By Sydney Levine | Sydneys Buzz March 26, 2014 at 2:50PM
Every year the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) puts together a series of events during what is known as the Independent Film Week, where storytellers for all media have an opportunity to connect with industry and peers to advance their projects in an environment that promotes community, growth and career sustainability. Filmmakers, content creators, innovators, and audiences come out in force to experience first-hand the expanded opportunities IFP offers the international film and media community.
Film Week encompasses the Filmmaker Conference, and the concurrent Project Forum that both showcase how great projects and creatives can connect with collaborators and audiences to make work that stands out in a crowded marketplace across multiple platforms and mediums.
Each day of the conference guides filmmakers in the art, technology and business of independent filmmaking. Project Forum has had a prolific history in the
independent community supporting both emerging and established independent filmmakers at critical stages in their development processes. The organization
championed the early work of pioneering independent filmmakers Charles Burnett, Todd Haynes, Mira Nair, Michael Moore, Joel and Ethan Coen, Kevin Smith, Todd Solondz, and Wayne Wang. Recently, it has
also played a vital role in launching the first films of many of today’s rising stars on the independent scene including Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Debra Granik, (Down to the Bone), Miranda July (Me and You and Everyone We Know), and Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden (Half Nelson).
2014 slate launches in August.
: May 2, 2014 (Application Now Online - U.S. residents or those able to work in the U.S. only)
No Borders International Co-Production Market : May 2, 2014 (U.S. producers) / May 23, 2013 (International Partner submissions) (Application Now Online)
Independent Filmmaker Labs : March 7, 2014 (Documentary); April 4, 2014 (Narrative)
Spotlight on Documentaries
: May 2 (early) / May 23 (final) (Application Launches in April)
Independent Film Week is:
Project Forum : A highly respected forum for the discovery of new projects in development and new voices on the independent film scene. Project Forum consists of Emerging Storytellers (screenplays from emerging writer/directors), No Borders International Co-Production Market (screenplays represented by established producers with some financing in place), Trans Atlantic Partners (showcase of new projects from experienced producers from Europe, Canada, and the US), Independent Filmmaker Labs (documentary and narrative features in post-production), and Spotlight on Documentaries (documentary feature works-in-progress) programs. Applications went live March 15.
Filmmaker Conference : IFP’s annual exploration into the art and business of 21st century storytelling. Presenting filmmakers and cross-platform innovators. 2013 featured multimedia musician DJ Spooky, case studies of Our Nixon and interactive documentary Hollow, as well as inclusive discussions exploring the art & business of 21st century storytelling. For a more hands-on experience, the Conference also offers Live Pitch Workshops, showcasing top talent and industry leaders and Meet the Decision Makers, featuring small group meetings with tastemakers who can further your project! Launched in 2013, #ArtistServices NYC presented by Sundance Institute, hosts fierce conversations around the latest technology and trends in independent filmmaking.
Festival Forum : The leading gathering of international and U.S. film festival programmers, The Festival Forum is a professional association that advocates for the needs and interests of film festival organizers. The Forum also provides a collaborative platform for members to develop curatorial and operational efficiencies, professional standards and best practices, and leverage their collective interests to the international film community. Founded in 2010, the Festival Forum includes over 100 U.S. & International festival programmers and executives, including representatives from Berlin, Cannes, Full Frame, Hot Docs, New York Film Festival, New Directors, Rotterdam, Slamdance, Sundance, SXSW, and Tribeca.
Sneak Preview Screening Series : Where IFP alumni filmmakers introduce new works to industry, fellow filmmakers, and the movie-going public.