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APPLY: IFP Labs Support Feature Debuts In Post-Production


01_IFPThe Independent Filmmaker Labs (from IFP)

Deadline: Documentary – March 7; Narrative – April 4

“IFP’s unique year-long mentorship program supports first-time feature directors when they need it most:  through the completion, marketing and distribution of their films.  Focusing exclusively on low-budget features (<$1million), this highly immersive program provides filmmakers with the technical, creative and strategic tools necessary to launch their films – and their careers.

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So What’s The Deal With…Applying for Film Grants?


It suddenly dawned on me that although I’m always excited to post deadlines for film grant opportunities, it might be helpful for folks to hear from someone who’s actually won something. That someone is Darius Clark Monroe, a talented NYC filmmaker with Texas roots. He is currently in post-production on an autobiographical feature documentary titled “Evolution of a Criminal”. The project has received support from multiple organizations including Austin Film Society, Cinereach, Tribeca and IFP. A big thank you again to Darius for sharing his insight on navigating the world of film grants. — Christina B.

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Official synopsis: “Deep in the heart of Texas, what begins as an innocent tale of family, sacrifice, and financial hardship quickly escalates into a true-crime thriller. Fusing together compelling interviews, striking re-enactments, and home video, we are forced to ask ourselves how a 16 year-old honor roll student evolved into a bank robber.”

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Diverse Film Fests Offer Big Opportunities On Small Screens


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Film festivals partnering with cable TV? Yes, you heard right. But how? Recently I’ve seen a few filmmakers that I follow Twitter alerting folks to short films airing this month on HBO:

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APPLY: IFP Labs Support First-Time Feature Directors In Post-Production


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The Independent Filmmaker Labs (from IFP)

“IFP’s unique year-long mentorship program supports first-time feature directors when they need it most:  through the completion, marketing and distribution of their films.  Focusing exclusively on low-budget features (<$1million), this highly immersive program provides filmmakers with the technical, creative and strategic tools necessary to launch their films – and their careers.

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Are You Willing to Push Through The Walls?


There was yet another gem hidden in the latest issue of Filmmaker Magazine’s e-newsletter in my email inbox last Thursday. In the letter from the editor, Scott Macaulay, was a powerful clip from a panel held by IFP this month titled “Storytellers Wanted: Transitioning to Television for Indie Filmmakers”. To set the stage, the panel had reached the Q & A portion and there was one audience member still pressing the ever important question: How is any unknown supposed to break in when it’s near impossible for any executive seeking said fresh voice to even look at unsolicited work?” This might have been just your average film industry panel with suits giving the same answers (“You need an agent. I’ll get in trouble with my boss for looking at your work, even if it’s good.”) but thankfully there was a clear voice of reason from the only filmmaker panelist, Alrick Brown (2011 SundanceAudience Award Winner KINYARWANDA). For those of us who could not attend the panel, I’m so grateful this moment was captured on camera. Anyone with a real desire to join this industry should bookmark it today. Take a look for yourself right now.

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Unchained Resources: Just get to the rough cut


I finally found out how he does it. The ultimate indie-actor-turned-director Edward Burns had me scratching my head for a while. I mean the man is currently promoting yet another feature film made for next to nothing, starring, written and directed by himself. Tweets like this were just blasphemy.

 “Newlyweds shooting budget: 5k for actors, 2k insurance, 2k food and drink. 9k in the can. We only shot 12 days. That’s how to make an independent film.” – Ed Burns via Twitter

So I did what I always do – I went to Google the truth. It took some sifting through articles like “Ed Burns cranks out film for just $9,000” and “Ed Burns Shoots a $9,000 Feature with his 5D“and browsing the guy’s tweets but I got my “ah-ha!” moment after all. Cue drumroll, please.

“The film, which is his 10th as a writer-director, cost just $9,000 to shoot on location in Manhattan, though the final budget, after postproduction costs, was closer to $125,000.” – Ed Burns in Chicago Tribune

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