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Fest Forums

FestForums Convergence is a one-of-a-kind interactive conference and networking event for music, film, food + wine + beer festival organizers.

Addressing cutting-edge technology, sustainability, innovation, safety & collaboration, FestForward will close with "Best of the Fests," a festival award ceremony recognizing North America’s best festivals in game changing categories.

The Recipe: One part music + one part film + one part food & wine + one part technology. Stir it up for a fun-filled mentally invigorating three day professionally enhancing experience with hundreds of festivals & industry insiders attending.

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Fest Forums Santa Barbara 2016 edition kicks off today

  Saturday, November 19   10:30am Opening Reception & Registration 11:15am Networking – Breaking the Ice (Part 1)Laurie Kirby • Stuart MacNaught • Lisa Starr 12:00pm Festival Convergence: The New ParadigmSteve Knopper • Sharon Badal • David Alan Bernahl,II • Noah Cowan • Alex Machurov • Mike SheaFestival BootcampParag Bhandari • “Disco Donnie” Estopinal...

Panel on Technology at Festivals

  Festival and event producers now rely on technology to manage logistics and communications on so many levels. Over the last few years, we have seen technology expand in ticketing, access, talent management, user experience and much more. Let’s look at the latest trends from both sides of the fence; t...

Sustainable Events: Models for Greening & Engagement

  Surveys show that many festival-goers would pay more for a ticket to a greener event. Want to learn where to start or how to take your event greening to the next level? Hear from music industry leaders and learn how to reduce your environmental footprint, while also creatively engaging attendees in your sustainability initiatives .   ...

Bruce Dern is Coming Home with an Award

FestForums is pleased to announce that actor Bruce Dern, who has been nominated for numerous Oscars, Golden Globes® and an Emmy, will be this year's Conference Closing Keynote Speaker. He will also be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the conference for his contribution to film. Dern has also won Best Actor Awards at both the Cannes and Berlin Film Festivals. His acting credits are voluminous but he is bes...

Panel Spotlight Safe and Sound: Why Safety and Security Matter

Panel sponsored by     The news is flooded with stories of meteorological, medical, security and financial disasters at festivals. Within minutes, a festival’s reputation and financial stability can be upended. But what if these disasters could be prevented, minimized or insurable? How can preplanning and on-site crisis management reduce or eliminate risk and reduce yo...

Speakers Not To Be Missed at FestForums

  Nia Peeples Actor, singer, dancer, and a beautiful free spirit. Come hear this "Pretty Little Liar" spill all the truths during her 20/20 on Sunday at 11:30. True North: The Power in Trusting What You kNOw           ...

Dont miss the fun and the connections in Santa Barbara at The Fess Parker Resort November 19-21st.

Looking forward to meeting you all in Santa Barbara There’s no reason to miss FestForums this year as we present the finest in food, thought provoking panels, complimentary cocktails, film screenings, cooking demos, live music, awesome swag, free massages, wave therapy, and The Dome (last year’s hit) in Santa Barbara at The Fess Parker Resort November 19-21st....

Panel Spotlight: Festival Futures

      Kevin Lyman (4fini, Vans Warped Tour Owner-CEO) will moderate thisintersting panel at Fest Forums       “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”  These festival producers are leading the charge in this multib...

Director Quentin Tarantino to Present Lifetime Achievement Award to Actor Bruce Dern at Fest Forums Santa Barbara

    QUENTIN TARANTINO (Writer/Director) is one of the most celebrated filmmakers of his generation. He truly embodies the essence of the independent filmmaker with seminal films like Pulp Fiction, The Kill Bill series, Django Unchained and many more, earning countless awards and...

Bruno Chatelin to chair the Film Festival Organizers Networking session at Santa Barbara

Bruno, editor, will contribute with Laurie Kirby to the networking session on November 21st; 10:30 - 11:30 am. ...

Santa Barbara FestForums 2016 Panel Spotlight Festival Convergence: The New Paradigm

      What happens when the arts converge… a lot! Tribeca, a film festival, also showcases music. Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, music festivals, also focus on culinary experiences and SXSW is the convergence granddaddy of them all. How do fest...

James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner at FestForums, Santa Barbara on 11/21/16


Fest Forums Santa Barbara 2016 Agenda

check latest updates NOVEMBER 19, 2016   10:30 am - 12:00 pm The Fess Parker Opening Reception & Registration Welcome cocktails & snacks More info  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CF1: Room 4 Converge...

Best of the Fests returns to Santa Barbara this fall: register now

  FestForums is happy to announce the return of Best of the Fests! We will be awarding one winner from each festival type (music, film, and food & beverage) in 3 different categories: Sustainability, Innovation, and Charity for a total of 9 winners. Is your festival green? Does your festival have the wow factor? Or does it give back to the community? Let us know!   How to Enter: Send an email to with the following: Subject: Best of the Fests ...

Fest Forums Santa Barbara Registration offer with a discount

Register to Fest Forums Santa Barbara with a discount   Register Now  using Bruno2016SB and receive a 20% discount on your pass ...

AboutFest NYC - success with game changers and visionaries at large

AboutFest NYC - success with game changers and visionaries at large   Laurie Gordon  Director Montreal International Aniimation Film Festival, Android Jones digital artist, Geurgui founder FULL DOME  A wonderful FESTForums inaugural conference in New York City held at Time building. Producers Laurie Kirby and Stuart McNaught brought together some of the coolest people in film and music festivals, wone and art. Challenging and enticing conversation was captivated 300...

FestForums Announces second conference for 2016: Get our discount code

FestForum, a festival industry conference occurring in Santa Barbara on November 19-22, 2016 has announced a second program in New York City that will be held April 27-28th. Ask to receive a unique promo discount code, exclusive to our readers!   The conference is slated to begin Wednesday, April 27th at 5pm at The Cutting Room with an Opening Cocktail Reception, registration, networking session, and special musical performance. The Cutting Room is co-owned by famed a...

FestForums NYC Program April 27 - 28, 2016

The program is subject to final changes. Check regularly and Ask to receive a unique promo discount code, exclusive to our readers! FestForums NYC Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 The Cutting Room - 44 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10010   5pm Opening Night Reception Opening Cocktail Reception, registration, networking session, and special musical performance.   Thursday, April 28th, 2016 Time Inc. / Henry R. Luce Auditorium - 225 Liberty Street, ...

VIDEO: The future of festivals - from Glastonbury music to film - Fantastic panel share their experience

David Bernahl -  Pebble Beach/LA Food & wine Maureen Ford - Live Nation,  Robert Richards - Glastonbury, Bruno Chatelin -   David Bernahl -  Pebble Beach/LA Food & wine Maureen Ford - Live Nation,  Robert Richards - Glastonbury, Bruno Chatelin -   FESTforward 2015 Nov 21-24 conference Santa Barbara California. Festival Industry Conference The Future of Festivals moderated by Robert Richards of Glastonbury Festival a...

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