IFP Week, now in its 42nd year, is a signature program of the Independent Feature Project (IFP) and will take place virtually over six days from September 20th through September 25th, 2020. For a history of IFP Week, please see this article from Filmmaker Magazine.
The virtual 2020 IFP Week will include IFP’s Project Forum, which supports both emerging and established artists by providing creative and business opportunities to groundbreaking storytellers working in a wide variety of formats. It is the oldest and largest forum in the U.S. for the discovery of new projects in development from both established filmmakers and new voices on the independent scene. The goal of the forum is to facilitate career-spanning relationships with distributors, financiers, production companies, festival programmers, sales and talent agents, collaborators, among others for all artists participating. In addition, IFP Week will also virtually present a multi-day conference of panels and workshops open to the public on a range of topics impacting the film and episodic industries as well as screenings, Q&As, and community focused experiences.
Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP)
Founded in 1979, The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) is the largest and longest running not-for-profit dedicated to independent film.
IFP continues to champion the future of storytelling by connecting artists across various media disciplines with essential resources at all stages of their career and projects’ development. IFP fosters a vibrant and sustainable independent creative community, represents a growing network of storytellers around the world, and plays a key role in developing 350 fiction and nonfiction works each year. During its 40-year history, IFP has supported over 10,000 projects and offered resources to more than 30,000 filmmakers, including Barry Jenkins, Dee Rees, Laura Poitras, Richard Linklater and Ava Duvernay.
IFP offers support to creators in varying stages of their project: funding, development, pre-production, production and distribution. They host narrative and documentary labs, IFP week’s Project Forum conference, as well as fiscal sponsorship initiatives. Year-round public programming also offers creative insight as well as technological and business guidance, which includes Filmmaker Magazine, IFP Week, The Gotham Film Awards, and the Filmmaker Labs. IFP’s latest initiative, the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, is an incubator space developed with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, where storytellers from multiple disciplines, industries, and platforms can create, collaborate and connect. Combined with the Media Center’s programming—which also includes seminars, conferences, and mentorships—IFP creates exciting and inclusive opportunities for new an established voices from a diverse range of racial, ethnic, religious, ideological, and sexual perspectives.
More info at IFP.org.