Discovering and Supporting Tomorrow’s Great Storytellers Today
September 17 – 23, 2016
IFP’s Independent Film Week is a one-of-a-kind event that brings the international film and media community to New York City to celebrate diversity in storytelling, advocate for the most exciting new work being produced and introduce new voices on the independent scene.
It is the destination for storytellers in all mediums to connect with industry and peers to further 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 myriad of career-sustaining opportunities IFP provides the international film and media community.
Independent Film Week is:
Applications will open in March 2016
The Project Forum supports the future of storytelling by providing both creative and business opportunities to original and provocative narrative and documentary filmmakers, as well as web, episodic and transmedia storytellers. The program nurtures both emerging and established artists, helping them to connect with financiers, executives, influencers and decision-makers in film, TV, new media and cross-platform storytelling who can help them complete their latest works, connect with audiences, and sustain long-term careers.
The Forum is a place of true discovery for industry, presenting a curated selection of 130 works-in-progress each year. IFP selects work that is original and provocative, across a broad range of budgets, genres, sensibilities and platforms. Selection ranges from highly commercial indie fare to as well as work that tackles controversial subject matter, introduces wildly engaging and often hilarious worldviews, and challenges traditional form.
Project Forum consists of four sections, including: RBC’s Emerging Storytellers (25 screenplays and webseries from emerging writer/directors), No Borders International Co-Production Market (35 screenplays represented by established producers with some financing in place), Independent Filmmaker Labs (20 documentary and narrative features in post-production), and Spotlight on Documentaries (50 documentary feature works-in-progress).
Filmmaker Conference explores the art and business of 21st century storytelling. Whether stories are told through film, TV, online, or new media channels, the Conference is the premiere place to interact with experts on how to connect with audiences and use new models to expand your story’s reach and sustain a long-term career.
Taking place concurrent to Independent Film Week each year, IFP Festival Forum is the leading gathering of international and U.S. film festival leadership. This professional association advocates for the needs and interests of film festival organizers and 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 by IFP 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 who attend each year to ensure they find new work and and discover pioneering artists first at Independent Film Week.