July 25, 2019 (New York, NY)– Today, IFP (Independent Filmmaker Project) announced its IFP Project Forum slate, highlighting 143 feature-length and series projects in development and production set to participate in the upcoming 41stannual edition of IFP Week, September 15 – 19, 2019 in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
IFP’s Project Forum is the only international co-production market in the U.S. featuring stories for multiple platforms and hosting over 3,000 pre-scheduled artist & industry meetings dedicated to moving those projects forward. In addition, IFP Week presents a multi-day slate of talks, public screenings and events celebrating bold and singular storytelling in all its forms. Approximately 300 directors, writers, producers, executive producers and other creators will attend the event this year to pitch their projects to a wide range of industry.
“We are thrilled to launch the 41stedition of IFP Week with a renewed commitment to celebrating independent storytellers,” said Jeffrey Sharp, IFP Executive Director. “As the content industry shifts, and opportunities emerge for new and diverse voices, IFP finds itself squarely in the middle of the conversation yet again in its historic role at the forefront of discovery. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this year’s event for what promises to be an unforgettable week.”
Over the past several years industry attendees at IFP Week made early connections with the creators of works in current or upcoming distribution such as American Factory (Netflix); The Last Black Man in San Francisco (A24); Selah and the Spades (Amazon Studios); Knock Down the House (Netflix); The Hottest August(ITVS/Independent Lens/Grasshopper Film); Monos (Neon); Love, Gilda (CNN Films and Magnolia Pictures);Roll Red Roll (POV); Shirkers (Netflix); Crime + Punishment (Hulu); House of Hummingbird(Well Go USA); The Tale (HBO); Monsters and Men (Neon), Bathtubs over Broadway (Focus Features); Sorry to Bother You (Annapurna Pictures); Jinn (Orion Classics), and The Third Wife (Film Movement).
This year, in addition to an impressive number of first and second-time feature filmmakers, notable veterans and IFP alumni returning this year with new works include:
New narrative films and series anchored by top producers and EPs include Belonging from Simone Ling (They), Bluets from Taylor Shung (Mickey and the Bear), Estado del Imperiofrom Nicolás Celis (Roma), The Starling Girl from Kara Durrett (Topside), Transmania from Ryan Cunningham (Broad City), The Villagerfrom Chris Ohlson (Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter), and Leche from Marttise Hill and Julius Pryor (Cronies), and Shruti Ganguly (H.).
New narrative films and series directed and created by U.S. and international storytellers include Hank by David Jacobson (Down in the Valley), Higher by Kirsten Tan (Pop Aye), La Fiebreby Mateo Bendesky (Los Miembros de la Familia), The Final Printby Woojin Jang (Autumn, Autumn), Love Runs Wildby Christopher Radcliff (The Strange Ones), The Panopticon by Jim Loach (Oranges and Sunshine), The Persian Versionby Maryam Keshavarz (Circumstance), Sannyasa by Shawn Snyder (To Dust), and two narrative feature debuts by award-winning documentary filmmakers – Queen of Wandsby Deborah Esquenazi (Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four), and Umi by Erik Shirai (The Birth of Saké).
New documentary features and series from top producers and executive producers include Bella from Susan Bedusa and Douglas Tirola (Bisbee ‘17), The Dilemma of Desirefrom Diane Quon (Minding the Gap), Naz from Elhum Shakerifar (A Syrian Love Story), Untitled Dwarfism Projectfrom Jessica Devaney (The Feeling of Being Watched), Next Generation Sex from Rachel Lears (Knock Down the House), and Black Mothers and A Place to Learn from Sabrina Schmidt Gordon (Quest).
New feature documentaries and series include Cellluloid Dreamsfrom director Ilinca Calugareanu and producer Mara Adina (Chuck Norris vs Communism), Senseless by Guy Davidi (Five Broken Cameras), Kids, Life and Rock ‘N’ Roll by Sara Nodjoumi and Till Schauder (When God Sleeps), Lydia Lunch – The War Is Never Overby Beth B (Exposed), The Spies Who Loved Me by Yvonne Welbon (Sisters in Cinema), Untitled Stasi Documentaryby Gabriel Silverman and Jamie Coughlin (TransMilitary), and Run with It by Oscar-nominated Nomi Talisman and Dee Hibbert-Jones (Last Day of Freedom).
The 2019 Project Forum selections were curated by IFP’s full-time program staff, including Milton Tabbot, Senior Director of Programming and Charlotte Reekers, Senior Program Manager, Non-Fiction and Fiscal Sponsorship (for Spotlight on Documentaries) and Zach Mandinach, Director of Narrative Programming, and Gabriele Capolino, Senior Manager, Episodic and International Programming (for No Borders)
For the full Project Forum slate:
Project Forum Spotlight Country: Portugal
The 2019 edition of the Project Forum features Portugal as the Spotlight Country. In partnership with ICA—Instituto do Cinema e do Audiovisual— eight projects (four narrative features in development, two work-in-progress documentaries, and two narrative series in development) will participate in the Project Forum, as well as attending bespoke programming for the attending representatives. The projects selected include new works from the most exciting rising directors, creators, and producers from Portugal, including Joao Miller Guerra & Filipa Reis (Djon África), Pedro Cabeleira (Damned Summer), Marco Martins (Saint George), and Edgar Medina (upcoming TV series South).
Additional business and networking highlights of the week will include:
Taking place over the course of two days during IFP Week, the IFP Producers Network enables select fiction and nonfiction producers to take part in a series of intensive discussions and meetings with projects in the Project Forum in an effort to promote sustainability for U.S. and international producers. Invited participants in the Producers Network include all 2019 IFP Producer Fellows from year-round programs, including the Cannes Producer’s Network, the Rotterdam Lab, the IFP-Blackhouse Multicultural Producers Lab, as well as Portuguese producers from IFP’s 2019 partnership with ICA (Instituto do Cinema e do Audiovisual) in Lisbon.
Attending Industry will be invited to the Episodic Day, set for Monday, September 16: an exclusive day of pitches of all 30 fiction and nonfiction series selected in the Project Forum. The day will feature multiple pitching sessions as well as a cocktail reception, sponsored by French in Motion and SeriesMania, exclusively for the participating series creators and Industry interested in episodic content.
Additional programming for IFP Week, including public programming, will be announced in the coming weeks.
ABOUT IFP PROJECT FORUM
IFP’s Project Forum provides the attending emerging and established storytellers with film, television, and digital projects in development with vital opportunities to connect with and learn from industry professionals, and, ultimately, to partner with them to bring their work into production and connect with global audiences. IFP’s Project Forum is divided into two sections for narrative and non-fiction storytelling, presenting work to attending industry:
No Borders International Co-Production Market
Presenting a mix of 68 narrative features and series (digital, limited, and traditional) from development through postproduction, this section includes emerging and established storytellers from the U.S. and around the world.
Spotlight on Documentaries
Presenting a mix of 75 documentary features and non-fiction series ranging from an early financing stage (i.e. early development/production) to those nearing completion (i.e. in postproduction or rough-cut stage), this section includes emerging and established artists in non-fiction from the U.S. and around the world.
The IFP and IFP Week are generously supported by a group of loyal corporate, foundation and government benefactors. The 2019 Sponsors are Premier Sponsors HBO, Amazon Studios and Netflix; Spotlight Country Portugal – Instituto do Cinema e do AudioVisual (ICA); Gold Sponsors A&E IndieFilms, Breaker and SAGindie; and Community Partner BRIC. IFP Week is also supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Time Warner Foundation.