Alrick Brown, Kinyarwanda
“I joined IFP as a result of my creating my first feature film. Now, I have been making films for 8 years—shorts, PSAs, music videos, and a feature documentary; and during that entire time IFP’s emails would slip by me like a hitchhiker. I more or less ignored it, because frankly, I really did not understand why I needed them and what they were all about.
Working with the IFP, it feels like I went from riding up a mountain in high gear, struggling along, to riding in low gear, conserving some energy. Filmmaking is a tough venture so this is not to say they solved all of my problems, but they have made the journey much easier. I am supported. I connect with like minds. I meet industry professionals. I am learning faster. I have people to call on when I am in need of guidance or information. It’s hard to believe how available they actually are for filmmakers, past and present. As an independent filmmaker, this resource is worth as much as gold, maybe more.”
Dees Rees & Nekisa Cooper, Pariah
“IFP was one of the first to see promise in our film and in the two of us as filmmakers. We were so amazed because after we took an early draft of the script to their Emerging Narrative program in 2007, we thought, ‘well that’s it – we’re on our own again.’ But now looking back, that was just the beginning. For the four years since, the IFP team has been our constant champions, opening doors and giving counsel as we labored to get this film made. We’re so grateful and excited to [have shared] our film with this amazing community when we premiere[d] our finished film – opening night at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.”
Roger Ross Williams, Music by Prudence
“When I boarded a plane two years ago, headed for Zimbabwe armed with nothing more than a camera, I never thought it would lead me to an Academy Award nomination. The IFP’s Independent Film Week – Spotlight on Documentaries section and its Fiscal Sponsorship program helped get me there by providing the concrete support and the connections I needed to get my funding in place.”