The Digital Festival Assurance Association (DFAA) was created primarily to address critical challenges in the virtual film festival world.
The rise of virtual film festivals has unfortunately been accompanied by an increase in fraudulent or scam events. These events often exploit filmmakers, offering little to no value in return for submission fees.
There's a need for a regulating body to differentiate credible festivals from scams. By setting and enforcing clear guidelines, the DFAA aims to establish a standard that legitimate festivals must meet.
Filmmakers and participants have become wary due to these scams. The DFAA's goal is to rebuild trust in the virtual film festival circuit by ensuring that associated festivals adhere to high standards of integrity and transparency.
Require all affiliated festivals to organize virtual meetups, facilitating interactions among filmmakers, audiences, and industry professionals.
Advocate for affiliated festivals to attain IMDb qualifying status. This inclusion is crucial as it adds a layer of credibility and prestige to the festivals, enhancing their visibility and appeal to filmmakers and audiences. It also provides filmmakers with an additional incentive to participate, as their work would gain recognition on a widely respected platform.
Mandate the use of platforms like Filmocracy for hosting festivals, ensuring full DRM (Digital Rights Management) protection for all screened content.
Require the participation of notable guests from the film industry, including directors, actors, critics, and other professionals, to provide credibility and learning opportunities.
Obligate each festival to include educational workshops or seminars, focusing on various aspects of filmmaking, distribution, and marketing.
Implement a transparency protocol for all festivals, including clear information about organizers, selection processes, fees, and prize details.
Establish a system for filmmakers and attendees to provide feedback on festivals, helping to maintain quality and authenticity.
Ensure that all marketing and promotional materials for festivals are honest and accurately represent the event's offerings.
Encourage festivals to represent a diverse range of films and filmmakers, promoting inclusivity in all aspects of the festival.
Conduct regular audits of affiliated festivals to ensure adherence to guidelines and to maintain a standard of quality and integrity.
Set up a mechanism for resolving disputes or complaints related to festival practices, ensuring fair and impartial treatment for all parties involved.
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