This year's Symposium will feature a panel of Festival staff and previous Festival participants. The panel will discuss the Festival and the reasons to choose the Festival. There will be a short presentation followed by a question-and-answer session; the panelists will also be available after the symposium to address individual concerns. "We had a useful meeting last time [in December 2011]," said John Chatterton, executive producer of the MITF, "but we feel we need to continue reaching out to our constituency if we want to keep expanding. We'll also be adding a second application deadline of Feb. 17, to accommodate attendees of the January Symposium." The thirteenth season will run from July 17 - Aug. 12, 2012. Applications for the 2012 season are currently available online at www.midtownfestival.org.