Independent Film Project (IFP) and the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced a new collaboration that will include the relocation of IFP’s signature program, Independent Film Week, to The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center and that will provide joint programming during the New York Film Festival. Both partners will present a daylong event in October to showcase emerging artists engaging with industry powers. The collaboration is made possible through significant support from the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and its RBC Emerging Artists Project.
??IFP’s Independent Film Week, the founding program of the nation’s oldest and largest advocacy organization for independent filmmakers, will return home to the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s new headquarters from September 18-23. This event, which originated 33 years ago as a sidebar of the New York Film Festival, brings filmmakers, film lovers and media industry professionals from around the world to New York City to celebrate, advocate? and introduce new voices to the independent scene.
During the New York Film Festival, IFP and the Film Society will work in partnership on the first annual Emerging Visions program. The goal of the day-long event is to introduce 25 emerging filmmakers to a solid peer network along with key industry and festival programmers, and to directly support their creative processes through workshops, case studies and pitch sessions. In addition, all emerging filmmakers will gain private mentorship from top directors and producers in the field who will offer advice, guidance and connections to filmmakers on both their current projects and from throughout their careers. This creative symposium will take place on October 3rd with participants equally selected from Independent Film Week and New York Film Festival’s talent pool of emerging filmmakers.??
“IFP is thrilled to join our film community with the Film Society of Lincoln Center for Independent Film Week, and we appreciate the support of RBC. Our organizations have always fostered a sense of discovery and are known as a place where the public can discover new voices. Now, with this partnership, all our talented filmmakers and members can gain access to an even wider selection of amazing films, programs, and activities that illuminate the innovators and icons of independent film from around the globe,” says IFP Executive Director Joana Vicente.
??In addition, the RBC-sponsored collaboration will enable for the expansion and introduction of a number of new initiatives that will take place during both Independent Film Week and the New York Film Festival.