It won’t come as a surprise to those of you who have been following the fate of the AIVF (Association of Independnent Video & Filmmakers), but today it became official: the 31-year-old organization is shutting down as of June 28. As I reported in the Village Voice some weeks back, the organization had several things going against it, from new technological developments that have made it obsolete to a cash-strapped board that couldn’t raise money to bigger, flashier competitors who have been able to rake in the dough (though many have told me since that IFP is not as rock solid as some might think.)
From an email sent today from AIVF’s Board of Directors:
“In February AIVF launched an emergency fundraising appeal with an announcement to members that the organization faced an uncertain future. We are sorry to report that we have not reached the fundraising targets necessary for a turnaround and continuation of operations. However, long-term supporters in the independent community are organizing later this month to assess whether a core group of champions can take over hands-on management of the Independent while also reinventing and relaunching AIVF as a membership organization. We are also actively exploring other options for continuing publication of the Independent through other like-minded organizations. . .
Future Prospects: Whether or not AIVF is ultimately able to continue as an organization, we are hopeful that the Independent will continue as an information resource and voice for the independent community. While supporters are regrouping to assess whether the magazine can be taken on under AIVF auspices, AIVF’s transitional board has also been exploring the option of having a like-minded successor organization take over publication of the Independent.”