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IFP announces Documentary line-up for its annual Independent Filmmaker Labs

2014 Marks the 10th Anniversary of Yearlong Mentorship Program Brooklyn. This past week IFP welcomed today the ten documentaries selected for the 2014 Independent Filmmaker Labs, IFP's annual yearlong fellowship for first-time feature directors. The creative teams of the selected films, chosen from a national pool of 200+ submissions, are currently attending the first week's sessions -The Time Warner Foundation Completion Labs- taking place May 12-16 in New York City. The Narrative Lab selections will be announced in June.

For a full list of selected projects at the 2014 IFP Documentary Lab and Lab Fellows, click here.



Independent Film Week's Final Deadlines for No Borders and Spotlight on Documentaries May 23rd

The deadline has been officially extended until Friday, May 23, for U.S. producer submissions to the No Borders International Co-Production Market (for established narrative producers with partial financing in place looking to connect with financiers, distributors, sales agents and international partners).

No Borders is part of Independent Film Week's Project Forum (September 14-18, 2014), the oldest and largest forum in the U.S. for the discovery of new projects in development and new voices on the independent scene. May 23 also marks the final deadline for Spotlight on Documentaries (for documentary filmmakers in production or post-production looking to connect with financing partners, broadcasters, distributors, and film festival programmers).

Recent participants in Independent Film Week include After Tiller, Appropriate Behavior, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Cutie and the Boxer, Dinosaur 13, Fill the Void, Obvious Child, Ping Pong Summer, Pariah, Rich Hill, Short Term 12, and many more.

No Borders Deadline: May 23 Documentary Deadline: May 23 (Final). For more information, and to apply, click here.



Call For Applications: Biennale College - Cinema

Open: May 6th - July 1st

After two successful years, the Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta and in partnership with Gucci, has announced the call for entries for the third edition of its Biennale College - Cinema program.

Biennale College - Cinema is a higher-education training workshop for the development and production of micro-budget feature-length films. Participation is open to teams of directors making their first or second film, and producers who have produced at least three short films distributed and/or screened at festivals. Initially, twelve proposals for micro-budget feature-length films will be selected. Three of these projects will then be chosen to participate in the subsequent phases, to be developed and produced thanks to a contribution of 150,000 Euros and to be presented at the 2014 Venice Film Festival.

In 2012 Biennale College - Cinema financed Memphis, directed by IFP Lab alumnus Tim Sutton as well as Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film" Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia's H. in 2013.

For more information on the second edition of the Biennale College - Cinema, and to apply, click here.

IFP Alumni


Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself

National Broadcast Premiere May 16 on PBS's American Masters, check your local listings.

Directed and Written by Tom Bean & Luke Poling, Produced by Tom Bean, Luke Poling, Terry McDonell and Adam Roffman

The documentary is both a chronicle of one of the last century's most intriguing characters, as well as a cinematic adaption of his nuanced and funny literary style. Using Plimpton's own narration, new interviews with friends, family and contemporaries, and extensive archival material, the film creates a compelling portrait of a one-of-a-kind person who lived fully, strangely and incredibly. Plimpton co-founded and worked as the editor of influential literary magazine The Paris Review for 50 years (1953-2003). The Paris Review and Plimpton's widow Sarah Dudley Plimpton, granted filmmakers Tom Bean and Luke Poling full access to George's private archives, including previously unseen material.

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself is an alumnus of IFP's Spotlight on Documentaries at Independent Film Week. For more information, click here.


God Loves Uganda

National Broadcast Premiere May 19 on PBS's Independent Lens, check your local listings.

Directed by Roger Ross Williams, Produced by Roger Ross Williams & Julie Goldman

God Loves Uganda explores the role of the American evangelical movement in Uganda, where American missionaries have been credited with both creating schools and hospitals and promoting dangerous religious bigotry.

The film follows evangelical leaders in America and Uganda along with politicians and missionaries as they attempt the task of eliminating "sexual sin" and converting Ugandans to fundamentalist Christianity.

God Loves Uganda is fiscally sponsored by IFP. For more information, click here.


