The TFF appreciates the ability to edit layouts or databases as needs arise — without having to invest in expensive system overhauls. The team also likes the fact that FileMaker Pro makes it easy to maintain the changing status of film selections and manage processes among a dispersed staff.
The festival remotely hosts its FileMaker Pro database, so it can conduct satellite screenings among offices to streamline submissions processes. FileMaker Pro is cost–effective, and it supports the staff locally on Mac or PC systems, or remotely over the Internet.
For the TFF, FileMaker Pro provides a way to easily develop solutions to support virtually any business process. For instance, as venues are set up, FileMaker Pro enables better effort and traffic coordination. Venue staff can keep a pulse on what is going on at the event based on continuously updated information. The staff reports that crowd management is improved, enhancing the experience for attendees.
FileMaker Pro adapts easily and allows for fast fine–tuning. The FileMaker Pro databases now manage all the different aspects of the event, from attendance and planning to programming, staffing, and fundraising. FileMaker Pro databases also manage film submissions, libraries, guests, staff, passholders, sponsors and prospects — essentially, everything needed to run one of the top film festivals in the world. With FileMaker Pro, the team can make everything plainly visible to staff, while maintaining a bit of mystery for festival attendees.