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by Scott Macaulay
Kicking off today in and around DUMBO New York is IFP Week, the yearly annual conference and coproduction market produced by Independent Filmmaker Project. Today’s events include a day of panels and talks at BRIC, with the event then moving to IFP’s home, the Made in New York Media Center, as well as other nearby locations.
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In recent years IFP Week has developed an identity far from its origins as a scrappy, sometimes over-the-top market for finished independent films unspooling at the Angelika’s basement theaters. The heart of the event is now the much more sober Project Forum, which connects independent makers of features, documentaries and independent episodic work to a wide spectrum of U.S. and international producers and buyers. IFP also runs year-round labs, and IFP Week finds those filmmakers attending and partaking in all the networking opportunities. And then there’s the conference, kicking off today with a keynote from Imagine Impact’s Tyler Mitchell and continuing throughout the week with panels and smaller-scale events allowing filmmakers to meet financiers, festival reps and distributors.
A few days before the 2019 launch of IFP Week I sat down with the organization’s new executive director, Jeffrey Sharp; Milton Tabbot, Senior Director, Programming; Zach Mandinach, Senior Program Manager & Producer; Charlotte Reekers, Senior Program Manager Nonfiction; and Gabriele Capolino, Senior Manager & Producer, International and Episodic. (Full disclosure: IFP publishes Filmmaker, so these are my professional colleagues.) We discussed the coming week and changes in the event, a conversation kicked off by Sharp, who immediately cited some of this year’s public programming as representing an attempt by the organization to “create an exciting dialogue that opens up beyond just aspiring filmmakers looking to learn the nuts and bolts. I’m thinking of the [“Staying in the Room”] panel in particular, which speaks...
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