The Discoverers

Opens Friday, May 16 at Village East Cinema (181 - 189 2nd Ave)

Directed and Written by Justin Schwartz and Produced by Justin Schwartz, Louise Lovegrove & Laura Kleger

Washed-up history professor Lewis Birch (Oscar and Emmy nominated Griffin Dunne) takes his begrudging teenagers - Zoe (Madeleine Martin, "Californication") and Jack (Devon Graye, "American Horror Story") - on a road trip to a conference in hopes of jumpstarting his career and reconnecting with his kids. But, when Lewis's estranged father Stanley (Emmy Award-winning Stuart Margolin) goes missing on a Lewis and Clark historical reenactment trek, Lewis is forced to make a family detour. The Birch family find themselves on a journey of discovery and connection as they make their own passage west.

The Discoverers is an alumnus of IFP's No Borders at Independent Film Week. For more information, click here.

Made in NY Media Center by IFP Events


Unlocked: Web Series Case Study - Lonelygirl15

Thursday, May 22 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Internet TV had arrived with Lonelygirl15 in 2006, the pioneer web series about a shy, homeschooled girl who video-blogged in her bedroom. Creator and Made in NY Media Center by IFP Artist-in-Residence, Mesh Flinders, will tell the story of how the breakout Web hit came about utilizing bare bones resources and became one of the most popular shows in YouTube history garnering over 60 million views in its first three months. He will discuss Lonelygirl15 journey to becoming a branded series and how the landscape for web series has changed. Mesh writes and directs commercials for Euro RSCG/Havas Worldwide Digital and will also talk about current projects in development.

Free for Media Center & IFP members with Discount Code: MESHIFP
Register here



Future State of Entertainment Speaker Series: John Sloss

Wednesday, May 28 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

John Sloss is the founder of Cinetic Media, a co-founder of FilmBuff, and was a co-founder, with director Gary Winick, of the groundbreaking digital production company, InDigEnt. He is the founder of and a partner in the entertainment law firm Sloss Eckhouse LawCo LLP. And he co-founded Producers Distribution Agency, the theatrical distributor of Exit Through the Gift Shop, Senna, The Way, Brooklyn Castle and Escape From Tomorrow.

Free for Media Center & IFP members with Discount Code: MESHIFP
Register here

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Rooftop Films - 50 Free Tickets for IFP Members!

Saturday, May 24 at 8:00PM at Industry City (220 36th St, Brooklyn)

You might know some of these people and places, but you've never seen them quite like this. Ours is a city full of eccentric tycoons, chain-smokers, hip-hop aficionados, prophetic panhandlers, terrible roommates and fearless cliff divers--and we like it that way. It's your city. Take a look.

For full schedule and more info, click here. RSVP for a FREE ticket here.



Brooklyn Film Festival

May 30 - June 8 at indieScreen (289 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn) and Windmill Studios NYC (287 Kent Ave)

Brooklyn Film Festival, the largest and longest running festival in Brooklyn and the oldest international competitive festival in New York, is announces its 17th annual edition, themed FORMULA. The event runs from May 30 - June 8 in Williamsburg at indieScreen and Windmill Studios NYC. The festival presents over 100 film premieres from around the world, selected from over 2,000 submissions. Tickets are available for advanced purchase online.

Opening Night Films: New York Premiere of Leah Meyerhoff's I Believe in Unicorns (an IFP Narrative Labs Alumnus) starring Natalia Dyer and Peter Vack; and World Premiere of T.J. Misny's Intimate Semaphores, a collection of three short stories starring Kate Lyn Sheil, Ariane Labed and Jocelin Donahue.

For tickets and more info, click here.



The Good School's Animation League at Videology

Saturday, May 24 & May 31 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Videology (308 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn)

For the rest of the month TGS will be hosting Animation League at Videology in Williamsburg. Mold your own animated movies, literally. Inspired by psychedelic animation masters like Bruce Bickford (of Frank Zappa fame), Allison Schulnik, and Jan Svankmajer. We will also experiement with rotoscope techniques and screen our favorite music videos later in the month. Professional animation tools like DragonFrame software, clay, armatures, and one complimentary drink ticket provided.

