues at an industry event. Do just one of these and you will see that professional recognition comes easy when you get involved!


Join more than 8,000 industry professionals who are dedicated to the film festival industry. Whether you’re a festival or filmmaker, a distributor or a marketer, IFFA membership provides the tools you need to succeed!

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