Applications open March 17, 2015
Deadlines: May 1, 2015 (U.S. Independent Producers) May 22, 2015 (No Borders International Partners)
How It Worked for Memphis Director Tim Sutton
“No Borders was an integral first step in the process of my second feature, Memphis, getting made – and getting made the right way. At the event, producer John Baker and I honed our pitch in a number of networking sessions and met with a cross-section of the top influencers of the independent film industry – from distributors A24 and agency WME to Sundance where Memphis eventually had its North American Premiere. Our final meeting was with the Venice Biennale Cinema College – the organization that ended up providing the funding and creative development necessary to green light the film and, under their wing, Memphis premiered at the 70th Venice Film Festival. IFP supported my first project, Pavilion, in its Independent Filmmaker Labs, and have been true to their promise that they would be there every step of the way to support both my creative, strategic and career goals.”
No Borders International Co-Production Market
September 20-24, 2015
New York City
No Borders is the premiere U.S. forum for buyers, sales agents, and financiers to meet with established U.S. and international producers who have strong track records for producing films in the international marketplace. 35 projects in development are selected each year that have 20%+ financing in place, some cast and/or principal attachments in place, and little to no previous marketplace exposure.
Producers take part in a variety of business and artistic innovation activities including over 800 one-to-one meetings with buyers and financiers, pitch training and expert consultations, workshops and master classes with business and artistic leaders and high-level networking and social events to broaden their networks.
Recent No Borders Filmmakers
David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, Gita Pullapily & Aaron Gaudet’s Beneath The Harvest Sky, Eran Riklis’ Dancing Arabs, Rama Burshtein’s Fill The Void, Ian Gabriel’s Four Corners, Bruce La Bruce’s Gerontophilia, Kat Candler’s Hellion, Sarah Colangelo’s Little Accidents, Pia Marais’ Layla Fourie, Tim Sutton’s Memphis, Andrew Droz Palermo’s One & Two, Michael Tully’s Ping Pong Summer, Sam Fleishner’s Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, Robert Eggers’ The Witch, and Talya Lavie’s Zero Motivation.
No Borders Partners
In addition to U.S. produced projects, No Borders is supported by established funding bodies (Consulate General of Israel, Proimágenes Colombia, South Africa’s National Film and Video Foundation, and Telefilm Canada) and support organizations (ACE, Berlinale Co-Production Market, Venice Biennale College – Cinema, Cinemart, NFDC Cinemas of India/Film Bazaar, EAVE, Guanajuato Co-Production Market, Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum, Israel Film Fund, Istanbul Film Festival – Meetings on the Bridge, Jerusalem Pitch Point, Sundance Institute, TorinoFilmLab, and Vina Del Mar Training & Networks, Chile).
No Borders International Co-Production Market presents U.S. and international projects seeking financing and international co-ventures. Criteria to apply is as follows:
- Projects must have a minimum 20% of financing in place.
- Producers who have completed at least one narrative feature film that has premiered at a festival or been distributed domestically or internationally. U.S. Independent Producers may submit their projects as a U.S. producer means (U.S.-born, or any filmmaker living and able to work in the U.S). International producers can only apply through one of IFP’s No Borders Partners, listed above.
- Producers must present projects (narrative feature-length screenplay, transmedia or cross-platform work or long-form episodic content completed after September, 2014. Priority is given to projects geared toward the international marketplace. The project’s creative and/or financial packaging elements are strongly considered.
- A completed screenplay must be submitted. Submitted screenplays must be in English.
- Please read all FAQs & Guidelines before beginning application.
- All projects must be submitted via online application. It is strongly advised that you first review the application and prepare your materials, as many fields have word count limits. Prepare written application materials in a separate text document, then come back and complete your online application.
- IFP accepts English-language screenplays in PDF format.
- Information entered in the on-line application, including financials, will be printed in the No Borders Dossier, which is made available only to the attending industry interested in meeting with your project. IFP will NOT publish Financial/Development information on the web or in print available to the public. Registered company representatives must request that information from IFP.
For problems or additional questions, please contact the Filmmaker Registration Coordinator: FilmmakerReg@ifp.org or call 1-212-465-8200 x217
All submissions will be notified of acceptance or rejection by the end of July. Preliminary calls from the IFP concerning your entry do not indicate acceptance. If your project is accepted, you grant us permission to present your script at the Independent Film Week.