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SXSW Film 2014

Running a Green Film Festival in the Cloud

Festivals are making an operational shift from physical to virtual, at all levels of the process. Cloud computing offers new opportunities to enable efficiencies of submissions, judging and screening, all while reducing costly shipping and a fest’s carbon footprint. Filmmakers can upload their entry and judges can watch on any device. With varying goals in mind, from efficiency to cost to environmental responsibility, festivals are upending their strategies to account for the cloud. What are the challenges, considerations and best practices festivals should consider as they evolve along this path?

Using two film festivals, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and Lights Camera Help that have gone green, this case study will illustrate the environmental and economic benefits these festivals have realized when they tossed old technology and adopted new, more practical tools.

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  1. How can I virtualize my entry and submission process?
  2. How does this create a smaller carbon footprint?
  3. How does this increase overall efficiency, from both a cost and labor standpoint?
  4. How does this improve the experience for entrants and judges?
  5. How does this improve lives of festival organizers?


  • Cliff Wildman, Customer Success, uStudio


Cliff Wildman, Customer Success, uStudio

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  • Event: Film
  • Format: Solo
  • Track: Film Festivals
  • Track 2
  • Level: Advanced
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