Film festivals need financial underwriting and support for growing costs of event management, equipment and facilities costs, allowing them to avoid high registration and ticketing fees, while directing more funding toward event programming and speaker resources. This permits the Festival to continue providing the highest quality, value and return-on-investment possible. It also allows attendees to be a part of very special venues, the strongest line-up of popular and professional workshop presenters, A-list celebrities in attendance, productive networking opportunities and screenings of the best independent films available anywhere.