Getting a firm grasp on this year's IFP Market was honestly a bit tough. By the time I returned from Toronto, the event was already underway downtown. I hadn't even had a moment to review the lineup before I was already sitting in a theater to watch the opening night film. And the next thing I knew I was moderating a mid-week panel about the "state of independent film" and the following day it was time for the awards luncheon.
The week was a blur, but at the same time, it drew new and old friends to Manhattan for a week of valuable mixing and mingling, while Tuesday night's roster of private parties rivaled a night at Sundance. At lunch earlier this week, I chatted with a veteran fest programmer who told me that the screening rooms were often rather empty. Tonight, looking through some of the postcards I collected from filmmakers that I met this week, I found myself wishing there were an online component to the event so that I could watch some of the trailers and clips from the comfort of home. Much of the action seemed to be at the Puck Building for panels and schmoozing. The session I moderated on Wednesday apparently drew more than 300 people and certainly sparked a number of terrific questions from attendees.
Pictured: At Thursday's lunch, filmmaker Steven Bognar shares a photo of his award-winning moment at the Emmy's with Julia Reichert
More iPhone photos are available below...Market vets: IFP founder Sandra Schulberg chats with Bob Hawk after the awards lunch at Chinatown Brasserie. Debbie Zimmerman and Julie Whang from Women Make Movies pose for a shot with Gail Silva at the A & E doc lunch. At the awards lunch, Peter Broderick chats with "Billy The Kid" director Jennifer Venditti and Sundance programmer David Courier. ...while at the A & E lunch, Jennifer chats up T/F co-head David Wilson. And finally, indieWIRE's own Brian Brooks poses casually with iW contributor Agnes Varnum at the A & E event.