Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Independent Film Week Blogs On Hold. Moves to Independent Filmmaker Project Blog.

If you are looking for the Independent Film Week blog, it is on hiatus until preparations for that event beginning, sometime in July. For all things-IFP, please follow us on

We looking forward to seeing you over there.

IFP and Shooting People UK Announce Partnership at Sheffield Doc/Fest

Announced on this side on the pond in the midst of Independent Film Week, IFP has joined forces with Shooting People to combine memberships. Last week, in the midst of the UK's biggest and most exciting film festival for nonfiction film, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Jess Search, co-founder of Shooting People (pictured), Ingrid Kopp, US director of Shooting People (pictured), and Danielle DiGiacomo (Community Manager of IFP, and also yours truly) officially announced the dual membership to their 21,948-strong UK constituency.

At the festival, IFP worked to spread the goals and resources of IFP to the international community of filmmakers that attended, including moderating a panel on Documentary Filmmaking: Making a Sustainable Living, while Shooting People ran a Digital Bootcamp as well as a pub quiz at the BritDoc pub (where these happy photos were taken).

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Making the Transition: Life (and Blogging) Post Independent Film Week

Well we've managed to wipe the tears from our eyes, soak our feet, and get back to work. Life goes on and we have a lot to prepare for, from the upcoming Gotham Awards to our next Industry Connect.

But first, the obvious question. What happens to the blog now that Independent Film Week has ended? Do we devote all of our items to looking forward (roughly) 358 days toward next year's incarnation? Or do we focus our attention on other IFP programs throughout the year, our intersection with industry trends, independent film landmarks, etc. Why, an obvious question gets an obvious answer. So, in the next few days, we will be transitioning from being the Independent Film Week blog to being the all things IFP blog.

So while we try to brainstorm a new name for the blog, we will leave you with some more press coverage of last week, from the good folks at Film News Briefs, The P.O.V. blog , and The Enzian Blog and The Film Panel Notetaker .

Friday, September 25, 2009

A Fond Farewell to Independent Film Week

And it's over - a week of insightful and funny panels, productive cocktail parties, speed dating meetings between filmmakers and industry, and what is sure to go down in history as one of the most inspiring Pitch Forums ever. As we are all getting the feeling in our legs - and our brain cells - back, I am leaving it to the dedicated and lively Tweeters who helped cover the Week, to communicate what an amazing six days just went by.

studioc Sad #ifpfilmweek is over. Great panelists Great meetings Great People Thank you IFP Narrative Labs. MAKE GREAT MOVIES EVERYONE. best of luck

JustVisionMedia Finished with a great week at #IFPFilmWeek!

fromthehip All the amazing oranizations heresy the Good Pitch make me feel like I need to do MORE in a big way. #ifpfilmweek

bsroszell It was a lot of fun. See you all in Park City!(fingers crossed...)RT @thetested: it's a wrap. it's all just a swell memory now #ifpfilmweek

markwynns misses being at #ifpfilmweek

markwynns, I feel you.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Homemade Jam, Mira Nair, and Learning How to Pay the Bills - Independent Film Week Blasts On

As Independent Film Week dances into its fourth day, our tireless filmmakers, journalists, and industry reps are not only taking meetings, watching works in progress, and enjoying cocktails and sushi, they are also taking the time to blog about all of the action.

Full coverage is at the Filmmaker Magazine Blog and Tweets are here , but here are some teaser excerpts:

"After meetings, hung out at the Project Forum cocktail thingy and debriefed with some IFP doc labbers who I hadn't seen since April. Anna Farrel impressed me to no end by distributing small jars of homemade jam to industry folks. There's a really lovely and lyrical scene in her film, Twelve Ways to Sunday, where one of the characters cooks jam" -- Rebecca Richman Cohen

"There is an opportunity to learn about and take advantage of alternate revenue streams to generate funds, not only for a current project, but the one to follow." - Pamela Cohn

"This felt like a strong set of meetings because these were people who seemed ready and able to do business. Participants were selecting our project out of interest in our project dossier, which we know to be enticing due to its unique concept. These were not assigned meetings." -- Jennifer Phang

luria Mira nair is lovely. Simply lovely. I am smitten. #ifpfilmweek

thetested Aw snap! RT @bsroszell "The Tested had shades of Mean Streets. The director will do big things" #ifpfilmweek

telegraph21 " the web is another artistic instrument" Asiel Norton. well said at #IFPFilmweek

Do follow the full coverage!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Independent Film Week - Follow our Bloggers and Tweeters

Observe the black and white photos of two of the world's most famous, and enduringly successful, independent filmmakers.

Where were these photos taken? Why, Independent Film Weeks of years past (technically, they were then known as the IFP Market). Flash forward to today: There is palpable excitement in the air at IFP's DUMBO headquarters as a couple dozen of us prepare for the 31st annual Independent Film Week, which starts, astonishingly, tomorrow at 10 am! And the web is reflecting this excitement. Starting today, and for the next week, participants of all stripes - from first time filmmakers in the Emerging Narrative section to seasoned producers moderating panels - will be blogging and "Tweeting" about the action.

Already, a few filmmakers participating in The Project Forum have posted about what they are expecting in the coming days. These entries can be found at the Filmmaker Magazine blog. Throughout the week, the following filmmakers, will post at least twice about their experiences:

Kristi Jacobson (HUNGRY IN AMERICA, Spotlight on Documentaries)
Paul Lovelace & Jessica Wolfson, a.k.a. Lost Footage Films (RADIO UNNAMEABLE, Spotlight on Documentaries)
Rebecca Richman Cohen (WAR DON DON, Spotlight on Documentaries)
Jennifer Phang (LOOK FOR WATER, No Borders)
Noah Harlan (FREE IN DEED, No Borders)
Melissa B. Miller (THE TESTED, Emerging Narratives)

We also have a series of Industry Twitterers who will be tracking the action in Tweet-forms. look for the Hash tag #IFPWeek. The first Tweet is from the incomparable Ryan Harrington, who will be wearing two hats during the week - as a conference panelist and Executive Producer in Spotlight on Docs. Make sure to check in daily on this blog, on Twitter, and at Filmmaker Magazine blog. See you at F.I.T.!