About the Program
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.
Who Can Apply
*Projects must have a minimum 20% of financing in place.
*Narrative feature-length screenplays completed after September, 2015.
*A completed screenplay must be submitted. Submitted screenplays must be in English.
*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, 2015). Priority is given to projects geared toward the international marketplace. The project’s creative and/or financial packaging elements are strongly considered.
No Borders Partners
In addition to U.S. produced projects, No Borders is supported by established funding bodies (Consulate General of Israel, Film London and NLP London, 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, Los Cabos Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival – Cinelink, Sundance Institute, TorinoFilmLab,Venice Biennale College – Cinema and Vina Del Mar Training & Networks, Chile).
Recent No Borders Filmmakers
David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, Ciro Guerra’s Embrace of the Serpent, Rama Burshtein’s Fill the Void, Matthew Brown’s The Man Who Knew Infinity, Chloe Zhao’s Songs My Brothers Taught Me, and Robert Eggers’ The Witch.