In anticipation of its 32nd installment, IFP's Independent Film Week has unveiled several new initiatives and programs for this year's event. Independent Film Week brings filmmakers and independent film industry professionals to New York City for a week of networking, panels, and screenings. In recent years, Independent Film Week has attracted over 2,000 members of the independent film community. The 2010 Independent Film Week will run from September 19 through September 23.
In addition to Project Forum, the centerpiece program of Independent Film Week during which selected filmmakers present their new in-development features to key industry professionals and financiers, IFP has unveiled the creation of the IFP Labs and the IFP Showcase Screening Series. The IFP Labs will bring filmmakers from outside of the U.S. production hubs of Los Angeles and New York into the fold of Project Forum. The program's showcase screening series seeks to bring new film projects to the general public, in collaboration with several film organizations including Rooftop Films. This year's Independent Film Week will also include the first annual Festival Forum, a gathering of festival programmers that coincides with IFP's release of Festival Genius, and the Independent Filmmaker Conference: The Future of Film.
Commenting on the announcement of this year's plans, IFP Executive Director Joana Vicente said, “IFP’s Independent Film Week is the oldest and most successful forum in the U.S. where filmmakers, film lovers and film professionals can come together to support independent artists. It is a culmination of all we do at IFP, incorporating elements and individuals from our year-long programs including Independent Filmmaker Labs, Envision, Festival Genius and Filmmaker Magazine’s '25 New Faces of Independent Film.'"