September 20 – 25 2015
Whatever form your story takes, IFP’s Filmmaker Conference showcases how great projects can connect with audiences and stand out in a crowded marketplace. Taking place during IFP’s annual Independent Film Week, the Filmmaker Conference unfolds over six packed days featuring:
Keynotes and panelists
Past participants include Christine Vachon (Boys Don’t Cry), James Schamus (Brokeback Mountain), JC Chandor (Margin Call), Lee Daniels (Precious), Lena Dunham (Girls), Alex Ross Perry (Listen up Philip), Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost) A.O. Scott (The New York Times), Kevin Smith (Red State), Beau Willimon (House of Cards), Cara Mertes (Director of Ford Foundation’s JustFilms initiative), producer Ted Hope (American Splendor) and Eugene Chung (Oculus’ Director of Film & Media).
Last year’s panels investigated the hottest issues in filmmaking including “Branded Content: Breaking In Without Selling Out,” “Crossing the Lens: Getting Too Close To Your Subject,” “Protecting Creative Entrepreneurs in the Digital Age” and “Wrapping Your Brain Around Marketing
Former case studies include Fruitvale Station, FUTURESTATES, High Maintenance, Obvious Child and much more.
#ArtistServices NYC presented by Sundance Institute – fierce conversations around the latest technology and trends in film included a crash course on DCP, creative financing, guerrilla marketing, and independent theatrical distribution. Meet the Decision Makers – face-time with some of the most exciting organizations in film today, such as Cinereach, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Fandor, Tribeca Film Institute, Sony Pictures Classics and Youtube. Pitch Workshops give you the chance to tell your project to a panel of experts live, and get feedback on how to do it better! Applications open now for screenplays, documentaries, and web-native content.
New Voices! Screenplay Reading Series, presented by SAGIndie – excerpts from four screenplays participating in RBC’s Emerging Storytellers program at Independent Film Week performed live. IFP’s annual free and open to the public party and screening, the Independent Filmmaker Labs “Sneak Preview” Showcase, presented with Rooftop Films convenes again this September. The Labs Showcase gives audiences a first-look at exciting new films, before their festival premieres.