Friday, February 8, 2008

Filmmakers Workshop- February 20, 2008- The IFP Market

We hope you'll join us on February 20, 2008 as we welcome Milton Tabbot, Senior Director of Programming at IFP in New York, to talk about the ins and outs of the IFP Market. He'll be joined by filmmakers who have been to the market themselves. Our goal for the evening is to help you determine if the IFP market is right for you- and how to maximize your experience there when you go.

DATE: February 20, 2008
TIME: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
LOCATION: Bernard Toale Gallery, 450 Harrison Avenue in Boston's South End

PLEASE RSVP!! This is a FREE event, but, we would appreciate an rsvp so that we can plan for food and chairs.

A national program connecting projects with financiers, producers and programmers before they're completed and on the festival circuit. The 30th IFP Market will take place September 14 - 18, 2008 in New York City. In addition to narrative sections (Emerging Narrative for writer/directors with scripts seeking producers; No Borders for producers with new fiction projects with partial financing who are seeking partners), the IFP Market's Spotlight on Documentaries section is for filmmakers in production or post- production on a project seeking financing partners, broadcast/distribution, and festival interest. A primary focus for documentary filmmakers are pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with potential financing partners. All meetings are at buyer's request based on advance information provided in Spotlight on Documentaries Project Dossier and in a compilation DVD of project trailers sent to accredited buyers in a position to acquire or finance.

On the industry side, IFP accredits roughly 1,000 professionals for project pitch meetings, speed dating meetings, screenings, social events and for panelist participation as part of the Filmmaker Conference. Approximately 50% of these individuals work at production companies, distributors, exhibitors, broadcasters, foundations or film festivals. All filmmaker participants receive a complimentary accreditation to the Filmmaker Conference that runs concurrent with the IFP Market. Daylong thematic strands focus on "Making Your First Feature," "The Future Is Now," "The Global Marketplace," "The Real Deal on Deals," and "The Truth About Non-Fiction."

The IFP Market's objective is to create a destination where the community of individuals involved in independent film can annually convene - from the filmmakers selected for their strong new projects to the individuals from companies and organizations aimed at helping the work get made and ultimately seen by public audiences.

The Documentary Rough Cut Lab is a national program connecting mentors and new projects before they are submitted to festivals. The Lab aims to identify ten, high quality independently produced documentaries by first-time feature filmmakers each year that can benefit from the support and expertise of experienced film professionals. Each Lab is led by a group of seasoned, independent producers who are the primary advisors for each project. Lab Leaders work with participants in advance of arrival to establish individual goals. Participants receive a dynamic system of feedback and advice on specific technical, creative and post production issues through their interaction with top editors, composers, producers, sound designers and festival strategists, as well as sales, marketing and publicity experts. Projects are selected by Lab Leaders and Senior IFP programming staff based on the quality of the work and its ability to benefit from the Lab curriculum and mentorship involved. At no time are the films screened for buyers or sales agents during the submissions or acceptance process. The 2008 Documentary Rough Cut Lab will take place May - 9 in New York City.

MILTON TABBOT is Senior Director of Programming at IFP in New York City, overseeing many content-driven programs relating to filmmakers, including supervising all documentary programs and IFP's fiscal sponsorship program. His documentary program management includes the Spotlight on Documentaries section of the IFP Market, including overall responsibility for annual project selection, and management of the IFP Documentary Rough Cut Lab for first-time feature directors. Previously at IFP he managed the Anthony Radziwill Documentary Fund, providing development funding for new documentary features. He has been with IFP since 1996 and served as Director of the IFP Market from 1999 through 2001. In addition to his IFP role, Mr. Tabbot serves as the U.S. Consultant for the Locarno International Film Festival. He has BS in Communications from Northwestern University and an MA in Cinema Studies from New York University.

The IFP Market and Independent Film Labs are produced by IFP, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building the community for a full range of independent film. IFP's year-round and annual programs offer education, mentorship and worldwide industry access to members and the independent film community at large. The organization was founded in New York City in 1979.