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sundance_IFP_web_seriesWhile over the years some great storytelling has emerged from the internet in the form of serialized content (just ask our man Koo and The West Side) the web series hasn’t always gotten its due. This may be partly because the arena is full of less-than-outstanding content  (it is the internet after all), but also because nobody tended to take them seriously. And by “nobody” I just mean no established independent film institutes and supporters. Now that Sundance is offering an inaugural Episodic Story Lab and IFP has included Web Series into their Emerging Visions component of Independent Film Week, that could be changing. Find out what each institute has to say about their new programs, and why 2014 could start a golden age for episodic content.  More »

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ifp independent filmweekA documentary rough cut, a narrative in pre-production, or a finished screenplay — whatever you’ve got up your sleeve, IFP is here to help you get your work made and seen during their annual Independent Film Week! And for 2014, IFP is throwing a Web Series component into the ring — music to the ears of the internet innovators out there. Below, hear IFP’s Dan Schoenbrun breakdown this new category just for No Film School readers, and find out the details on applying for all of the categories before the deadline. More »

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It seems like every week a grant deadline flies by, and you find yourself looking forlornly at the expired application for free money, mumbling “coulda been a contender.” To give everyone more time to work on your films and scripts — and a little less time researching how to fund them — scroll through the list below to find relevant opportunities for your narrative films, documentaries, and screenplays with deadlines this Spring. More »

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IFP labsIf you’re a first-time filmmaker in the throes of post-production on your feature film, you understand just how difficult it is to put a project together. Perhaps even more difficult, though, is navigating where to go from here. If you’re finding yourself in need of some direction, submissions have just opened for IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Labs, which offer first-timers a chance to receive the support, resources, and industry exposure you’ll need to find your audience through an in-depth, year-long mentorship program. Continue on for more details. More »

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conference-button_v3_alt3[UPDATE: the giveaway is complete, and the lucky winner is @JMoFilm!] I met my producer at an IFP event, and also I’m going to be at their Filmmaker Conference this year with my feature MANCHILD (which was previously selected for the Emerging Narrative program, and this year will be part of the international co-production market No Borders) — so obviously I’m a big believer in IFP’s programs. They’ll open the exciting Made in NY Media Center by IFP in October, but first up is Independent Film Week in New York, which is chock full of workshops, networking opportunities, readings, and pitches. If you’re not in NYC, this is a good reason to come, and we’re giving away the best pass to the Filmmaker Conference money can buy here on nofilmschool. More »

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ifp_labThe Independent Filmmaker Project is one of the oldest and largest indie film organizations, providing resources for filmmakers to navigate through a complex industry. One such resource, the IFP Narrative Labs, have existed for almost 10 years as a year-long program for first time filmmakers, guiding them through the process of completing, marketing, and distributing their movies. Over at Filmmaker Magazine, they have distilled some great wisdom from the last IFP Narrative Lab and it makes for required reading for any independent filmmaker. More »

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ifp independent film week deadline 2013 cropThe good news is that deadlines for IFP’s Independent Film Week programs Spotlight on Docs and No Borders International Co-Production Market were extended. The bad news is, that deadline is Friday, May 24th! If you are thinking of burning your rough assembly to DVD or printing out that screenplay just in time, IFP Producer and Programs Manager and Co-Programming extraordinaire Rose Vincelli Gustine was kind enough to give NFS a few thoughts on the program. (Spoiler alert: I went last year, and I loved it.) More »

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Many films get stuck in the finishing phase due to lack of resources for important services such as Sound Mixing, Sound Design, and Color Correction, to name a few. In comes the Independent Filmmaker Project Labs, a program that aims to help first-time directors finish and distribute their films. Though the deadline for documentary submissions has passed for this year, narrative submissions are open until the end of the week. Each year they select 10 films for their narrative labs, and you can find out how to submit below. More »

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It seems counterintuitive to shell out $100 or more to attend a fundraising workshop when you’re desperate for money to begin with, but if your entire fundraising strategy consists of “getting a grant from a top granting agency” in today’s climate, well it might be money well spent. Fortunately for us, IFP has uploaded an entire masterclass from 25-year-plus media executive Louise Rosen for us to watch, and we don’t have to pay a dime. What Louise outlines right off the bat is that the documentary funding landscape is in flux. Today, doc filmmakers have to get more creative, and Louise outlines just how to go about getting started on raising your budget incrementally in the video below: More »

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Beasts of the Southern Wild is one beast of a movie. Produced by a bunch of old buddies that formed the loose collective Court 13 (which also produced Death to the Tinman), and directed by Behn Zeitlin, the film demonstrates the potential of independent films, as well as revealing its influence on audiences today. In the IFP Q&A video embedded below, the producers of the film go into detail explaining just how demanding and ambitious every phase of production was, and how the team managed to come out the other side with the movie we see today. Based on that video, we’ve got a list of five potential obstacles that could have derailed the film, but actually ended up working in its favor. More »

