Nearly 400 Projects On Tap For 20th IFFM; Lineup Marked
By A Handful of Familiar Filmmakers
by Mark Rabinowitz
The Independent Feature Project announced the lineup for the 20th annual
Independent Feature Film Market (IFFM) on Thursday, with almost 400
projects slated to screen at the week-long event. The market includes
several types of projects, including 101 narrative feature-length films,
71 narrative works-in-progress, 51 shorts, 110 scripts,
18 documentary features, 4 documentary shorts and 41 doc works-in-
progress (41). To be held at Manhattan's Angelika Film Center from
September 18-25, the IFFM is a key event on the independent film
industry's calendar, bringing together some 1,500 buyers, filmmakers,
sales agents and distributors for a frenzied week of shilling, screening,
Of note this year, is the number of films that have screened previously,
either at the Kodak/Tribeca Film Center First Look screening series or
at one of the many festivals around the world. Alison Swan's "Mixing Nia,"
Jack Perez's "La Cucaracha" and Andres Heinz's "Origin of the Species"
all screened at First Look, while Tom Rooney's "You Are Here," Brent
Sims' "Gutter Punks," Sara Moore's "Homo Hights," Tamara Hernandez's
"Men Cry Bullets" and Sam Seder's "Who's the Caboose" have screened
at various festivals. While playing at festivals around the world may
give film's exposure to audiences, their presence at the Market serves
to underscore the importance of the event as a venue for securing
international industry awareness. These familiar films will be among
the numerous projects competing for industry attention as some buyers
and festival programmers get their first peak at a large crop of indie films.
According to the IFP, of last year's market entries, 85 films followed
their market screening with playdates at domestic and international
festivals, and some, like Joe Carnahan's "Blood Guts Bullets & Octane"
(Lions Gate Films), and Ramin Naimi's "SOMEWHERE IN THE CITY" (Artistic License) eventually received domestic and/or international distribution deals.
23% of the filmmakers in this year's market, 94 in total, have attended
previous markets with either different projects or works-in-progress,
including Doug Block's "Home Page," a documentary look at the phenomenon
of internet personal home pages; Chris Munch (1991 IFFM with "The Hours
and Times") returning with "Backwards Look, Far Corners," a film starring
Martha Plimpton, Jacqueline Bisset, Nick Stahl and Marcia Gay Harden;
Tom Musca (producer and co-writer of 1987 IFFM entry "Stand and
Deliver") returning as director of "Melting Pot," starring Cliff
Robertson, CCH Pounder and Paul Rodriguez; and documentarian Conor
McCourt (1997 IFFM screener, "The McCourts of Limerick") returning with
the continuation of his family's history, "The McCourts of New York."
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