IFP members receive a discounted $35 admission rate for screenings and workshop. For full schedule and to sign up, click here.



NYC Screenwriter Workshop

Saturday, May 17 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Shelter Studio (244 West 54th St)

In this groundbreaking workshop, three experts in the industry come together to teach you exactly what you need to succeed in the world of series. Whether you're writing a half hour comedy, an hour-long drama, or an episode for your own web series, you'll learn what you need not only to break in, but also to build a career as a series writer.

Admission is $35. For full schedule and to sign up, click here.


This Week on FILMMAKER magazine


Finding Teaching Jobs: A Few Thoughts about Teaching Work for Independent Filmmakers

By Eli Daughdrill

I've been teaching film at different southern California colleges for the past nine years, and it has occurred to me recently that the landscape has changed. It has always been competitive, but it has become even more so. When I first started, finding work as an adjunct was difficult but possible, especially if you had relationships at film schools that needed part-time help. One of the dirty little secrets of higher education is that colleges are often DESPERATE for adjunct faculty, and will madly scramble for any warm body at the beginning of a semester.


Call for Entries


Semaine de la critique - Locarno Film Festival

The Semaine de la critique at at the 67th Locarno international film festival (August 6-16, 2014) is currently accepting submissions. Eligibility is for documentary features or films documentary in character which are intended for theatrical release, completed after Fall 2013, and would be world or international premieres.

Deadline: Monday, June 2. For more info and register, click here.



Make Your Mark - Film Producer Competition

The Producers Guild of America and Cadillac have come together to launch their first collaborative film competition putting the spotlight on producers, Make Your Mark. The three semi-finalists of the 51 hour filmmaking competition will move on to the ultimate challenge; to make new short film, with the winning film highlighted in a 30 second Cadillac TV spot and the producer will be credited by name. The spot will air during the ABC telecast of the 2015 Academy Awards.

The three selected finalists will travel to Los Angeles to make their new short film, be provided with a $30,000 production budget, a $3,000 travel budget, a notable PGA Producer to be their mentor during the filmmaking process, and additional resources. Finalist submissions will be evaluated by a remarkable group of PGA producers and celebrity judges, including: Kathy Bates, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas, Hawk Koch, Gary Lucchesi, Lori McCreary and Chris Moore.

Deadline: Wednesday, June 25. For more info and to submit, click here.


IFP Marcie Bloom Fellowship in Film

The IFP Marcie Bloom Fellowship in Film has officially opened its doors for the 2014-2015 application season. The Fellowship was started six years ago with Marcie Bloom, the former Co-President and Co-Founder of Sony Pictures Classics, at its center. It serves graduating students, who are interested in working in the New York film community.

The fellowship is an intimate and unique program that helps four fellows a year find their niche within the New York film industry. The chosen fellows meet once a month with Marcie and a guest at her Upper West Side apartment. Past guests have included Elvis Mitchell (critic), Geoff Gilmore (COO, Tribeca Enterprises), Christine Vachon (Producer), Lars Knudsen & Jay Von Hoy (Producers), Bennett Miller (Director) and many other wonderful NYC producers, directors, writers and leaders within NYC film.

Deadline: Monday, June 23. For more info and to submit, click here.

Please note: Strongest applicants are in their final year of school or have graduated within a year or less of the application date. Past applicants can re-apply.


48 Hr Film Project

Making a movie in 48 hours might seem like a daunting endeavor, but filmmakers around the world have been doing it for over ten years as part of the 48 Hour Film Project.

70+ New York filmmaking teams will write, shoot, edit, and score a film in just two day's time at the end of the month. Join us! Registration is now open! The 48 Hour Film Project comes to New York on the weekend of May 30 - June 1, 2014. Filmmakers from all over the tri-state area will compete to see who can make the best short film in 48 hours. The winning film from New York will be entered in the international competition. International winners screen at Cannes!

Deadline: Tuesday, May 20. For more info and register, click here.


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