IFP’s Festival Forum is
A professional association that advocates for the needs and interests of Film Festivals and their organizers. The Festival Forum provides a collaborative platform for members to develop and share operational and curatorial efficiencies, set professional standards, and establish best practices. The Forum serves the collective priorities of its membership while leveraging its leadership, expertise, and vision within the international film community and the broader cultural landscape.
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.
Check back this July for the full 2013 Festival Forum at Independent Film Week calendar of events.
2012 Festival Forum at Independent Film Week Highlights
Festival Forum 2012 Roundtable: From Community to Constituency
Leading festival programmers and organizers will gather to discuss the issues most prescient to today’s domestic and international film festivals. Join us for this working session, during which our Executive Committee will present their next steps towards the formation of a year-round formal support organization for festival professionals.
Meet the Programmers
When: Thursday, September 20; 1-5PM
Discover new projects through one-on-one “speed dating” meetings with films in Independent Film Week’s Project Forum. These 10-minute meetings – set up exclusively for festival programmers attending Film Week– allow you to meet with narrative and documentary filmmakers whose latest projects have are in production or post-production, soon to be released on the festival circuit.
Industry Online Dossier
When: NOW through September 20th
IFP’s new Online Industry Dossier provides festival programmers with details on the 165 projects participating in the 2012 Project Forum. Featuring plot and crew information, extended video samples, trailers, script excerpts, look-books, and much more, this invaluable resource will help you determine the projects that you can’t miss at Film Week well before you even arrive at Lincoln Center.
Independent Filmmaker Conference
When: Sunday, September 16th – Thursday, September 20th
This weeklong event brings the international film community together to celebrate, advocate, and introduce new voices on the independent scene. The Filmmaker Conference consists of a variety of small group & networking activities, hands-on workshops, keynotes with innovators and programming specifically geared towards festivals. This year’s participants include Michel Reilhac (ARTE), Orlando Bagwell (Ford Foundation), and a case study of Benh Zeitlan’s Beasts of the Southern Wild. Festival attendees get access to the Filmmaker Conference on a first-come, first-served basis.
Project Forum Microcinema Pitch Screenings
When: Monday, September 17th – Thursday, September 20th (full schedule coming soon)
Where: The Studio Space at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Theater (144 West 65th St.) at Broadway
The 70 filmmakers in the Project Forum’s Spotlight on Documentaries section will screen segments of their upcoming films and talk about their current stage of production. The Microcinema Pitch Screenings are a great way for festival programmers to meet the filmmaking teams behind in-progress documentaries that will soon be on the festival circuit.
Independent Filmmaker Lab “Sneak Preview” Showcase with Rooftop Films
When: Monday, September 17, 7:30PM – 10:30PM
Where: Solar One (25th St. and the FDR Drive, overlooking the East River)
Join us for an outdoor party and sneak preview screening. Featuring cocktails, music and an exclusive showcase that provides an early look at the twenty projects in IFP’s 2012 Narrative & Documentary Independent Filmmaker Labs, all of which will soon be premiering in festivals around the world.