Independent Film Project (IFP) and the Film Society of Lincoln Center have announced a new collaboration for 2011 Independent Film Week. It will be marked by a relocation of the event to Film Society of Lincoln Center's Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center and with joint programming during the New York Film Festival. The latter will involve both partners presenting a daylong event in October that will showcase emerging artists engaging with industry powers. Independent Film Week actually originated 33 years ago as a sidebar of the New York Film Festival, which is produced by the Film Society, so the news brings the partnership full circle.
Full press release below.
New York (April 19, 2011) Independent Film Project (IFP) and the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today a new collaboration that includes the relocation of IFP's signature program, Independent Film Week, to The Film Society of Lincoln Center's Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center and to provide joint programming during the New York Film Festival. Both partners will present a daylong event in October that will showcase emerging artists engaging with industry powers. This 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 September 18-23. This one-of-a-kind 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.
"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.
"We are very excited to continue our dedication to emerging artists by partnering up with IFP. They, like us, recognize the importance of organizations that support filmmakers by supplying a platform for discussion and a venue to showcase their talents. And we are thrilled to bring Independent Film Week back home to where it all started" says Executive Director of the Film Society Rose Kuo.
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, advancing their careers with the introductions to key industry and festival programmers, and 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 in their careers. This creative symposium will take place on October 3 with participants equally selected from Independent Film Week and New York Film Festival's talent pool of emerging filmmakers.
"Investing in the arts is a long-standing priority at RBC, as we believe in the power of the arts to enrich our lives and enhance our communities. By supporting arts and culture, from film, music and dance to theatre and visual arts, we are committed to helping emerging artists develop and progress along their professional careers," said Mark Standish, President and Co-CEO of RBC Capital Markets. "RBC is already a major sponsor of some of the world's top public film festivals and we are very proud to add this emerging filmmaker's project with the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the IFP to the list."
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.