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Independent Feature Project — Labs & Programs

We strongly recommend membership in the IFP. Take advantage of yearlong programs and established partnerships.

IFP’s 2014 Independent Filmmaker Labs Open for Submissions

IFP’s unique yearlong mentorship program supports first-time feature directors when they need it most:  through the completion, marketing and distribution of their films.  Focusing exclusively on low-budget features (<$1million), this highly immersive program provides filmmakers with the technical, creative and strategic tools necessary to launch their films – and their careers. Through the Labs, IFP works to ensure that talented emerging voices receive the support, resources, and industry exposure necessary to reach audiences. Open to all first time feature documentary and narrative directors with films in post-production. Twenty projects (10 documentaries and 10 narratives) are selected for the annual program which has three components: the Time Warner Completion Lab in the spring, the Marketing Lab in September, and the Distribution Lab in December. All Lab projects also automatically participate in the Project Forum of IFP’s Independent Film Week. Lab alumni projects include Stacie Passon‘s Concussion (RADiUS-TWC), Alexandre Moors’ Blue Caprice (Sundance Selects), Penny Lane‘s Our Nixon (CNN Films and Cinedigm), Daniel Patrick Carbone‘s Hide Your Smiling Faces (Tribeca Film), Lotfy Nathan‘s 12 O’Clock Boys (Oscilloscope), Lucy Mulloy‘s Una Noche (Sundance Selects), Omar Mullick & Bassam Tariq‘s These Birds Walk (Oscilloscope), Dee Rees Pariah (Focus Features), and Terence Nance‘s An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (Variance Films).

Upcoming deadlines for the 2014 Labs are March 7 (Documentary) and April 4 (Narrative). For more info and to apply, click here.

American Independents in Berlin at the European Film Market

American Independents in Berlin, IFP and the Sundance Institute’s joint initiative to promote and support American independent films and filmmakers at the European Film Market (EFM) and the Berlin International Film Festival, returns to the EFM February 6-14, 2014. Presented in partnership with the EFM, American Independents in Berlin will showcase 50+ films through combined “IFP Selects” and “Sundance at EFM” Market Screenings, with the objective of highlighting new American work to international buyers, distributors, and festival programmers. In addition, the American Independents stand in the EFM’s Martin-Gropius-Bau serves as a community hub and provides support services to attending American filmmakers, companies and organizations.

IFP would like to congratulate the ten projects participating in the initiative as our “IFP Selects” –Appropriate Behavior, Before You Know It, Beneath the Harvest Sky, Bringing Tibet Home, Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus, A Dream of Iron, Evaporating Borders, Memphis, Ping Pong Summer, and Thou Wast Mild and Lovely.

For more information and a full list of screenings and events at the hub in Berlin, click here.


Apply Now to IFP’s Premiere International Producing Program, Trans Atlantic Partners

IFP is thrilled to announce that our Trans Atlantic Partners (TAP) program is now accepting applications for 2014! TAP is a program for U.S. independent producers with more than five years of professional experience in the film and television industry (and at least one feature film or TV series produced) looking to expand their networks and learn more about how to finance, structure and produce international co-ventures. The program includes intensive hands-on-training, one-on-one meetings with key industry professionals, case studies, & sales, distribution, and legal training.

Recent IFP alumni producers include Nekisa Cooper (Pariah), Soojin Chung (Escape from Tomorrow), Jennifer Fox (My Reincarnation), Alex Johnes (The House I Live In), Susan Lewis (The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete), and Ryan Zacarias (I Used to Be Darker).

The deadline to apply is March 25, 2014. For more information and to apply today, go here.



February 9, 2014 - Posted by | ART, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, FILM, opportunity, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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