Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Scottsdale International Film Festival Inc

  • Phoenix, AZ
  • http://www.scottsdalefilmfestival.com

Mission Statement

The Scottsdale International Film Festival is a destination event and
catalyst for connecting diverse filmmakers from around the world with
film lovers in a fresh, thought-provoking, and enduring community of
support.

Main Programs

  1. Annual Scottsdale International Film Festival

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Service Areas

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Arizona

Maricopa County and the surrounding counties.

ruling year

2009

Principal Officer

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Amy Ettinger

Keywords

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Scottsdale, International, Film, Festival, Films

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EIN

26-1804044

 Number

5907082273

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Film, Video (A31)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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Since its 2001 inception, the Scottsdale International Film Festival has reached an audience of over 97,000 and has showcased more than 500 films and videos from over 70 countries. The Festival regularly brings in directors to present their work and answer questions. Last season over 8,000 people attended 59 films. The Festival continues to be an important platform for international and independent films that embody courage, diversity, and artistic innovation. Over the years Festival programming has included Premieres of studio box office successes and international award winners.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Annual Scottsdale International Film Festival

a. Overview of Organization’s Activities: As its primary activity, the Festival presents a five-day annual November international film festival in the Scottsdale/Phoenix community. The Festival has showcased more than 450 films over the past 14 years from more than 70 nations around the world. The Festival is currently the only event in the Phoenix metropolitan area focusing primarily on multi-cultural foreign films.

b. Specific Examples of Previous Activities: During the most recent Festival in October 2014, the Festival presented 52 films, including as its Opening Night film RUDDERLESS with an emotional post-film audience discussion with moderator Bill Goodykoontz. Mr. Goodykoontz is the film critic with The Arizona Republic Newspaper and Gannett Newspapers. As its Closing Night film, the Festival presented a special advance screening of WILD, starring Reese Witherspoon. THE IMITATION GAME was also featured and was the clear winner for the Audience Award for Best Film.

c. Size and General Demographics of Audience Served: The Festival experienced a dramatic increase in ticket sales, which have more than tripled since the Festival’s inception, from 2,600 tickets sold in 2001 to more than 9,000 tickets sold in 2014. The Festival draws attendees from all ethnicities and income levels. The largest demographic is between the ages of 35-64.

d. Special Efforts to Reach a Broad Segment of the Community: The Festival advertises in the state’s largest daily newspaper The Arizona Republic, the weekly Phoenix New Times, and on local NPR, Facebook, and Twitter. The Festival’s PR team arranges interviews with all network affiliated and local TV stations, and coordinates numerous print and radio contests of ticket giveaways leading up to the event. The Festival actively promotes itself by means of its website, ScottsdaleFilmFestival.com, and with co-promotional partners ranging from retail outlets, to social media partners, to allied arts organizations, and through its widely circulated program guide. The Festival has also partnered with many film organizations, past and present, including the Arizona Black Film Festival, the Phoenix Film Festival, the Heard Film Festival, the Mesa Film Festival, The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival, The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (SCPA) Discovery Film Series, and free Sunday showings at the Phoenix Art Museum. The 2015 Festival will benefit from a newly formed collaboration to produce the entire event under the auspices of the SCPA. The SCPA will also will host all opening day and night films and the opening night reception in its own facility.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Adults

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Budget

$188,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Arizona

Maricopa County and the surrounding counties.

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Funding Needs

The Scottsdale International Film Festival depends upon contributions to remain viable and to grow. A certain percentage of our costs are covered by ticket sales, but the rest comes from sponsors, foundations and individuals. Please consider making a gift of any size because every contribution is vital and appreciated. Simply put, we need your support. Your gift this year will help the Scottsdale International Film Festival meet its budget for: Visiting Guests Programming Film Rental Film Shipping

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Operations

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Scottsdale International Film Festival Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Amy Ettinger

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Did we set out to create a Festival that made such a powerful impact on our community? No, our original aspirations were not so grandiose. But the overall vote of confidence from the crowds that first season shed a bright light on the responsibility we bear when choosing the films that comprise the viewing experience. There continues to be many galvanizing and polarizing reasons to seek out the healing properties of great art, great film and great conversation."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ellen Nusbaum

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Term: Jan 2008 - Dec 2012

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity