Now Showing: The Event Management Film Festival

The Austin Film Festival saw many successes this year, beginning last week when it premiered Lady Bird at the Paramount Theater. Inspired by the Austin film community, we wondered what it would be like to screen an Event Management Film Festival. See below for our top picks!

Documentary Screenings

  • First Monday in May (2016) – Simply put, this is the best documentary about event planning. It follows the meticulous process of planning the extravagant annual Met Gala.
  • Burden of Dreams (1982) & Lost in La Mancha (2002) – These two documentaries are about the nightmares of project management, and how to work through difficult, onsite logistics during the making of one successful film (Burden) and one never-finished film (Mancha). Mancha even includes a pivotal moment around a “Force Majeure” clause, how fun!
  • Spark: A Burning Man Story (2013) – This is an interesting documentary about the Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada. It covers how the festival was founded, the logistics to run it, and how they keep the sensational energy going year after year.

Fictional Screenings

  • Cedar Rapids (2011) – An R-rated look at an insurance convention, featuring hyperbolic personas of the attendees and convention and conference mentality.
  • Big Night (1996) & Babette’s Feast (1987) – These two films give an inside perspective on how to organize a magnificent private dining experience. They are cinematic feasts.
  • Father of the Bride (1950 or 1991!) – A classic tale of what months of planning can look like for a big event, including all the attached emotions and hilarity. It’s a must watch.
  • Great Escape (1963) & Oceans 11 (2001) – These films highlight the intense logistics, details, plans and backup plans that come with the day-to-day event management lifestyle.
  • My Life in Ruins (2009) – A funny take on the difficulties in managing group travel, transportation, and tour groups; especially when international.

This post was contributed to the Red Velvet Events Blog by our very own Jessica Fitting, Movie Buff.