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Every year I make sure to post about this, as New York-based IFP’s Labs are designed for first-time feature directors at the rough cut stage — a stage at which filmmakers can often use help, but especially first-time feature directors (as you can imagine, if the timing is right I’m definitely going to apply once MANCHILD is in the can). It takes a village to make an independent feature, and IFP can bolster the support structure around your project, as well as give you valuable feedback and mentorship. If you’re a first time feature director and you’ve got a rough cut, think about applying to the Documentary Lab or Narrative Lab — you have until March 8 and April 5, respectively. More »

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IFP’s (Independent Film Project) Gotham Independent Film Awards took place last night, and the entire event was streamed live from their website. We already looked at a few of the nominees, but we’ve got the entire list of winners and some trailers below. I wasn’t able to find trailers or media for all of the films, but the majority have some sort of corresponding media. Click through to see who won the 2012 Gothams. More »

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It’s that time of year again: Awards Season. While Hollywood’s major awards aren’t for another few months, Independent Film Project’s awards show, the Gotham Independent Film Awards, is just around the corner. The show, hosted by comedian Mike Birbiglia (who just starred in his own mostly true life story Sleepwalk With Me), will air live Monday, November 26th at 7:30PM Eastern Time. Check out the rest of the details below. More »

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Independent Film Week is here again thanks to IFP (Independent Film Project). The conference “gives emerging and established writers, directors, producers, and creators the opportunity to explore the art and business of 21st century storytelling.” Attending the entire conference is impossible for most, so thankfully IFP is live streaming some of the talks and also posting them online. Click through to check those out and also see the rest of the live schedule for this week. More »

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I posted about this before, but now that the deadline is approaching for narratives it’s worth another mention. Why? Because “it takes a village” to make an independent film, and New York-based IFP can bolster the support structure around your project. If you’re a first time feature director and you’ve got a rough cut, think about applying to the Narrative Lab — you have until April 9. And be sure to check out the below roster of some recent lab graduates, whose festival acceptance roster is a who’s-who of film fests in this country. More »

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You’re editing your first narrative or documentary feature. You’re working with an assembly or rough cut; the film is coming together, but you’re not sure how to best carry the project through post-production. In short, you need help. If this sounds like you, I highly recommend applying to IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Labs, which provide mentorship at NYC events in May, June, September, and December. Note this is open to U.S.-based IFP members (join here) only. More »

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The New York Film Festival is running this week and next, and I was fortunate enough to participate yesterday in the wonderful Emerging Visions program put on by IFP and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. An amazing day of panels with industry veterans, on-stage pitch sessions, and a sit-down meeting with my assigned mentor, Doug Liman (!), concluded with the sponsor, RBC, showing these spots. Though they’re just ads made for TIFF, they speak to the NoFilmSchool ethos perfectly and humorously: More »

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During the day (EST) through Thursday the 22nd there should be free live streaming of the panels taking place here at Independent Film Week. The week is now over but after the jump there are some archived videos for watching on demand. More »

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My screenplay for Man-child (the project I’m currently trying to get funded with your help!) is one of twenty scripts that will be participating in IFP’s Emerging Narrative program a month from now. Put simply, Emerging Narrative is a program for screenwriters looking for a producer — a situation that many screenwriters and writer/directors find themselves in. Whether you’re participating in a program like Emerging Narrative or not, one way of helping producers better understand your project is to bring additional materials to the table besides your script. These materials might include a sample of a previous work you directed, another writing sample, test footage, a spec trailer, or a lookbook. A lookbook is a collection of stills culled from a variety of sources (not necessarily images you shot yourself) that convey what you want your movie to look like. Instead of using still images as is typical, however, I decided to make a multimedia lookbook: a collage of film and TV clips that demonstrate the aesthetic of Man-child. I hadn’t seen this done before, so I cut together clips from over a dozen films, and paired the visuals with a voiceover about some of the more technical aspects of Man-child — including what camera I’d like to shoot the film on, and a particular kind of camera stabilizer I’m planning on utilizing: More »

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IFP’s Independent Film Week is currently accepting applications for filmmakers, producers, and screenwriters for its 33rd annual forum, being held for the first time this year at Lincoln Center in New York City, September 18-22, 2011. They’re currently seeking entries for No Borders (for U.S. and international producers with partial financing on new narrative projects seeking additional partners) and Spotlight on Documentaries (for U.S. filmmakers with projects in production or post-production seeking financing partners, broadcast/distribution opportunities, and festival invitations). Deadline is Friday, May 20 — I highly recommend anyone with an eligible project apply, as am I: More »