By twhalliii | THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall May 8, 2008 at 5:05AM
An invaluable resource for filmmakers and programmers like me, The IFP's Independent Film Week has implemented some changes for the event this September. I will be attending this year and am excited to see how the changes impact things; The decision to bring in accepted projects without charge seems to me a particularly important step in the right direction. In an effort to connect readers who may have a project they would like to submit (so that I can watch your films in the fall... of course there is a selfish purpose here!), I wanted to pass along news from the IFP about their rapidly approaching deadlines (see below).
I remember my first IFFM (as it was known way back in 1998), when we set up a booth in the lobby of the Angelika and then spent the days shaking hands and running up and down the escalators to duck in and out of works in progress screenings. In 1999, I put together a party at the Knitting Factory with Bob Mould performing...ah, fun times. The event has come such a long way since then, but the Independent Film Week remains a great opportunity to meet up with filmmakers, producers and programmers and get a snapshot of American cinema to come. Anyway, if you have a film in the works and are interested in submitting, the details are below. Hope to see you there.
CALL FOR ENTRIES
Emerging Narrative Deadline is EXTENDED to May 15. Submit your project today to the “Project Forum” of Independent Film Week (Sept. 14-19, NYC), formerly known as the IFP Market. The “Project Forum” is comprised of three sections for new works in development: Emerging Narrative (writers, directors seeking producers), No Borders (producers with partial financing) & Spotlight on Documentaries (filmmakers in production or post). More than 1,000 industry professionals attend Independent Film Week. More than 2000 pitch meetings were arranged with buyers. More than $100,000 total value in the form of cash, product donations & services were awarded.
* NEW! If your project is selected, participation is FREE.
* Deadlines: Emerging Narrative (May 15);
* No Borders (domestic) (May 23)
* Spotlight on Documentaries (May 23).
* IFP membership required prior submission.
* Click HERE to submit.