Canvas Powers Washington West Film Festival Apps Through Ante Up Program

By Jason Peck on November 21, 2013

Story can change the world. 

That's the motto of the Washington West Film Festival, which recently held its third annual event in Reston, VA, and a few other locations throughout the Washington, DC area. The festival's goal is to highlight and celebrate inspirational films that delight and challenge audiences, who also can go out and change the world. The best part? Each year Washington West Film Festival takes their entire box office profit and contributes it to charity. 

When I first met WWFF's president and founder, Brad Russell, back in August, we quickly realized that it would be awesome for GoCanvas and WWFF to work together, as both of our organizations believe in giving back and getting involved in our communities. I was able to work with WWFF as part of the GoCanvas Ante Up Program, which enables each GoCanvas employee donate GoCanvas and their time to a not-for-profit that can benefit from the power of using GoCanvas for data collection and sharing.

Brad Russell from Washington West Film Festival and Jason Peck from Canvas

 After working with Brad and the WWFF team to identify their needs, we decided to initially focus on two things for their event this year: VIP check-in and merchandise sales. 

VIP Check In

Washington West Film Festival sells tickets online and at the door, but they also give select sponsors, board members and donors VIP access to the entire festival. We created a GoCanvas app that WWFF volunteers could use on Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 tablets (provided by our friends at Sprint) to check in these guests and keep track of who was in attendance. The app enabled WWFF volunteers to select the VIP's name from a list and then automatically pull up the person's email address using our reference data feature. The VIP was then led to a step-and-repeat where his or her photo was taken. Each VIP guest received an email with the photo and a WWFF-branded thank you email. 

Jason Ganz, Mary Qin, Nick Linsmayer and Jason Peck from GoCanvas at the Washington West Film Festival

The non-VIPs above…See below for a template we used for the thank you note that was sent to VIPs.

Merchandise Sales

The WWFF had a variety of merchandise they wanted to sell, including long-sleeve shirts, short-sleeve shirts and hats. In previous years, they had relied on pen and paper to record orders and track sales of merchandise. This year, we were able to create an app for them and leverage our Intuit GoPayment integration (currently in beta, contact us to learn more about this) to enable WWFF to accept credit or cash via GoCanvas and keep track of all their sales. 

It was awesome attending the festival and seeing the WWFF team use GoCanvas to sell merchandise. GoCanvas is pretty simple, but I was still impressed with how quickly the team learned how to use the app. It was great seeing WWFF sell more merchandise this year than they ever have before! 

Canvas pros!

We're looking forward to working with Washington West Film Festival in the future, as we love their mission and are excited to see them grow and continue highlighting stories that change the world.