Independent Filmmaker Project
The production of any great art requires extensive effort. Film is far from the exception. The completion of a film requires dedication, work, equipment, funding and, perhaps more than any other artistic medium, a committed network. Time Warner Foundation grantee Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) is an ally to indie filmmakers by giving them access to labs as resources for all of the above.
The Time Warner Foundation supports IFP’s Labs dedicated to helping first-time film directors when a network is most critical: the completion, marketing, and distribution stages of filmmaking. First is the Time Warner Completion Track, programming includes workshops, panels and presentations to help developing storytellers finish their first work. This is followed by the Marketing Track which coincides with IFP’s Independent Film Week and connects the artists with resources to refine the marketing techniques they will apply to their films. Finally, the Foundation’s support also drives the Distribution Track, where Lab participants are asked to present their distribution strategies to Lab Leaders and fellow filmmakers for criticism and aid.
Many of the projects completed under the leadership of IFP have gone on to be selected for screening at Festival de Cannes, Locarno Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, and Tribeca Film Festival; and in the Labs’ decades long history, alumni films have been nominated for and won Cinema Eye Awards, Emmy Awards, Film Independent Spirit Awards, Gotham Independent Film Awards, Peabody Awards, and U.S. Documentary Special Jury Awards.
For more information on Independent Filmmaker Project, please visit their website: http://www.ifp.org/